So we have the hottest start to August for years, decades … the forecasters on tv and weather apps mis-calculated the highest temperature by a meer 10ºF …. the windows are open with the curtains part closed to divert the direct sunlight, the door is open to allow the breeze, flies, bees, gnats, butterflies and anything else that flies, in.
Now I love the heat, for once I am clad in t-shirt and shorts without the hint of a goosebump anywhere, but it does make my eyes sweat, I get sniffy and teary as my eyes water from the brightness and humidity. To add to the general stickiness of things, I have to wear a lumbar brace. This delightful item of Vivienne Westwood-esque torture sits from under bust to over hips and is made of the heavy thick girdle elastic of Playtex delight. The back contained a pouch where a metal frame is inserted [covered in polyester nonbreathig cloth] to help support my spinal lumbar spondylosis [most people back is a nice ( mine is more a
When the weather gets like this I tend to put a wet wipe on the comfort pad to aid hygiene [after all backs are not the easiest to wash, wipe and dry] and also be a little cooling. The comfort pad can be removed and washed, but it takes days to dry, even if left to bake on the window sill and there is only one issued per brace so I have kept the ones of old to try and cycle them.
As I have aged since the last summer of sun I have found the nights worst of all. Now I am not quite attired like Maralyn Monroe, cotton undies stay in place, but now I am swimming around the bed trying to find the position that does not send part of my anatomy numb and also keep my back cool but my extremities not cold. For someone who already suffers from poor sleep, this is a battle to the brink.
I wish there was an invention that worked opposite to the electric blanket, something that took the heat away as you lay on it, because I often find I feel like I am sleeping on a hot plate when I get into my preferred position.
Still I can cope with this heat far far and even further than being cold. But Mother Nature, please could I have just one night of torrid rain and temps something of a comfortable low 60ºs variety, just for one slight 8-10 hour period, pretty please?