I’m on vacation with family and friends, visiting Texas Hill Country. It’s Texas, in the summer, and naturally, it’s hot, but we’re having a great time. A couple of days ago, we spent the afternoon in San Antonio and had a good time. A few hours later, the summer sun was at its peak. A few minutes in the heat and humidity, and I was feeling wiped out. Fatigue led to a headache, and I was out of energy and drive. Once we got back to our rental, I thought I would relax and feel better. No chance of that; I felt worse with every hour that passed. Pain medication did no good, and while everyone else slept, I was wide awake nursing a throbbing head with added neck and shoulder pain as a bonus. Good times. Several hours later, I managed to zen out long enough to get a couple of hours of sleep before sunrise. The next day, the headache was gone, but the neck and shoulder pain remained, but less than before.
I was curious to see how the summer heat would affect me, if at all, so it was a learning experience, for sure. Now I know that I need to be careful when out in the heat for an extended amount of time, and to take measures to keep cool, if at all possible. This had happened to me one time before back in March, if I remember right. I guess I just needed to see if this reaction was just a fluke or a predictable pattern. Experience still is a pretty good teacher. If you didn’t learn the first time, you will get another chance.