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Saturday, January 28, 2012

TOO COLD OR TOO HOT



Global warming-will we ever resolve this debate? Will one side say to the other, “Hmmmm maybe you are right.” Or will it go on and on for more decades, perhaps centuries?

Before this worldly debate fueled by temperature was another taking place on a much smaller scale, primarily happening at work establishments offering inadequate heating and cooling.

This discussion starts with a co-worker’s complaints about the office temperature and then BAM-here comes the question leading up to the debate: Would you prefer to be too hot or too cold?

The popularity of this dispute (especially for those who live in erratic weather climates) is in the same league as “the chicken/egg argument OR nature vs. nurture”.

Each party trying to convince the other, that one is better than the other and this clash can sometime become heated (Sorry, I could not resist)

This debate can occasionally turn into a severe power struggle resulting in that little ol’ tiny thermostat getting placed on 24-hour maximum security lockdown with armed guards and a pit bull…AKA-“Management”.

Here are the basic points to this insignificant debate:

Cold–It is much better to be too cold because you can always add layers…extra sweaters, gloves, etc…

Hot-It is better to be too hot because then you can take layers off.

So ridiculous and the disagreement is probably a moot one because thyroid cancer, autoimmune thyroid diseases and postpartum thyroiditis is becoming more and more prevalent worldwide. So chances are, you are arguing with a thyroid sufferer…if that is the case than it is a relative issue. Before I was aware of the popularity of thyroid disease, those who would try to debate this with me, would usually receive the cold shoulder (OK I’ll stop)

The thyroid, among other things, controls your body’s internal thermostat. Those with thyroid disorders are either going to be hyper or hypo. Hyperthyroid folks are the hot ones and hypothyroid folks are the cold ones.

When I say hot, I mean, you are fearful that…at any moment, you will spontaneously combust. Now that is hot!

Cold, to a thyroid sufferer means you feel like your skeletal system is made of icicles. When you are freezing to the bone like this…honey there aren’t enough layers in the world. This cold is painful!

And some reports say there are roughly 300 million of us WORLDWIDE who have been diagnosed, and probably millions more who have not been, so this disagreement is futile, to say the least. If someone wants to battle it out with you on this subject just say “You are probably right.” Keeping workplace harmony is more important and being agreeable garners a (just one more) warm response.

Crazy Thyroid Lady

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4 comments:

  1. Love your blog! I can relate to this. My classroom is either 80 degrees or 60 but when i get in that cold feeling phase it is usually my hands that hurt. I have hashimotos.

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    1. Thanks for reading, I really appreciate it!

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  2. I blew up my compressor by playing with the thermostat last year here at my house. The A/C guy said you have to let the cycle finish completely before you readjust. Cost me $800 to fix it. Whee!

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