heat exhaustion...solo... fourth of July Friday

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by getdown, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. getdown

    getdown LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 297

    Old thread...but I pushed myself yesterday and had something between heat exhaustion and stroke... I was pushing myself to be done before Friday (fourth of July for people having parties) and that Tuesday was a tropical storm. Now I'm taking today off to rest my heart and rehydrate... Hopefully people don't drop me...I told them my wife had an emergency because I am a solo and don't want them to think I'm not physically up to the job. I am a real nose to the grindstone guy and hate excuses and days off but I think the wise thing is to protect my health. No health insurance because I got screwed with the reform and I'm solo...mad at myself for taking it off but I know it's wise... Just can't stand something like this can pop up and maybe affect my business if some customers don't understand. Its scary both economically and health wise.
     
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have this "maucho tough guy" friend who was sick for 3 days due the heat.

    Ive learned to stop if I don't feel right.

    The signs to take a rest are, stomach feels bad, start feeling cold, start walking funny. Once you stop sweating you had better quit.
     
  3. getdown

    getdown LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 297

    I live in fl so I have to regularly work in triple digits but the day after I am still feeling "fluttery and short of breath" sitting in air conditioning so I just don't wanna be in someone's huge yard by myself with no one around and pass out...definitely bad timing with fourth of July and the fact I worked so hard to get ahead of schedule and it bit me in the butt...but I will be back out Friday morning before the BBQ and parties start up ... Others got pushed to Saturday and hope they understand... They haven't responded to my messages (the ones pushed to Saturday). Can't avoid the heat in Florida but I think its wise to take today off...I know it is based on how I feel physically but need reassurance because of my Puritan work ethic/guilt. Haha...so I'm looking for reassurance...I'm sure some rabble rouser anti social internet renegade will call me a wuss because he had a heart attack once and then kept working in the sahara desert barefoot with no water for 48 hours...I'll just ask for an autograph.
     
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2014
  4. getdown

    getdown LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 297

    Hey Larry. Thanks...you are right. People want their lawns cut but we need to watch for our health. Not worth it to make a living. I push myself not because of a macho thing, just because I'm a senseless over achiever... Can't stand macho senselessness. We gotta know the signs and take care... I was really scared yesterday...
     
  5. ralph02813

    ralph02813 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Charlestown, RI
    Posts: 1,041

    After last labor day, I spent a week in the hospital. What I have learned since, wear a big hat with lots of air space, sweat rag around your neck, and hydrate. I now drink 1 gallon of lemon water per day, and I am done by 2. I use organic lemon juice, Santa Cruz and Lakewood are the two brands. Real Lemon brand is not real lemon. It keeps me refreshed and very well hydrated. :cool2:
     
  6. Pet Domestic

    Pet Domestic LawnSite Member
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    It's brutally hot and humid here in Virginia, too. If you're out for a long day, water is great, but also remember to replenish the electrolytes with a Gatorade or similar drink. Stay safe!
     
  7. ralph02813

    ralph02813 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Charlestown, RI
    Posts: 1,041

    gatorade has too much sugar, so you get something like false energy, but you are hydrating rapidly.
     
  8. Locqus

    Locqus LawnSite Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 708

    Ah can't give more than you have got. Esp. in the hot days. We have some excellent customers we rehydrate with regularly on the hot days. Keep the water flowing for sure. We always water our gatorade down too. Love the ones that let us just borrow the hose when we want to keep cool. It helps tons.
     
  9. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    You may want to take a trip to your local Pharmacy and check your blood pressure, they have those free machines.
     
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    All our customers get a list of holidays we are closed at sign up. If they need service for the holiday then we work them in earlier in the week. Tomorrow we are closed. Phone will have a message and go unanswered. Not our problem if you remember at 3 today you are having a picnic. Like everything else in life there has to be rules. My guys are off at 3 today, they earned it. I'm not going to send them back out for somebody elses poor planning. Me and my family will be at Disney until Monday. You reach a point where you stop chasing your tail for work. You work to live not the other way around. Enjoy some life, its way too short.
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