Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Oh the Heat and Humidity!

When I first visited Penang I couldn't help but notice the difference in heat and humidity.  Boston  has some very hot and humid summers that are as bad or worse than the weather here. I had developed chronic sinusitis, had surgery for it and thought the climate in Penang would help my condition. My sinusitis was effected by even slight changes in temperature, humidity and even barometric pressure, so I thought that with the same weather all year long I would not suffer as many symptoms. My ENT physician also thought that the move to Malaysia would benefit me, at least temporarily.

I have lived here for almost 5 years now. I knew when I first moved here it would take some time for me to become acclimatized to the heat and humidity. I actually thought I was doing a good job getting used to the weather. First I started to get used to the heat and then slowly to the humidity. My biggest problem was breaking out into a rash whenever I walked too much around the area. I have always had a constant supply of baby powder around me. I couldn't walk without it! I don't know why, but I seem to sweat more than people around me. For quite a while I felt as though I had finally become use to the weather. Now I am frustrated.

In the past month or so the weather seems to have become much hotter and much more humid than it has been in the past. Even local people who have lived here all of their lives are suffering. My sinus problems have returned with a vengeance and I am not alone. I have talked with very many people who now have sinus problems for the first time in their lives. People, including myself, complain of constant fatigue, listlessness and stomach problems. For a long time I didn't post here because I was too hot and exhausted to muster up enough energy for my brain to work. Even now I am sitting at the dining room table, with 2 fans on and sweating profusely. I don't want to have to turn the air conditioning on 24/7 like many expats do, as this can be quite expensive and doesn't help me to adapt.

Viewing the destructive hurricanes, typhoons, floods and droughts all over the world I can't help to think that global warming does exist. Winters seem colder and snowier, summers hotter and more humid and storms more severe and more frequent. I am afraid  that the world has only just begun to see climate changes. No matter where one goes in the word they are not going to find perfect weather. I guess I'll just have to get used to it!

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