Summer is coming folks! With summer comes beautiful weather, parties with friends, beach time and heat. The four letter word many of us with MS struggle with come summer time. It is definitely this crusaders weakness. I remember being a child and loving the heat and somewhere in my teens I began to fear it. It made my legs feel like leaden blocks. I would always feel like I was over-heating. I didn’t know how to fix it. It would take me being diagnosed with MS and recognizing that I am heat intolerant to start to be able to fix things. I simply cannot regulate my body temperature properly. Now I want to pass on the things that have helped me deal with heat.
Besides hiding inside with a fan on, there are a few things that I have come across over the years that can help keep a person cool. While not everyone can do it, when I bought my most recent vehicle, I had two must haves. 1. It had to be reliable and 2. It absolutely had to have air conditioning. AC becomes my best friend during the summer months. I also have a little portable unit for when I am at home because it’s a hard job keeping the heat out of the home. It was an expense to obtain but it has more than paid for itself with my being able to function during the summer.
There are a few other things I have found when I have to go out into the heat. You can obtain one of these things at any gardening store. They are strips of fabric with tiny beads in them that absorb water and keep it cool. You immerse these strips in cool water and you can tie it around your neck or wrist and it keeps you cool. They come in a wide array of patterns and they totally work. They are definitely a must have for me during the summer.
Another option that was given to me by and MS Clinic nurse is cooling garments. You can purchase clothing that has pockets for ice packs and the coolness circulates in the garment and in turn keeps you cool, despite the heat outside. Each person has to find what works for them but I wanted to let you know some things that have helped me. So arm yourselves well my friends and have a wonderful summer!