Before I was dx with MS, I spent nearly all day out in the sun. Going camping, which I loved,taking my kids to the pool or just laying out in my backyard.
Now, if I stay out too long, I get weak and feel in general like hell. I use to love working in my flower beds and garden but now even that is almost impossible.
We didn't even plant a garden this yr. There are days when I can spend several hrs out if it isn't too hot and there is a breeze. Last weekend I mowed our entire yard which takes at least 3 hrs but
I made sure and stopped and drank water and then I would splash my face with the pool water. I loved the fact that I was able to stay out and do that because I love to mow. My husband kept stopping me and handing me a wet towel to wipe off with. ~L~ He worries too much.
Summer use to be the season I was excited for and in some ways I still am but a person can only spend so much time in a pool.
I have a cooling vest but always forget about it until after the fact. When I wear it, it does help but the cooling packs only last maybe an hr.
When I am out I do try and wet my feet and face with cool water as often as possible and that does help.