Your Responsibility

We have a lot of responsibilities in life. There are the usual bills, food, education and family but we often forget about one of the most important responsibilities we have–ourselves. Your health is your responsibility.

Friends might try to help you but they cannot monitor you day and night like you are a child (unless you legally are a child). They cannot feel what your body feels to know when to tell you to take a break, get some water, cool off or eat.

It’s still summer this area of the world, and in some places it’s still hot, so heat exhaustion and stroke is possible and it is deadly.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion that can be found off line or online–in sites like the CDC, Mayo Clinic, Medicine Net and others, include, but are not limited to:

  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fatigue

There are other symptoms there that serve as warning signs. Heat exhaustion , if not treated, can lead to heat stroke and death.

Some of the suggested treatments that can be found on numerous sites but I got the ones for this post from mayoclinic.org are:

  • Stop all activity and rest.
  • Move to a cooler place.
  • Drink cool water or sports drinks.

There is more information on the above sites and others.

It is not possible for a friend or family member to know what you are feeling inside your body while you are out working in the yard, working out, or are in places with higher levels of heat even if you are just sitting outside. You are your responsibility so it is important to listen to your body and take care of yourself.

The sites listed above cover symptoms, some cover more details on what can happen during heat exhaustion and what can result because of it including heat stroke and death. Some of these sites give information on how to avoid heat exhaustion and how to treat heat exhaustion if you, your child who is your responsibility, or somebody you are taking care of starts to experience it. You can always call for help or offer help if somebody you don’t know is in the area with you and you see them near passing out you can know they need help; emergency numbers are easy to call if you have a phone.

One thing that I found very clear from some of the research I did yesterday is that one should not treat heat exhaustion as if it is not a serious illness. In fact, many of these doctor reviewed articles I read on other health sites made sure to say call for emergency services. This is a very serious illness so please remember to pay attention to your body and protect yourself to the best of your ability.

Stay Healthy

 

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