After running a hot bath, lighting several scented candles, and turning a heat lamp on high in her bathroom, Imani Hewes was ready to sit back and unwind. And while she almost passed out from heatstroke during her 104-degree self-care, the Brooklyn resident maintains she’s actually really, really relaxed now.
“All of a sudden, I got really dizzy,” says Imani, sitting on her bed hours later still wrapped in a towel. “But I figured that it was the blunt I was smoking. Oh yeah, I was smoking a blunt too. I get a little nervous from it sometimes, but I love the body high it gives me.”
Sources report that Imani gets extremely paranoid every time she smokes weed.
“But when the dizziness started I decided to sit on the edge of the tub,” Imani states. “I figured that I could get back in when I felt more grounded.”
“That’s when my ears started ringing,” she continues, “I’d never experienced anything quite like it. It was like a little private ASMR in my head! Super relaxing.”
The New York State Department of Health would like to add that this is one of the first signs of heatstroke.
“Next came the darkness. I guess I started to blackout? But that was what I really needed anyway — to get rid of any visual distractions and just focus on my intentions, you know?”
“I started to feel all the tension in my body melt away, or ‘go limp’ I guess, but even though I loved the feeling, I didn’t wanna fall down on the hard tile of the bathroom floor, so I ran to my bedroom to land on something soft, which was great because I really needed to start going to bed earlier anyway.”
Imani, still regaining consciousness, recounts that “it was perfect wind-down time, and also without any screens! It was all so peaceful.”
Imani’s roommate, Crystal, was the one who found her an hour later, face down on her comforter.
“Imani is one of the most stressed-out people I know, so when I saw that she was running a bath for herself, I thought ‘Great! Maybe that will help her chill out a little bit,’” Crystal says. “But when I saw that her bedroom door was wide open, and the speaker in the bathroom was still playing Erykah Badu’s discography on repeat, I knew that something was wrong.”
When asked if she would do it all again, Imani answered, “Of course! Why wouldn’t I? I haven’t been this relaxed in years! And I would gladly have another near-death experience to do it all again.”