First time with heat exhaustion yesterday

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by alexschultz1, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,588

    So I just got back from the doctor and, well, I had my first experience with heat exhaustion yesterday. At around 4 o'clock I was driving around my truck. First, I finished a yard in a neighborhood and still had 2 more to cut. The next thing I remember is getting to a clients house (in a different neighborhood around 10 minutes away) where I had a pile of mulch waiting for me to spread. I sat there in my truck for probably 45 minutes until I said screw it and went home. I propped up on the recliner and turned on the tv. My mom happens to stop by and asks me if I was going to eat the food in the kitchen. "What food?" I said. Apparently I made some leftovers and just left it sitting in the kitchen. My mom then came in the living room and tried to have a conversation with me and I couldn't answer anything she asked. I just told her I was exhausted. So this morning I get a call from one of my clients asking why I had left a weedeater and didn't blow the property off. That's when I got into my truck and headed right to the doctor.

    The most terrifying part about yesterday was I had NO CLUE anything was wrong. Anyways, be careful out there guys.
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    Definitely a hot summer this year. Take care of yourself. I'm usually running around at 100mph all day. Started slowing down a bit and taking it easy. Work still gets done, and I'm feeling a lot better at the end of the day.
  3. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    How much water did you drink that day?

    Also important to have a good breakfast an lunch to keep your energy up.
  4. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,058

    Water only and no soda or caffeine drinks. Eat lite. Slow and steady pace. Works for me.
  5. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    Just straight water will do it too. You need a little salt and other stuff too. Stay away from carbs and sugars on these hot days. I have performance through shaklee as a drink mix. Its a life saver, but some juice every couple of hrs or tea along with lots of water will do it. Don't trust the sports drinks. They worsen it from experence.
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,647

    At 48 there is no 100mph, Im just steady at it, I can still out work most people at any age.

    The heat can literally kill you, force yourself to drink water. Take a break in the shade if necessary. If you have to skip a house because your light headed skip it until the next day.
  7. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,440

    Ya gotta take care of yourself when it's hot. I use a lot of little tricks to keep cool. Frozen towels, ice packs in my pocket. Wide brim vented hat. Lots of fluids, watch the sugary stuff. I also take a Magnesium and Potassium supplement with my regular vitamins. And yeah, I too have had past heat episodes where my brain just wasn't working right (hell that happens regardless of temp).

    Keep in mind these episodes do have a cumulative affect. This business is a long game, save some for tomorrow. While you might be tempted to push through, you'll be better off to work an extra half day to make up some of the slack. Burn out in July and August will get ugly.
  8. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,957

    I think what makes this year much worse than others is the ground is saturated with water(Southeast). The Humidity is just about . unbearable. I drank a gallon of water today and ran out of it.
  9. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    I agree with the too much water point. I used to get bad headaches after a day of working evening drinking a gallon of water, found out it was a lack of electrolytes. Now I drink half of a gatorade before I leave to work, then drink the other half when I get home. No more headaches.
  10. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I never got to hot out mowing or landscaping But 2 yrs ago I got over heated bucking straw bales I was loading straw I was in a hole and in a barn I about pass out Thank god the farmer had a truck with ac I was in truck for 30mins to get my core temp down Then paid and hauled it home I so glad to get out that bottom.

    When its hot I try to stay out of the ac till I'm done for the day my truck doesn't have ac.
    We been starting at day break and stopping for lunch at 1-2pm and call it a day been doing this for last 2 weeks hope cool temps come back

    Out 3 guys we put away 15 gallons of water each day

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