My Friday Night Sew-In got trumped by me ending up with heat exhaustion or dehydration or a bit of both. I had a very busy week at work with extra responsibilities all around as my boss was off work all week due to a death in the family. I was more than happy to help out during this time.
Aside from my daily accounting duties, the extra duties I picked up and programming a new help desk – oh and training a new staff member – I think the issues started on Wednesday. I did not follow my advise very well on taking breaks and I know I didn’t have as much to drink as I normally do.
I left work early on Wednesday to make the almost 2 hour drive to the wake to support my boss and his family. I forgot to bring water on my trip and less than 10 minutes from my destination while stopped at a red light, I was rear-ended. I went to the wake, then the collision reporting center and was told I have to come back as the accident was on the border of 2 towns and I had to go to the other center that was closed. By this time, it was after 10pm. I didn’t have dinner or anything to drink for at least a half a day. Did I mention it was 40 C (104 F) outside with the humidity?
Thursday, I made the same trip to the funeral, then to the collision reporting center and then to a visit with my Grandparents who don’t have air conditioning. Thursday was 48 C (118 F) and although I drank water, I was in and out all day.
Friday, I was back to my normal routine but the air conditioning at the office was having a real hard time keeping up and we all were sweltering in the heat. That evening I planned to participate in the Friday Night Sew-In and have a nice relaxing night in after a week of insanity. I set everything up, basted the quilt I was going to quilt and noticed I was beginning to feel off. I was so thirsty. I was sweating a storm in the air-conditioned house and began to feel dizzy, nauseous, light-headed and super weak. I gave up on trying to sew, grabbed a Gatorade and watched Despicable Me.
Saturday, I was no better. I ended up drinking about 7 bottles of water, took multiple naps and had to force myself to eat soup for needed nourishment. By Sunday, I was almost recovered however, I was still incredibly thirsty and drank water like it was going out of style.
Today I am still thirsty and somewhat tired. I have had my 2+ litres of water and have definitely learned my lesson. No matter how hectic your day is, make sure you take breaks and keep hydrated in this weather.