No post yesterday-- I was busy being exhausted and hot. So this is my back-dated post. Spent yesterday helping carry heavy things in the heat. In spite of the fact that the other responsible adults around me tried to keep me from overheating, I didn't do a good job of heeding their advice.
I can be very goal oriented.
It's hard to stop a project once it gets going. And this project involved carrying heavy things (like an old hide-a-bed and a giant old big screen T.V.) up or down a flight of stairs and into or out of the garage. In high heat and high humidity.
I thought I did a pretty good job of staying hydrated. I had a glass of water before and after each big move. Still I was pretty flushed and breathing hard. I made sure to cool down (including taking a cool shower) before making the trek home.
And it worked. Kind of. I felt great in the car. Felt great when I came home. Then I just never really quite returned to regular. I couldn't get cool. I was in air conditioning and very uncomfortable and sweaty.
I don't have any signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, but I called the nurse care line anyway, since I don't trust myself as a reliable reporter of what it is okay for me to do. Her advice: stay in air conditioning and relax for at least 12 hours. Drink a lot-- but not just plain water or I risk sodium deficiency.
Unfortunately it also means that I will not be paddling in the dragonboat races tomorrow at Lake Phalen. Even under ordinary circumstances I have trouble with the heat being on open water in full sun for a full day. Add to that extreme aerobic exertion and the adrenaline rush of a sprint race... I can't do it.
Sometimes it really sucks to be a responsible adult. If I were just listening to me I would totally do it. Because I had a blast paddling last year. Instead I will bring my new telephoto lens and hopefully get some great pictures of the races.
Is this heat sensitivity a side effect of the bupropion? Maybe. As I found before it can increase tendency toward dehydration. And sertraline, my other anti-depressant, can decrease the amount of time I can spend in the sun before getting burned. Which I did yesterday. And sunburn contributes to the body's difficulty in cooling itself.
I think the fact that I have energy now after a long period of being lacking in energy makes it difficult for me to regulate my energy expenditure. In short, without extreme fatigue warning me to stop, I may just keep going.
Quaker, teacher, parent,