John was fixing us a lunchtime snack and suddenly says he feels dizzy and needs to lie down.
He feels better, so he stands and feels dizzy, once more.
Hummm, I test his oxygen level. It is ninety five percent, that is great. His pulse is fifty four. It is usually fifty seven, so that is acceptable.
Then I check his blood pressure. This is not acceptable. We are talking fifty-three over seventy-four. I check it about twenty minutes later and it is worse. Skin tugor, tent-like. Not good.
I called his physician in Indianapolis. "How much water is he drinking?" I ask John and get a very sheepish look.
Now, this is at two in the afternoon. He has been out in the sun working on the motorhome. He has had nothing but two cups of coffee at breakfast.
"Dehydration, get him to a hospital and tell them I want him to have fluids by IV. A hospital? None in Quartzsite. Yuma is an hour away, but there is a hospital in Parker, half the distance of Yuma. So, off we go to Parker and the La Paz Regional Hospital.
All the way, I have him drinking water all thirty two ounces! Having him drinking water was better than making him listen to my ranting a raving about fluid intake!
After an EKG, a brain cat-scan and a complete blood count (CBC), he was given the IV. The drip was set fast so we were out of there fairly quickly. And we were on our way home, where I, again, checked his vitals....just to be sure.
So, how does one stay hydrated in the desert?
1. drink water! Not energy drinks and water needs to be room / air temperature. Cold water intake requires time to warm to body's temperature to be absorbed.2. eat foods with a high water content.
2. eat foods with a high water content.
Everyone needs from eight to twelve cups of water each day. A better way to determine how much water YOU need is to note your weight, divide those pound in half. Change the pounds to ounces. (150 pounds divided by 2 = 75 pounds therefore you would need 75 ounces a day.)
We are looking into purchasing these from Amazon. It just makes good sense to have one of these rather than carrying water bottles. These are reusable and just think about how many plastic bottles you would not be throwing in the landfills to take forever to break down.
Symptoms of dehydration but not limited to:
4. loss of appetite
5. muscle pain/cramps
6. feeling fatigued
If these signs and symptoms are ignored the condition can worsen to heat exhaustion or even worse yet, heat stroke.
We are talking life and death here, so please do not take any chances while out in the hot sun.
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God Bless ..... and drink water!