Beware of Deadly Summer Heat!

Importantinformation[1]As temperatures are on a steady rise throughout the southern states, it seems as though Mother Nature is trying to either tell us something or she is playing an incredible ugly joke on us. Over Memorial Day weekend temperatures in the south are going to remain in the HIGH 90’s and possible even reach 100.

deadly summer heatSadly, it isn’t even officially summer and yet the temperatures are already extreme, so what does this mean for summer in the south? This will mean that many people will be at much higher risks for additional medical issues and possibly even worse than that. I do want to make y’all aware of those who could be at these higher risks:

  • People over the age of 65 years old.
  • Those who have medical conditions such as, diabetes, kidney disease or mental illness.
  • Individuals that take medication that could affect how their body reacts to the heat, like allergy, blood pressure, seizure, antidepressants or anti-psychotic medication or water pills.
  • Problematic alcohol and drug usage.tom204_0
  • A person with a disability.
  • People that have issues moving around, such as those who are wheelchair bound.
  • Pregnancy women and those who are breast feeding.
  • Babies and young children.
  • Those that are over-weight or obese.
  • People who exercise or work outdoors.
  • People who just recently arrived from cooler temperatures.

Even though there are going to be many people at risk during these hot months, there are things we can all do to possiblyScreen-Shot-2015-05-11-at-2.06.51-AM combat these insanely high temperatures. I am going to share a list of IMPORTANT things for us to remember:

  • Even when not thirsty, drink plenty of fluids anyway.
  • Keep cool by utilizing cool towels, put your feet in cold water or take cool, NOT a cold showers.
  • Spend as much time as possible in the air conditioning.
  • Block the sun with blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day. The heat starts to build after 12pm, noon and tends to be the hottest around 3pm.
  • Wear light colors and loose clothing.summer-sun-1[1]
  • Eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day. We should try eating cold meals, like salads, instead of hot meals.
  • Avoid heavy activities as much as possible!
  • Pay very close attention to information provided by the news or weather channels regarding extreme heat warnings.
  • Avoid alcohol!

excessive_heat_2018The heat tends to bother me in some awful ways, but high humidity causes even more issues for me. I know something I have found is, after my car has literally been baking in the sun for hours it feels way more like a mobile sauna than my car. I guess that was something pretty darn simple to realize! Now, considering my car is SO HOT, I cannot drive for a few minutes for obvious safety reasons and logic. I always do my best to wait with the windows down and the air conditioning starting to cool before starting the journey to wherever I am going. I do not start moving until the car is blowing cold air! I have found this to be very helpful and it does work, or at least it does for me!

plan aheadIf I need to leave my house for any reason at all, such as grocery shopping, I either wait until after the sun goes down or first thing in the morning. Planning tasks according to what can be completed at home and what can only be done by leaving the house is crucial. Of course I have always been an insane planner, so this is easy for me! It is not always easy  though to plan shopping or other activities because plans may change due to unforeseen obstacles, but that is when you just find alternative ways to accomplish your tasks to be taken care of.

I would like to answer y’all a few questions because of how amazing I find you! I will not put any extra stress on you, but at the same time I am strongly encouraging you to try hot-text-fire-flames[1]answering at least one of my questions. Does the heat affect you at all? If the heat does bothering you, what does it cause for you? How do you handle the heat, like what steps do you take to combat the heat difficulties? What bothers you more, heat or humidity or is it just a horrible combination?

thank-you[1]Thank you for visiting my site today. I do always appreciate your great thoughts and constant support. I hope you are enjoying the long weekend and you are feeling the best you possibly can! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

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26 thoughts on “Beware of Deadly Summer Heat!

    • Thank you! I didn’t know you live in Florida. It is definitely HOT down there, but hopefully you are really close to the ocean! The ocean is my happy place! I use to be scared of Florida because I thought there were alligators everywhere and I am terrified of them. We have been to Florida many times and I never saw any. I hope your weekend is going well and continues to be wonderful!!!

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      • It was in the book you bought that I made the move about 14mos ago from Chicago. I’ve been wanting to go back as that’s where my doctor is… To me, humidity in Florida is just the same as winter in Chicago. They both isolate you inside and cabin fever can really creep up.

        It’s been nice so far visiting my daughter and granddaughters. Hope you enjoy the break from work and all the other stressful stuff. Love yourself more during trying times.😁🙏❤🙌

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      • My goodness I can’t believe I forgot that! I guess I can blame my forgetfulness on the heat or the MS brain. I imagine winter in Chicago gets pretty brutal. I know when I did live in VT when I was younger, winter was way too darn cold! Thank you so much for your lovely comment Emma and I hope you have a great long weekend!

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  1. This is so very true! I live in very South Louisiana, The Bottom of the Boot lol!!! In the summer I stay inside. My exercise is my recumbent bike. Having MS in this heat is horrible. I get to where I cant walk or talk. The exhaustion is debilitating. It is like a mock exacerbation. I absolutely hate it! That being said, it just gives me a reason to crochet more. Right now I am making the last of 4 crochet baby carseat blankets my daughter wants to gift to her 3 pregnant coworkers at school. Yes, one is having twins! Enough rambling lol!!
    Have a great and blessed day, Alyssa!
    Jen

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    • The heat really is awful when living with MS. I always get so exhausted and feel horrible, but I try to stay where it is cooler and if I have to go out make sure the car is blowing COLD air. It is funny you mentioned crocheting because I too enjoy that. I am almost done with a blanket I am making for our guest room. I already made one for the couch, love seat and another bedroom. It is so relaxing! I only know how to make 2 different kinds, but want to learn more. What stitch do you do? That is so nice of you to make baby blankets for your daughter’s co-workers!!! You really weren’t rambling, it was great to read your comment. I hope you have a lovely weekend in the deep south, but please stay cool! I haven’t ever been to Louisiana, but do live in SC and have been to Atlanta and it was awful!!!

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      • I absolutely love to crochet! I have been crocheting for about 9 years. I love all stitches. My favorite things to make are tops and blankets. I am totally self taught. I needed something to do so I wouldnt go crazy sitting in the house all day. You can learn other stitches. Once you get the just of how a stitch is made, the other stitches seem easy.

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      • Crocheting is so relaxing. Honestly, I learned the Granny Square probably 20 years ago. I am determined to learn other stitches. I am almost done with a blanket I am making for our guest bedroom and trying to think of four colors that will look nice together for my next one. I want to incorporate blues into this one.

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  2. I don’t know how you cope with the heat and humidity of the state you live in. It kicks my ass and I live in New England. All I have to do is spend some time outdoors, even if all I am doing is sitting down, and need to take a nap when I get inside.

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    • It really isn’t easy! I am sure this is going to be the worst summer ever! I mean it was already in the 90’s in May. I can only tolerate the summer if I am at the beach. The heat and humidity really does kick my ass as well!!!

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