In the heat of the summer, please remember to take care of yourselves and stay properly hydrated.
Yesterday, I woke up after a poor night’s rest. My daughter had been sleeping badly the previous two nights and I was up to help out, thus my body was not regulating its temperature well. I had a relatively normal morning, but by the afternoon things took a decidedly negative turn.
At 2 p.m. I started feeling flu like symptoms. Thinking I was just getting sick after not getting enough sleep, I decided to go to bed. I threw a thick blanket over me and popped two Tylenol. I stayed in bed all afternoon feeling miserable.
At 6 p.m. the pain and soreness I was feeling escalated significantly. Breathing in and out hurt a lot, probably a 7-8 on the hospital pain scale. My wife came in to check on me and immediately recognized what was happening. She yanked the thick blanket off of me, turned on the AC, grabbed two ice packs and pumped me full of fluids. An hour later, I was beginning to feel better. Today, I’m at 80-90 percent.
I write this not to ask for sympathy but as a cautionary tale. I did not think that my body temperature was out of control, I didn’t recognize any symptoms of dehydration and I didn’t perform any extreme exercise activities yesterday. Dehydration can happen anywhere at any time if you’re not careful.
The Center for Disease Control has some excellent guidelines on water consumption, I really encourage everyone to read them. No matter where you live, or what you’re doing, please remember to drink lots of water and keep your body temperature at a normal, regulated level.