In the name of Allah; the Merciful; the Compassionate - بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you - السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Spring is towards it's end, but the humidity is increasing not like it was years before. It is getting warmer and Muja's body is sticky with her sweat when she wakes up in the morning. Her body and especially her checks becomes pink or reddish in the afternoon when the direct sun heats our living room. The heat makes her body warmer and more sweaty. If she cries her body heat increase. Usually I get a wet cloth and wipe her face and body to reduce the heat and refresh her. Sometime I spray her face with the Aromatic Mist I made using Neroli floral water and Neroli essential oil.
At night, her body gets hot again as the heat that absorb in our house during the day slowly radiates it's way back into the house. Like any other night, once she starts crying she can last at least an hour. It makes her body warm again and not able to fall asleep.
This summer, we have to live with the heat wave, unlike last year when we went away for holiday. This summer holiday will be different with new baby and looking after Muja post-surgery.
Muja needs an air conditioner because she cannot regulate her body temperature. I remember once her check got burnt because she rubbed it against the sofa one summer. If she is able to move, that won't happen.
I heard that there is a Disability Equipment Grant Program (DEG) that funding children with permanant disabilities who can't afford equipments such as vehicle modification (maximum grant $7500), assistive technology for with a vision impairment (maximum grant $5000), assistive technology for people with a communication impairment (maximum grant $5,000) an acconditioners (maximum grant $1,500). Who is eligible for the grant is in the information package here. while its application form is here.
The Government of Western Australia also gives Thermoregulatory Dysfunction Subsidy Scheme to assist the electrictity costs of operating heater or air conditioner equipments at home. Get the information sheet here and application form here. The subsidy is $424 per annum (rate is current as from 1 July 2009).
There is also a Life Support Equipment Electricity Subsidy if you need an uninterrupted power supply to run critical medical equipment. The subsidy rate depend on the equipments that range from as little as $30 for Nebuliser to $774 for Oxygen Concentrators. The rate are annually. The information phamplet and who can apply is here. To apply for the subsidy the application form is here while to apply for Life Support Identification is here.
I hope these information can help you in any ways. For now, I am off to shop for an air conditioner. Which one should I buy? The split system? Inverters? What size? Let me ask the expert at Harvey Norman.