Tuesday, September 28, 2010

You're Not Nice, Mother Nature

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Wow, it's hot in Los Angeles. It's more like Summer in Las Vegas than Fall in Southern California right now. Someone replaced the weather thermostat with an oven knob and then set it to bake...

Which got me thinking about that old '70's commercial for Chiffon Margarine. You know, the one where Mother Nature says, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!" punctuated with the sound of a lightening bolt. You can check it out below:

Well you know, Mother Nature, it goes both ways.

It's really not nice to fool with those of us who have chronic illnesses. We do our darnedest trying to manage our symptoms, day in and day out. Then you come along with your high and low pressure systems, your rain, your fog, your hot and cold spells and throw a monkey wrench into our best laid plans. Thanks a lot, Mother Nature.

So here I am, stuck indoors with the air conditioning blasting because I absolutely can't tolerate the 102 degree temperature outside my door. And it's the high pressure system causing the heat and/or the air conditioning that is making my fibromyalgia pain much, much worse. Plus my menopausal hot flashes are in full swing, so I've got my own little heat waves popping up throughout the day too.

As if to add insult to injury, with heat comes power outages from increased usage. Let me tell you, a power outage is my biggest concern right now. Because if the power goes out, I'm going to have to convince them to let me into the cooling center at the senior citizen center. Do you think I should bring my Social Security Disability award letter to convince them to let me in???

Yes, I admit defeat. I cannot control the weather. It frustrates me to no end that weather changes can flare up my fibromyalgia symptoms, but all I can do is grin and try to bear it.

You're not nice, Mother Nature.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding me of "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!" Sorry to hear why she came to mind!
Hope that the temperatures go down, and there's no shortage of power.
I think if you took your official disability letter with you to a cooling center, they would be more apt to let you in.
Good luck with the weather. Let's hope Mother Nature gets into a better mood!

Anonymous said...

During a heat wave this summer our power went out....as a result no A/C!!!! I sat in my driveway in my car with the air going. I would be hesitant to go to a cooling center because I'm sure they don't have beds for me to sleep in!

Selena said...

Thanks for the comments. That commercial was certainly a blast from the past...

Thankfully, the heat wave only lasted a few days and now is over. But boy, was it a doozy!

When they open the cooling centers, they are only open during the day. Which means you have to go home to sleep in a hot house/apartment.

Thankfully I didn't have to resort to sitting in the car with the A/C blasting. :-P