I had a bout with heat exhaustion yesterday that was so close to a heat stroke, I dare not think about it. Blood pressure dropped to 85/65 with a heart rate of 92 and with all the rest of the symptoms--Headache, nausea, dizzy, numbness in the finger tips, etc. I barely made it back to the house. The first sign for me was a lot of sweating (soaked) and a headache. I had been through it once before several years ago and should have recognized it but I was trying to get something finished before lunch. I already had three bottles of water beyond the glass of water and three cups of coffee consumed around breakfast.
Stay hydrated in this hot and humid time of the year and LISTEN to your body. Consuming a lot of liquid and not needing a "potty" break is another clue your body is SCREEMING at you. Take frequent breaks and listen. Nothing is worth more than you.
Thanks for the reminder, Ken. I hope you're alright now. That ol' bear can sneak up on you before you know it.
Be careful of that stuff, Ken (and anybody else susceptible to it). Heat stroke is nasty stuff.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
SCREAMING . . . its SCREAMING, Ken. I'm glad to hear you must've quit in time to rehydrate. This south Texas heat is unbearable from about 11 am on. Take care now ! and take time off to come visit me . . . . bring cowl lamps ;o) And in about an hour from now I'm going back out and finish taking down a mile of fence.
I haven't heard that term in a long time, Robert.
Yep been there ,done that and it takes a while to get over it to.
I was out by myself 1 day on the job with a truck with no air conditioning and was sent to cut weeds from around signs on a rural route.
About 11 am I got out to cut some weeds from a curve sign and I remember feeling soaking wet, dizzy and very tired.
Seems I got back in the truck but after that, I have no idea or recollection of how I wound up in a conveniance store 4 miles away with a cold gator aid in my hand and a couple folks looking at me from behind a cash register.
I got my wits back and took it easy the rest of the day but it took a week or more to get over the tired feeling.
I have had heat exhaustion to often to talk about. I try to push myself to finish something and it just sneeks up on me.
It weakens your whole system.
I take lot's of breaks but being old and fat is no help!Every since Radiation i can't take much heat! I had a ice tea today and the glass was filled with ice and little tea.When empty i asked for a refill and i told the help i did not need more ice.Natch when i got my refill it was all tea and she had dumped the ice out!! Her next move was to try and give me change for a 10 when i gave her a fifty!!!!!!Bud.
I recently spent 3 days in bed with a kidney stones. That was a brutal experience to say the least. I will drink my water now like a good little boy after that experience. You guys that have had them can chime in.
I had a small stone about 3 months ago. I was so dehydrated, the thermometer under my tongue wouldn't work. The stone must have passed even before I left the ER. Now I take in over four pints of liquid a day.
Ed: Kidney stones, what unpleasant memories. I was working up north in Kotzebue, AK for the week and the airlines will not let you fly if you are really sick ( unless a medivac is ordered) so I spent the week up there. The trip home is a 1.5 hour jet flight if direct (3 hrs if they stop in Nome). By Friday I was able to walk mostly straight and pretend I was just fine. There was no way I was going to miss that flight. The medical facilities in Anchorage are quite superior to the one in Kotzebue. No desire to repeat that experience.
The ER nurse told me that she'd rather go through childbirth than pass a stone. She'd done both and informed me that I now knew what a woman goes through in childbirth ... or the closest thing a man could. It was mind-stopping pain.
Snow forecast to low levels here over the next couple of days. I think I'll be okay.....
I'm listening to the sound of rain on my metal roof this a.m.! The first drops in 24 days. I hope we get a soaker.
I'm glad you are doing better. Between the heat and getting older I have to break down the chores into much smaller work times and much longer breaks between work times than I used to. I also have found that if I make it easier to take a break -- I will actually take one. I.e. I cut down only enough limbs etc. to fill up the pickup. I make that one trip and then evaluate if I want to cut down some more limbs etc. now or wait until later. I used to cut them all down and then make lots of trips to the dump. I can't do that anymore. And I don't need the pressure of "cleaning up" all the limbs to make me push it harder than I should. It takes longer than I would like -- but that's alright.
Also those little spray bottles with the water -- seem to help keep me cooler.
Again, I'm glad you are getting better and thank you for reminding me not to push it too much in the hot weather.
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I spent the entire weekend outside working on the 1914 and bead blasting parts in the blast cabinet. It's deceiving how dehydrated you can get even working in the shade when the humidity is very low and the temperature high.
Anyway thanks for the reminder. 90 degrees doesn't seem all that hot compared to last summer but we still have to be careful and take breaks inside where it is cool.
I had kidney stones 10 years ago. Afterwards the doctor told me to add a little lemon juice to a glass of water daily, that would keep the kidney stones from forming. I've done that and never had them again.
Ken, one thing to remember, caffeine is a diuretic and will cause you to loose water faster than it will put it in. This is why you have to urinate so much after drinking coffee, tea or, most soft drinks. The coffee probably offset the water and helped cause the heat exhaustion.
Haven't had to worry about heat stroke here in Ohio, the weather cesspool of America, this summer!
Coolest July in 40 years, the lake is already down to 69 degrees (usually that isn't until early Sept.) But it has been good on the electric bill!
Silver lining under every cloud
Dallas's 90 degrees would feel like air conditioning down here Royce. It's usually still around 90 when the 10pm news comes on. And, we get the "gulf breeze". What that really means is the dew point is around 75 degrees during the day. You know it's going to be a bad day when there's dew on the house windows in the morning.
George - Thanks for spell check.
Tim - Yes, I remember my time on the North Coast. Folks started dying when it hit 90. But no one down here even knows what a snow shovel looks like. ;)
We are not strangers to heat stroke here in Florida. FWIW here's what works for me.
Find a place in your garage or near it where you pass by many times in a typical day. Install a water fountain there. A fountain can be as simple as a piece of 1/2" pvc sticking up vertically with a cheap valve on it.
You will find that your intake of water will triple. During the summer I never pass mine without taking a drink. It really helps.
An added benefit is that it cuts down on my consumption of soft drinks and other drinks.
Also tie a bandana around your head and wet it while you taking that drink. You won't believe how it helps.
In AFG, I averaged 37 half litre bottles of water a day. With 60lbs. of gear, you walked around like someone just dumped a tank of water over your head. Prolly pissed twice a day. The thermometer looked like this at we passed the gate at 0800hrs: