Week Ten, Day Three

Yesterday came and went with no writing. The heat index got up to 109 here. I read this morning that the effects of heat are cumulative and it’s really getting to me. It’s been this way all week – heat indices up to 109 every day. I go out to take my little dog. My AC can’t “keep up” and it’s hot in my house. I can’t think well and I’m losing interest in everything. I actually came to this page yesterday and put a title and that’s it. Nothing got posted.

I have a terrible pain in my neck. I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, but my car’s AC isn’t working and I am not sure I should try to drive to her office. I have asthma and various other maladies. I have four different medicines that help me breathe and every day I end up taking all four of them – some more than once. That’s with me mostly staying in the  house. I don’t know what riding to the doctor in an un-air conditioned car in this heat would cause.

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People read these blogs and when I get a “like” on one of them, I go back and reread it to see if I would have “liked it”. Usually I am pleasantly surprised by what I wrote. I write daily, except yesterday I didn’t write anything. Some days I feel like I’ll burst if I don’t write something. Yesterday I felt like I would melt, if I tried. It’s not just the heat in the south; it’s the humidity as well. It feels like I’m walking through air that is saturated with water and it’s so hard to breathe outside. I only go out to take my dog to do her business. We don’t walk – we just step out in the yard right now. It’s just too hot to do anything else.

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I looked up the signs of heat illnesses and found these symptoms:

Heat exhaustion
  • Cool, moist skin
  • Heavy sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Light headedness
  • Weakness
  • Thirst
  • Irritability
  • Fast heart beat

I’ve had them all frequently this week, except the heavy sweating and fast heart beat. I’ve kept a headache all week. Nausea has been bad. I’ve been very dizzy. Under heat stroke, they listed confusion as a sign and I don’t believe I’ve had a heat stroke, but I have stayed very confused. It’s one reason I haven’t worked on my writing. The nausea and feeling weak is another . . .

Here’s what to do:

  • Have worker sit or lie down in a cool, shady area
  • Give worker plenty of water or other cool beverages to drink
  • Cool worker with cold compresses/ice packs
  • Take to clinic or emergency room for medical evaluation or treatment if signs or symptoms worsen or do not improve within 60 minutes.
  • Do not return to work that day

I should put the link where I got this

info: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/heat_illnesses.html

I drank a lot of water. I’ve laid down frequently. One of the days I spent the whole day in bed.

I went ahead and cancelled tomorrow’s doctor appointment. I have no air conditioning in my old car and what I read said it takes 4 minutes for the heat to affect asthma. It would take me longer than that to drive there. Then I’d have to walk across the parking lot. This is a specialist they’ve wanted me to see since April 4. Well, he’ll just have to wait longer (or I will). I can’t make myself sicker trying to get to a doctor for tests.

I’ve done almost no sweating. I think the sweating helps cool your body. I just go out in the heat (with the dog) and begin to feel dizzy, and confused and my headache increases, and I need more medicine afterwards to be able to breathe. This heat is bad. Heat index is 106 right now. It’s 1:00 pm.

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Went to mailbox just before 3:00 pm. When I came back in, I felt so bad that I checked the weather online. Heat index showed to be 113. It was 95 degrees outside with a heat index of 113. No wonder I felt so bad.

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After dinner I was annoyed with myself for doing so little on my writing career today. I used to be tougher than this. So I went to the file where I have my PRIORITY NUMBER 7 book saved and I printed out 15 more pages. I punched holes in them and some day when I’m not so hot and thirsty, I’ll put them in the blindman binder. I am printing out what has already been written, putting the pages in a binder and will read it like a book when I get them all printed out. I’ll make notes about what is missing and do some editing. My file saved them in alphabetical order. They need to be in chronological order. Not sure how I’ll find each one to work on it on the computer, but I’ll figure out a way. The pages in that binder are many. It looks like a book already from the thickness of what has been written. I see there are other pages I printed out, but didn’t put where they go in the binder. I could spend an hour sorting through all those pages. They are stuck in the binder, but not put in the hooks.

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As I print out pages, I change the font on that chapter/entry to red so I can tell at a glance when I open each saved document whether it has been printed yet or not.

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