It occurred to me that of course hot weather is gonna fuck someone up – look what happens when we have a fever. And the weakness/dizziness/need to lie down that I get after being outside on a hot day does feel pretty much like having a fever.
But, I Googled what normal human body temperature is supposed to be, and it’s 37 degrees. The weather last night was only 34 at its highest. So, not fever levels. Also, the other people in last night’s art class had also just come in from outside and they weren’t flopped on the floor like noodles. And human beings do live in climates hotter than 37 degrees and manage to get things done. I’ve hung out with people on hot days before and saw that they didn’t get affected by the heat anywhere near the way I do.
So I Googled “why does hot weather make me tired?” and the first few results that came up said it’s dehydration. FUCK YOU, Google. That is not what is happening here. I’ve been really vigilant about drinking enough water lately, and I had a lot of salt yesterday right before I left the house (salt depletion being the other thing Google kept mentioning). And the art school is a ten minute walk from where I live.
I’ll say one thing, though: I don’t seem to sweat as much as other people. My skin (aside from my armpits, which rapidly grow disgustingly damp and pungent) remains almost entirely dry to the touch on a hot day or when I’m exercising. Instead, my face just gets redder and redder. When I used to belong to a gym, other random gym-goers stopped me on more than one occasion to ask if I was okay because my extremely flushed face concerned them. One day two years ago I ran some errands during a heat wave and when I came home, some guys who were doing yard work outside my building were like “Holy shit, you really got sunburned!!!” but no, after I’d flopped bonelessly down in front of a fan for two hours the lobster-red colour of my face went away. It wasn’t a sunburn. I was just way too hot.
Maybe that’s all it is – that everyone else’s body has a better cooling system than mine. Perhaps I should carry around a spray bottle full of water and spritz myself periodically so I can experience this groovy “evaporation” thing all the kids are talking about.