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I just finished mowing the whole lawn, back and then front. Now, I’m soaking wet and waiting to stop sweating, so that I can change my shirt, and then go pick someone up, to take them to do a bunch of errands.
Today, it took me 75 minutes to mow the whole lawn, compared to only 50 minutes a few times ago. I think there are at least few reasons why it has taken me longer to mow it the last couple of times:
- The grass was much longer than usual, when I started
- I set the mower to mow it even shorter than usual, this time
- Lately, it seems like my only two mowing choices are to mow when it’s raining, or to mow when it’s extremely, swelteringly sunny and hot
- My knees have felt really, really tired, the last two times I’ve mowed
I think that last list item might indicate that something in my muscles is changing. I don’t know what it is, since my knee muscles are stronger now than they’ve been since my stroke. But I could feel that they were really tired today, even while I was mowing.
Anyway, it’s done now, and it looks terrific, like this little guy:
Update, 4:40 PM: Dehydration — that was the problem. About an hour after I finished mowing, I was with a friend, doing errands, but I still felt really tired and sleepy, like I could take a nap at any time. And I was thirsty. So I stopped and bought a can of Diet Coke (the Pepsi machine was broken). Five minutes later, I started feeling much better. Five more minutes, and I felt almost “back to normal,” where I could take a nap, but I wasn’t so tired and sleepy that I needed to take one right away.
When I got home from helping my friend, I drank two large gulps of milk, some water, a glass of diet pop, and two whole bottles of protein/vitamin drink.
Lesson learned: it takes a lot of liquid to be me.
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