I don’t know what it is about summer illnesses, but I think that they’re far more offensive than winter sickness ever is. Something about laying in bed, hearing people outdoors having a good time, seeing the sunlight pouring endlessly through the windows, and being unable to find a comfortable warmth despite the unending heat is pretty upsetting to me, I suppose. I’ve noticed over the past ten years that I seem to endure at least one severe summer illness every single summer, but it’s always been a true mystery to me how things get so bad when the times are so good. It was only recently that I realized an unfortunate truth – the measures that normally keep me comfortable in the summer also make me extremely ill. I’m speaking, of course, of air conditioning. You see, it became clear that every time I fall sick it’s during the hottest and most humid week of the summer. I started to think that the moist and warm air outdoors was causing these respiratory upsets, until the day that my air conditioner failed. During those ungodly hot hours, my illness cleared up and I was able to breathe better than I had in weeks! Suddenly it dawned on me that every time I spend multiple hours in artificially cool indoor air, my ability to breathe severely decreases. I started to ponder what negative effect air conditioning could possibly have on my breathing quality, and came to the startling conclusion that dry, cool air probably has deleterious effects over time. I did a little research and sure enough, there is a well known connection between abundant AC and sinus infections. Now I have to decide between indoor comfort and effortless breathing all summer long.