So today was a pretty good day, minus the part where I’m pretty sure I almost fainted, but to that in a minute. This morning was really good. Woke up, did cross training, went to breakfast, warmed up, went to the morning masterclass. This morning we covered orchestra excerpts. I had intended to play, but after all my excerpts where gone in 10 minutes I didn’t, since I didn’t know if we were repeating excerpts or not. It was a very useful class and I learned a lot, but don’t ask me what right now. (I’ve had a bit of a rough day, give me a break!) After class, I asked Professor Boyd if we could repeat excerpts. She said we could, so I will definitely be playing tomorrow morning!
After the class was the usual schedule, lunch. Then my friend and I went to the campus book store, since it was hot and the book store is air conditioned. It was a nice little break from the heat. I didn’t realize I shouldn’t have gone back out into it…oops! After the bookstore expedition I went back to my room. It was a little after 1:00pm then and my room wasn’t too bad. I sat on my bed, called my mom, drank water, and read. I was doing fine until about 3:00 when I called my doctor (not because I was sick!!!!) After I called her I realized…I was really really dizzy and having trouble breathing.
I went downstairs to find my friend (I’d stayed in my room because we were supposed to rehearse there) and tell her I was off to the air conditioning because I knew something wasn’t right. Didn’t find her. Did get out of the ridiculous heat for a bit and realize I was slightly disoriented. So, I went back upstairs, where she was waiting for me (go figure, lol) and we went, quickly, off to the AC! I can’t say I feel too bad about not realizing I had what I think was heat exhaustion, because I didn’t feel anything until I stood up, except maybe a little short of breath.
Anyway, I got out of the heat, it helped. I kept drinking, it helped. I sat, a lot, it helped. And thankfully I made it through the afternoon masterclass, no problem, other than a splitting headache and dizziness. I say thankfully because our new teacher is fascinating. His name is Damian (Bursill-Hall) and we spent this afternoon discussing the harmonic series, more or less. It was a really great class, which was really interesting. Everything he said about the harmonic series and tone production made perfect sense, but he’s tough, very tough, but I like him. I think he’ll make the next 3 days, including my lesson tomorrow, incredibly interesting!
So that was my excitement for the day. I’m currently hanging out in my room, in front of the fan, zoning out/writing. I feel better, but tired, which makes sense. It’s cooled off, a lot, by now, which makes it more comfortable in here, though not perfect.
For those of you who are wondering: yes, I will run tomorrow. Yes, I will be careful. Yes, I will spend tomorrow in air conditioning, I learned my lesson. Yes, I will go to bed earlier tonight. And for those who don’t know, like me, here’s an article on heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. If I’d known, maybe I would have gotten out of here sooner! 😛 http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heat-stroke/DS01025/DSECTION=symptoms
(And yes, I am okay now!)