Anyone with IBS knows that flares are easily triggered. So, when my roommate told me that the AC was out, I got a little worried. Now, it’s been a few days and I’m hoping things will change, soon.
So, what do you do when you have this problem? Well, if you live in Texas and it’s summer, you start to wonder what your immediate options are. I got a couple of ice packs from the freezer and put them in my room. Then, I put some waters in the fridge and a few in the freezer.
I would keep the ice packs in my lap and on my chest, rotating. This kept my body cool. When they weren’t so hard, I moved one to my head. This way it wouldn’t freeze my scalp and it was malleable, so it wouldn’t fall off.
I got a water that was frozen and sat it in my room to bring down the temperature while it thawed out. Drinking it after, of course, was the goal and definitely helped.
I turned the ceiling fan on high. It seems like it might only rotate hot air, but it actually helped a little. It might be from all the frozen items in my room.
I took a cooler shower and put up my hair in a bun. I didn’t worry too much about drying my hair, because I knew it would dry anyway and it would keep my head cool while it was wet.
If you have migraines, it is a good idea to rotate between having an ice pack on your head and on your neck. Also, it will help to have it on your forehead if you can stand it. I felt a migraine coming and was worried about having to take meds. But, luckily, I rotated my ice packs and it helped cool me down.
Eat cold foods. I had tomatoes and cheese. But, fruit is a great option. If you have watermelon and can have it, that’s a great idea. So are cucumbers, celery and lettuce. Cold Cherry Tomatoes come in handy, also.
So far, all of those things help me. If you want to buy a portable AC, those are also options. They run around $250 (give or take). It seems like that price is about how much it might be to fix your AC and after it’s fixed you might not need it. But, it might also make a good emergency appliance. You just have to weigh the benefits.