Monday I had to rest my body due to a physical issue. Temperatures were very hot and humid with heat indexes at 95 degrees until our severe storm came through, as a result of the Cristobal hurricane moving up from the gulf, overnight on Wednesday night. 60 mph wind gusts. The floor was shaking! It was a relatively short storm, considering. Anyway, like an idiot, I decided to do some things outside in that horrible heat, on Tuesday and Wednesday, getting drenched with sweat from the start! Including attempting to dig up my 7 year old zebra grass. Wore myself out with nothing to show for it! But I did get four new DL's planted!
I drank a lot of water and Gatorade before going outside, and I took lots of breaks, continuing to drink Gatorade and water in the shade at the patio table, and a one hour break inside the house in the middle of each day. Wound up getting nauseated with diarrhea each day anyway. Heat exhaustion. Never again will I work outside in those conditions! Yesterday was 76 degree temps with beautiful winds and low humidity, but heat exhaustion crept up again. even though I thought I drank even more water! So, I never played sports at all (very sports challenged! ) but I was in marching band in high school and college. Before practice, during Summer band camp, especially on days when really hot weather is expected, we took salt pills, so along with drinking plenty of water, that was my only "education" on avoiding heat exhaustion/stroke. 🤷🤷 (we would have sectionals in the shade and inside on brutally hot days, though). "Drink plenty of water, drink plenty of water"! What actually is considered "plenty of water"??? And what other steps can I take to avoid heat exhaustion, other than the obvious?? This is getting old, and I'll be darned if it's gonna stop me!! I've grown tired of the guess work, so I looked to Web MD for guidance, first for symptoms of heat exhaustion and then heat stroke, being they're pretty similar. Of course I know my age has a lot to do with increased likelihood, but what I didn't know is that my mental health meds also add to the likelihood of both issues arising! Whaaaat?? Who knew?? There are lots of other catalysts, but those are the two catalysts in my particular case (not to mention stupidity! ) So how much is enough water? These are their recommendations.....
Avoiding heat exhaustion:
Avoiding heat stroke:
Why they are slightly different, in nonsensical ways during the exercise, I'll never know, but I'll err on the side of caution and drink the maximum amount of water suggested in each scenario.
In my defense, I do try real hard to get up early enough to work in the cool mornings, but my insomnia really interferes with that plan!! Yesterday, I took two hours inside and got back out there at 7pm. Tuesday and Wednesday, I really didn't work for more than an hour after taking that hour of rest inside. I do have to get over this mental block of, if I get out there after 3pm, I have no desire to go outside.
Anyhoo, Yesterday, was simply gorgeous. I began figuring out a couple new mini gardens on the West side of the back yard. We park our car back there once in a while, so I moved the car back there and figured out measurements leaving plenty of space to get in and out the car doors. I planted a mini zebra grass in the very back corner, and I've laid out the garden edge to lay cardboard within it today. The other mini garden is laid out and the dwarf lilac will be transplanted there, and cardboard laid there too.
Earlier, I mentioned digging up the Zebra grass. This is the start of rearranging the anchor plantings for the Forbidden Garden. My layout is worked with that zebra grass gone. Sparky didn't like that idea, so it might stay. I spent so much time on that layout, with one redo, I really don't want to redo for a second time. It's like, pick your poison! He does present a good argument though. Anyway Sparky really began pushing back over the forbidden garden, and now the two other mini gardens on the opposite side of the yard. I figured I could get all the "boxing" rounds out of the way in one big match. Go big or go home!
I know, it's been tiring hearing about this dilemma with Sparky, but I told him he basically had no choice. Now he's working! Mwahahaaaa, and he's goin' down this year!
He did say, though, that he doesn't know what he wants Cripe, I could have told him that a long time ago!!
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