by: Carrie A. Blakley
Oh what a week it is turning out to be, and oh Lord when will this heat even out? It won’t. Well, not until at least mid-September. Now that we don’t have an abundance of rain, sleet, snow and hail to complain about, we can begin complaining about the heat, humidity, fire hazards, dry under brush and flying dry debris in our faces every time the wind sneezes in the wrong direction. That being said, it is now time for my semi-annual article on ‘how to not accidentally put yourself in the hospital from being too stubborn to cool yourself down’. Before you begin reading further, it might be a good idea to grab a glass of ice water, and sit in a cool location to read this. Now that you’re comfortably cool, read on.
First, and foremost, it’s a good idea to know what your core temperature is. For most people, that’s 98.6. However, some of us, myself included, have a lower core temperature (mine is usually 97.5), and some people tend to have a slightly higher core temperature (which is more uncommon, but not entirely unheard of). People who have medical conditions should never allow themselves to be over heated, for any reason what so ever. Remind them to keep themselves hydrated with plenty of clear fluids, and keeping themselves in cooler temperatures. Kids, we love them to no end, but they are also very good at getting themselves over heated, sun burnt and physically exhausted from heat exposure. When your child comes in from playing out doors, make sure that they are given a cool wash cloth to rub on their arms, neck, shoulders and legs. Let them play in a tub of tepid water. If the weather is too hot, limit their time out doors, especially if they have medical conditions that can be made worse from long periods of heat exposure.
Finally, keep the fridge, and freezer, well stocked with plenty of healthy, but cooling, treats. Ice pops made from fruit slices and water. Iced tea. Natural fruit juices…etc. Keep some healthy produce handy as well. A good, cold salad is always a nice meal when it’s hot outside. Stay safe, stay healthy and, as always…stay cool!