As you watch those national weather forecasts have you noticed the scorching heat wave blazing through the US? Well, it’s been intolerable this week. Even people without heat intolerance are finding themselves affected by the increased heat index and humidity. But, for us heat intolerance folk, we are practically chained to places with air conditioning. And even the mini trips we take to venture out into the heat (the necessary trips we must take to work, or school, or to the grocery store) take everything out of us.
Heat Intolerance is when the body is incapable of feeling comfortable when the outside temperature rises. Those who suffer from heat intolerance vary in how it affects them. For me, it just depends on how hot it is and how long I expose myself to it.
I’ve learned that in:
80-90 degree weather I: feel slightly uncomfortable, but it’s not too bad unless I’m stuck in direct sunlight. If I don’t have access to water and am out there too long, I begin getting a little fuzzy-headed.
Anything above 90: Very uncomfortable, feels like my body aches and is slowed, not unusual for me to see spots, and a dull headache. And if I don’t keep up with my fluids, I can pass out.
This week, my state has had heat advisories and temperatures well above 100 by midday! I don’t even want to leave my house to go work because my car is so blazing hot. I can’t start it up and let it cool down because I seriously worry my neighbors will steal my car (believe me, not a good situation when those kids are home on summer vacation!). And then after work, when I go to leave for home, it’s a virtual sweat box for about 3 minutes until my air really kicks in. Problem is, it only take me 7 minutes to get home. Thankfully, I can walk into my house knowing it’s going to be cold in there!
So, here I am. I’m longing for Fall, but not wanting Winter. I’m loving Spring, but not liking Summer.