H E A T! H is also for hot, hate. horrible and hideous.
Emjay hates hot, horrible, hideous heat!
All words that can be applied to summer and apparently this year to some of spring. Heat and Emjay are incompatible. I sweat in places I didn’t used to sweat and no, baby powder does not work; I go bright red in the face, I feel faint, dizzy, nauseous; I’m convinced with each step in the sun that I might dissolve . There lies Emjay, a little puddle on the sidewalk – quick! look before she evaporates!
I don’t like water much and I don’t drink soda or juices (exception: cranberry juice at breakfast). In fact I don’t often feel thirsty so I’m probably either a camel or walking around in a perpetually dehydrated state to which I’ve become accustomed.
I’m also convinced that I have a bladder half the size of everyone else, or at least half the efficiency, a fact that deters me from drinking water just for the sake of staying hydrated – especially just before a commute.
I belong to Alert DC – a service you sign up for to receive email and text alerts of all sorts of things from terrorism to crime in your neighbourhood to downed traffic lights, changes in trash collections and weather alerts.
An alert I got today with an intriguing subject line………..
Subject: Protective Action
Residents and visitors (do visitors really sign up for these sorts of things?) in the District should keep cool by staying in the shade or air conditioning and keeping hydrated. Residents are encouraged to:
1. Wear loose fitting, lighter colored clothing. Take a ride on the metro or bus which are air conditioned (LOL – this must be the punchline of the email – I took 4 trains today and only one was adequately cooled!)
2. If you don’t have air-conditioning, arrange to spend at least parts of the day in a shopping mall, public libraries, museums, movie theatres, or other public spaces that are cool. (Yes, “theatres” was spelt my way & yes, I’d love to take a hot day off work and spend it at the movies).
3. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors (a new fashion trend for receptionists – the drowned rat look. It’s not applicable in my case though as the bottle would be stolen out of the fridge)
4. Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes. Avoid drinks containing alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar as these can increase dehydration. (Are they trying to totally ruin my day? there’s nothing better than a glass of chilled white wine after work).
The next 3 points are a little serious to make fun of… though I must say that the elderly people sitting on their front porches as I walked home from the metro looked to be in way better condition than me!!
5. Remember that the elderly, infants and those with chronic illnesses can dehydrate more easily and are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Observe for signs of heat-related illness such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting.
6. Observe infants for signs of heat related illness such as not producing tears when crying or fewer diaper changes.
7. Don’t forget that pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses too.
6pm in the shade on my back deck – and the weatherman just told me that tomorrow is going to be even hotter!