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For the last year, I’ve been having problems with the second toe on my left foot.  Three different doctors said it was an infection in the nail bed and blew me off with instructions to soak in Epsom salts.  I finally found a doctor that would listen and, two weeks ago, had an MRI, CT scan and ultrasound.  (Basically, whatever they could think of to jack up the bill when all they needed was an MRI.)

It turns out there are two ulcers on the aortic artery in my stomach with cones of calcified cholesterol in them.  One of the cones broke off and, fortunately, ended up in my toe (instead of my lungs).  Tomorrow morning, I have to go to the hospital for an angiogram, angioplasty and/ or two stents put in the artery.  They may, or may not, let me come home tomorrow night.  The fact that my three dogs will be locked in the house the entire time I’m gone appears to be of no importance to them.

Just what I need on top of the air conditioner fiasco and stressful conditions at work.  At least I can look forward to not being at work next week..

Baked or broiled?

heat wave—(Also called hot wave, warm wave.) A period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and usually humid weather.

To be a heat wave such a period should last at least one day, but conventionally it lasts from several days to several weeks. In 1900, A. T. Burrows more rigidly defined a “hot wave” as a spell of three or more days on each of which the maximum shade temperature reaches or exceeds 90°F. More realistically, the comfort criteria for any one region are dependent upon the normal conditions of that region. In the eastern United States, heat waves generally build up with southerly winds on the western flank of an anticyclone centered over the southeastern states, the air being warmed by passage over a land surface heated by the sun. See also hot wind.
Ward, R. de C., 1925: The Climates of the United States, 383–395.

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg Sc
4:30 AM EDT Sat Jun 7 2008

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for Northeast Georgia…Piedmont North Carolina…Western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

High temperatures this afternoon are expected to reach the mid to upper 90’s across the Foothills and Piedmont. These temperatures combined with modest humidity will make heat index values approach 100˚ in many locations.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Sunday through Friday

Hot and humid conditions will continue across the Foothills and Piedmont Sunday through next Wednesday. Sunday and Monday are expected to feel the hottest…with afternoon heat index values ranging from 100˚ to 105˚.

Normally, I stay indoors with the a/c cranked when we have weather like this. However, the critters and I don’t have that luxury this time. My a/c went out during the day on Thursday. The repairman showed up promptly (give the man a cookie) on Friday and declared the outside unit DOA. I would have taken my frustration out on it (the a/c, not the repairman) with a sledgehammer but figured I needed the electrolytes.

After two miserably hot (baking, blistering, boiling, broiling, burning, fiery, heated, red-hot, roasting, scalding, scorching, searing, sizzling, sweltering, etc.) (thank you for the thesaurus, Jack O’Neill!) days and nights, my neighbor (bless her soul) kindly loaned me an old window unit so the dogs wouldn’t die of heatstroke while I scour the recent “I Wanna” in search of a replacement.

Now, where did I leave my tea…?