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Heat exhaustion

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by TwoGuyswithMowers, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. TwoGuyswithMowers

    TwoGuyswithMowers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    I'm new to the business and decided that I was going to wear jeans today to look more professional. After walking behind a mower for a few hours and not drinking enough water before I started working in the 104 degree heat index I started feeling symptoms of what I can only guess was heat exhaustion. I felt like I was going to throw up and got a little dizzy. My mouth was dry and I felt weak. I had to stop and go sit in my truck for a few minutes and didn't have any water with me.

    I suppose I better start hydrating more. I only had coffee and no food before I started because I was in a hurry.

    Maybe working mostly in an office the past few years has just made me soft, lol.
     
  2. TeamYardsale4

    TeamYardsale4 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 325

    That's not good, heat exhaustion and dehydration is nothing to mess around with. You always need a couple gallons of water with you for sure!!
     
  3. beargins

    beargins LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    Not to mention that coffee alone dehydrates you! I usually drink a couple of cups of water before drinking coffee.
     
  4. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,459

    Your Body's Many Cries For Water, F. Batmanghelidj

    Read it.
     
  5. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,051

    I have an app on my phone to remind me to drink.


    No, wait. That's just my wife texting me to remind me to drink enough.

    All. Day. Long.


    ;)
     
  6. TwoGuyswithMowers

    TwoGuyswithMowers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    Well I definitely learned my lesson today. We have 11 yards to cut tomorrow with our walk behinds and will be loaded down with water and powerade.

    And I am a reader so I will definitely check that out. Thanks.
     
  7. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 702

    Yep...here in west texas its not uncommon for the triple digit temps to show up. I have to mow during the day because my full time job is on the nightshift, so im out there during the heat of the day. I always wear jeans and a white or grey tshirt, and bring plenty of water. hard to explain, but you have to pace yourself and drink on a regular basis without drinking too much at one time. I switch between lots of water, and I also like bringing a gallon of iced tea with me...but you have to drink the iced tea sparingly.

    I always wear a hat too.

    good luck.
     
  8. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,827

    I used to drink ice tea but found out that Ice tea is a major cause of Kidney stones. Also contains caffeine. I just bring ice water.
    Always take time to eat breakfast and then I bring a insulated 2 gallon jug of ice water(to the OP) and pack a light lunch
     
  9. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984


    Problem is not the jeans. I like my legs protected and clean.

    Problem is you are never late. So eat breakfast. Never heard of a landscaper losing a customer because he started his day a half hour late.

    I bring three glass quart milk bottles in a cooler. I drink on the way to my first stop. During. Then on the drive to my next stop to stay hydrated.
     
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,234

    If you go all day without peeing you didn't drink enough water. Some real hot days in might take over 2 gallon to keep you going. This year in Bamaland hasn't been too bad yet, but temps in the mid 90s are expected next week
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