Sunday, July 24, 2011
Good day Sparkfam! Its a raining right now but the heat will return shortly. So in Chicago we had some relief yesterday & today. Later in the week the heat will return & hopefully you will all be armed & ready for it.
Tips for staying cool and healthy during extreme heat
by Tanya Joliffe
•Remember that infants, young children, people over age 65 and those that are physically or mentally ill are at greatest risk of heat-related illness.
•NEVER leave anyone (people or animals) in a closed, parked vehicle in hot weather under any circumstances even if you believe it will only be for a "few" minutes.
•Visit anyone that doesn't have air conditioning several times each day during extreme heat to monitor for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke especially the very young and very old. Warning signs of heat stroke include red, hot skin that is dry and not sweating, a rapid, strong pulse, and complaints of a throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion/unconsciousness, or a body temperature above 103 degrees F. Ask questions, check pulse and take their temperature if you are not sure of their condition. Get medical attention for them if several of these symptoms are found.
•Drink water throughout the day and do not rely on thirst as your guide to hydration. Watch extremely cold beverages that can cause stomach cramps when it is hot. Use your urine as your guide to monitor for proper levels of hydration. You should be urinating regularly and it should be light yellow to clear in color. If it is dark yellow with a strong ammonia smell, you need to get into the shade or a cool place and drink several cups of water or another low sugar, non-alcoholic beverage.
•Stay indoors in a cool place as much as possible. If you do not have air conditioning where you live, visit a nearby mall, community center, senior center, community heat shelter or public library during the hottest part of the day to cool off.
•Be sure you have water with you when you load up the car whether heading to work or on vacation. Having water with you helps ensure you stay hydrated if you find yourself caught in construction traffic.
Here are several other tips to help you stay safe and cool when the temperature heats up.
Brown outs and power outages are more likely when energy usage is at its peak when it is extremely hot. It is important to remember food safety guidelines if this should happen to you. When the outage is less than two hours, food in your refrigerator and freezer should be safe. Be sure to limit the opening of doors during the outage to maintain a cold temperature as long as possible. When the power is out for longer follow these tips to decrease the risks of food borne illness:
•After two hours of a power outage, pack dairy, meat, fish, eggs and other high spoilage items that contain these items in a cooler packed with ice.
•Food in a half full freezer will remain safe for up to 24 hours while a full freezer will hold food for up to 48 hours as long as the doors remain closed as much as possible.
•Use a food thermometer to check internal food temperatures before preparation and consumption throwing away any item with a temperature greater than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Drinking Water Safety
Water purification systems don't always work when the power is out and sometimes communities are warned against drinking the water without boiling. When the temperature starts to heat up, store clean water in pitchers or a jug or be sure you have bottled water on hand. This ensures you have safe drinking water available if boil warnings are issued. When a boiling notice has been issued, but sure to only use water for brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food if it has been brought to a rolling boil for one minute or more.
Stay Active and Healthy
Limit outdoor exercise in favor of indoor options when possible. If you do exercise outdoors, take extra precautions to prevent heat related problems. Exercise in the early morning or later evening hours when it will be cooler. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and be realistic about your workout. This isn't the time to go for your longest runs or to expect peak performance. Be sure to drink several cups of water before, during, and after exercise and electrolyte replacement with a sports drink if you exercise longer than 90 minutes.
Keep the stove off during hot weather whenever possible.
My son is doing well, a little sad he can't go out & play but recovering well. Today, I am cooking fried chicken, meat loaf, corn on cob, sweet potatoes, baked beans & corn bread. Plenty of water too.
How are you beating the heat?
God bless Sparkfam!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Good Wednesday Sparkfam! Its not a hump day for me but I did indeed hump yesterday. Its scorching here in Chicago like in 90% of the country so I expect no sympathies. I did enjoy 2 sugar free fudgisicles. YUMMY! I bought them Saturday, drove straight home, they melted through the box! Seriously! I was outdone but I put those bad boys in the freezer & I am eating them. Went to another store 2 blocks from house only to find out they sell them for a $1 a box! WOW! I was bamboozled. lol
So let me tell you why yesterday was my preview of hump day. Well I was done doing my work for the doing a little surfing on web at work correcting att for a few overcharges on my bill, when BAM! I get a call from oldest son, my baby Tristan 14yrs old, was hit by a car while crossing the street! He was walking actually crossed the street when one of his friends tried to smack him & he stepped back & was hit by a car. I am no fan of when pedestrians can't make up there minds but I try to make sure they are all clear. Anyway, she clipped his left leg, he went up on the hood of the car the hit the windshield with his elbow cracking it. My oldest son was like the worst thing was my son broke the windshield. I had to tell, listen he is a pedestrian, he doesn't have to pay for her windshield! I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Police & ambulance were called. My husband told the ambulance to leave. So of course I had to take him to emergency when I got home.
