One of telltales signs of a homeless person-particularly one who sleeps rough (outside, rather than in their vehicle) is edema or swelling feet. It’s very ugly and can be painful. Homeless people aren’t the only ones to get it, of course but when taken together with other signs and symptoms it can make things pretty obvious.
There can be many reasons for the onset of edema but being on your feet all day can certainly exacerbate the problem. Did you know that some people even sleep upright all night at bus stops? This is so bad for a human being. People should be able to lie down somewhere! Also, cutting down on salt intake is important but many homeless people just eat free food…and it’s not always low in salt.
Obviously, you don’t want to be homeless if you can help it BUT if you see things headed in that direction, try to shore up your vehicle so you can get your feet up at night and perhaps get to a job and the grocery store. Homelessness can really cause a downward spiral that can be hard to pull out of.
If you are newly homeless or might be homeless soon, please contact me in the comments or from my “send an email” page.