It’s cooler, and drier this week. Temperatures have been staying in the high seventies to low eighties, and the dew point is low. That is a relief to those of us with heat intolerance.
Heat intolerance is more than it sounds. It isn’t just that we don’t like the heat, and are just intolerant of activities that require hot weather (like swimming or boating.)
Heat intolerance as a symptom of multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia and other neurological conditions is a nerve disorder. The damaged nerves in our central nervous system are affected by those high temperatures and high dew points. Like an electrical cord that is worn and exposed to dampness, the messages being carried are interrupted. They may get through, but can be delayed in the transmission. They may also be incomplete.
If a person’s vision is blurry at best, it is even worse in heat and humidity. Balance is also affected, and mobility can be limited by both heat-impacted energy levels and awkward reception of muscle/nerve coordination.
People with chronic conditions that include heat intolerance may need to just lay low during a heat wave, and re-enter active life carefully when the weather cools. Sometimes, being able to get outside and do things on a better day can lead to over-doing, which is never a good thing with multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases. We’ll move more slowly, choose activities more selectively, and participate when we can, where we can. All we ask is that others understand this, and accept our choices.