Thursday, August 10, 2006

Sun fried rose

While almost everyone is moaning about the heat, and putting their fans at full blast, I am in my element. I am one of those poor sad creatures who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). So I come alive as soon as the temperature rises.

Well the other day as I was taking my ease after supper, reading and knitting as usual, I began to feel woozy, confused and about to faint - an unheard of occurrence. After a few panicky moments, I made a rather shaky walk to the bathroom and splashed myself with cold water. I began to feel clearer, so I went to the kitchen and downed several glasses of water. I was HOT, HOT, HOT; my whole body was radiating heat. For the next few hours, I did everything I could to lower my body temperature – showered, shampooed my hair and drank cold water.

Eventually, I told my roomie what had happened. According to said roomie, heatstroke happen to anyone, not just the elderly. When I explained to her what I had gone through the last few hours, she showed me a website (she’s good at things like that) that talks about heatstroke. This website said that once the human body reaches a certain temperature - which I do not wish to know - will not recover but will start cooking, like an egg, and death will surely follow.

Talk about a worm in the apple!!! Now by my side is a bottle of cold water and a spray of water to lower the temperature. NO,I do not have air-con and I cannot stand fans. To show that it is not just dumdum who was affected by the heat, my sister, nephew and niece had the same experience - in the same week.

On a serious note, I am aware that a large number of people, not just the elderly have died during this heatwave, and I hope that soon, the western governments will take global warming seriously and work towards reversing its effects.

Enjoy the summer carefully everyone!!!


Anonymous mshairi said...


London has been shockingly hot and I am glad it has cooled down recently. I love the heat in the tropics but the heat in London is tres unbearable.

8/10/2006 12:30:00 am  
Blogger Ananda said...

wow. that was something. it sounds like you are doing a bit better now. keep the fluids going. and i love the way you write. i hope to visit london soon like in 2007. i am a big fan of omar and julie dexter. i also totally dig this sista who edited a book called kin - women of color stories from london. awesome. if you know of any good uk black folk who write short stories or fiction let me know. i am living in dc ... chocolate city... in the states. it has been really hot here. today we got a reprieve. actually yesterday was good too. so i feel you on the western nations and taking global warming seriously. hey by the way i pay homage a bit to the black brits in my upcoming novel. one of my characters half brothers is from london by way of lahore, pakistan. he has a black dad and an indian momma. all good. paz, stay cool. ananda

8/10/2006 11:35:00 pm  
Blogger Diane said...

I didn't know summer in London is THAT hot. Over here in Malaysia it's either rain or shine. But people dying because of the heat, I haven't heard of such things here...

Please take care. Drink lots and lots of water. :) Hope you're feeling better now. God bless!

8/11/2006 06:42:00 pm  
Anonymous mia said...

pole sana ..

just today some pals n I were arguing about what's less torturesome to find one's demise in the heat or in the cold (don't ask)..

8/11/2006 11:42:00 pm  
Blogger Darius said...

I heard the suggestion on the radio that one of the best things you can do is get in a tub of cool water...

8/14/2006 04:04:00 pm  

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