Handling the Heat - Bipolar Question of the Week

John McManamy Health Guide
  • How are you handling the heat?

    Two weeks ago, in Chicago, I endured temperatures in the high 90s in soaking humidity. My hotel was within easy walking distance of the convention I was attending. I could not do the walk. Days later, I was back in southern CA and far more benign weather.

    I was able to leave the killer heat behind. Most of you reading this are not. My home state of Connecticut is enduring record temperatures at this very moment, as are other locales up and down the eastern seaboard and into the midwest. It is difficult enough putting up with even moderate east coast summers. Back in the old days, before air conditioning, anyone who could afford to get away “summered” elsewhere. You may recall the 1955 movie, “The Seven Year Itch,” starring Marilyn Monroe, about two apartment-dwellers stuck in an emptied-out Manhattan for the summer (the famous dress which billows up as air rushes out of a sidewalk subway grate went for $5.5 million at an auction last month).

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    Those of us dealing with our illness face our own special challenges. We remain cooped up inside the house, in an artificial environment, out of the beneficial air and light. We can’t ride our bikes, indulge in activities, or even take short walks. Our eating and sleeping is thrown out of whack. Our stress levels go through the roof. Loving relationships are strained to the breaking point cooped up inside together. Those on lithium have to pay special attention to their hydration needs. On and on it goes ...

    No longer is putting up with the weather a matter of comfort and convenience. It’s about hardship and survival. Question:

    How are you handling the heat?

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Published On: July 23, 2011