Years ago I got heat stroke when working in the garden. Ever since, I’ve been more sensitive to the heat, yet managed it okay until last summer. Low and behold, last summer we were officially hotter then Texas. Of course, there was our record-breaking July – 30 days with triple digit heat last summer. Yet none of those figures are even adding in the humidity factors…
Yeah. Yippee. Not excited to know that.
Here’s some symptoms of heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke… please take it seriously folks as it will really mess you up!
profuse sweating OR not sweating at all, perhaps becoming very flushed (my sister)
nausea and perhaps vomiting
muscle cramps or spasms
low grade fever
fainting (especially if standing up suddenly ie. from gardening, cleaning hooves)
Heat Stroke has a more serious outcome:
high body temperature
the absence of sweating, with hot red or flushed dry skin
seizure and/or coma
In my case, I kept working through it…this is very easy to do because your mind starts becoming confused, thinking you are okay. It’s rather like a diabetic who doesn’t realize they are about ready to have a drop in sugar. My personal symptoms were confusion, slowing of my sweating process, flushed hot skin, weakness and nausea. I count myself lucky that was all that happened!
It’s best to just limit your time during the peak, hot hours, or if you have to be out, work with someone else who can say, “let’s stop working! It’s too hot!”
Here are some things that work for me nowadays:
Wear a hat (this could be soaked in water)
Wear a bandana around your neck that has been soaked in cold water
Periodically put your arms into cold water (i.e. horse trough!)
Dump a bottle of cold, bottled water down the back of your neck
Bend over and shake the bottled water over your head
Make a point of drinking 16 oz or more of water when working outdoors
Set a time limit as to how long you will work outside and then go INSIDE when it is up!
I try not to be out in the sun from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Take a moderately, cold shower
After coming in get out of the sweat soaked clothes, take a shower, get in something comfy, sit down to watch some television and drink a lot of water!
I don’t work outside at all on an Ozone Alert Day.
If you fainted, had seizures, are very confused and disoriented, I highly recommend calling 911. They can get fluids into you immediately and prevent the worst case scenario (yes, death that is the WCS).
From a Very Hot Place