Sheesh! It's hot. There is one thing MS patients should not do when it's hot. We should not think we can run around doing errands like we did before we got MS.
There I am in line at a major corporate store and I politely ask the clerk if I can check out as the heat is going to make me fall over. Trust me, I know when I am going to fall over. She told me to ask all the people in the line ahead of me. I said, "Really? Every single one of them?" The nearest one was a large woman with smurf colored hair. I have not seen that color since the 80s.
Well, suffice it to say, I did fall. Now MS falls in heat are like ice cream sliding off a cone. It's a melting fall. "Do you want me to call 911?" the clerk asked. Said smurf customer was very angry with me. Now that's some compassion right there. I said, "No. I just need your help to check out and then I need to sit and cool down."
Smurf woman is still really angry. I am not that large. She was very large and very angry and I am on the floor of the store. I was kind of scared. I wondered, "Is this the day I get crushed by a smurf?"
It all ended well. I got checked out, cooled down, and the clerk even gave me some water. Hooray for underpaid clerks and boo to smurfs! -Alison Whiteman