I work hard all day

As an HVAC technician, I work on air conditioners in the summertime and furnaces in the wintertime. Not all of my work gets to be indoors. In fact, a lot of times I am working on fixing air conditioner components that are located outside a house. This means that I have to be outside for a large part of the day. The other day it was 100 degrees outside and I had three service calls in a row to fix air conditioners. The first two calls went smoothly. I was outside for roughly 20 minutes each time and I managed to fix the air conditioner, get paid, and go on my way. Of course, I was sweating quite a bit, but I didn’t really feel the effects of it. My third call, however, was very different. I had a very hard time troubleshooting the air conditioner component. It was 2 in the afternoon at that point – the hottest time of the day. The sun was beating on me as I worked. After 45 minutes of being outside, I realized how hot and sweaty I was. By then it was too late, I started to feel dizzy. My heart rate began to skyrocket. I could tell I was about to faint. I walked slowly to my car and turned on the air conditioner. I chugged two bottles of water and wiped the sweat from my face using a towel. I sat there for a good 15 minutes before I went back outside. This time, I made sure to drink water and take a break every 20 minutes. I managed to get through that day and fix the person’s A/C, but I consider it a lesson learned!

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