by Madeline Laughs
My husband and I owned a six level townhouse once. The master bedroom and bath were on the top level. Heating the upstairs was never a problem because heat rises, but can you imagine trying to cool those rooms down in the summer? It was impossible! We upgraded the HVAC unit soon after we first moved in and thought this would definitely take care of that issue.
Then our first summer in the townhouse was upon us.
My husband was always up first, showered and downstairs in the kitchen making coffee by the time I was turning the valve on the shower faucets to start my day. The first few days I would end my shower and be slightly warm as I finished getting ready.
After a couple of weeks, I was sweating profusely.
I would check the thermostat every night before going upstairs to make sure the master bedroom would be cool all through the night and into the morning. I couldn’t understand how my shower could heat the room into a blazing oven. My husband’s shower never did that! The room would still be cool as a cucumber when he finished up and went downstairs.
After a while I gave up trying to put on makeup in the mornings. It would melt off seconds after I applied it. Forget trying to apply deodorant too. I finally moved my deodorant stick to the 3rd level guest bathroom and got into the habit of stopping there on my way down in the mornings to apply it. My freshly ironed clothes would be wilted and my hair would be plastered to my forehead and forget trying to use a blow dryer. I was afraid if I even attempted to style my hair I would pass out and bang my noggin on the sink on the way down.
Maybe something was wrong with me? Could I be perimenopausal?
Everyday that summer wore on and got hotter…so did I.
I made an appointment with my doctor. “I just don’t know what’s wrong with me!” I whined to her. She checked me out and took some blood to do tests. Perhaps I was going through the change early? The bloodwork came back negative and she informed me that I appeared healthy.
But let’s schedule an MRI just be to be on the safe side.
One morning I wasn’t feeling too well so instead of my usual routine, I followed my husband down the stairs to have coffee before getting ready. As I bopped along behind him I paused as he stopped on the landing where the thermostat was. He casually reached up and flicked the lever up. I heard the air conditioning unit respond by shutting off. Then he continued down the stairs to make coffee.
I leaned in closer and looked to see what he had done. 80 degrees! He had cranked the thermostat to eighty degrees! Holy crap! No wonder I was sweating like a pig every morning!
I skipped down the rest of the stairs and quietly asked “What you just did to the thermostat, do you do that every morning?” He continued pouring cereal into his bowl and nodded “Yeah and it’s saved us a bundle on our electric bill so far.”
Ah-huh, I thought to myself, and what we saved on the electric bill, I spent at the doctor trying to find out if my body is aging faster than the normal person!!
I leaned on the counter, trying to appear poised, “Do me a favor?” He looked up and nodded again, “Sure, what?” “How about you wait until I’ve finished with my shower and stuff before you turn it up to inferno from now on?”
The moral to this story is that before you start believing that you are screwed up beyond hope, look around to see if someone has been making changes that might be affecting you in a negative way. Some times people do things on our periphery that we aren’t even aware of. They don’t know that it might be messing up our lives, and they probably aren’t doing it on purpose. You are the only person that can investigate your realm and figure out where the problem is so that you can fix it.
Most of the time it’s as simple as paying attention and looking beyond your own thoughts.
- Don’t be a creature of habit, change your routine! (waywardjourney.com)
- We Have Heat (congluteous.wordpress.com)
- Deep Thoughts… (puppuccinosbyfrancesscott.com)
- House Issues (hubbylove.me)