Gentilly Girl- a part of the 99%

July 21, 2008

The Lost Weekend

Filed under: Aside — Morwen Madrigal @ 3:03 pm

Last Friday morning I was awakened by the sound of a frieght train in my left ear. My tinnitus had returned. I was dizzy and pretty much not good for anything. Even cancelled a meet up with a visitor.

Saturday we went to the house to wipe things down and sweep up construction debris in order to have it look nice for our final inspection. Halfway through this the heat sickness started up on me. I finally just sat on the porch and let the cool breeze bring down my temperature. We went home and I collapsed.

Sunday we went back to finish up, and I wound up being curled on the front seat of the car half awake. Later we came home and I threw myself on the bed feeling really freakin’ sick. Even today I’m still feeling the effects.

Years ago I had to take meds for my HIV and they all had different side effects. AZT caused me to have several bouts of heat stroke since my body could not sweat. Each time you have this happen, it happens againĀ  with even worse reactions. I feel as though I had been hit by a big truck.


  1. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and meditations. One day at a time, sugar.

    Comment by charlotte — July 21, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

  2. M’lady – I am soooo sorry you are still feeling puny and then some! :(

    I wasn’t sure how you were, but in case you were resting, I didn’t want to bother you.

    Now that I have conquered the drive to Nola, I will be back and we will meet and I will see your and Bett’s fab home!

    Please take care of yourself and stay hydrated, that humidity about knocked me out – that may well be what brought on your sickness. It was harsh.

    Hugs and cafe au lait,

    Comment by Elspeth Ravenwind — July 21, 2008 @ 9:37 pm

  3. Thanks Darlin’s.

    I have dealt with this for many years and pretty much it’s not been a prob, but since I can’t open the windows of this dumpster we are in, I’m can’t acclimate. (and I really can’t hang out outside due to the nature of this neighborhood) I live in total A/C land.

    Once we are in our house this will change.

    BTW- I’m the only person in NOLA that carries a sweater in the Summer… I freeze in grocery and retail stores. *giggles*

    Comment by Morwen Madrigal — July 22, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

  4. Oh, not being able to operate the “winders” is not good…
    I am surprised I dealt as well as I did this past weekend in the heat/humidity, since in the past few years, I rarely spend time out of centrally air conditioned spaces. When I was hitting the arboretum weekly (twice or more) and doing the New Orleans jaunts every couple of months, my system was more ‘elastic’ about it. Lately, I am outside on quick trips from the a/c’d office/store to the car and then to the apartment. I need to get back in touch w/the Goddess on a regular basis…this is her giving me a noogie to remind me!
    MM, you sound like you are feeling a touch better – that makes me smile!
    Blessings on a strong recovery. :)

    Comment by Elspeth R — July 22, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

  5. Oh Darlin’,

    When I moved back home in ’02 I would turn the A/C off and just sweat, but it got my body able to live in this climate again.

    I unpacked Betts in a 116 degree heat level a few months later. I didn’t get sick.

    And you are right, ya’s got to get more in contact with the Lady and Her world. We can’t always stay hidden in buildings.

    A/C is for comfort, but the outside world is where we live with others. (a woman asked me why I was always in a skirt, and I told her that I like the breeze and wearing jeans would kill me. She took my hint)

    Comment by Morwen Madrigal — July 22, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

  6. Isn’t it wretchedly ironic, I currently abide in a suburban region of my (for now) hometown and I rarely get out…but when I am in the much more urban areas, I get out more? Probably ’cause things are more walkable being closer together.

    As for skirts, yes, they are fab – I need to wear them more often. (I credit the Sex & the City movie for inspiring me to reclaim my femininity and funky style and try to purge the ‘corporate uniform’ I had stifled myself in w/a battery of slacks and boring tops!) But what I truly learned of skirt wearing in New Orleans this past weekend – “we MUST wear spanks or something to allay the, um, erm, ‘effects’ of heat and humidity on epidermal regions in close proximity!” LOL!!! I KNEW I should have packed the Anti-Monkeybutt Powder! (and yes, you CAN use it on other areas, not just motorcyclists’ tushies!!!) Hee hee!
    Peace and a ‘licious sno-ball!

    Comment by Elspeth Ravenwind — July 22, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

  7. Ya’s got it Darlin’!

    I watch the boys in their jeans sweating to death. I just glisten ( Mom taught me about that one). I wave my skirt and trot off as they melt on the sidewalk.

    On Urban areas, we walk or bike around. We have contact with others. Suburbia is just about driving past the others. There is no “contact”.

    I used to think suburbia was a good thing, but living in cities in SE Asia, Seattle and S.F. taught me the benefits of urban living. I got to know my neighbors. I was exercising. I actually knew what was around the corner. I became part of the landscape. I belonged.

    This is priceless, and it’s what the Lady wishes us to do: become a part of the Whole.

    At night here we do drive, but that is for safety. The car is used for grocery trips, but our druthers are to ride our bikes or walk. (And riding wearing a skirt on a bike is sooooo very, shall I say, sexy.)

    Next time you visit, we will have a place for you. We’ll have four bikes and you can ride around the Quarter with us at 2am. It’s a wonderful thing to do.

    And when you get here, we’ll get snow balls. I haven’t had one since the ’60s. Maybe I need to reconnect with my Past.

    Comment by Morwen Madrigal — July 23, 2008 @ 3:08 am

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