Grateful for air conditioning when I was sick

Grateful for air conditioning when I was sick

I am four months pregnant and I am quickly learning that pregnancy lowers your immune system.

I am dealing with a bad cold that does not seem to want to go away.

Before this cold, I have not been sick in years. When you are pregnant, your immune system is weaker because the baby is being protected in your uterus. When I first started feeling sick, I thought to myself that the summer is the worst time to have a cold. It also does not help that it has been extremely hot and humid where I live. I am super grateful for air conditioning because when I had a fever and was burning up it kept me cool. I am also grateful for air conditioning because soup and hot tea have been the only things soothing my irritated throat. No one wants to drink hot tea or eat hot soup when it is hot and humid outside. Luckily, I turned my thermostat down so I felt cold enough to sip my tea and eat my soup under a blanket. I went to the doctor yesterday because I wanted to make sure I did not have a more severe infection than a common cold. Stepping out into the humid, hot air while being sick and pregnant was a new level of discomfort that I do not want to experience again. The doctor’s office had air conditioning of course, but I still felt warm. When the nurse took my temperature, she noticed it was high but she waited for me to cool down because she knew how hot it was outside. She took my temperature again after I had some time to cool down in the air conditioning.

 

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