Thursday, 9 August 2018

Heatwave in Red Deer

Throwback to a minor heatwave last June

Hi everyone!

First of all, I'd like to address the elephant in the room - I haven't been actively posting, and if you're a sponsor, I sincerely apologize!

And for all the readers - thank you so much for your patience!


There is so much that I want to share with you lovely people; everything from taking the Art of Cartooning course at RDC, to our experience at Westerner Days this year, to our impending 7th wedding anniversary...

but we got hit with a massive heat wave in Red Deer, AB. Due to my severe allergies to smoke, and wildfires being just a province over, I've had to mostly stay indoors with the windows shut, and try not to die from the humid heat in our home. 

Opening the windows for awhile, was causing wheezing & coughing, so we slept for awhile with them closed... and 'slept' is an understatement. We hardly got any Zzzzs, due to tossing & turning. I came close one night to sleeping in the bathtub! 

Today, the smoke has shown great signs of clearing, so - even though it's currently 33*C outside - I'm able to open the windows and start to feel better from the potential heatstroke.

Oh yeah.... I've been losing sleep, feeling feverish, lethargic, nauseated, having leg cramps... the works. Rob & I have been running every A/C unit in our place, as well as dowsing ourselves with cold water and cool cloths.


Anyhow, as of the weekend, Rob & I will be away on a special anniversary trip, and then when we're back, I'll do my best to keep you updated with the fun blogposts and videos that are already in the planning...

And - on the subject of heatwaves, here are some tips to keep you safe, in case you are experiencing one as well: 

*Try to plan outdoor activities for early in the day (before 11am) or later in the evening, around sunset. 

*Opt for indoor activities, such as swimming, going for ice cream, hanging out at the mall, etc. Make sure to go where the air-conditioning is.

*If sitting at home with fans and A/C units isn't enough, then sit in a tub of cool water. If it's very hot outside, keep the windows closed, and curtains closed, until the sun begins to set. Having them open can allow a lot of heat to get trapped in your home.

*Alternatively, you can have the windows open for air, but the blinds and curtains closed to keep the sun out. 

*Try to keep heat-producing appliances - as well as hot lights - off. Meals can be simple salads, or something like potato or macaroni salad. 

*Check in on older relatives or neighbors if you haven't heard from them in awhile.

*Avoid vigorous physical activity, such as sports, dancing, or aerobic exercise. 

*Don't sit in a parked car, or leave your children or pets in a parked car.

*Learn the first aid for heatstroke, in case you or a loved one is experiencing it.

*And, most importantly, STAY HYDRATED!

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