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From the Campground to the Campfire - De File
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cbertsch
cbertsch
From the Campground to the Campfire
Nearly every year of the past decade we have returned from our vacation along the ocean in northern San Diego County to the onset of what Skylar's mother aptly refers to as "the blast furnace." By the time June arrives, the relentless heat of Tucson's first summer season, the dry one, is usually in full effect. This year, though, a mild winter and a couple early heat waves ensured that we had already been exposed to some pretty brutal weather before leaving for California.

I had hoped that this preparation would make the transition back to Tucson easier. But we came back Friday, a day in which the temperature climbed to an all-time high of 107 for that date, and forest fire-impaired air quality which, while less sensitive individuals might not bemoan it too much, has my lungs in an uproar. The first two nights back I coughed and coughed instead of sleeping, which made my "waking" hours really unpleasant.

I really don't want to lose the getting-my-life-in-order momentum I'd built up prior to our trip, which has always been a risk at this time of year. That's why I tried to force myself to nap yesterday -- unsuccessfully, alas -- and why I'm proceeding as of today with my plan to get in better shape. If nothing else, building my lung power through aerobic activity should make me less prone to asthma attacks and more likely to be tired enough to sleep through respiratory irritation. I think I'll go to the JCC later to play basketball and then sit a good long while in the steam room. Nothing helps me more at this time of year than humidity.

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batdina From: batdina Date: June 4th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
deepest sympathies. currently on antibiotics myself for upper respiratory infection, and wheezing too much to get on the exercise bike. but when I can breathe, it definitely helps me breathe better to exercise. best of luck with the basketball this afternoon.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 5th, 2012 08:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm so sorry to hear that you're needing antibiotics again, particularly at this time of year.

I did go to the JCC and spent a lot of time on an unusually warm basketball court and weight room, followed up by a long stint in the steam room and hot tub. It helped. But the exercise may have helped even more. Tonight's sleeping -- or lack thereof -- will prove me right, I hope!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 5th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, well. My plan did not come to fruition. All it takes is one little particle to trigger the initial coughing and then it builds on itself, which is what happened last night. But at least I have the Monsoon to look forward to!
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