That Which Sucks

Today is day two of the Genesee Country Village’s Civil War reenactment.

And… I am home. Not there. Home.

This in a word, Sucks.

Yesterday started wet, sticky, hot and gross. But, I thought I was doing okay. Sure, I was red. But, I am always red.

I drank water the way I was supposed to. I had a few little pickles the way I was supposed to. I ate light like I was supposed to. I stayed out of the sun like I was supposed to. Really, the only times I was in the sun was from the car to the office, from the office to the Millinery, one run to the bathroom with the umbrella, then from the millinery to the office, then to the car.

Photo: Ruby Foote, July 18, 2015 GCV.

Photo: Ruby Foote, July 18, 2015 GCV.

Long, TMI story cut short – Sometime late morning I caught myself looking out the window jealously at those who could walk in the sun without issue. Then I started noticing I was seeing floaties. Then I started getting just a bit of that twang in the side of my head. I ignored it. Told myself I was fine. Put on a smile and kept drinking water. I think that is roughly when Ruby took this photo (right.)

I think this was the start of my downward slope though I didn’t really realize it. By the time the battle came, let’s just say the stomach was displeased and I was too stubborn to say anything.

Drink, breath, smile. Drink, breath, smile.

It was the walk out to the car that hit me. Wham. The stomach was saying “screw you”. The head was saying I only had minute to get home.

At home, the clothes piled on the floor, I went into the shower.

I really wish that was the end of the story. But, no. My body was cooling down. My head was heating up. My face was bright red. My whole head and face felt like it was burning up. It was like I had spent the whole day in the sun and got the lobster sunburn all over again. But, I hadn’t. The only time I didn’t have the parasol or umbrella was first thing in the morning and from the car into the house, which is mostly tree covered.

This is the part that is all a jumble. There was lots of pain. Crying in the bathroom. Crying in the bedroom. Some of it was the pain. I ended up finally falling asleep with my head packed in ice packs.

So, now, here it is mid-morning. I had to call the museum to let them know I’m not coming. That was after about an hour of my clothes in front of me, trying to decide what to do. I knew health wise I shouldn’t go. But, they are counting on me being there. I Hate feeling like I can’t be counted on.  My stuff is all there. Others are expecting me to be there.

I’m editing this last whiny medical bit down to say I’m going to talk to my doctor this week. I figure those who know, know.

Now that I have let my fingers run on and on and on, thank you for listening.

On the upside, I have a new pinking machine thanks to Janet at the Button Baron.

Published in: on July 19, 2015 at 10:08 am  Comments (8)  

8 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Hope you feel better!

  2. I’m so sorry that you can’t go and play, but your health comes first. Everyone knows that.

  3. You gotta take care of you. If you don’t, there’s no way to take care of others. Unfortunately, the suckage happens. Hugs, thoughts, & prayers.

  4. Oh Anna, it could be a medication or a specific condition that dictates to your body that temps be under a specific point. My daughter cannot handle heat with her MS and I did not do well with the BP and diabetic meds I used to be on. Most definitely get in to the Dr. If you are not satisfied with his response, keep searching for Nother dr.

  5. I’ll be seeing her this week to come up with options. Yesterday can not happen again.

  6. Holy Horrid Heat Reaction! Is it migraines? I have had similar problems since 150th Gettysburg and had to find a hotel for the last two nights. That was a costly necessity! I can’t camp at really hot events anymore. I get sick, sick, sick!

  7. Anna, with the red face and severe headache, you had definite symptoms of sunstroke which is very definitely a medical emergency. I’m glad you’re feeling better, but you should have gone to the emergency room, or better yet, someone should have recognized the symptoms and called an ambulance. I’m glad you are still with us!

    I went through a bout of mild heat exhaustion two weeks ago and I’m still feeling weak and woozy. The Dr. told me that for the rest of the summer, I should stay home quietly when the temp gets to the mid 80s or above. I just started to feel mildly nauseaated and week and recognized the symptoms; I didn’t get to the headache and red face, or I’d have called an ambulance.

    Please take care of yourself!

  8. Your health must come first. You did the right thing in staying home.


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