Heatwave!!!

The UK has been enjoying (or not, depends on your perspective) a heatwave. Most countries call this summer, but here in the UK we are prone to wetter summers, especially in the North and in Scotland.

Social media is awash with posts and pics of people enjoying the glorious weather. For quite a lot of people the warm and sunny weather certainly helps to lift their mood and their enjoyment of life is obvious.

But if you, or anyone you know, has a chronic illness then the prolonged heat can make life pretty miserable for you. Even quite dangerous. Alas, the same people (not all I must add) who have regaled us all on social media with their happy heatwave posts have taken to social media to castigate anyone who dares to moan about the hot weather.

For me personally my asthma has really been triggered. My IBS is flaring badly and my joints are sore and swollen due to the rising humidity. I’m also diabetic, which means the rising temperatures can make my blood glucose levels sky rocket – even when a healthy diet and exercise regime is being adhered to.

Other people have heart conditions and this can cause a flare up of angina type symptoms. Other heart conditions can be triggered during the extreme heat a heatwave brings and this often requires the person to receive hospital treatment.

It’s understandable that people who are chronically ill do not enjoy the extreme temperatures. It’s understandable that they feel miserable. They aren’t trying to spoil it for those people who enjoy such weather, they are struggling to cope due to a chronic illness or condition.

During the hot weather we should be aware of the wildlife around us, making sure that any animal we see has access to water to drink and to cool down. The same for our pets, make sure they have plenty of water available and ensure they have a cool, shady area inside or out. And I know it’s a no brainier, but please, please do not leave dogs in hot cars. They can become very ill really quickly and can actually die from the heat.

For those who enjoy the sun and heat, have fun.

For those who don’t, I hope you find relief.

Mindfulness.

Not a lot of people know this, I’ve been referred to a neurologist as I have some concerning symptoms that need investigating. There is a concern that I MAY have MS. My appointment is tomorrow.

I’ve been very unwell with these symptoms for quite some time, hence the lack of holiday snaps, I was ill on holiday too. We went away despite me being ill because how my health is right now could be the new reality for me every day.

Drawing this card today feels very significant to me. Self care for anyone is a must. Self care for chronic illness warriors is essential as we need to check in with our body’s regularly to make sure we aren’t over doing it.

Round up of my week.

The crisis from last week continued into this week, and is still ongoing. Sometimes life throws crap at us and we can’t just deal with it there and then. It’s a good job I’m a stubborn Taurean who digs her heels in when life gets tough.

I made a decision, completely unrelated to the crisis, a couple of days ago. It is something of a personal nature and something that has been rattling around my head for a while. But wow, what a huge difference that has made to my life. Decision making can release a lot of pent up emotions that you sometimes don’t know you’re holding in.

As the weekend draws to a close I’ll leave you with a song that always surfaces in my life when the weather is hot – and it’s finally turned hot up north too.

Monday Musing.

While the world still basks in the romantic glow of love that the Royal Wedding evoked a couple of days ago, I’m reminded of my own wedding and how I often wish things had been different. My eldest daughter is also getting married soon and she has planned everything with her fiance, a far cry from what her own parents did.

When I got married I didn’t have the emotional strength to partake in the planning. I was still very much recovering from the brutal attack on me and I just had no energy to put into wedding planning. I let my own mother plan just about everything. I knew I wanted my dress made, not bought. I actually wanted to get a black dress and just be done with it, but as we had opted for a church wedding I really don’t think it would have been appropriate.

I often wonder what I would have chosen had I not been so broken. Looking back I think I would still have opted for the church, this was twenty-eight years ago – twenty-nine when it was being planned – the registry office was in a dilapidated state and I still think I wouldn’t have wanted to have my wedding there.

If I was planning a wedding now I would be looking at somewhere out in nature. In fact, I would actually get handfasted – I’d probably have a legal ceremony first, but the actual wedding would be a handfasting – a pagan style commitment ceremony. IMG_4298.JPG

 

Having said all of that, I can still remember my wedding day and it was a wonderful day; filled with love, laughter, and happiness.