Summer is hot in Tucson, Arizona. It is the Sonoran Desert. It is mystifyingly hot here sometimes. Ridiculous.
And don't believe that junk about "But, it's a dry heat!". When it's 105 degrees out, it is like an oven. And besides, in the summer, we have monsoon season. So it's humid, too.
Monsoons are completely wild and crazy storms. Thunder, lightning, high winds, hail. Tremendous amounts of rain can fall in very short periods of time. Dry washes and creekbeds can all of a sudden wash cars away. People drown every year cause they drive down a street that is flooded and get swept away. Crazy.
This monsoon season has been a big 'ol disappointment. Where's the STORMS? Where's the RAIN? It's hot and humid, and NOT ENOUGH STORMS.
We had our first one the other night. Middle of the night. I didn't get to see it. :(
THEN, finally, yesterday - RAIN. Thunder. I LOVE IT.
It was all over in about 15 minutes.
Sigh. Waiting for more.
(That's a giant saguaro cactus you see).
If I wasn't a bit worried about being struck by lightning (which also happens all the time out here), I would have been dancing in the downpour.
A week or so ago, we saw a baby bunny. All alone. She (he?) will let us get pretty close. Just hopping around, doing his bunny thing. Almost everytime I go outside our yard, there he is. We have a bit of land, some of it cleared and nice, and some we leave pretty wild.
Where is his mommy? Where are his brothers and sisters?
He could fit in the palm of your hand.
There are other bunnies around - grown up bunnies - but none that he seems to belong to.
We've been watching him now for a week or two, hope to keep seeing him around. Let's hope he's too quick for the coyotes.
So.......I woke up at 3am Thursday morning with the room spinning. I couldn't focus. I couldn't walk without falling down or getting sick. So I did both. Then stumbled back to bed and went back to sleep - or was it just going unconscious? When I woke again at 5am, I knew instantly it wasn't just a bad dream. Somehow I made it downstairs, where I collapsed on the couch - room upside down and spinning. A combination of merry go round and roller coaster. Neither of which I would ride unless paid a very large sum of bribery money.
It didn't stop, unless I closed my eyes and laid very still.
I called in sick, somehow managing to use the telephone.
Then passed out again.
I have a vague recollection of feeling like this after a particularly wild party in college....too bad - this time - I don't seem to remember having any fun before all the spinning and upside down stuff started.
Periodically I woke to spinning and sickness.
Hubby called to check on me. I must have sounded really bad.
He called back a few minutes later to tell me he had spoken to my doctor, who told him to get me to the emergency room.
OK, maybe I'm having a stroke? A heart attack? I have a brain tumor?
I went upstairs and woke my son. Good morning, can you please drive me to the hospital??
The merry go round was still a wild ride. The roller coaster had slowed down a bit.
The hospital was wonderful. They were nice to me. They gave me lots of tests - EKG, chest xray, CT scan of the brain, blood work. They gave me medicine to make the roller coaster stop.
Diagnosis : Vertigo. Possibly Meniere's Disease - a disorder of the inner ear. They sent me home with medicine. And a phone number to call the Werner Institute of Motion. Apparently they do things like hang you upside down and shake you. Can't wait!
It really is so incredibly true - if you have your health, you have everything.
Happy to report, a few days later, no more spinning.
For those of you that knit, you know that knitting things takes a long time. Each of my Woolies takes hours of knitting. Which is OK, cause I love to. It's a wonderful rhythym - knitting - and I love the process and watching the new creation become 'alive'.
But, I'm also in the need for something that might take a bit less time to knit. Which also makes them more affordable.
What do you think of my new Wee Woolies? Lots more color choices will be in the shop soon....as well as little boy Wee Woolies. :)