ambulance life

Stay Hydrated. Know the warning signs.

BEFORE YOU SCROLL PASS THIS KNOW THE USEFUL INFO IS IN BOLD BELOW. IT IS IMPORTANT, VITAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE.

Pokemon Go has been a great way to get us outside and active. It’s great we are all reminding each other to stay hydrated, but we can tell ourselves that all day and still fuck up.

Today I fucked up. My youngest brother is thankfully more mindful than I am.

My first sign of trouble should have been I was actually sweating, which is atypical for me as my body is usually happy to just bake until I pass out. I drank water very often and in small amounts. I made sure I ate well so hunger wouldn’t make me more prone to fatigue and dizziness. I took multiple breaks in the shade to rest. It was very lucky my brother was taught so thoroughly by his weight lifting instructor (former EMT to recognize heat exhaustion and hypnonatremia. If he hadn’t been he would not have caught the signs something was wrong. We were climbing large rocks of a local parks waterfall (full of magikarp) when he saw me go from slightly red to full blown tomato. I had apparently stopped sweating, became confused and dizziness nearly sent me to fall some 20 feet onto slippery rock I have seen plenty of people earn nasty scars on.

He sat me down in a shaded gazebo, slightly freaked a bit when I was cold and clammy to the touch, made me drink cold water and stay still until my core temperature went down all while he drenched me in water. The heat index was 104, I am chronically ill and largely intolerant of the heat. I am prone to heat exhaustion. I should have known better. Fortunately he was there and now I will only have to deal with a few days of bad fatigue. If I had gone alone as I originally intended I would have kept chasing after magikarp  in pursuit of evolving a gyarados until I passed out because I am apparently a moron.

I want to make sure you guys stay healthy and learn from my stupidity. Here are some links to help you stay healthy on your way to becoming the very best.

HEAT AND EXCERSIZE - KEEPING COOL IN HOT WEATHER http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048167

HOW TO PREVENT HEAT EXHAUSTION    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-exhaustion/basics/prevention/con-20033366

HOW TO STAY HYDRATED
http://www.livescience.com/38553-staying-hydrated-in-the-heat.html

WARNING SIGNS OF HEAT RELATED ILLNESS
http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/understanding-heat-related-illness-symptoms

WHEN YOU DRINK TOO MUCH WATER - WATER INTOXICATION/HYPONATREMIA 
http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/water-intoxication

Know your body, know HOW to stay hydrated healthily and know the warning signs telling you it’s time for a break.

Here’s a friendly message from the ambulance:

Yes, sometimes we park like assholes. Most of the time it’s not on purpose. While we are outside, we are still confined to an area, and our ambulance. So we have to make do, especially in the summer, with the smallest patch of shade at our post, or the most easily exited spot. So that may mean we park sideways across 3 spots, the wrong way in a parking lot, maybe blocking a driveway, etc… So we are not being dicks, just trying to make our shift just a wee bit better.