First of all - unless you are very physically active, you don't need to bathe (or shower) every day, especially in winter. If I did, I'd be a "walking flake" as my skin is VERY dry normally, and worse in winter when the furnace is blasting and the air dry. So every other day...sometimes even every third day, unless I've been REAL busy (like cleaning house, or cleaning out closets, or doing several loads of laundry -- bending, sorting, folding, up and down stairs, carrying, etc.) We Americans tend to think daily showers...and even multiple showers a day..are a GOOD thing. That's really not necessary.
Thorough washing of underarms and nether regions daily, and of course the usual face/hands is sufficient. Clean socks and underwear help.
I have a small bathroom and apparently have gotten used to it being cold. I am in/out of the shower in 20 minutes, including shampoo (usually twice), swabbing down the walls with a sponge, drying the floor. During the summer I may shower every day, especially when it's hot -- a cool shower can cool me down pretty quick. But now that it's winter, it's more like every other day, or even longer.
There are small heaters you can put in the bathroom so you don't have to run the shower or tub for warmth. That might work for you.
This is a good question. I don't have extreme heat sensitivity. Heat does get to me but it has to be really hot and for an hour or even more before it starts to make loopy.
I don't have any real tried and true advice but when we go camping I sponge bathe. We have a small trailer without a shower. I secure all the window covers and put a towel on the floor. I then run warm water in the sink and soap up and rinse the essentials as Uppitycats described. I can use warm water as it evaporates and cools me down.
To me, a lot of MS is about learning to adapt to a body that doesn't want to cooperate with former routines. Once I have found what works for me, I am a happy girl again.
Love and prayers,
Post Edited (Kiera) : 1/5/2008 4:51:45 AM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (Kiera) : 1/10/2008 7:11:45 AM (GMT-7)
I can most certainly identify with your problem! When I was in the hospital they gave me something called "comfort bath". They are large "facecloths" you can put the pack in warm water and it heats them up to a warm temp. They are great! You can get them at drugstores but I think Wal mart carries them too.