That, and the heat made the skin on my hands and feet crack and bleed, so I was in pretty bad shape when trying to do anything at all. I kind of got to the point where it was too painful to eat, so I wasn't doing much of that anymore, since the pain of hunger wasn't nearly as bad as the pain of eating. FJ went through this last year, and I didn't understand what he meant when he said that, but I understand now.
Since I've come back home, I'm starting to do better now, and my digestive tract has stopped siezing up since last weekend, so I've been able to eat things without fear of intestinal pain. And I've been drinking lots of water too, about 4 24-oz bottles of Arrowhead per day just to rehydrate. And now that I'm back home, my skin is starting to heal back up... Kyreeth had recommended to me earlier this stuff called "SkinShield" that's worked really well at healing all the bleeding dry-skin cracks on my hands. So things have been going better.
More than anything, my road trip really taught me what a good life I really have at home, and it was a shock to come back to. I returned to find out that I have a good-paying job in an air-conditioned(!) office, a good car and a pretty easy commute (only 20 miles), an air-conditioned(!) apartment where I keep all my stuff, and most importantly, really good friends that were there for me.
I've been dissatisfied with my career, the fact that I don't have a house, any dog(s) or even a relationship, and that I've ended up with stupid amounts of debt, but to go through this sort of difficult experience in the last week really gives you some perspective. I'm now glad to have what I have, and I'll make it work. And most importantly, I'm glad to have all the friends that I have. So I'd like to say thanks, and am incredibly glad that you have chosen to be my friends.