Monday, July 15, 2013

Heat Stroke

I am not a fair weather person.  People think I am joking when they compliment a beautiful sunny day and my reply is, it's too hot...I moved here for the gloom.  It is true, I had lived through 33 years of heat and humidity in New Jersey and the Oregon climate appealed to me.  The fact is I don't do well in the heat.  Fortunately when it is hot here I can usually find the climate is perfect under a shaded porch.

I thought I could handle the heat yesterday, but I was wrong.  It wasn't that hot, probably 80 degrees or below.  There was a nice breeze.  I was building an arbour which took some digging and wood to be screwed together.  I was pacing myself.  I had a large mug of ice water that I tapped pretty often.  I took frequent breaks in the shade.  I was doing everything right, but after I finished building what I could in a day I took one more break in the shade before putting my tools away at around 4PM.  I started to sense some indigestion and suddenly all the water I consumed through out the day came rumbling up and was expelled across the lawn.  At that point I moved up to the porch where there is always a breeze and I was cooling off pretty well, but my wife came home and saw how pale I looked and told me I needed to lay down with ice packs to which I complied.  I stayed in bed motionless for two hours and when I was able to get up again I felt like I had a serious ass-whipping.  I rested the rest of the evening and I still feel drained today.  I'm drinking Gatorade hoping to restore the electrolytes.

I think back to the days I would ride my bicycle 30 miles on hot/humid days.  I recall working on a farm in 1969, the summer of Woodstock, which was hot and humid every day.  I just can't do what I used to. I accept that and I'll take on outdoor projects in the early morning and stop when starts getting warm while keeping in mind that the gloom will return one day.


Blogger Donna said...

I've had a few heat strokes, but not at 80 degrees! In fact, I consider 80 the perfect temperature. Once you've had a heat stroke, you do learn to watch for the symptoms and stop before it happens.

5:42 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Donna, I am acclimated to cool damp weather here in Oregon, so any time the temp rises above the 60's I feel the heat.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Jaggy said...

Hey Mr. Guy, I'm with you on the heat. I was doing some heavy yard work the last three nights, and I don't think I've ever been this exhausted. Despite gallons of cool water and electrolyte replacements, I'm zapped. The yard looks great, but I'm a mess!

Sorry you aren't feeling great and hope you get back up to par soon.

9:54 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Thanks, Jaggy. I'm back to normal, but I am more cautious these days.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

You know I feel you...

9:58 AM  

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