Was It Heat Stroke Or Just Over Heated?

Hot humid temperatures are not to be taken lightly.

July 15, 2019
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I've always worried about those who work outside in our hot humid temperatures. I honestly do not know how they do it. I clearly could not and this past Saturday was proof that I did not take my own advice on how to handle being in the heat. 

Saturday at my remote between noon and 2 p.m. at about 1:40 pm I started feeling very light headed, nauseated, cramps and had to head to the restroom. I immediately took off my shoes so I could feel the cold tile (thank you Chamberlins for the very clean bathroom, much appreciated), I then grabbed a cold wet paper towel and wrapped it around my neck and laid down on the cold floor. After a few minutes I tried to get up but I got what felt like vertigo starting. I prayed, "please no...that's the last thing I need right now." I didn't push myself and allowed myself to stay calm and just relax. After about 20 minutes I was able to get up. I still felt uneasy and wasn't sure I was able to drive because by this time our remote was over. My remote team, Irvin and Sydney were outside putting away all our equipment. I was sitting down at a table sipping cold water and eating a cold ice cream trying to feel normal. When they came in they too looked flush. I asked if they had had any water. I immediately bought them cold water and something to eat. We all sat and cooled down before we ventured off.

I thought about what happened to me and wondered what did I do or not do? I was going inside the store to cool off, I was taking sips of water. The only thing I can think is that I 1) didn't eat breakfast (bad move) and 2) wasn't drinking enough water. My 20 oz bottle still had most of it the water I started out with that day. I clearly wasn't hydrating. 

Living in a hot and humid state we have to take the high temperatures seriously and being outside working or playing is dangerous if you are not taking the precautions we know too well, like taking breaks, drinking lots of fluids with electrolytes to replenish what you've perspired.  This week our temperatures are going to be dangerously high again. Learn to identify the symptoms of either Heat Stroke or Overheated. I think in my case, I was just overheated, coupled with not having food in my system just made the perfect storm.  I may have had a mild  heat stroke and reading WebMD now on what to do, I did exactly the right thing. WebMD is always a great place for lots of basic information. 

Remember the heat affects children and your pets as well.  I learned my lesson the hard way. I will never take for granted the heat again. ~grace