Flip Flop Flap

vampireVampire season is upon us once more.

We have a mini-heatwave. I have been following the weather forecasts avidly, inwardly rejoicing when I heard there will be showers next week (I live in Wales; by law it must rain at least every few days).

I’m not a kill-joy. I am sooo happy to see people trundling up to Asda’s and back again, cars stocked full of barbecue supplies.

I like to see everyone decked out in summer prints and of course, it’s always a delight to see a whole bunch of men ill-advisedly walking around topless. Eww.

I’ve been invited to a family do tomorrow. They’re well used to me by now – my mum called and said, ‘don’t worry dear, we’ll put you in that dark corner with the parasol over you’. I’ll just shout across the garden when I need more ice cubes to chuck down my t-shirt and let the kids run around squirting me with their water pistols.

I must sound really grumbly. I love the sun, I really do. At a distance. Through the window. Sadly, The Teenager has whipped my large floor fan upstairs as apparently he can’t study without it. Although he seems to study perfectly well at the same time as chatting to his friends on Skype in his impenetrable, grunty language. He’s also recently ‘discovered’ Duran Duran and my house now sounds like an Old Skool Disco.

Anyway, I’m not complaining. Even though I don’t wear flip flops any more – foot drop is a nightmare with them on and it’s not inconceivable that I could catch the front of them, flinging myself forward, face-down on to the nearest available pavement. I have bought some floaty tops and sunglasses. I will hopefully be rocking the chic Continental look; slightly bored and above these childish solar delights.

The good news is, there is the consolation that with MS heat intolerance, it is imperative to self-prescribe ice cream. Emergency Medication. Plus there is the added bonus of having a blast of lovely icy air whenever I open the freezer to admire my range of Ben & Jerry’s.

So this weekend, I will be lurking in dark corners, vampire-esquely. Except I won’t have a lovely pale vampire face. I’ll be the one shining like a bright red beacon, gripping a tub of Phish Food….

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8 thoughts on “Flip Flop Flap

  1. jend says:

    So pleased to find you blogging again. How odd that I was feeling low and randomly decided to see if your blog was still going ! Cheered me up and left me wondering if we actually have the same Teenager ( you know, like when cats secretly have 2 homes )Although I can boast that both the windows AND curtains are open today ! Hope you are coming through the dark cloud you have been feeling . Perhaps it helps to know you are lifting other peoples dark clouds with your blog .

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi there! That’s such a lovely comment, thank you 🙂
      Yup, things are looking a lot brighter. Mentioned it to my MS nurse when I saw her at the newly-diagnosed day last week and she said it was pretty common with MS and I should bring it up at next consultation, luckily next month.
      Teenagers, eh?? His room is an absolute mess but at least his window is open! We are currently watching some footie, yawn. I have sneaked away to the computer, lol.

  2. Angela says:

    I can empathise. Heat intolerance has plagued me for the last two years. Like you I live in dread of hot weather and hibernate indoors a lot of the time. But occasionally the rebel inside me comes to the fore and I think sod it why shouldn’t I enjoy a bit of sun so I head out to the garden. Then I’m reminded as my energy levels drop and I become hypothetically drunk why I shouldn’t. Hey ho x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      It’s been truly dreadful today! I collapsed onto the sofa today after work, thinking I would have a quick five minute nap before heading up to our family do. TWO hours later I woke up with my mum calling on the phone. Arrrrghh. I staggered around like a zombie and made it up there, tucking myself into the dark corner. Horrible.
      Only now just feeling semi-normal again…

  3. I hate summer :/ the heat makes it so hard for me to move sometimes, but I get cold easily :p doesn’t make much sense

    steal the fan back :p

    • stumbling in flats says:

      I’m kind of the same – i seem to be heat and cold intolerant. The MS nurse said this is common with MS. What isn’t???? So I’m just as bad when I’m cold – it actually hurts. Weirdly.
      I have commanded The Teenager to return fan pronto, otherwise he will not have his dessert tomorrow. Works every time!

      • yeah the cold really hurts :/ i find it hard to explain to people because its cold but it burns at the same time

        • stumbling in flats says:

          That’s it exactly! I don’t know which is worse. The winter before last was horrendous. I now know the true meaning of being chilled to the bone.

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