Signs of Heat Exhaustion

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It’s acutely hot outside during the month of July and not something to be trifled with. I was reminded of this over the weekend when my son came to visit. We went fishing on Saturday and stayed out a little too long. By the time we came in we were both a little sunburned, tired and though I don’t want to admit it, I was even a bit nauseated.

I thought it was from not eating enough that morning before heading to the beach, but my son was also affected, which is unusual. As it turned out we both had a little heat exhaustion. My son had a headache, that took some time to go away, along with the nausea and tiredness. Other symptoms that may occur include, dizziness, muscle cramps, heavy sweating, and cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat.

I’ve decided that an hour or two is about all the heat I can take before I need to take a break, cool off and rehydrate. That doesn’t mean there aren’t things that need to be done in the garden and around the yard, you just need to pace yourself.

If you need to be out in the heat, remember to take frequent water breaks to stay hydrated and find a little shade to take that drink under. Heat exhaustion can sneak up on you if you aren’t paying attention to the signs.