First Time with Heat Exhaustion Yesterday
alexschultz1: So I just got back from the doctor and, well, I had my first experience with heat exhaustion yesterday. At around 4 I was driving around in my truck. First, I finished a yard in a neighborhood and still had two more to cut. The next thing I remember is getting to a client's house (in a different neighborhood around 10 minutes away) where I had a pile of mulch waiting for me to spread. I sat there in my truck for probably 45 minutes until I said screw it and went home. I propped up on the recliner and turned on the TV. My mom happens to stop by and asks me if I was going to eat the food in the kitchen. "What food?" I said. Apparently I made some leftovers and just left it sitting in the kitchen. My mom then came in the living room and tried to have a conversation with me and I couldn't answer anything she asked. I just told her I was exhausted. So this morning I get a call from one of my clients asking why I had left a weedeater and didn't blow the property off. That's when I got into my truck and headed right to the doctor.
The most terrifying part about yesterday was I had NO CLUE anything was wrong. Anyways, be careful out there guys.
KrayzKajun: Definitely a hot summer this year. Take care of yourself. I'm usually running around at 100 mph all day. Started slowing down a bit and taking it easy. Work still gets done, and I'm feeling a lot better at the end of the day.
32vld: How much water did you drink that day?
Also important to have a good breakfast and lunch to keep your energy up.
wildstarblazer: Water only and no soda or caffeine drinks; eat light; slow and steady pace. Works for me.
JCLawn and more: Just straight water will do it, too. You need a little salt and other stuff, too. Stay away from carbs and sugars on these hot days. I have Performance through Shaklee as a drink mix. Its a life saver, but some juice every couple of hours or tea along with lots of water will do it. Don't trust the sports drinks, they worsen it from experience.
larryinalabama: The heat can literally kill you, force yourself to drink water. Take a break in the shade if necessary. If you have to skip a house because you're light-headed, skip it until the next day.
GrassGuerilla: You gotta take care of yourself when it's hot. I use a lot of little tricks to keep cool. Frozen towels, ice packs in my pocket; wide-brim, vented hat; lots of fluids, watch the sugary stuff. I also take a magnesium and potassium supplement with my regular vitamins. And yeah, I too have had past heat episodes where my brain just wasn't working right (hell that happens regardless of temp).
Keep in mind these episodes do have a cumulative affect. This business is a long game, save some for tomorrow. While you might be tempted to push through, you'll be better off to work an extra half-day to make up some of the slack. Burn out in July and August will get ugly.
Charles: I think what makes this year much worse than others is the ground is saturated with water (southeast). The humidity is just about unbearable. I drank a gallon of water today and ran out of it.
Macgyver_GA: I agree with the too much water point. I used to get bad headaches after a day of working evening drinking a gallon of water, found out it was a lack of electrolytes. Now I drink half of a Gatorade before I leave to work, then drink the other half when I get home. No more headaches.
sehitchman: I was close today. I was making mistakes. I blew two yards before I trimmed, then had to go back and blow the second time. I did the backpack Pirouette one time, left the cruise control on when I started it, then did circles trying to get in the harness. It probably looked funny to anyone watching. I also forgot to change cutting height for a fast growing yard and spent way to much time double-cutting. Turned the wrong way and blew a ton of grass in a bed. These mistakes I can attribute to the heat and extending the day even more. Getting overheated is no joke, be safe out there everyone.
twomancrew: This scares me because it is so different than what I experienced two or three years ago. I was trimming around graves on a steep hill at a cemetery, and as I worked under a big oak tree in the shade I felt like the lights were getting dimmer and dimmer in the shade. I leaned against the tree and realized I had total tunnel vision and immediately got nausea real bad. I called my best man who lived right around the corner and woke him up from his third shift sleep. I told him I was sick and I was coming over and if I wasn't there soon to come and find me. I made it and was fine.
Everyone at the power store said it was a stroke coming on, but I think it wasn't even close to what you went through. I can see how you became a zombie, I think I was close and the shade made me aware of it? Or snapped me out of it? I never felt a loss of control and you were out of it. That should be a wake up for some who can't get up in the early morning!
andyslawncare: I've been there before. I was in the hospital after long hot days for low potassium two times in the past. I've since learned to take care of myself better. When its hot, I drink cold Powerade and I can feel when my body needs me to eat property. I also make sure I eat at least a potato worth of potassium supplying foods each day. For me, eating a banana at the end of the day is very common. You have to put back what you lose in sweat and you should pee two times during your workday.
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