Monday night two things collided in my world. First, I was Assistant Supervisor. Which means that instead of ambulances doing zone coverage, I did zone coverage. The crews get more sleep, and I…don’t. It’s all cool though because it is fun. Second, the temperature plummeted. And I do mean plummeted.
The Assistant Supervisor is stationed at a volunteer fire department station that is usually empty. Over the summer I found it to be stuffy. So I wasn’t very concerned as the temperature dropped. I was wearing a long sleeved shirt and had my snuggie. I would be fine.
I was not fine.
When I pulled into the station at one am, I discovered that it was not empty. It was actually housing at least one, if not two firefighters. And, it was cold. Not just cold. Frigid.
My usual bedding for these shifts is a thin hospital blanket placed on top of the mattress, a small pillow, and my snuggie. Within seconds I was miserable. The snuggie wasn’t getting the job done.
I curled up and pulled the snuggie over my head. Thus preserving any heat escaping from my body, and forming an air lock for the warm air I was exhaling. I got just warm enough to be aware that I was sleeping. But not warm enough to actually be warm.
After two hours of this I was awakened to drive around the county for a bit. I highly doubt that Expedition has ever had the heat up that high for that long. I turned that thing into a warm, cozy cave.
But, all good things must come to an end. I was released back to the frozen tundra in which I was supposed to sleep. I did not want to leave my truck.
I confess, I changed the thermostat when I got back to the station. I turned on the heat and set it to 70. The AC had been on at 68. 68 is unacceptable when outside is in the forties.
After quietly fixing the thermostat, I fell back into bed. Only this time I didn’t immediately curl up with my snuggie over my head. No. I lay down, pulled my snuggie over me, then wrapped first one side, then the other of my base blanket around myself. I looked like a sad mummy.
Also, I couldn’t move.
But I was almost warm. And that’s all I wanted.