As most of you know by now, I love to push myself when I am feeling good. It has been so hot over the last 4-5 weeks here, and at work, the air conditioner is not working properly in the pressroom where I work. The temperature, in the pressroom, has been in the mid to upper 80's all week. Yesterday, on my 4th twelve hour shift in a row, a mild case of heat exhaustion set in on me around 3 pm. By 5 pm, I had a serious headache, could barely move (flu like feeling) and slightly nauseous. I got off work at 7 pm, went straight home, took a cool shower and crashed on the couch with a fan blowing directly on me. By 9 pm, I felt a little hungry, ate a smoked turkey sandwich and went to bed.
Now today, one might think that little episode would be fresh in my brain and I wouldn't do anything stupid 2 days in a row. One would be wrong. My father in law came down to frame up a patio for us. We have a nice patio with the hot tub sitting on it already. But we don't want a nice sized patio ... we want a big ass patio that we are going to have covered later. Anyway, I got up this morning and took Donna's car and filled it up with gas, washed and vacuumed it out, cleaned the interior, and washed the windows by hand (car washes never get the windows clean enough), ordered 6 yards of sand for the patio and started playing in the dirt with David's Bobcat. Man, that is almost as much fun as riding a dirt bike! After moving the dirt from the pad (where the patio will be poured), framing and leveling the patio, spreading the sand and spot mowing my yard, I once again have a headache and nauseous feeling. The temperature, currently at 4 pm is 101 with a heat index of 107. Still, getting to play with the Bobcat was worth it.
I'm taking care of myself tonight, have a ride planned for tomorrow, then we are pouring the patio Wednesday. Then back to work Thursday. Man... I love feeling better.