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Waiting for Cooler Temps

For over two months, the temps here in Texas have been in the 90’s. That wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the humidity.  Actually, the humidity was only 32% yesterday, so I decided to spend some time outside for a change.  I decided to drain the hot tub. BIG MISTAKE! Apparently, during the jumping and playing around by my grandson when he was here, there was a tear or something somewhere, 175 gallons of water emptied onto the back porch and deck instead of through the hose into the ground cover in the back yard. I’m not sure how long it will take for the carpet on the porch and deck to dry…  Luckily, it’s inexpensive outdoor carpet, so it should be OK.

Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not a disaster! It’s a cheap inflatable hot tub spa that I use for water exercise. It’s a lot easier on my arthritic joints than other kinds of exercise. However, it does have to be emptied and cleaned on a regular basis. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as easy as it should be. I still need to figure out how to get the last inch or so off the bottom of the spa. Maybe I’ll let it dry by itself and then get in and do the cleaning. Once that is done, I will refill it and hope for the best.

I think part of the difficulty was my mental state. I went to dinner with my neighbors on Friday night, and I had a frozen margarita.  It was incredibly strong, and I was still feeling it yesterday. It’s been many years since I had that much alcohol in my system! At one point I pulled something in my back, and I’m in a bit of pain today. No more margaritas for me! I think that resulted in a fog that kept me from really figuring out what was going on. Maybe I could have found the problem if I was clear-headed.

OK, so that is only part of what I wanted to write about today. I have spent most of my life outside or working. When I lived here in Texas before, I was working. I worked 8-10 hours a day and was on call 24/7/365, so I didn’t have much time to spend outside exploring the beautiful Texas Hill Country. My thought when moving back was that I would have all the time in the world to see all the things I wanted to see. That will have to wait until it cools off enough so that my thyroid issues don’t keep me from enjoying the adventure.

My thyroid meds are still not well regulated. I can’t have testing again until this time next month because they want to make sure everything is evened out. The problems I have right now are back to when I was previously over-medicated–excessive sweating and shortness of breath, along with weight gain. When this was bad last year they lowered my dosage dramatically.  I lost weight, stopped sweating so badly and could breathe easily (except for when exercising strenuously (although that wasn’t even so bad)). However, I was extremely tired, my skin turned to crepe, and I was having a hard time concentrating and remembering things. So, up went the dosage again–skipping the one in the middle that I think might actually work. However, my PCP wasn’t convinced and she wanted to make sure to explore all of the possibilities.

So, I’m back to a situation where my neighbors are worried that I’m going to have a heart attack when I’m outside in the heat. I’m not sure if all this has any bearing on the increased episodes of Raynaud’s or not, but that is becoming more and more problematic. And the weird thing about that is that it’s not cold, although I’ve considered it might be the A/C. However, I keep that set at 75.

Back to the cooler temps… At least if it was cooler outside I could go out and walk in the evenings, get some fresh air to help ward off the isolationism and the depression that seems to be creeping back in. I just got off the depression meds, and I sure don’t want to go back on them.

One positive! I finally was able to get my allergy testing done a couple of weeks ago and my serum is now in. I get my first injections tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to at least having those under a bit of control. The shots worked with I lived here before, and I’m sure they will really help now!