Enjoy the Sunshine Responsibly

Hello all,

The past few day have been rather hot. When the weather is like this it can be quite nice for a short period of time. However because we are not used to it in the UK the temperatures can be very uncomfortable.

Our houses are not designed for keeping cool. They are designed to stay warm. Which is not ideal when the thermometer is saying 45 degrees C outside.

During the hotter months of the year it is important that we stay cool and look after ourselves in the heat.
It is nice to be outside but we need to enjoy the hear responsibly.

If you have a heart condition it is especially important to take care of yourself. The British Heart Foundation has some amazing resources on their website. Remember to stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water. You should also wear a hat and spend time in the shade.

If you keep your curtains pulled closed during the day you will stop the heat from warming your house. This is probably why in warmer countries they have small windows and shutters. To keep the heat out.

Anyway that’s it from me, I am far too warm and I have just had some lunch meaning I am now rather tired.

Enjoy the sun, but be sensible.

Philippa B.

Sunshine and Glare

Hello,

It is getting round to that time of the the year again when I need to remember to take a hat with me when I go out.

The sun is causing a lot more glare than what I’d like.

I do enjoy summer, the warmer weather is better for my back pain. But the brighter sunshine is not good for my vision.

Hats are the best way for me to be able to move safely when I’m out, they cut down the amount of glare I’m having to put up with.

Otherwise I have to close my ‘good eye’, which means I’m left with less than 3ft of vision to see where I am going. Yes I have my cain, but I’m in pain when I’m using the very little vision in just the one eye.

It feels like someone is jamming their fingers into my eyes. That’s how much it hurts.

By wearing a hat I don’t have to worry about the glare, meaning there is less chance of me pain from the sun.

Please remember that when you see a visually impaired person, or anyone who is using a mobility aid, give them room. Be patient and let them do what they need to. We appreciate not being rushed.

Kindness goes along way.

Have a great day,

Philippa B.