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!

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

Two water bottles I use are the Hydrant that I reviewed a while ago HERE

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.

The Hydrant

And the amazing Sho bottle

Review Sho Fortis Bottle

This bottle has been the sole reason I have drunk enough water this year, even in the hottest weather it keeps water cold for hours!

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

Check out the Montem Outdoor gear suppliers blog post on Common Hiking injuries (Yes I know I can’t walk), it has some useful tips on heat stroke and dehydration

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
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • 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.

If dehydration is ongoing (chronic), it can affect your kidney function and increase the risk of kidney stones. It can also lead to muscle damage and constipation.

Of course many of us already struggle with constipation as many of the pain meds can lead to that and people don’t realise how seriously constipation can be. You can ease constipation naturally with yoga?


By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

2 thought on “A spoonie in a heatwave!”
  1. Hi Zechariah,
    I just wanted to let you know that you have won the Sunshine Blogger Award! I nominated you for your writings on disability. Your blog is informative about life with such conditions and the stresses and implications they involve. I look forward to reading more!
    Please follow the link below where you can find my nomination for your blog and also more about the award;
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