Episode 401: Sweating it Out!

Well, I knew it wouldn’t last. I can’t stop myself (I think it is too far embedded into my genes), I am going to have to moan about the weather! Yes, I should be grateful that we have seen quite a bit of sunshine, and that it is lovely and hot. The problem is, we are not used to it!

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far here in good old England, but luckily I didn’t have to work so could wear what I wanted and also do what I wanted. Last night, however, the temperature did not decrease by much and it was stifling hot and muggy. I ended up trying to sleep with the fan whirring on full blast and an ice pack!  Bearing in mind, I am also at ‘that age’ when ladies get a little more flushed at certain times! I thought I was going to spontaneously combust!

This morning dawns another hot day, but cooler as it was only 28 Celsius (about 82 Fahrenheit). I reluctantly donned my thick cotton uniform and tights, plus clumpy shoes and bloody stupid belt to go to work.

As I walked onto the ward the heat hit me like a slap in the face! Great, putting on latex gloves and plastic aprons is going to make a lovely addition to my already boiled body (thank God the patients allowed us to open the windows so we could let a bit of (hot) air in!

Luckily for me I had to go off the ward for my annual top up resus training, in a room with air conditioning! Bliss! Well it was for 5 minutes until we had to pummel the dummy back to life with frantic CPR. Pretty exhausting stuff.

Anyway, I hot-foot it back to the ward for another face smacking dose of heat, only to discover the boss wants to take some photos as we all have to have our pictures up on the board outside the ward (presumably to terrify those not too ill to care)! At first I was a bit put out as I thought it would be better off being taken first thing in the morning but in this heat it makes no difference anyway.

So imagine this, a relative comes to see their poorly elderly relative, decides to have a look at which staff may happen to be looking after them, and sees my picture. Ruddy faced, ghastly grimace (we were told to smile) hair plastered to the head, and sweat dripping. Professional is not the word!

You’d run a bloody mile, talking your relative with you!

44 thoughts on “Episode 401: Sweating it Out!

  1. LOL! Oh I feel for you! I would not run off, but I see your point!
    I cannot bear the heat. I just spent a week traveling coastlines, seeing my family here and there, and temperatures overnight were low at 27C — daytime temps ranging from 35-39C. Brutal for me. Some people do well in it, and I can’t relate. I can barely breathe when it’s hot like that! Makes me think about those 7 years I spent on the sun! 😛 Lovely to be home in my air-conditioning 🙂

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    1. I love to see the sun but just cannot cope with the heat unfortunately! Sounds like it was stifling hot there – even at night! I hope you had a good time with your family though despite the blazing heat.
      🙂

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  2. Oh you do make me laugh!!! especially “(presumably to terrify those not too ill to care)”, I choked on my cuppa when I read that! Great line! Ha!Ha! I love the heat, but I certainly wouldn’t want to have to wear a uniform in it.

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      1. A moan now and then is absolutely necessary to survive! AND you always speak with such affection and empathy – nowhere near as dark as my humour gets when dealing with tricky situations! ❤

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  3. I could barely go out yesterday, the humidity makes it feel worse. Last night was a mixture of sweating and nightmares, but thankfully it’s definitely cooler today. I have a little air con unit that works perfectly in this temp

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    1. Nice! I live in Kent and hadn’t heard that. We are too bothered about Operation Stack making getting anywhere a nightmare! Miss Hap decided to walk home from school tonight as it was quicker than the bus! 🙂

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  4. I’m with you totally about moaning about yesterday’s weather, Judy. I was gobsmacked when reading that some people were loving it and wanted it to last all summer! Hot, humid, oppressive, is not my idea of a perfect summer’s day. Needless to say I did not sleep Tuesday night because of the humidity and oppression, but last night we got a refreshing sea breeze blowing into Brighton and Hove and I was able to sleep. Hooray!

    From what I hear the proper British summer is on the way next week ,once all the violent Thunderstorms are finished with us. Remind me not to moan about the weather next week.

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  5. I never moan about the weather when it’s warm Judy it’s nice to have it with our climate. But I must admit it’s running off me the cab of my van is like a green house even with the windows open. But loving it😊

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      1. 😊 I understand Judy but are you one of these people that as soon as we get past September starts saying it’s too cold.lol.😊

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      1. Oh, we pay for it. Mostly because of rich liberals, like our current president, who have no problems forcing energy companies out of business so that only expensive forms are left, without the capacity to provide what is needed. Of course, with their money they don’t have to worry about paying the cost, while the rest of us are forced to pay their bills as well as ours. (Rant done)

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