Got home told him to clean up. He scrapped his elbow but he was limping. He kept complaining of his leg so I knew I had to take him cause it could be broken or internal injuries? So we take him about 7pm, my husband dropped us off cause parking is a mess in & around stroger hospital. We got in & just as we were registering, a family were trying to find out about their loved one & the news was grim. He was 18yrs old. At that point, I held onto my baby cause it could've been so much worse that it was. She gets a wheel chair after taking all my personal info. I am like do you seriously need one? He said he did. Well, the night was long but we got to radiology about 9pm. He was back there for 30mins which meant his leg was more than just strained. The doctor came to talk to me & told us that he had fractured his tibia. For those of you who don't know, its the bone grows to make us tall. My son wants to be 6ft or taller....So we had to get it wrapped up in a splint. They made an appointment for his cast today.
They drained blood from his knee and he didn't even cry. The doctor thought he was quite brave & they let me film them putting on the cast. I am so drained from being, mom, advocate, nurse & maid to my son. He is so happy, I took off today & they gave me tomorrow off too.
He is well & I am off to sleep, did get my walking in but didn't get my Jillian workout on. So I will try to do it on Friday. My food hasn't been the greatest but I did get a salad in & a nature valley fruit bar & some sunflower seeds in.
God bless Sparkfam & enjoy everyday to the fullest!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Good Tuesday Sparkfam! Today is a rather warm day here in Chicago. Not as hot as yesterday but the humidity & heat kinda sneaks up on you. I am enjoying this day today & I am saddened too. Well, I got up to take my oldest son to the train for his college orientation & tour. We have been fighting about this day since he was 16yr young. I mean, he wants to be out with his friends but the streets are no place for you. Regardless of what your friends do you are not hanging out. Here in Chicago with gun play the innocent are the ones that are usually hurt or killed. I refuse to believe God has brought us all this far to let us falter. So I stay the course, he may mumble or in his mind say “I can’t stand her or my parents make me sick” (sound familiar) but he will go to college & do something positive with his life. Anyway, I could not believe I am letting my baby go?! I am happy that he has reached the pivotal stage in his life. One to celebrate & also feel sad about not knowing what lies ahead. I have prayed for him & with him that he would do what is right in life bottom line. His friends can laugh that he is a momma’s boy but he is pressing toward the mark! WOOHOO!!
I asked him if he wanted me to go in the station with him, for he has never traveled on train, he said no. He got in line, purchased his ticket & got on the train. He didn’t fuss at me for calling him 2x while in line & then once he got on the train. He even called me once he got there & checked in. I could hear the elation & he was a little apprehensive, like he didn’t want to say goodbye. Wanting to share more of what was going on with his life. He is surprised at all his hard work has gotten him but now he really is going to have find a way to work while playing. I’ve told him he is in charge of his future by the grace of God, don’t let anyone sway you in the wrong direction. Now is he not going to do things that are not in line with what we taught him? Of course he will but I pray he is strong enough to stay the course. So you have a proud, sad & happy momma. lol
In other news, I painted my paws light blue. Meaning,
Me in my outfit.
Could not rotate the picture. Sorry......
walking, step aerobics & strength training
Early morning: cashew w/sea salt, cranraisins
Breakfast: oatmeal orange juice toast & milk multi-vitamin
Lunch pb&j on honey wheat w/side salad with cucumbers, 2 bites of a buttery biscuit,
Baked boneless chicken thighs, mustard greens & white rice
2servings of red vines
Blackberries & strawberries
So I pray you guys are doing what is healthy for you today by 85% & naughty by 15%. Then go & play….
God bless & enjoy everyday!
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