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Non-heatwave photo.

Eddie Mair | 11:55 UK time, Wednesday, 1 July 2009

"Hi Eddie & Team!

Here's an anti-heatwave pic I thought you might relate to - while the rest of the country basks in sun, a harr rolls up the Firth of Forth and slowly envelops Edinburgh ;-)

Having MS I am very heat intolerant - my symptoms always get a lot worse when it's hot and humid - so quite like to avoid the worst of the heat!




  • 1. At 12:32pm on 01 Jul 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Hurrah! Made it here at last!

    Smart new Blog, lovely photo from across the border.

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  • 2. At 12:41pm on 01 Jul 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Eddie/others: this post isn't linking to the next thread at the moment.

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  • 3. At 12:42pm on 01 Jul 2009, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Yay! The comments are working!

    Fantastic picture. I'm very heat-intolerant too, Maree.

    If we get the promised thunderstorm here this afternoon, I'll see if I can get a picture of that.

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  • 4. At 12:44pm on 01 Jul 2009, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    OK! We can now use the letter "K"!

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  • 5. At 1:26pm on 01 Jul 2009, lordBeddGelert wrote:

    "while the rest of the country basks in sun.."

    Actually the weather for the country, as decided by the BBC, depends purely on what the weather is in London...

    When they move to Manchester we will be told that it is raining all over the country. All of the time.

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  • 6. At 2:31pm on 01 Jul 2009, OrkneyVoice wrote:

    Bad luck Maree, alas, not much can be done about this, it is known as Uhthoff's Syndrome and was first identified about 100 years ago. About 60%-80% of people with MS experience this (and a very small number experience the complete opposite). Anyone with demyelination of the optic nerve might also experience a temporary blurriness of vision (especially if they have had Optic Neuritis).

    At least you can comfort yourself with the knowledge that you will be receiving an extra hit of vitamin D3, which will probably be beneficial to your condition.

    Fortunately, when the temperature returns to the norm for Edinburgh, this entirely reversible experience will recede. Good luck and keep cool!

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  • 7. At 3:26pm on 01 Jul 2009, Dr Bee wrote:

    Yes OrkneyVoice @6, I understand that the diagnosis in the old days was made (at least partly) on the basis of the 'hot bath test' - they'd plonk the poor patient in a steaming hot bath for a period of time and then see what (if anything) they could still do :D

    Believe it or not, that view usually looks across the Firth of Forth and to Fife on the other side... the pic was taken the other night when a big long tongue of harr came up the Forth and started to waft up the hills to the sides..

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  • 8. At 3:02pm on 02 Jul 2009, OrkneyVoice wrote:

    Yes, as Dr. Bee suggests (@7) the 'hot bath test' was used for years, that is why the more accurate McDonald criteria are being used before MS patients will appear on the MS NHSScotland Incidence Register that will give, for the first time, accurate figures of people with MS in Scotland years ahead of the projects in the rest of the UK.

    Of course, if the latest proposals on the theories of Prof. Ebers and the like about Vitamin D3 are correct, then there is probably a connexion between Maree's condition and the haar (as it is called here) blotting out the beneficial rays of any sunshine we do get!

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