It’s a record breaking heatwave here in the mid-west. It’s been over 90 degrees everyday this month, with the temperature at over 100 degrees most of this month. We are in the middle of a draught, we haven’t had any serious rain since spring. It’s bad here, with different municipalities banning watering your lawn, washing your car and other bans because of the shortage. The Missouri and Mississippi Rivers are at an all time low. We have had 13 deaths in this area due to the excessive heat, very scary. My husband is a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, and I am very concerned about his health while he is out working. He takes plenty of water and other drinks like Gatorade, Powerade and what his postal customers give him while he is on his route. One bad thing is he doesn’t eat during the day, so he’s exhausted and starving when he gets home. He says the food will weigh him down and make him sick. Let’s keep everyone that works in these elements in mind throughout the day. If you are able, offer your mailman, landscape worker, street worker or anyone that works outside some water. They will truly appreciate it.
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I also don’t understand why the walkers and joggers exercise in the heat of the day? The walk from the house to the car about knocks me out. I love walking, but I don’t do it in the summer at all. When it cools off in September, I’ll start up again. Hot flashes and walking in the heat, bad idea.
Don’t forget to check on your elderly and disabled neighbors and relatives. Most of the deaths that have been reported could have been avoided but older people don’t like to run their air conditioners. I saw a report on the news that explained our body temperature changes as we get older, and we don’t get as warm as when we were younger. What’s happening is they don’t think they need the air conditioner. One lady that died, accidentally turned on her heat instead of the air. Try to get them to turn it on, go to a cooling center, or take them to the grocery store/mall to get them out of the house and cool off. Also, let’s not forget our four legged family members as well, they need to be cool as well. I just don’t want to hear about any more deaths due to the weather. Stay safe and let’s pray for some rain.