Re: Heat Illness

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Posted by Cecile on July 12, 2003 at 11:16:54:

In Reply to: Re: Heat Illness posted by SteveS on July 12, 2003 at 09:32:24:

Steve, that was the couple on our Kernville Kaper trip several years ago, remember? The lady didn't want to drink anything, just like you said, because she was uncomfortable peeing behind a creosote bush. We told her she had to drink something or she would be sick, so her husband offered to give her a beer from the ice chest because the water was too hard to get to in the back of the jeep without taking everything out and he didn't want to do that ( nice guy, huh?). I gave her bottled water and told her she had to drink that - alcohol would only dehydrate her more. That night in Kernville at dinner she was too sick to eat anything, so I don't think she drank anything even after I gave it to her. The next morning they cancelled out on the rest of the trip because she still wasn't feeling well.

It's important to remember not only to take plenty of water with you when you travel in hot dry areas, but to drink it as well. By the time you are thirsty, you are probably already starting to get dehydrated. And women, in particular, please stop worrying about someone seeing you while you try to hide behind a creosote bush, or whatever. Wouldn't you rather risk someone seeing you exposed, than be sick or die from overexposure to the heat?

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