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Coping with the hot weather

Like much of England Sussex has had a prolonged period of very hot weather during June and July, the like of which we have not seen since 1976. I have found the heat quite exhausting and have not been walking or playing badminton, two of my favourite activities. Pilates has been fine as it mostly involves gentle stretching, no cardiovascular work. Excessive sweating is a common symptom of Parkinson’s and that has been more of a problem than usual. It has been a relief to have a cool few days over the weekend.
At the beginning of July I saw my consultant, the fourth one since I was diagnosed nearly six years ago. He concluded that not much had changed and offered me an appointment in twelve months rather than six. I felt rather pleased with that somehow as normally with an ongoing chronic condition appointments become more frequent!
Ballet classes in London and the local choir are having a summer break so there has been time to enjoy outdoor pastimes such as extended birthday lunches and suppers with friends. We spent a warm, balmy evening listening to Kathryn Jenkins singing in a local park; magical.
Handsome Henry is back in Australia and now crawls forwards. This enables him to explore the fireplace, try the cat food and dismantle all the draught excluder the aimiable husband had carefully fixed round the patio doors. The cat finds his hammock on the window a safe place to watch the chaos below!

Next month we are flying to Oporto in Portugal and travelling along the Duoro River with Australian friends; should be great fun!

3 thoughts on “Coping with the hot weather

  1. I can’t believe we didn’t ask you about your consultant when we saw you on Sunday. Glad to hear he thinks it will be good to see you in 12 months – gives you confidence somehow. I think the hot weather is affecting everyone, so hopefully when it returns to its usual temperature you will be back on track again! Keep up the good work and particularly keep on smiling.
    Frances x

  2. I have just re-read your blog whilst watching the weather forecast and I am sure you will be hoping that the temperatures will cool down before you visit Portugal next month although I am sure that it will be very pleasant on the river and hopefully cooler. Great news that your visit to the consultant went well although some of the symptoms must be difficult to adjust to. We have just returned from our week of Grandparent duty in Wimborne while Mummy and Daddy were in Florence celebrating their 20th Anniversary and had a lovely time together. We spent 2 days at a super Lido with amazing inflatables for the girls to play on which they really enjoyed. We also visited the New Forest and had a super day at Dorset Heavy Horse farm plus several visits to a local tea garden where they sold the most delicious ice creams; the week went really quickly and we had great fun together. We are getting back to a better sleep pattern after returning from our time with our Australian family but both feel ready for a rest now but feel so lucky to be able to spend time with our little people.

    Henry sounds as though he is growing into a fun loving little boy and will keep Mummy on her toes !

    Looking forward to seeing you on the 26th.

    Love Elizabeth

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