As I am writing this I am sitting in my garden in the sun, boiling hot. But I am sure that as soon as I hit the publish button I will tempt fate and be putting the sun firmly back behind a cloud, never to be seen again! So if that does happen, and this post signals the end of the summer, I am truly sorry!
Keeping William cool on days like today is pretty difficult, not least because he is sitting in a foam chair with black covers on it. So I wanted to share my top tips for keeping cool and hopefully gather a few more from you which might help him this summer!
1. As I said above, Williams chair is black and we all know that black retains the heat. So on really hot days I cover his wheelchair with a white cotton pillow case to give him something a little cooler to sit on. His head rest is not only black, it’s also covered in a plastic material which makes his head sweat so we use a small white flannel to cover the parts that touch his head.
2. We discovered these great cooling towels a few years ago and I swear by them. You simply pop them into some cold water, wring them out completely and they stay cool for ages. Because they are so absorbent they don’t make your clothes too wet when you use them, like a standard towel would. You can find them in various different sizes too which is really handy. We like the little ones as they’re good to take out and about with us.
3. People always advice you to run your wrists under a cold tap for five seconds each every couple of hours. Because a main vein passes through this area, it helps cool the blood. It is difficult to get William close enough to a cold tap, so we wring out our cooling towel over his wrists instead.
4. Someone recently recommended I get some Migraine cooling strips . Apparently, although these are