101: The temperature (in Fahrenheit degrees) we have already seen this year.
Heat Stroke is a very real concern to southern gardeners, and with this wave of heat coursing through the South, I felt it wise to review the signs and symptoms of a heat stroke.
|Drink plenty of water!
At the risk of embarrassing my father, I will tell you a story.
My father suffered a heat stroke last year. I thought he was having a heart attack. When I found him - confused, and mumbling incoherently - I knew he needed medical attention. The bad part? I knew nothing about heat stroke. The worst part? I got so flustered I couldn't dial 911 correctly!
|Take lots of breaks!
After we got him to the doctor, I learned the signs of a heat stroke:
Absence of sweating (dehydration)
He had all those signs.
|Have a buddy to check on you!
Heat stroke is very serious, and can lead to seizures, coma and death. Take it seriously, and if you feel that you, or someone else (or someone feels that you) are suffering from any type of heat exhaustion, including dizziness, nausea or vomiting, weakness, headache, or muscle cramps, get medical attention immediately.
|Stop when you get tired!
People that have suffered heat stroke are more susceptible to having it again.
Be careful out there! And remember, a little common sense goes a long way:
Drink plenty of water
Stay out of the heat/sun during the hottest part of the day
Go inside and rest if you get tired
In other words, don't try to be Superman!
|Take it easy!
I am thankful that my mother called me to run to their house for something. For that reason only, I went to their house and found my father outside, working in the heat, confused and stumbling around. He even fainted at one point. (That's when I panicked.)
But, he did agree to go to the doctor, nothing more serious came of it, and hopefully he has learned to stop pushing himself. Are you listening, Daddy?