Even ‘Illness’ Becomes ‘Wellness’…
Sunday becomes Tuesday, when the editor is off sick!
5th June 2016
Early in the morning, I got out of bed and prepared for another lesson of horse riding at the Desperado Stables in Yaniklya-(http://www.desperado-ranch.com)-. Although yesterday I got a little bit upset because I didn’t go the way I planned-(And the fact I’m a Perfectionist!)-I tried today to pretend that I was starting to learn to horse ride again, because here, the way they teach is completely different to that in Tenerife. Once on the road, Geoff reminded me of what we would be doing in today’s lesson, because Geoff thinks he is a god at horse riding, he also thinks that in his past life, he was a cowboy!
Today we left slightly earlier than yesterday To avoid being late. (again!) And once we got to the stable, we were greeted by one of Usefs staff who went to find him. We had to wait for a few minutes because it turned out Usef had overslept and he was now running a bit late! After a cup of “Cay”-(pronounced “chai”)-which is the Turkish version of a cup of tea, we saddled up and headed down to the school area. Today was a hot 28 degrees, but a few days before it had been a sweltering 33 degrees! Once again, I cautiously got onto the horse and I started walking her around quite happily. The next thing I knew, I was trotting around and sitting on her without needing the stirrups! After a good hour on the horse, Geoff and I left the stables, personally, with a very happy sense of achievement.
And then we met a turtle on the way back to the boat!
Mum hadn’t been feeling good since yesterday afternoon, she had fallen asleep on the beach ( by accident ) she thinks she took too much sun!
Monday morning we spoke briefly to an American man called Tony, who owns a 93-tonne, 100 foot Gulet, a traditional Turkish boat. He told us how this year he wanted to go sailing around the Greek islands, but his two crew members had let him down and he can’t sail it alone so he is back on the look out for a new Skipper who wants to!
Today, is a very special day amongst the Islamic religion. Today is the eve of Ramadan. Ramadan is when Muslims around the world spend the whole day fasting-(go without any food)-, and it happens on a different day each year! This holy month for Muslims is intended for them to practise patience, spiritual belief as well as self discipline and generosity. Many Muslims will attempt to read the whole of the Quran ( their holy book) at least one time in the Ramadan period and many will also attend special services in Mosques during which the Quran is read aloud. When Ramadan ends, many house holds will celebrate this by having a special meal called “Eid al-Fitr” with other Muslims, neighbors and friends. The whole process, takes place for 29/30 days depending on each year.
Mum was up and about this morning, but throughout the day disappeared for naps, eventually she went to bed early, she’s not very well at all!
6th June 2016
Last night, we had all expected mum to be feeling better, but her day was spent sleeping in bed. My morning was about school. Since I had done the Kayakoy essay, she said instead of answering the questions in the history book, I was to instead just read the remaining few articles so at half past ten, history was completed! This was great, all that was left now was Science, Ict and Maths, but they’d be done in a doddle. After i had completed some Ict, school was over, I tided my bedroom, read my book called Hungry For Miles by Steven Primrose-Smith and sat in the sun! ( mum didn’t!)
In the afternoon, our friends from the restaurant Bey Effeto in Kayakoy had come to see us onboard. They stayed with us for half an hour before they needed to get back to collect they’re son. Once they were gone, mums friend Hulya came on board and wanted to see mum, but she was asleep. She also had heard about mum feeling ill, and she taught us a traditional Turkish remedy. First, take half a table spoon of Turkish coffee and squeeze three drops of lemon onto it. Afterwards, drink plenty of water and eat dried chick peas! ( blurgh! )
7th May 2016
This morning, mum was feeling a lot better and she has decide to get out of bed! She has cleaned the cabins, and is not feeling sick. The morning was quite hectic though, because people decided to ascend on us. We had already felt “socialised out” from our time in Marmaris last week. The person that ascended on us first was our new neighbour called Steve. He came aboard for a cup of tea, then Usef and another neighbour called Sabri, pleased to see mother above deck then and Sonar came to see Geoff about some jobs to be done on the yacht. Mum went back to bed, she hasn’t eaten since Saturday, all this attention wore her out! Big tough mum- weak and feeble!!!!!
After some school ( which involved reading the remaining history pages again, ) Mum told me to write an informative piece for WordPress about sunstroke and heat exhaustion incase any would be adventurers heading into the Sun dont know about it –
because judging by how sick mum’s been for the last 3 days, it’s not a pleasant business.
Heat exhaustion is a heat related illness that can occur when you have spent to much time in the sun, or high temperatures. The first symptoms to heat stroke are headaches and muscle cramps, which are the first signs for needing shade and water. These are the most popular symptoms. Despite the fact that heat exhaustion is not dangerous in comparison to sunstroke, it is something that should be taken seriously.
Sunstroke is a lethal sun related illness that happens when the body temperature rises to 40.5°C or more. Whereas heatstroke isn’t lethal, sun stroke is and could kill you if not treated by medical professionals within 1-2 days! The symptoms of sunstroke are similar to heat exhaustion but much stronger. The main cause of death of children who are left in a car on a hot summers day, is sunstroke.
To avoid the problems of Heatstroke and sunstroke, make sure you wear a hat, dont be out in the sun for too long, ( definitely DONT fall asleep in the sun WITHOUT a hat, mum!!) and drink plenty of fluids and avoid the midday sun. Wear loose cotton clothing to help you stay cool.
Heat exaustion can often be prevented by taking sensible precautions when it’s very hot. During the summer, check for heatwave warnings, so you’re aware when there’s a potential danger. This could be the matter between life and death. The symptoms to heat stroke are faintness/dizziness, being sick and headaches. The groups that are more likely to be affected are the elderly, babies and young children, people with diabetes/heart problems and people who exercise thoroughly like soldiers, hikers, cyclists and runners. Although sunbathing may be enjoyable it must always be remembered that excessive exposure to the sun’s rays is a health hazard And could cause death.