Friday, June 28, 2013
This morning I got a late start on my gardening chores; By the time I got to the vegetable garden to pick the green beans it was really heating up. I had put them off for a couple of days and knew I had to get them picked so I just kept going and going even though the heat was really getting to me. I picked enough beans and other vegetables to fill a five gallon bucket and headed back to the house.
It is uphill going back from the garden and a fair distance. Fairly soon I stopped to place the bucket under a tree in the shade and kept going. I stopped a couple of times along the way and finally made it into the house, dizzy, SOB and gasping for air. I collapsed under a fan and waited a bit to recover before I could call my husband to retrieve the veggies. I'm fine but it made me realize how careful we need to be on these hot summer days. I kept going for about a half hour after I knew I should stop because there was still more that needed picking.
My husband has been working every morning putting a new roof on the older part of our house. The temperatures have been in the ninetys all week and today it actually got up to 98 by about one O'clock. Today he didn't work on the roof because rain is predicted and he would have had to uncover another part of the roof and expose it to the elements. Each day he comes in about noon looking totally exhausted having worked almost non stop from 6 AM on. He has gotten a severe sunburn on his legs which aren't used to wearing shorts. He comes in drenched with sweat, takes a shower and collapses on the bed. This climate at this time of year can be very dangerous if we don't respect it.
I don't know why I'm writing this except I wanted to make everyone aware of just how dangerous it is too exercise in extreme heat. As a nurse I know what the consequences can be but I still came close today just out of being to stubborn to stop when I knew I should. I read about others running miles in 95 degree temps and it is scary.
Last year the children of an acquaintance died from playing outside in these kind of temps. They were 3 and 5 years old! I don't know why they weren't told to come in but suspect the parents just didn't realize just how bad it was out there. I wonder if there isn't an article on heat exhaustion or heat stroke or something similar topic in the A to Z health series. We all need to refresh our memories by looking it up, myself included