Disability and a heat wave.

Its hot but I didn’t need to tell you that, the weather station in my garden is reporting @HamstelWeather: 30.4°C, Wind 6.2mph ESE, 1006.6hpa Falling slowly, Rain 0.0mm., Forecast Fairly fine, showers likely.

I used to enjoy hot weather and would take every opportunity to soak up some sun and improve my tan, but since my health took a nose dive I hate the hot weather because it makes me feel so unwell. I used to feel energised by the intense sun rays but now it drains me!

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It’s important to remember to keep hydrated in this heat, I’m not on about a glass or two of water, NHS choices says women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That’s about eight glasses of 200ml each for a woman, and 10 glasses of 200ml each for a man and I know that I certainly never drink enough and if you are in excessive heat it’s so important to try and drink that amount of fluids.

If like me you are reliant on a wheelchair, the heat causes further problems because we can get even more sweaty from being sat on the cushion and also where our back is and so its crucial we make sure that we don’t develop sores. I have a Jay cushion that has a gel insert but still it can get very sore after a couple of hours being sat in the chair.
I also have a large floor standing fan that pushes a large volume of air, before we had the fan I would be very unwell on days like this and so its worth putting up with the noise.

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I may hate the heat but I do love the fact that hot days like this mean that the chances of a good thunder storm are high and if there’s one thing I like, its a good storm.

So please remember to take care in this heat, drink plenty of water and try and stay as cool as possible.

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