Re: Hot!


jdow
 

You get a whole lot worse if your fluids get low. A sore foot is small change when you are facing passing out along with voiding at both ends, or even death. (Once you faint you're not able to restore fluids.) Normally I run about a half gallon of water (2 liters) and drink more when I am in really hot or really dry settings. Three liters is appropriate if I'm sitting here sweating all day. If I go out and actually work even more is required.

If it is really hot and you start feeling weak and listless DRINK WATER NOW.

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On 20210713 12:21:04, Simon Brown wrote:

Yes,

 

As I found out to my cost a few weeks ago, we need fluids when it’s hot otherwise you get gout . Doc said it was lack of fluid, not an over-indulgence in alcohol.

 

Simon Brown, G4ELI

https://www.sdr-radio.com

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Brendan Wahl
Sent: 13 July 2021 20:09
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Hot!

 

My bullet points, all from experience:

  • For a maritime climate under a heat bubble and you do not have air conditioning: fans, as many as you can muster. Moving air over ones' corpus can do wonders by evaporating your sweat and cooling you down. Day or night, moving air is a double-plus good.

 

  • Cross-current airflow through the house to take advantage of any possible breeze that might appear.

 

  • Water, lots of it. When it is truly hot your sweat doesn't last and evaporates on your skin before you really are aware of it - you can be dehydrated very quickly and not realize it. I suggest drinking around 8-12 ounces of fluids an hour, more if you're actually doing physical work in the heat. It will seem like you are drinking more than you really like: tough, your body needs it. Sadly, cider, ales, porters, stouts are actually not recommended, as the alcohol makes your thirst worse (of course). Very sad, and not always followed, even by me. ;)

 

  • Siesta time! Take a nap during the hot time if you can, and just stay up later in the night. The Spanish have had it right all these years...and we radio people time-shift hours all the time anyway!


As a temperate climate dweller born and bred who also has lived in the US Southwest, I will add that these are the basics. They also apply to pets, so keeping them cool is vital too. My dog doesn't like water that much, and really didn't like being wetted down, but she came around as she cooled down.

During that heat bubble here (I'm between Vancouver and Seattle) outside the home we reached 98F, with a heat index of 105F. It was a new record for as long as records have been kept here, and it was cooking. Very much like living in Arizona, but with more humidity - which makes it worse actually.

Take it easy, and overdue NOTHING.

Brendan WA7HL


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