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Can’t Breathe!

There is no sunrise today, only a diffuse brightening of the yellow/orange colored cloud enveloping my part of Kuwait. I don’t know if it is enveloping all of Kuwait, because I can only see my own little area. Even though I am not outside, even though I don’t have asthma, I can feel the heaviness of the air. My nose feels stuffy and I feel like I am not getting enough oxygen to my brain. If I am feeling like I need more air, I can’t imagine what it must be like for someone who has asthma.

Last night, going out for date-night dinner, I wished I had a big scarf with me to cover my mouth and eyes from the blowing grains of tiny gritty sand. We had to wash our hands and faces at the restaurant before we could eat. It was as bad when we came out.

When I think sandstorm, I think hot, and desert, and The English Patient. Not so here. It is 46°F/8°C at 7:00 in the morning. Brrrrr and Gaaaassssp!

February 1, 2008 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Weather |

9 Comments »

  1. I sign the duststorm part.
    Breathing isn’t too bad over here, or at least hasn’t been at 4.30.
    I will put it to a new test in a short while 😦

    Comment by Nicole | February 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. ít’s really bad this morning and you’re right, last night was terrible! visibility was very poor. glad it’s weekend!:)

    Comment by bbq8 | February 1, 2008 | Reply

  3. Yeaah! It was strangely weird! Besides the crazy wind it was a little nice to have a little change in weather, hopefully that should mean better weather to come!

    Comment by N. | February 1, 2008 | Reply

  4. Ohhh too bad.. i hate sand storms!

    Comment by ::: ShoSho ::: | February 1, 2008 | Reply

  5. It was awful yesterday!

    Comment by chikapappi | February 1, 2008 | Reply

  6. It was horrible last night ! we had to go out for a party and we had it very bad … suffering today … *cough cough*

    Comment by GreY | February 1, 2008 | Reply

  7. It’s hung on now for two full days. It’s a little more clear this afternoon, but I can still feel the pressure.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 1, 2008 | Reply

  8. How do people with asthma survive there?

    Comment by Jeff | February 8, 2008 | Reply

  9. Most of the time it isn’t so bad, Jeff. The very worst is in the sandstorms. People flood the hospitals and clinics, trying to find some relief. Many people carry inhalers. The locals twist their head coverings over their faces, all but their eyes, and that keeps much of the sand out. Infants and the elderly are advised to stay indoors if at all possible.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 8, 2008 | Reply


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