Day 118 | HOT!

July 5, 2017

Today was just about the hottest day ever! 107 degrees! Can you believe that? 107 degrees people! We were melting!

Literally, all my sunscreen melted off and I got burned. This blazing heat is really doing a number on my skin. I was thinking maybe I should switch to wearing long sleeves and a hat. I don’t know though, that sounds even hotter!

We didn’t have any way to escape the heat because we don’t use the air conditioner in our van. We worry that the condensation from the AC might increase the risk of mold growing in the hvac system. A lot of biotoxin illness sufferers have had problems with moldy air conditioners.

It doesn’t matter much though because even if we could use the AC, there’s always lots of work to do outside the van! So yeah, I did the laundry and cooked on our campstove and wrote a blog post as I was being boiled alive.

Haha! I’m exaggerating! It really wasn’t that bad. I just kept thinking how detoxifying it was that I was sweating so much! 😉

I was a little worried for Ramona though but we kept her well supplied with ice and water and she slept under the van for most of the day. What a cutie! I’m just so happy we got to keep her. That was a situation where I begged God to make a way and he answered.

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  • Erik Johnson

    I got a big blue tarp and misting system from Home Depot.
    Covered everything with the tarp to form a shade on top of the shade and ran the mister underneath make a giant evaporative cooler.
    Works so well for cooling the outside that I lost interest in using the air conditioner.
    A 12 volt RV pump powers the mister nicely, but hook up an inline water filter or the tiny holes tend to get clogged.

    July 7, 2017 at 4:57 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Wow! So clever! This sounds awesome!

      July 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm Reply
  • Martín Fernandez

    Nice, I’d say drop under the van, but that might be hard, hehe just kidding.

    July 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris


      July 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm Reply
  • Coretta Hedstrom

    Sorry to hear that you’re hot, Ana! Life without air conditioner is always hard.

    I have heard from others with Lyme disease that sunburn can cause Lyme to emerge from hiding. Your exposure to sunburn maybe a test of how much Lyme you have left in you.

    I actually had an experience with that earlier this week. I got sunburned last Monday and then a few days ago had a flare-up in my skin sensitivity on my shoulders where I was sunburned.

    Luckily the flare-up only lasted a few hours, but it was a reminder to me that too much sun seems to adjatate my Lyme disease.
    Hope you can stay healthy and that the weather cools down soon!
    Praying for you,

    July 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      That’s so interesting Coretta! Thankfully it didn’t cause a flare up for me.

      July 8, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply
  • Nanette Fenn

    Oh gosh, Ana…I sure hope there was/is enough of an evening cool down to sleep. Now I know that you don’t use the a/c in the van. I thought that might be the case and the reason why. It sounds like your body is still agreeing with the ranch land. I was wondering if I could ask you about the location of the Airbib for your first month?

    July 7, 2017 at 11:41 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Yes! The evening usually brings relief! Yes the ranch is wonderful! The airbnb was in Taos NM. Not necessarily the most pristine location (it’s still a town) but it was worlds better than the west coast and back east in upstate NY. The nice thing is a lot of the houses there are adobe or concrete which I think are probably better than modern houses with drywall. There’s also a really health food store with lots of organic food which can be hard to come by in smaller towns.

      July 8, 2017 at 12:11 pm Reply
  • Ruth Meyer

    That’s crazy hot! The heat hasn’t been nearly so bad where I live, but my brain has been in a mental fog for days, and I don’t even try to sleep on hot muggy nights (too easy to have nightmares), so I’ve been sleeping days, which works okay, until Sunday comes (I don’t want to sleep through church). My other problem with heat is, my body does not like changing temp quickly. I have to wear long-sleeves (sometimes a thick sweater) on hot days, if we go to the story, just so I don’t get hot in the car, then suddenly cold in the store, then hot again. I have to keep my body temp somewhere in-between, which is still way hotter than I want, but at least I don’t get sick as much. Wish I could send you some ice cubes. I’m glad Ramona is with you! 🙂

    July 8, 2017 at 6:22 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Aww! I’m sorry the heat is affecting you so much Ruth! I think mold avoidance has increased my heat tolerance a lot even though it still isn’t fun. I hope you find relief!

      July 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Patty Margaret

    Light colored loose clothing does help the desert nomads. And a wide brim hat with holes for breeze. And Eric’s suggestions sound excellent to me, 2 levels of shade!! from my camping experiences here in so cal and arazona. Another tip is get under the easy up and rest during the middle of the day. Only mad dogs and Englishman go out in the mid day sun. I know you know about electrolytes and no caffeine too. And a wet rag to wipe with all the time. My mom would sit with her feet in a bucket of river water the kids would keep fresh for her. Lol. When you quit swetting , it’s a danger sign for too much heat. Here they say frequent rest in the shade is also important. We put fans outside too. How ever you can work that up. But don’t fail to act. It’s important. ( from my nurse side). Sending luv and hugs. And doggy kisses.

    July 8, 2017 at 6:23 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Aww! Thanks for the expert tips! I didn’t know that about stopping to sweat.

      July 8, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply
  • James

    Those high temperatures are pretty typical of central California these days. Anything over 100 is too hot for me, glad you were able to tolerate it. I have heard that pants and long sleeve shirts are actually cooler if you are out in the sun as they keep the sun from directly hitting the skin and heating it. If it’s that hot and dry you may be able to use the A/C as long as when you are done with the A/C you run the fan for a period of time (20-30min?) to let the A/C evaporator coils return to ambient air temperature and to evaporate of any water that has condensed on the coils. Still in a vehicle that is also your living area I could understand not wanting to risk it.

    July 8, 2017 at 11:42 pm Reply
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