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thermostat problems

I've been told that there are drugs for sweating. of course profuse sweating is a possible side-effect of nearly every med that I'm on, and I've always thought that a sure sign you were overmedicated was when you took drugs to counteract the side-effects of your drugs but I really wonder if it would be worth a look.

another side-effect of one drug I'm on is impaired body temperature regulation. as I was walking home this evening, the seabreeze was kicking up and of course because I'd been out and about for a few hours my shirts and jacket were soaking wet so when the wind would gust I'd freeze my ass off so I walk as quickly as I can on the sunny side of the street desparately trying to stay warm although it is still probably 70F out there. I come home and the house is very warm because we have a whole bunch of western-facing windows for the sun to shine in all afternoon. before I open the door I am freezing; by the time I get to the top of the stairs the built up exertion of rushing home and the warmth of the apartment send another cascade of sweat down my body only now I am warm. too warm. I come into my room and immediately take off all my clothes and turn the fan on to sit in front of it as sweat pours off of me.

now fortunately it is so warm in here that that move did not result in my freezing to death again. right now I'm in my underwear in front of the fan and for the first time in an hour and a half I'm actually comfortable.

it's a wonder I leave my house at all. the only temperatures I can function comfortably in are down around 0 where not even I sweat or 80+ temps where no amount of wind can actually make you cold even if you just got out of the shower. given that I mostly abhore heat (although the relatively dry heat of CA is bearable to a point) this seems to indicate that I need to live at the antarctic. since the antarctic doesn't 'belong' to anyone, could I just stake a claim?

oh and unfortunately because I was so uncomfortable outside I did not stop to get dinner so now must choose some clothes that will take me around the block without screwing everything up. better check the temperature and wind direction.


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Jul. 14th, 2006 09:02 am (UTC)
gerry woke me up a while ago, and i realized i was in the middle of dreaming about you. you were walking around my hometown and then were in the house i grew up in. i think this post about walking home must've stuck in my subconscious. (my hometown is no san francisco, i assure you. *g*)
Jul. 14th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
wow I've made it into your unconscious! I'm honored.

I spend so much time dreaming about my family that hardly anyone else has a chance to show up in the cast. it's really annoying. I'd much rather be dreaming about my online friends.
Jul. 14th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean about the sweating. My pain doc is trying me on a new med to see whether the change might help... but last night my father woke me up for an ostomy emergency and I was soaked by the time I'd cleaned him up. Then sitting in front of the fan made me feel too cold.

It's a major PITA, that's for sure.
Jul. 14th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
ah you get it. only one other person I know here has this problem, also meds-induced. most of my friends don't understand why, unless I'm out expressly for the exercise, I walk sooo sloooowly. if it's over 40F I have to saunter like I'm not really going anywhere or it's all over.

and I always leave the house full of hope, that I have on the right combination of wicking underwear and lightweight shirt and jacket that I will be able to tread that fine line between perspiring lightly and sweating like a horse.

the horse always wins.
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