I used to love the hot weather, my suntanning results even earned me the nickname ‘Liquorice’ at the fire station. However now it just leaves me drained and unwell. It’s no fun being a spoonie in a heatwave!
People have been complaining about the lack of sunny days this summer, however for me it’s been perfect. 17 – 20°c is good for me but high 20’s and into the 30°c and I start to wilt.
Yes I do realise that six months ago I was asking for the summer to come quickly, arthritic joints leave me totally knackered every winter and I dream of summer days. Until summer when I dream of the winter!
So anyway it’s hot, maybe not to people from the other countries but for us British people, it’s a damn heatwave. Whilst most people are making a bee line for the beach, people like me who are chronically ill are battling the heat, I have been laid on the settee with a 30″ fan on full power.
Late yesterday afternoon my head started pounding and my wife then asked me how much I had drunk, it was then that I realised that I hadn’t drunk enough! It’s so important to keep drinking in the hot weather no matter what, but it’s especially important if you are unwell, disabled or elderly. The recommended amount is 2 litres of water for women and 2.5 litres for men and I probably had less than a litre yesterday.
So if you are a spoonie, make sure to keep those fluids topped up. Don’t just down a glass when you remember, keep steadily drinking water
So today I will be using my ‘Hydrant’ drinking system, I reviewed it a while ago HERE and then forgot about it.
It’s the perfect way to make sure that you or a relative or someone you care for is getting enough fluids, it’s far too easy to fall short on hydration and this system makes it easier. The bottle can clip onto a bed or a wheelchair and if it’s above the patient, the bite valve will just release the flow of water without having to such, that could be beneficial to someone who is weaker or has problems sacking through a straw.
So whilst there is nothing we can do about the soaring temperatures, we can help ourselves by drinking enough water.
Here are the signs of Dehydration from the NHS website
Dehydration can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on how much of your body weight is lost through fluids.
Two early signs of dehydration are thirst and dark-coloured urine. This is the body’s way of trying to increase water intake and decrease water loss
Other symptoms may include:
- dizziness or light-headedness
- dry mouth, lips and eyes
- passing small amounts of urine infrequently (less than three or four times a day)
Dehydration can also lead to a loss of strength and stamina. It’s a main cause of heat exhaustion.
You should be able to reverse dehydration at this stage by drinking more fluids.