Mobile Minutes: ROLO


I hate close calls.
In my head I thought that colds were best handled with hot showers and hot tea. Since recovering from my recent ailment I thought a “hot run” would do the body some good also. Especially for being off for a week.
With a heat index of 103℉ I set off from my parents house on a hopefully easy two mile run. Turns out I wasn’t completely recovered.

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After dropping into the shade…

At the 3/4 mile mark I stopped, primarily from coughing so much (mucus in the lungs, etc…), and started walking.
That’s when my stomach started to hurt.
That’s when my legs started shaking.
That’s when I started to lose my breath.
Trying to remember the basics of what to do when overheating I found a tree with substantial shade. I pulled my shirt off, and proceeded to fall to the ground. Ripped off my hat, sunglasses, earbuds, and had my phone ready for the dreadful dial (as worse case I always run from my parents house, so I know that I can call someone if something we’re to happen). I grabbed some water and just laid in the shade, wiping my mouth between the uncomfortable dry heaving.
After nearly ten minutes I started the daunting task of walking back to their house.
Upon arrival, legs like rubber, I stepped into the kitchen and sat down. MC said nothing while canning, and I stayed in that position until I finally, full of humility, ask:

Do you have anything to stop the shakes?

Immediately she stopped what she was doing and handed me three gold, tin foil objects with the simple instructions, “Eat these”.

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Remember these?

They were Rolo’s, the little pieces of chocolate with caramel in them. I popped them in, and quickly swallowed them. MC went on to explain, like herself, I struggle with low blood sugar crashes. That’s something I’ve always dealt with, and today was no different, just mixed with the excessive heat and congested chest.
After twenty minutes I was feeling a bit more human, and carried on a conversation with MC while working on her stewed tomatoes and pizza sauce. She’s surprisingly receptive of my goals, and some projects that Darco and I are working on. That’s comforting for her only child.
Today was a close one, that’s the closest I’ve been to serious health issues due to running and heat.
Sadly, it just makes me want to work that much harder.

-D-

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