59 years old and the heat is finally getting to me.

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Big House

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I've been in the petroleum industry for almost 15 years. The end product. Meaning, I test a lot a gas stations, military bases, airports, car rental facilities and anything else that are EPA regulated. Testing new installs from the tanks to the sensors that monitor for leaks. This week I was Miami FL area, I started having issues with breathing, fatigue and dizziness. Heat index was 126 with 92% humidity. I do take my blood pressure daily, due to medication for HBP. It was fine. I do try to stay hydrated, but sometimes I get so focused on working that I forget to do my part and take breaks to hydrate and cool down.

I've been asked to move into a management position, but there is a significant pay cut. I've turned them down three times in the past 10 years. Money is too darn good to move down in pay. I may have to take a look at this option now.

I'm trying to stay in my current position until I'm 62, but in all honesty, I'm not sure I can do it.

I'm finished with my crying now. Carry on, my wayward son!
 

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It's soooooo hot the birds are usin hot pad holders to pick worms.

I know what you mean brother. I was an outside man in San Antonio and in Houston at ht e ports and at the airports working on cameras Holy Hanna it was hot! I had to wear long sleeves to keep from getting sunburned, I had to buy a space blanket to fashion a cape for my back and neck. Especially my tools. Ever leave a socket or ratchet out in the blazing sun for about 5 minutes?

At 6 a.m. I walked out of the hotel and it was 99 degrees and 99% humidity. I literally melted right there. All day my attitude sucked and I could tell it was from the oppressive humidity. I kept away from everyone and did my job.

Oh yeah, try wearing a navy blue polyester uniform with a bullet resistant girdle directing traffic for hours on hot concrete for a parade. You just had to suck it up.
 
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I am 44 and it does the same to me, winter I can handle better, but you can only take so many clothes off, days like you mentioned I work at night. No job is worth your health.

I have found those canvas rings you freeze and put around your neck really help. It is just a stop gap, and children's aspirin to thin blood. I take 2 of them in the morning on those 100° days.

They kinda help me, but I don't take anything else.
 

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Most of the time its not so much the heat that gets you but humidity, might see if you can be transfered to a more northern or western climate in your work schedule.
I was a lifelong Okie up until 2016. Prepping for retirement now, if I live long enough to get there. Fortunately, the wife will be set, if I do expire sooner than later. I am missing the cold but not the snow and ice.
 

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I am 44 and it does the same to me, winter I can handle better, but you can only take so many clothes off, days like you mentioned I work at night. No job is worth your health.

I have found those canvas rings you freeze and put around your neck really help. It is just a stop gap, and children's aspirin to thin blood. I take 2 of them in the morning on those 100° days.

They kinda help me, but I don't take anything else.
I have all the cool down stuff now. It helps immensely after a while. When I use this approach now it is usually after I've waiting too long. After 15 or 20 minutes I attempt to get busy again, it's a struggle to carry on.
 

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It's soooooo hot the birds are usin hot pad holders to pick worms.

I know what you mean brother. I was an outside man in San Antonio and in Houston at ht e ports and at the airports working on cameras Holy Hanna it was hot! I had to wear long sleeves to keep from getting sunburned, I had to buy a space blanket to fashion a cape for my back and neck. Especially my tools. Ever leave a socket or ratchet out in the blazing sun for about 5 minutes?

At 6 a.m. I walked out of the hotel and it was 99 degrees and 99% humidity. I literally melted right there. All day my attitude sucked and I could tell it was from the oppressive humidity. I kept away from everyone and did my job.

Oh yeah, try wearing a navy blue polyester uniform with a bullet resistant girdle directing traffic for hours on hot concrete for a parade. You just had to suck it up.

Dallas was the first city that I just about passed out. Downtown with no wind in the summer.
 

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