Heat Is On ~
While I’m enjoying this great weather, I do begin to think about what’s next…the dog days of summer! We know what that means, heat and humidity. A definite “I’m melting” syndrome right here. The Farmers Almanac has predicted a hot, hot summer with plenty of humidity! Don’t forget about the “pollen vortex” reports in the news too! I usually don’t pay much attention to these predictions, however, the Farmers Almanac pretty much called our long and horrible winter! They’ve earned my attention!
The MSAA (Multiple Sclerosis Association of America) recently published information regarding their “Cooling and Assistive Equipment” Program to help MSers remain comfortable and cool during the summer months. As you know, many MSers suffer from heat sensitivity. Research has documented heat and humidity often makes MS symptoms worse. The good news here, research has also indicated the benefits of keeping our bodies cool to help avoid worsening symptoms.
There are many different options to try: air conditioning – be it in your home, a mall or even the library. Drink lots of cold drinks. Cold or cooler showers. Patients have even made their own ice packs to place under a hat…brilliant!
The most common cooling product on the market is the cooling vest. This vest contains insulated pockets which hold ice packs. You could also try cooling wraps, available for the neck, wrist and ankles. Common goal here, allowing options and the ability for us to enjoy our day and remain cool!
The MSAA Cooling Program offers a variety of cooling vests and accessories for MSers. To apply for this program, please click below. Qualified applications will be processed on first-come, first-serve basis and typically takes up to three weeks to fill. http://www.mymsaa.org/images/PDFs/app_cooling.pdf
The blessings of options and the willingness of organizations like the MSAA to help in any way they can. What works for you? Any tips or recommendations you’d like to share?
Make it a great day!
“Count Your Blessings”
~ Please visit MSAA web: mymsaa.org for more information on living well with MS.