6.24.2009

Welcome to the Jungle!

Ack, it's so steamy...it's hot, too, but the stickiness is the worst. We don't have central air and our toilet is sweatin' like a whore in church.

Yesterday I managed a 4 mile run at high noon at pretty typical easy pace. It actually felt pretty good, but I definitely was glad to be done. Today I have 6 on the agenda, but it will have to wait until evening. I had originally planned to get out this AM with the rugrat on his bike, but I didn't sleep well (DH will get the window A/C unit put in our bedroom if he knows what's good for him) and laid-around in bed until about 9:30. I just felt like a puddle of warm cat puke.

I don't think the heat is actually the worst of it. It's the super saturated air that is doing me in. My lungs just can't tolerate it. I feel like I'm in the midst of a constant asthma attack. And I still haven't registered for the 15k on Saturday. The weather is still too up-in-the-air and with my lungs being kinda wimpy I'm stalling a bit. But I really love that race and will probably bite the bullet and register online later today.

Speaking of...yesterday in the late afternoon I took DS to the nearest med center. He has been coughing non-stop since the heatwave hit. Yesterday he got to hacking so hard that he almost puked. I was concerned that he was having an asthma attack. He has never been diagnosed, but I am asthmatic, as is my mom and my nephew (and my brother has never been diagnosed, but has more than a few symptoms)...so it definitely runs in the family.

The doctor who saw him was wonderful...checked his pulse ox and listened to his lungs. He doesn't believe he has asthma, but admitted that the most conclusive diagnosis would have to come from a pulminologist. I know that it's possible to have asthma without the obvious wheezing and gasping symptoms, as my mom and I both have more of the coughing and shortness of breath symptoms that are not the more stereotypical signs.

We decided that he's likely having bad allergic response to all of the trees and grass that are in high bloom. As well as the fact that he has had his daily dose of Claritin only sporadically since school ended. In the meantime the doc prescribed a tussin + codeine med to help the cough and 6 days of Prednisone, as he does have signs of respiratory swelling.

He's MUCH better today. Coughing is at a minimum and when he does cough, it's more productive (that would be thanks to the tussin).

4 comments:

  1. I share your woes. I wish I could run that much - but the little running I do, and the walking, just feels like I'm doing it inside a soup bowl some mornings! Can't wait for winter!

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  2. Goodness, I can't even imagine running in Israel in the warm months...I would think simply sitting in the shade could be brutally hot.

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  3. I will swop you just for a day! We are having gale force winds, rain, hail and freezing (for us) temperatures. We are not equipped because we only get days like this once or twice a year. No indoor heating or anything like that! Brrrrrr......

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  4. Pamela, I'm not sure I would prefer your weather. I can handle wind, rain, hail and cold all independent of each other, but combined...uck!

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