The title of this post is a bit tongue in cheek. This post is really about the weather, or the effects the weather is having on my brain, or both. You remember that commercial about drugs, and what your brain looks like on drugs? Well, it turns out that the weather can have the same effect on your brain as a harsh chemical. There are definitely days when my brain feels like it is frying. Of course, that may be owing to my part-time job.
I currently work as a seasonal employee at Lowe’s, in their outdoor lawn and garden section. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the work; I love this job. In fact, I love working with the plants so much, that I went back three times to apply for the position, until I finally got hired on. The fact that I love the job, does not negate the fact that, on hot, sunny days, my brain sometimes feels like it’s frying. It helps some, that there are hats to wear, and I usually have a watering hose in my hands, that frequently leaks, and keeps me cooled off some on the outside.
Even so, I get so involved in watering and cleaning up the plants and flowers, that I sometimes forget to take a break. Even with all the water in the air, and on my cloths, I still get dehydrated when I forget to take a break. It’s this sneaky dehydration, from sweating out the liquids and minerals, even though there is a cooling flow of leaky water, that puts my brain in jeopardy, and makes me feel like my head is on fire. But I have experience in the military, and am good at monitoring my own vital signs. I do remember to take a break, when dehydration symptoms start showing up. Perhaps it is this which keeps me from a visit to the emergency room, as so many others this summer have found themselves doing.
For instance, my youngest daughter came down with a summer cold, and somehow, it turned into bronchial spasms, just prior to becoming bronchitis. My youngest daughter is 21 years old, and has never had bronchial spasms before, in her life. None of my daughters, to my knowledge, have ever had bronchial spasms before. This health malady was a new experience for both of us. Because the health card was not currently working (that’s another story), we ended up being sent to the hospital emergency room.
On the way to the emergency room, we ended up on a crowded bridge where the traffic wasn’t moving very fast. My car, this summer, is without air-conditioning. The lack of speedy forward motion prevented us from getting a good flow of air through the car windows, and it got pretty warm. The warmth and humidity in the air was exacerbating my daughters condition. She told me she felt like she had a tight collar around her throat, and she couldn’t get it off. We finally made it to the hospital and got checked in at the desk, and were directed to the waiting area. While waiting, several gurneys came in from the ambulance services, with additional patients. Once checked in at the desk, some of these were also directed to take a seat in the waiting room. There were several people with heat related maladies. They, as we, waited for hours before being admitted to the emergency services personnel.
Some of us chatted with each other, sympathizing with the situation, and encouraging each other to hang in there. I don’t know if their brains felt fried, but one, who worked at a car wash, had stomach cramps and vomiting so severe that he couldn’t keep anything down, including the water he was trying to drink, and another one, who had been working outside for the previous two days, had muscle cramps in his arms and hands, which caused his fingers and wrists to turn inward and lock up. So many suffering with fried muscles, fried stomachs, and fried lungs, from excessive exposure to heat, and profuse sweating, (with and without external applications of water) without enough internal hydration, or replacement of vital minerals and salts.
Whatever is causing this years weather, ozone holes (which they say is healing, now) pre-volcanic earth crust heating, extra moons, or wobbly, eccentric planetary orbits, it’s hot and humid this summer. Watch out for yourselves, and each other. Stay hydrated. Add more salt to your diet, to help your body hang on to your water, and eat or drink more foods with high mineral contents, (milk, bananas, potatoes, melons, etc.) to replace what sneakily gets sweated out, even when you don’t notice it. Try not to let your brain fry, like eggs on a hot summer sidewalk.
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