It’s not officially the dog days of summer yet, but Charleston is definitely feeling the heat! For some people with spinal cord injury, it’s difficult for us to regulate our body temperature and handle the hot, humid weather.
An able-bodied person can cool off through sweating, but, for those who are injured, the brain doesn’t communicate with the spinal cord when the body becomes overheated. Some signs of heat exhaustion are dizzines, weakness or feeling nauseous. When these symptoms are present, it’s best to go into an air-conditioned room or use fans.There are also several companies that make cooling towels that stay cold for several hours.
I usually try to beat the heat by packing a cooler with water and cold towels when spending the day outdoors. Placing cold towels on my arms and on the back of my neck help keep my body cool. Our bodies are similar to cold-blooded animals; we match the temperature of our environment. Much like alligators and other reptiles, we can go for a swim to handle the heat and humidity!