Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Day 4 of the Heat Wave...

And I got sent home by four of my colleagues. This morning by 6am it was already 83 degrees! I was almost late since I have this awful head cold that has me moving in slow motion b/c I can't get enough air in my lungs. I didn't even have my usual morning convo with hubby on the way in to work since I was so short of breath. I get to work at 7:10, move my timecard, and take the elevator upstairs to the 2nd floor. There's no fan or air in the elevator so already I feel suffocated. Once I'm in the office, I unload my 3 bottles of water and juice into the fridge, take out my delaney book and attendance folders. I had a bowl of cereal and cup of french vanilla coffee (decaf, of course), and had to use the bathroom. As I walked out of the office, the overwhelming heat hit me hard. I opened my classroom and told my student to open every window and put the standing fan on. I stopped off in the English office first to check my mailbox and I could feel myself getting worse. One of my co-workers asked if I was ok, and I told him I didn't know how I was going to make it through the day if it was this hot at 7something. When I walked out of the office to go to the bathroom I felt myself begin to tear up. The hallway felt like 3 degrees shy of hell. What was I going to do at 11am when it would be 90something outside and 100 inside?? I tried splashing water on my face, but the more I tried to get myself to breathe the harder it became. By the time I passed my classroom to get my stuff from the office it was a wrap. I sat down, put my head in my hands and started to really sob. Three of my co-workers were present, one of which is 6 months pregnant. They all went into mommode getting me to calm my breathing, drink water and relax. They said it was in my best interest to go home. The other mom-to-be called down to the payroll secretary to tell her what was going on and that I was going home, then she took my cell phone and as calmly as possible told DH. The AP of Dean's came up to make sure I didn't need an ambulance or want to go to the emergency room, I told her as soon as I caught my breath I would go home. One of my co-workers took over my class that had been sitting there for about 10minutes, and then mom-to-be escorted me down to sign out and go home. I don't know how she and the other mom-to-be in our department faired the rest of the day, but I hope that they were able to stay relatively cool and safe. It really should be against the law to have to work under those conditions or even try to learn under those conditions. My DD has no a/c in her classroom and she's in the suburbs, if I wasn't sick and I knew she would have been bored to tears I would have picked her up on my way home. Oh, and 20 minutes after arriving home OB1's office calls to tell me I have a UTI and they need to call in a prescription. OUCH! I had no idea! So as I'm typing this I'm literally spitting in a cup b/c the antibiotics are making me nauseous. But as I mentioned to my friend a few moments ago on the phone...I'm PREGNANT! And in the end all of this will be worth it!!

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