One Minute He's Hot; the Next He's Cold



The thermostat in my house is currently registering at 77o Fahrenheit. With all the activity I’ve been involved in today, I’m now sitting here melting at my computer. Meanwhile, Lynn alternates between being hot and cold but mainly stays cold.

Before the days of MS, Lynn’s body temperature ran hot. It could be the middle of winter and he would be outside in shorts and a T-shirt cooking on the grill.  We used to joke that one day he would spontaneously combust into flames because he just radiated heat.  That changed shortly after his diagnosis.  He gradually became less tolerant of heat. Instead of setting the temperature indoors to a chilly 70, he would be satisfied to allow me to set it at a more comfortable level where it was no longer necessary for me to bundle in a blanket and wear gloves to watch TV.  Then he went from being warm to the touch to being cold.


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2 thoughts on “One Minute He's Hot; the Next He's Cold”

  1. Donna – this must be so uncomfortable for both of you. Yet another wonderful problem brought to you by MS but without any effective means to address medically.
    Your story from the hospital is somewhat horrifying. His temp didn’t register? Why wasn’t this a cause for concern and further inquiry?
    Skip (my wife) has the opposite problem from Lynn. She is hot most of the time and I joke that there is no temperature setting where both of us are comfortable. I bundle up a lot inside, both winter and summer.

    1. Unfortunately, I think that because it was lower, they just assumed it was a defective thermometer. He was sleeping a lot with his mouth open and therefore, it was also possible that was why it was not registering. It wasn’t until one of the care partners wanted to be sure there was not a problem so she got a rectal temp that they realized, it was not the equipment. Thank goodness for her or he would have died.

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