May 16, 2012
The ME/CFS patient (nicknamed “City Changer”) who wrote the blog Ampligen 4 ME discussed strategies for camping in comfort in an article called “Avoidance = Braving the Elements? Pft.”
(The blog name is used because this individual originally was planning to combine Ampligen with mold avoidance, but then experienced enough improvements just from avoidance that he decided not to bother.)
From the article:
Here’s my 2 cents to anyone with extreme temperature sensitivity that’s considering avoidance,this may muck up your ability to see changes, and that trying avoidance within your comfort zone may be a more productive exercise. The camping industry has evolved rapidly. Air mattresses are no longer considered comfortable. REI 2.5 inch (height) camping pads are as comfortable as any mattress I’ve ever used, and if you’re sensitive to cold, get a larger tent to accommodate a space heater. Don’t try to brave the elements if you’re not cut from the same cloth as some others. We’re all different here, even if we’re very much the same. Wind is a big issue for sound sensitive folks like me, so if you’re tent camping, splurge on a 3.5-season tent or even a 4-season tent which is built to withstand wind without flapping around all night. Even if you get a trailer, if it’s small it’ll rock around in the wind so stabilizing jacks are a must. Even then, wind blowing on a metal trailer is much louder than blowing on a house. It can be downright frightful when the wind kicks up to 20-30 mph. So I invested in a pair of Bose noise cancelling headphones, which were $270 from a Bose outlet. That may seem like a lot, until that first night you start swearing at your inability to ever fall asleep with the wind blowing and traffic at a 9-iron distance, and then turn on the headphones to hear a world you don’t hate again.
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