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Shivering: How Can Americans Live When Heating Aid is Cut Off?

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We have all heard of the mean and nasty cuts that will face many Americans if the GOP and the compliant White House have their way.   The cuts that are the meanest to me are cuts to aid the poor and middle class stay warm in these cold winter months.   This is a slap across the face by an uncaring government.


When I first read this particular cut, I felt like putting out a tweet on asking folks to turn off their heat for one day to see how it will feel to those who can't escape the cold.   Perhaps now I will or rather report on how it feels.


Upon waking up this morning, the house felt extremely cold to me.   Apparently, the oil tank ran out of oil during the night and the furnace turned off.   For someone like me, the logical thing to do is to call the oil company to restart the furnace and deliver an emergency shipment of oil which I did.


With this winter being one of the coldest on records, I knew I was in for a long wait.   So, I threw on a robe, and made some steaming hot coffee, but since the air was extremely cold, the coffee did not stay hot for that long.


I felt myself becoming colder and threw over my robe a heavy blanket, but still the cold invaded my body.


Then I began to uncontrollably shiver where each muscle was beginning to move.   I felt the cold invade my bones and my head began to ache.


After those symptoms, I also became extremely nauseous and not having had anything to eat yet, the mere thought of eating made me feel increasingly sick.


The one thing I did also notice is that I became very sleepy due to my body using up so much energy due to the symptoms above.   It was then I realized this is how many die due to extreme cold.


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