Way back, when I was living in a camper, I learned online that if you soak a large cloth (like a blanket or sheet) in water and hang it to dry, the act of drying will help cool the air in a small space like a camper or van. This was on a forum for people living in such vehicles. I tried it, because Mississippi is hot, y’all, and it did help. Of course, I didn’t have water in my camper, so I had to fill a jug up with water in one of the campus bathrooms and lug it to my camper and kind of improvise from there. I used a sheet, so it didn’t take that much water, and it was Mississippi, so it took forever to dry, but hey, it helped. The picture to the right is a comforter I just put through the washing machine and am letting dry on rack made for just such a thing. It might help bring the temperature down in our house since our air conditioner is still broken. If I had been anything in my right mind the last few days, I might have thought of it sooner. But nope, all I could think about was my own misery, and I’m sorry, because I kinda bitched about it endlessly. So here is my apology to y’all (moreso to the people who will read this on Facespace. Sorry for my endless updates. I get whiney when I’m sick) So, anyway, it seems (and this is a self-diagnoses based on looking up the symptoms) that since last Wednesday, I’ve been suffering from some form of heat exhaustion. I mean, the rash, the swollen extremities, the low-grade fever, the excessive thirst, the dizziness when standing up and moving around… it all added up. The only thing I didn’t have was the excessive sweating. Like. I wasn’t sweating at all. I’m still not. I wonder if I should bring that up to a doctor whenever I see one? But I digress… The thing is, there wasn’t much I could do about being exhausted by the heat, since the cure is to rest in a “cool dark place” and I didn’t have one of those readily available. You know, since it was ’round about 99 degrees outside and not much cooler inside — okay, it wasn’t that hot inside. But it felt hot to me. Anyway, (as I mentioned before) my air conditioner is broken. I was doing everything I could think of to keep my temperature down. I got pretty selfish about it, truth be told. I ate a lot of popsicles, drank a ton of iced tea and ice water. Even so, I was thirsty all of the time. I woke up all night long needing to drink (and pee) which is weird for me. I walked around without pants on, y’all (and I mean trousers for you people not in the USA). And that’s super weird for me. I just, like, don’t do that. Anyway, I tried my best to keep cool. But in the end, it turns out I was just super hot most of the time. Hot and cranky.
So, here’s the thing, as far as I can tell, the temp in the house didn’t get above 88 degrees. At least that’s what my thermostat read whenever I looked at it. We have two huge shade trees, one on either side of the house. Honestly, I don’t even know why my body was reacting the way it was because 88 degrees isn’t that hot. I’ve been in way hotter situations for way longer and didn’t break down like that — the aforementioned camper in Mississippi for example. And that had the extra flavor of humidity added on top of it. I know everyone else and their uncle would be like, “88 degrees? I don’t think so!” And I mean I wouldn’t want to live like that forever, but my body shouldn’t have been throwing a conniption fit like that. You know? Anyway, I *think* our heat wave broke yesterday. Or at the very least there was a break in it because the wind was blowing last night, and man did it feel good. It cooled the house right down, and I think we all got a good night’s sleep. I know the dogs weren’t wandering up and down the halls like they have been for the last few days. And I didn’t hear Doug bumping around in the middle of the night like I usually do. Or maybe it’s just me. I dunno. I konked out at ten and woke up at around 4:30. It cleared my head up a little too. I woke up this morning full of vip and vinegar and making plans for how I was going to take a shower, do the laundry, clean the house, walk the dog, and do all the things! You betcha! I took a shower… and lay down for a couple more hours. Ha! Because I might have woken up full of energy, but it sure didn’t last long. I am getting the things done, dear reader. One thing at a time. With long rests in between. I’ve got another load in the washer right now. And then I’ll wash some more blankets and let them dry as the comforter above. I probably won’t walk the dog though. I’ll save that for tomorrow. Making coffee wiped me out for the nonce. Iced coffee. I ain’t crazy. 🙂 But anyway, my temperature’s back to normal 97.7, so it’s not even slightly elevated. Yay! My skin doesn’t feel sunburned anymore. The rash is still there, but I didn’t expect that to disappear overnight. It is faded though. So there’s that. And all in all, I’m feeling better — still a little light in the head whenever I stand up for very long, but better all around. Let’s just hope the weather cooperates, because it looks like it’s gonna be a couple of days before we can get the A/C fixed. And I just thought I’d bring y’all up to date on all that. Take care.