Man it’s hot.
It never got this hot in Brooklyn
It’s like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot.
I didn’t know it was gonna be this hot.
This is really hot.
BTW, “Biloxi Blues” is actually a good movie. It’s got Walken and Matthew Broderick. It’s good stuff.
I don’t know what it’s like where you are. But the heat is an issue in a lot of places these days. So this will be a short message this week about heat and keeping safe as you frolic about enjoying your summer ( yeah, I used “frolic” in a sentence. So there).
Overheating is common if you’re out running around in the heat of the day. However, heat exhaustion is a serious concern. If left untreated, it could result in heat stroke
Both heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions. Let’s take a quick look at both;
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion;
-Increased heavy sweating
-Weak but increased pulse rate.
-Nausea & vomiting
Treatments for Heat Exhaustion;
-Take a cool shower or use a cold compress to decrease body temperature.
-Hydrate with water or sports drinks.
-Move to a shaded or cool area.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke;
-Sudden Severe Headache: If you are spending time in the heat and high humidity, this could be a signal that our body is overheating fast.
-Unexplained confusion or odd behavior. If someone suddenly shows signs of dizziness, confusion or agitation, loss of consciousness or disorientation, call 911.
-Sudden rush of feeling cold and chills while sweating: When your body can’t regulate your temperature, it may send chills down your spine, literally.
-Alteration in sweating. The Mayo Clinic states, “In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in a heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel dry or slightly moist.
-Racing Heart Rate, Rapid Breathing, Nausea, and vomiting.
Treatments for Heat Stroke;
-Call 911 for emergency treatment.
-Use a cold compress or cold, wet cloth to help lower body temperature.
-Move to a shaded or cool area.
Now, here’s the best advice I can give you;
DON’T LET IT GET THAT FAR!!
Here’s some simple tips;
-Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!
-Maybe plan events early in the day or late, avoiding the hottest parts of the day.
-Always apply sunblock or sunscreen to protect your skin from damage, and sunburn.
-Avoid direct sunlight for extended periods to keep your body temperature at a balanced level.
-Dress in lightweight, breezy, loosely fitting clothing.
-Pay attention to your body needs; if you begin to feel ill or faint, seek a cold environment and rest.
-It would be best to eat healthy and light, small, frequent meals. Heavy meals laden with large amounts of carbohydrates and fats give rise to heat within the body. Instead, have seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables with high water content.
That’s the message for this week. But just a Father’s Day note;
Dad, I know it’s been 3 years. By now, I expect you’ve put in a new lake and convinced the folks up there to put in an organic greenhouse. And you’ve shown them how to trim the hedges just right. But you’re probably telling them you’ll do it yourself because you want it done right, tho we both know that it’s because you just enjoy doing it.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY ALL!