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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Heat Wave: High Temps Making Your Health Condition Worse?

Temperatures in a large part of the country are spiking into the 100s this week as we struggle with one of the worst heat waves in years. 

NBC reported that 13 deaths in the Midwest have been attributed to the heat, and it may get worse. The National Weather Service has issued a heat warning for 18 states, reaching from the upper Midwest all the way South to Texas. And, the humidity has risen as well, causing the heat index to leap up to more than 110 degrees in some areas.

Here is what some of our community members had to say about how the hot temps are affecting them:

“It has been nice and hot here in ‘Minnesnowta’,” says missashley1010 from Pregnancy 2nd Trimester Board.  “I’m used to really cold winters and pretty warm summer but oh boy has it been warm, so I’ve been spending my time floating in many of our 10,000 lakes.  My mommy was nice enough to stop by my apartment carrying a new air conditioner for me!! Oh did I feel loved. People in this state complain about the heat lately but pregnant and all I’m lovin’ it.  I hate cold weather!”

But, her boardmate lbcash isn’t as in love with the hot weather. “I have been short of breath a lot lately, and this heat wave in South Central Kentucky is really making it worse,” she says. “I just saw the local weather, and we are under an Excessive Heat Watch for another solid week. The heat index may even rise to 120; add the humidity and it is unbearable.”

Janemarie55 from our Osteoporosis board had a scary time in the heat this week. “Me & my hubby live in Oklahoma and are in our early 60′s. Our AC went out today (Monday), and it was horrible. Inside thermostat said 95 degrees. We took turns in sitting in the car with AC going (garage door was open).  Finally the man came & fixed it as the capacitor was bad. We drank plenty of water and had cold compresses from our freezer to keep us cool. Everything is getting back to normal now.”

The heat is keeping rheumatoid arthritis sufferer mysitcalrose awake at night. She wants to know if anyone else can share some ideas to keep cool and get some shut eye.

“I stay indoors more…only go somewhere if I have to,” says 1wareaglefan from the Fibromyalgia board. “I live in Alabama…I think it’s been the hottest summer I can remember. I probably say that every year, though! But it’s awful on my fibro.”

 MaineMommy, from the Parenting 4 & 5-Year-Olds board, was shocked to look at the expected heat index on a map. “HEY MY AREA ISN’T supposed to have those type of COLORS!!!!” She’s planning on taking her kids to the local swimming hole and handing out plenty of ice pops.

Is the heat affecting you and yours this week? Are the high temperatures making your health condition worse or harder to deal with?  Tell us about it!

Posted by: Leona Perry at 3:00 pm

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