A Pow Wow and a Lobster

It all started yesterday when my boss found me slumped against the plasterboard, eyes glazed. We had a quick pow wow and we’ve agreed I just can’t work two days in a row. It’s too much and far too physically demanding when I’m trying to cope with the MS symptoms.

He was brilliant and we now have a new plan. I will work single days with him, with time off for rest in between and if I’m just not up to it, he will let me loose on updating his website from home. Excellent. I could have cried in gratitude but my eyes were all gritty with brick dust.

I got back home a happy bunny. Exhausted but happy. So there was nothing I wanted more in the world than a nice, hot, steaming, bubbly bath. Mr Matey was lined up, the cat was out and I had the house to myself. Bliss. Just one thing I forgot – since having MS, I can’t have hot baths any more.

This is a sneaky symptom of MS. I am completely heat intolerant – Uhthoff’s phenomenon to give it it’s posh name. My last ever bath (hey, I do shower!), was a disaster. I had a slight inkling before and would have shorter and shorter baths without realising quite what was going on. But this final time, I ran a lovely bath, eased myself into it, let out a long sigh and lay back.

Wonderful. Except it wasn’t. As if a switch had gone off, I was suddenly completely drained of energy, my limbs wouldn’t move properly and my whole body was throbbing and tingling in pain.Β When I finally managed to clamber out, I looked like a demented lobster. My face was bright red and I looked ill. I staggered downstairs and lay on the sofa for an hour or so until I recovered.

So, sadly, I am resigned to a life of showers. It’s just not the same, is it? Nobody relaxes in a shower. Unless it’s one of those hi-tec ones with an in-built telly and water jets firing at you from every direction, massaging you into submission. And where can you keep a rubber duck in a shower?

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6 thoughts on “A Pow Wow and a Lobster

  1. Samantha Thompson says:

    I’m not diagnosed with anything yet but I totally get the bath issue.
    I’ve not been able to have a bath for years. The last one I tried was my legs were fatigued and aching so I thought a bath would help. I wasn’t in it long before I was hanging over the side panting like a dog and looking like a lobster as you said! Lol. I felt really ill.
    I miss a bath πŸ™
    So glad about your work πŸ™‚
    Sam xx

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi Sam!
      Thank you for your comment. So glad I’m not the only one,lol. It seems such a silly thing to miss, but there’s nothing nicer than a lovely hot bath! My ducks have been given to the charity shop…
      I really hope you find some sort of diagnosis soon.

  2. Jenny says:

    I really really miss a long soak in the bath :-(( there have been many times I’ve fancied one but I know my body will rebel!

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi there!
      Me too. It’s a really unfair symptom of MS. Just like not being able to wear heels any more, sniff.

  3. Sally says:

    Just reading through your blog stuff this morning ( I commented on your flat shoes issues last night). On the heat intolerance thing, I bought a ‘Chillow’ a couple of years ago and it is excellent when the weather gets warmer. Pillow size rectangle but thin. Great for helping to get to sleep when hot and during the summer if I am sitting down I lay it across my ankles or on my thighs and it really helps in making things more bearable. As with all these things look up Amazon. Loving your make over look. πŸ™‚ Was that the natural look?

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi Sally,
      I have just looked up Amazon and found them – never heard of a chillow before, thank you! What a brilliant idea. Mind you, they were alongside the menopause stuff, lol.
      The picture is kind of what the make-up ‘artist’ looked like, bless her – yup, that was her ‘no make-up, make up’ look. Gulp. Still practising…

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