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Don’t touch me! Your feet are freezing cold!

Ms. Meniscus advises a wife suffering from a husband with cold extremities.

Dear Ms. Meniscus,

My husband has cold feet. Don’t tell me I’ll wish I could feel them when he’s dead and I’m sleeping alone. He’s alive and every time he shoves those ice cubes into me I’m ready to shoot him myself -- with his gun.

What can I do?

Hot over cold feet.

Dear Hot Feet,

Sorry to hear about the issue of your husband’s feet plaguing your restful slumber.

Although having cold feet, often associated with cold hands, tends to be a pretty normal occurrence, you might consider having him see a doctor to rule out that this might be a symptom of a more serious problem. This could be a symptom of Raynaud's disease, diabetes or other diseases that affect the circulatory system. Stress could also be a factor, so if your husband goes to sleep with the knowledge that you are going to push him out of the way or something else in the middle of the night, this stress may be contributing to the problem.

Aside from that, make sure he stays under the covers if he tends to be a restless sleeper resulting in him coming uncovered during the night. We lose body heat through our skin, and keeping covered up could limit how much heat we lose.

The simplest solution to your problem might be to purchase your husband some warm socks and PJ’s that cover your legs. Alternatively, you could wear them yourself, to assure that you are protected from a surprise cold-feet attack.

--M

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