Cold weather taking toll on those who work outside

Today was brutal for outdoor workers, even for those who are used to working in harsh weather conditions.

Gerry Jaksic-Thompson has been delivering mail for 17 years.

"I don't ever remember it being this cold, not at all, never," Jaksic-Thompson said.

By the time we caught up to her on her route, she already had frost on her eyebrows and eyelashes. She laughed and said the same thing happened yesterday. She says some of her stops offer coffee and hot chocolate, but for her the best thing to do to keep warm is keep moving -- that and dressing appropriately.

She had long johns, regular pants, wind pants, winter jacket, two pairs of wool socks, three pairs of gloves, two thermal tops and a sweatshirt on top of that -- not to mention her hat that covered her ears and a scarf covering most of her face.

"In a few years, I'll be able to retire, and I'll be moving south for sure," Jaksic-Thompson laughed.

Meanwhile local hospitals were seeing a few frostbite cases. Stefon Dillon spent an hour outside walking to his grandmother's without wearing gloves. He says within twenty minutes he was feeling extreme pain in his hands.

"My fingers just got stuck," Dillon says.

Fortunately he didn't require amputation, but he learned a painful and valuable lesson in weather like this.

"Always wear gloves, keep all exposed skin covered," Dillon says.

University Hospitals' Dr. Michael Anderson adds in subzero temperatures frostbite can begin in three to five minutes on exposed skin.


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