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Recognize the Signs of Heat Stroke Before It's Too Late

By paulgrow
August 15, 2012

Heat stroke is a serious condition that many gardeners are at risk of experiencing, especially during the hot, humid days of summer.

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Name: Pegi Putnam
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Samigal
Aug 14, 2012 6:19 PM CST
We all need this reminder, thanks for posting it. My plants are suffering because I refuse to go out during the day. We usually get cooler weather in the evening, but hasn't cooled off too much the last few days. Which reminnds, me I have to go out and water now. Green Grin!
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woofie
Aug 14, 2012 6:30 PM CST
Good reminder! This is something I've had to fight my entire life. For some reason, I'm extremely prone to heat exhaustion, have been ever since I was a baby. Like Pegi, my poor garden is suffering, too, because it's just too hot to do much during the day.

And I've found that if you find yourself feeling the effects of the heat, it helps a lot to drape a cold cloth around your neck; helps to cool you down faster.
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 14, 2012 6:38 PM CST
Thanks for the reminder Paul. We can never hear it too often. Thumbs up

I might add that it's recommended to begin drinking water 20 min. prior to going out in the heat. I've followed that rule as well as the others you stated & thankfully have never had to suffer heat stroke.
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chelle
Aug 14, 2012 7:55 PM CST
Very good article, Paul.

Thank you. Thumbs up

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Aguane
Aug 14, 2012 8:02 PM CST
Thanks Paul.
Always good advice. We in the Southwest deserts need these reminders constantly.

I'll share that managing time in heat and sun is done before, during and after exposure. Water/sodium balance is important re stroke and electrolytes. Good idea to keep a drink like Pedialyte in the fridge during the hot days.

I have elderly friends who intentionally reduced sodium in their diet to near nothing and both (married couple) experienced stroke within hours of each other.

I understand it's not a helpful to take in salt DURING exposure or exercise. It takes the water FROM tissue.
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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Aug 14, 2012 8:07 PM CST
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Thanks Paul,

Those of us with age related challenges and underlying medical conditions need to remember this even more so.

Some of my medications cause me to be even more heat sensitive so following these guidelines is critical.

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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 14, 2012 8:19 PM CST
I've suffered from heat exhaustion before and it is no fun. It just sneaks up on you! Best to follow this article and be aware. Heat Stroke can kill you!
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LindaTX8
Aug 14, 2012 9:56 PM CST
I've always hydrated pretty well. And in the last couple of years I can't tolerate heat well enough to stay out in heat very long.
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valleylynn
Aug 15, 2012 7:38 AM CST
Great reminder Paul. The next 3 days we will be in the 100's. Sad
I have to work extra hard to stay hydrated. I don't like water, so I add a bit of lemon juice or pomegranate juice to my water.
I am so thankful it cools down at night here. I go out early in the morning and in the evening when the sun is setting.
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Marilyn
Aug 15, 2012 8:42 AM CST
I've MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and I can't tolerate the heat (indoors or outdoors), so I stay in the house with the AC on and try to go out after 7 pm.

We've had so much heat during the Summer that I didn't get all my plants in the ground yet. Still waiting for much cooler temps.

Great article Paul! Thumbs up

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 15, 2012 8:46 AM CST
Waiting, hoping, praying for cooler temps...and rain! You would not believe how much people...and the weatherpeople talk about hurricanes...because sometimes we get good rain when hurricanes are out in the gulf. I feel guilty about wishing for hurricanes!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Marilyn
Aug 15, 2012 9:51 PM CST
Linda,

How could I forget the rain! Blinking In our area we haven't much rain and we need days of 'good soaking rain'! Thumbs up Our grass is brown and the only thing growing in the grass is lots of weeds. Crying Grumbling

So, we've been hot and dry! We're 7 inches below what we should be for today.

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LindaTX8
Aug 16, 2012 9:46 AM CST
Seems like the drought doesn't want to end, even though they're talking about El Nino beginning sometime later this year (yay! I like El Nino!). We're in moderate level drought and I'm tired of the constant high 90's, even triple digits sometimes. Might get a slight break this weekend, slight chance of rain and might see low 90's briefly again.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Aug 16, 2012 2:23 PM CST
valleylynn said:
I have to work extra hard to stay hydrated. I don't like water, so I add a bit of lemon juice or pomegranate juice to my water.


Me, too... and it doesn't like me either. Hilarious!

I finally found a way to drink enough of it without feeling quite so bloated, nauseous and miserable. Hurray! I add a bit of aloe juice to mine.

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