Thursday, January 24, 2013
Yesterday, I went shopping in the cold, (less than 20 degree F). I nearly passed out at the bus depot. I went to two stores and had my gym clothes with me. I had too much stuff to carry in my backpack. I have really thick gloves. I knew I couldn't carry three plastic bags wearing them. I tried to walk from the store to the bus depot without gloves carrying the bags in my hands. I felt like my hands were going to fall off before I got through half of that third of a mile walk.
I tried to put on the gloves at a light. I dropped one before crossing the street. I have to wait for the light again. I got the glove I dropped put the gloves on. I crossed the street the third time. I had to carry two of the bags against my arm since my hands didn't work with the thick gloves. However, my hands started to get warmer.
I finally got to the bus depot across the street from that light and down the street about a tenth of a mile away. I sat down inside the station. Nice and warm. I took off my gloves and moved my bags next to me to sit down. I started to sweat badly and feel dizzy. I undid my coat and put my head down against the back of my chair. The man that sells bus tickets and monthly passes came over to me and asked if I needed an ambulance. I said no. In about three to five minutes, I was feeling fine again.
I got on my bus home. I carried the bags against one of my arms from the bus stop to my house about a half mile away. I noticed several hours later that I had a painful bruise on my arm in the place that the bags were looped over. What I learned from this experience. I should always wear my gloves, maybe two pairs if the temperature is less than freezing. I should not take a full backpack with me, but have space in it for anything I might buy. I should definitely layer my shirts and pants under my coat in such weather.
I doubt that I'll post anything during my journey. I'll be lucky at this point to have a working cell phone and a camera. I hope to find a camera shortly. I might have cellular service again later this week. I don't know if I will during the walk. I'm on disability and it's hard to make sure that I have money for luxuries like bifocals, good shoes and healthy food.