going back to school... help with heat and sun?

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   Posted 8/11/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in Texas, where I'm about to start graduate school in 2 weeks. Parking on campus is near impossible because of the large amount of students, so I will be walking 2 blocks to the bus stop by my house, riding it to campus and then walking to classes.

This seems incredibly daunting in general because I get easily fatigued, but even that I can manage. What I'm really worried about is that I am extremely heat and photosensitive. I can't go outside for 5 minutes without looking like I jumped in a pool... dripping wet, red in the face, breathing hard and a rash breaking out on my arms and chest. Even when I get back in a cool place with air conditioning, it takes a good 15-20 minutes for my body to stop sweating and calm down.

My mom mentioned that I should think about asking for a temporary disability parking permit, which they do by the month, just until the heat subsides (it's been 100+ degrees for more than 50 days now!).

I don't know what else... it's not like there's a magical way to beat the heat. Right now I'm looking online for a personal fan that I can carry with me (how geeky). I really don't want to make myself ill and not make it through the semester just because of the difficulties I have GETTING there

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   Posted 8/11/2011 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that going to the student infirmary with info from your doctor about your diagnosis would be an excellent idea!

Or you can talk directly with your doctor and get a state permit and just take it to the parking office.

Although it is late in the (school) year and all the handicap spaces may already be reserved. sigh.

Otherwise, I would suggest an umbrella, walking slowly, and drinking lots of cool water.

You might also talk with others and see if a carpool (even from a far parking lot to a closer one) might help.

It's no fun trotting around a large campus when you have to park several blocks away -- I'm in Atlanta, Ga, with heat and humidity and experience with the situation!! lol
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   Posted 8/15/2011 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Been there, done that! Please try to get the placard if you can,it will save you so much energy parking up close! I used one when I was on campus a year ago wrapping up my degree, and it was a Godsend!
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