I had double pnuemonia and severe dehydration in '77. To the point the doctor told my dad I was only leaving the hospital in a casket. I am susceptible constantly. I overheated a week or two back. To the point of dry heaves and couldn't get off of the bale of hay I fell on in the barn. Once I made it to the house, what generally helps me, besides a bunch of gatorades, is laying in luke warm bath for a couple of hours. Doctors now say no to salt tablets, but had to take three or four daily when I was shoeing horses, guess the theory was to replenish what I lost. I can drink all but the yellow gatorade, that is the only flavor available or the hospital offered. Watermelon, cantaloupe, anything to take in fluids.
Be safe. Glad you are home.
Couple other things, wear a hat with a wide brim to keep the sun off of your head, face, ears and neck. A ziplock baggy of cold water with ice on your head while you work. There are some good gel neck bandanas that keep your blood cool also. First thing I generally do, immerse my hands in cold water in a bucket or trough past my wrists almost to my elbows. The blood is closest to the skin above the wrist and this will help cool you down on the inside reducing the moisture being lost .
Last edited by Jonathan Shively; 07-17-2011 at 03:54 AM.
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