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09 August 2007 @ 11:47 pm
Well, That Most Certainly Was Not The Way I Wanted To Pass The Last Two Days...  
Summer had better be over soon, as I don't relish a repeat on Wednesday afternoon. If you think heat exhaustion can't happen easily, think again. I mentioned in an ETA yesterday that I had been sent home early from work. That was due to very nearly passing out from the heat and stress. I'm not a hundred percent sure how high the temp was Wednesday afternoon, but it had to be over 100 degrees literally. And the humidity just made it worse. I woke up feeling overheated, but that's typical for me this time of year. My internal body heat is always very high, enough so that in winter, everyone thinks I have a constant fever, but so I didn't think much of it. Was a little sick to my stomach; also normal for me in heat.

I had only been in the car for about twenty minutes (the usual drive-time between our house and both our jobs; our AC is out in the Escort), but it was long enough for me to utterly swelter. I was feeling light-headed by the time I walked into BB&B, my head was spinning by the time I sat down. Like Superman-turning-back-time spinning. It was just getting worse by the time Myke came to tell me it was four and I was on. I remember trying to get up and go out to the Customer Service desk. I had just passed the doorway to head up the hall when it hit me. Next thing I'm completely aware of, Harvey's getting me into a chair and I feel like I'm going to throw up. Crystal offered to either take me home or to the hospital, both of which were far out of her way and I love her for doing it. I let them talk me into the hospital. 

Only to remember that Wednesday is the second worst day to be at St V's. Once we finally got there, even the overflow parking was taken up. By then, I was starting to get my head together. Still felt like hell, so hot I couldn't stand it, but the ice water Harvey had given me and Crystal's AC helped alot. I told her to take me home. 

And that's where I've been since around 5 yesterday, Anissa having calling me in because my system was absolutely sapped. I feel guilty for not working today, for the fact that someone else had to do my job, but it was necessary. I feel even worse because tomorrow was supposed to be my last day before my weekend off and I haven't worked the last two days, but I'm going to just write and rest the weekend, I think. Had I been less of a hardhead, I would have just called out when I didn't feel good Wednesday, but no. I had to work.

Maybe this will teach me something. Especially since Anissa has now taken the situation out of my hands. I look ill enough that it's obvious, she's calling me in no questions. And she's informed the job of this and they're cool with it. 

Amusingly, I'm grateful. 
sean_montgomery: Spam-a-lot twinsean_montgomery on August 10th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
Two words for you, twin: House. Arrest. :D

Seriously, take care of yourself in this heat. It's not gonna do you any good running yourself ragged. Don't make me fly over there just to lock you in your room. You know I will. *shakes head, forces the twin into a gentle hug*
Lois: Chris And Margotkalalanekent on August 10th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
My bedroom door doesn't have a lock on it, twin! XD
Lisa: home wiz ozmrsmosley on August 10th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're on the mend, and that you have Anissa to take charge in this situation!

Just curious, why is Wed. so bad at St. V's? And what is the first day?
Lois: Uh-ohkalalanekent on August 10th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Anissa takes charge of most situations. I just don't usually let her take charge of me! XD I'm so lucky to have her. Truly. ...

...God help me... ;)

Wednesdays and Thursdays are the busiest days at St. V's because of all the surgeries that are scheduled. On top of that, for some reason, those are the days the ER is the most full. Doesn't matter what time of year, it's just a madhouse there those two days. Mondays are nuts, but those two? The worst.
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegoodchickadilly on August 10th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)

Heat exhaustion is NO fun. Been there, done that. It sucks.

I hope you feel better soon!
Lois: Loiskalalanekent on August 10th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lea. If anything, now I'm sleep-logged. I think I slept 18 hours yesterday. I'm trying to remember the last time I did that. XD I'm also going to wear the lightest colors I have today.
saavikam77: Lex Supes Painsaavikam77 on August 10th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
Oh, hon, that sucks!!!! >_< I completely understand how horrendous the heat can be, having asthma that is made *just that much worse* when the humidity hits. I went out for just a few minutes today to go to the grocery store, and was dripping with sweat and breathing with difficulty by the time I got home. And that's *Virginia* weather! O_O I can't imagine how much worse it must be down in Fla.

You take it easy. Read some fic. ^_~ Don't stress on writing any. Drink *lots* of cold water.

*huge cold hugs* ^_^
Lois: Lois Kal-El Diner Fallenkalalanekent on August 10th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
You're right, it sucks here, too. Your description of going to the store isn't far off what happened to me Wednesday. I'd kill for a cold front. I wish Fall would get here soon. I swear, this year I'm reminded more and more of why I need out of this state.

I'm with Caroline- Florida, the USA's Mullet. And not a pretty one, either. (Sorry, thinking LFN-Michael mullet. :D)
Barbara: Summerhtbthomas on August 10th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
*presses an ice pack to your forehead*

Take it easy, sweetie!
Lois: Defying Destinykalalanekent on August 10th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'm trying, but you know me. It's not easy. :D *hugs*
Obsessed fangirl: Maggie - shockedbabettew54 on August 10th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
The heat has been awful these last few days. The heat indexes have been outrageous. I'm so glad you went to the hospital. You can't fool around with the heat. I'm also grateful you had friends around to help you and to keep you in line..{hugs}
Lois: Falsely Accusedkalalanekent on August 12th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
*LOL* And yes, keeping me in line is a full-time job, let me tell you! ;)
Obsessed fangirlbabettew54 on August 12th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Trekkie6trekkie6 on August 12th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Wow. I don't even know what else to say...
"I'm glad you're feeling better."
Lois: Brandon Pensivekalalanekent on August 12th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks, love. Thankfully I'm a million miles past feeling like that now.