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WOW! Those Dog Days of August Are Upon Us.

When I think of summer, I think of July and August, those months commonly known as ‘Summer Holidays.’

July is hot, but having just survived winter, it was a treat to feel the heat. We ran through sprinklers, swam in backyard pools, and headed north renting cottages for our annual summer vacation.

Then, suddenly we slid into August. Almost ¾ of the year is gone. It’s relentlessly hot and humid with impending storms brewing. Keeping your cool during the dog days of August is no small feat. Let me share some tips with you.

Tips to stay cool in a heat wave

Some ways of better cooling your home:

  • Keep your drapes drawn during the warmest part of the day
  • Use ceiling fans if you have them
  • Keep doors of unused rooms closed
  • Keep windows closed in the day time, opening at night when it’s cooler
  • Hang clothing to dry instead of running your dryer

What to do with no air conditioning:

  • Go to the mall and walk around for the day
  • A library allows you to use a computer and browse the day away
  • Any Public cooling center
  • Public pools are often open and free during a real heat wave
  • Keep your wrists and ankles cool by running under cool water
  • Wear a cool cloth around your neck
  • Battery operated fans can do the trick for one
  • Get yourself a kiddie pool and fill in the morning to warm by afternoon

Home maintenance during the heat and humidity:

  • Keep up the maintenance of leaks and cracks throughout your home
  • Maintain your furnace / air conditioner and have your roof inspected yearly
  • Change your furnace filters regularly

Meal choices in the heat of the summer:

  • Make lighter meals that don’t require the stove, like salads and cold soups
  • Include fresh cucumber, peppers, carrots, spinach, broccoli and celery for their water content
  • Freeze fruits such as grapes, bananas, strawberries, grapefruits or any in season fruit and make Fruit on a Stick or add to water for taste
  • Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays for great iced coffee in the afternoon

Keeping bed rooms cool:

  • Use less and lighter bedding material at night
  • Try freezing your pillowcase and socks
  • Misting your top sheet with water before bed
  • Keep drapes drawn during the day

What to wear when it’s hot out:

  • Large brimmed hat made of light weight material with ventilation so your head can breath
  • Wear light weight clothing keeping your shoulders lightly covered
  • Stay out of direct sunlight, walk on the shady side of the street
  • Keep the water temperature cooler when showering or bathing

Beach fun with COPD:

  • Be careful around the water
  • Stay covered and use an umbrella for shade
  • Keep up the sunscreen

Liquid restricted or limited to a certain amount of liquid?

  • Use those ounces wisely
  • Drink water on schedule do not wait until you become thirsty
  • Wrap newspaper or paper towel around your bottle of liquid and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes. It will cool in half the time and stay colder longer.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine

Don’t forget your pets:

  • If it’s hot for you, it’s hot for them too. Bring them in the house.
  • Let they find a place to lay quiet
  • Provide lots of cool water
  • Walk them during early morning or later in the evening when it cools down

I hope that some of these tricks are useful to you during the dog days of August.

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  • BeverlyDeMarco
    6 months ago

    Hi Leon, Yes I do have a Cold and runny nose, Thank God today it was much Better, I put my face over a steaming hot water for a couple of seconds a couple of times and it seem to help. DONT KNOW HOW I GOT A COLD, HAVENT BEEN OUT OF MY HOUSE EXCEPT FOR REHAB BUT MUST HAVE PICKED UP SOMEONES GERMS, I ALWAY USE PLENTY OF HAND SANITIZER TOO. TODAY WAS A BETTER DAY, THANKYOU

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    6 months ago

    Hi Beverly and thanks for responding here. I believe this reply (of yours) is based on your and my exchange of ideas in this thread located here:
    Without the continuity of conversation, an isolated comment can become rather confusing, don’t you think?

    Now, to answer this current response of yours here. Glad to hear you’re feeling better today. A cold can really be a nuisance and, when it interferes with one’s ability to use their supplemental oxygen, via nasal cannula, it can be troublesome. Using the steam, as you said you did, seems to have done the trick as a home remedy.
    Keep up the good work! I hope you continue to feel better.
    Leon (site moderator)

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