Just around the corner is the season most MSers dread. The very sound of the word can make us cower in fear of what will be. The season I am referring to is…SUMMER!!!!
**insert horror movie scream, Vincent Price laugh and menacing music here**
Now some of you reading this now may be horrified at the sound of this. What could be so wrong with summer?! The beach! The ocean! The pool! The BBQs! Yes, all of that is fantastic and much fun is had. I myself am excited about all of the above.
Imagine this if you will. You are enjoying a nice summer day in the sun having a backyard BBQ with friends. You feel a little warm, as to be expected, so you cool off with a cold drink or a dip in the pool. It helps, but not for long. Then you start not being able to see straight. Your hands go numb. You need to get into the house now. The feeling of the a/c calms you and you sit down. The fatigue hits you that you have to lay down and close your eyes for a bit. All this is happening to you while everyone else can be outside enjoying the fun in the sun with no problem. Fan-damn-tastic.
A little theatrical? Maybe. Exaggerating? Eh, not really. You see what I just described was an example of the heat causing a MS episode. This article is the best one that I have found that describes heat vs MS.
Yes there are things that can be done to remedy it so someone isn’t a hermit for 3 months. It’s nothing new with any MSer. Sometimes we have to make plans around the disease itself. In this case, we learn to plan around the heat. Does it mean we cut our time at the beach shorter than we would have liked? Maybe. But there’s always tomorrow for more fun. In my opinion, it’s better to not invite an “episode” in. (Those damn things have a mind of its own as it is.)
Now excuse me while I go refill my ice cube trays…