Feeling the heat

This heat wave is reminding me that I have MS. It’s not that I forget I have the disease. I remember it every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday when I take my Copaxone injection. I remember it when I’m walking around the gym on wobbly legs. You get the picture. My mild disability makes itself known every day, but it’s just a nuisance. I go about my business like anybody else. In fact, lately, my MS-induced fatigue has been quite minimal.

Electric fan

But now the unseasonably cool temperatures we saw in April and early May are gone. The last couple of weeks have been hot and humid. Being outside for even a few minutes saps my energy. Once I’m back in an air-conditioned environment it can take a half hour for me to feel ”normal” again. I have to postpone any plans I might have had to cook, clean, exercise, or do some crafting. It’s frustrating that I can’t do all of the little things I want to do because of this dang disease.

There’s no perfect solution, but these tips can help you get through the summer.

  • Be in an air-conditioned space as much as possible
  • Stay hydrated
  • Use a cooling towel (affiliate link)
  • Wait until evening to go to the store
  • Park close to the entrance
  • Go swimming

Beverage at the side of a swimming pool

Please do leave a comment and share your hacks for beating the heat! And be sure to take care of yourself.

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Comments

6 comments on “Feeling the heat”
  1. I treat myself to Gatorades and things like that just to get myself to hydrate properly. Water is so boring! I have figured out that not hydrating makes me feel really bad anxiety-wise too, because the physical discomfort can be an anxiety trigger when I’m out in public.

    1. lauramccain says:

      I do get tired of water. I wonder if there are any studies on dehydration and anxiety.

  2. kkr0cks says:

    I’m going to a writing retreat in Virginia in late June. I’m going to try one of these cooling towels.Thank you for sharing.

    1. lauramccain says:

      You are welcome!

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