Hot Days of Summer

My husband and I helped his mom and father-in-law move into their new home recently.  Their goals are many.  Their doctors are closer making it easier to get to appointments and they have benefits being closer to family support.  Living in-town also lends to local fresh markets and health food stores.  The down side was that the move-in date was post postponed to the hottest part of the summer. 

cayo costa state park sun rise by diane eggert

cayo costa state park sun rise by diane eggert

 

Believe it or not, heat exhaustion and worst case, heat stroke can be prevented by following a few simple suggestions.   The movers were done packing up the truck shortly after lunch.  We took a break and some of us went to lunch and others continued to the new place.  We were all dressed in loose comfy clothes and made sure we drank plenty of water, and had frequent rest times inside the air conditioned house.  There were moments when we were directly exposed to the sun .  If this happens, make sure to use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and apply every 2 hours to prevent sunburn.   Make sure the folks who were not as spry as the movers are given extra care.  Find out if they are taking medications that can affect their body’s ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat.  Some of these are diuretics, beta blockers and oral hypoglycemic medications.

Early stages of mild dehydration include symptoms of dry mouth, tiredness, thirst, decreased urine output, lightheadedness and dizziness.  A handy home remedy by WebMD.  With older adults, those who have other health problems, infants and children, consulting your physician is best practice. 

The collective effort of my husband's sisters and their husbands eased the burden of this life changing event.  The best part of the weekend was that we gathered together as a family and helped each other.  We were all tired at the end of the weekend, but none of us exhibited signs of dehydration or heat exhaustion.  This might be because they have a nurse in the family.  

 

 

Sources:  mayoclinic.org; WebMD