At left is a self-portrait of me taken after a few hours on a hot day. (It is not a turnip that we carved as a jack-o-lantern because we forgot to get pumpkins before they were sold out one Halloween.)
I don't deal well with the heat.
I get quickly irritated in high heat. Irrationally snappy. Quickly exhausted. And I have noticed that I also get fuzzy-headed, dizzy and confused especially when the humidity is high.
Turns out that intolerance to heat may be exacerbated by certain drugs including anti-depressant medications. Following is a list of medications from an article on Heat Stroke: Risk Factors from the Mayo Clinic's website:
Other sites made some mention of antihistamines also contributing to a greater intolerance of heat, particularly in humid conditions when the body already has trouble cooling itself.
So the fuzzy-head confusion I felt in the hot car yesterday may not have been unrelated to medication. I will have to be more careful in the heat. I will need to carefully consider when I can drive on long, hot, car trips. I feel like I am still trying to bounce back from overheating. I've never been drunk, but this is what I imagine a hangover feels like.
I had no physical or mental energy to do anything useful today. Bought some plants. Hope to plant them tomorrow. Need to make sure I get out in the morning before the heat. Whatever the cause, my body does not handle high temp and humidity.
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