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  • Michelle w
    I got this on another of my rennie groups...thought it was appropriate for us and heatwood :) ...
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 1, 2001
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      I got this on another of my rennie groups...thought it was appropriate for
      us and heatwood :)

      >Think it can't happen to you? YOUR WRONG! Very wrong!
      >MANKATO, Minn., 11:42 a.m. EDT August 1, 2001 -- Vikings' Pro Bowl lineman
      >Korey Stringer died early Wednesday at a Mankato hospital following
      >complications from heat stroke, according to hospital officials. Read the
      >article at http://www.clickondetroit.com/ sports and top news.
      >I wanted to share an article I did for a news group last year that many my
      >find beneficial as well here.
      > SUMMER TIME HEAT SURVIVAL - With summer comes the heat. Soon it will
      >start to reach in the upper 90's and 100's soon in most areas. Normally
      >that would not bother us thanks to air conditioning and swimming pools.
      >But we who attend fairs, do not have that luxury.
      >So I wanted to share with you some basic first aid tips and survival
      >techniques so you don't fall victim to heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. YOU
      >should always familiarize yourself with the FIRST AID tent and take note of
      >the staff (those with radios and those who hear those voices in their
      >heads) these are your lifesavers in an emergency.
      >All to often Rennies over dress for the weather, sure the garb looks great
      >but the poor person dies in the heat with 20 pounds of material on. This
      >article address this issue. Please take care of yourself and those around
      >you while playing at the fair in the heat.
      >I've seen way to may people who are on the go pass out, or fall victim to
      >heat problems simply because they would not slow down, and or remove the
      >garments, and drink water through out the day. Don't let this happen to
      >Below are a few things to watch for as you make your way through the
      >crowds, many will welcome the fact that security and playtrons are
      >concerned with the heat and follow your advice to seek shade, and get some
      >water. Remember we are not kids anymore, and our bodies can't take the
      >heat as it once did years ago. So take care of your body and it will take
      >care of you.
      >Symptoms at a fast glance: Red Face and sweating profusely these are your
      >fist warning signs to any potential problem. If you see someone like this
      >YOU HAVE TO TAKE CHARGE. Simply ask them if they are ok - LISTEN - listen
      >to the words, are they slurred, WATCH THE EYES are they focused on you or
      >in a daze. If they are with others, check them as well - You want to rule
      >out a drunk first, or other mind altering stimulants. If you still think
      >they are over heated convince them to walk with you - GET TO SOME SHADE and
      >TO SOME WATER or escort them to the FIRST AID TENT and have the EMS staff
      >check them real quick!
      >I love to use this line when helping people - " Have you seen the view from
      >up/over here yet, you can just sit here under this great shade tree and
      >take all the pictures you want, and know body knows you're here plus you
      >can get something to drink right over there."
      > If they walk with you check the wind direction and attempt to find the
      >best area with a breeze. They will make a comment believe me, such as awww
      >that feels good. NOW's your chance, You can offer to fetch them some ICE
      >WATER or send someone for it, if you feel the need have security get EMS to
      >come over to you as well.
      >You should carry a small bottle of water with you at all times just for
      >emergencies like this. Often times that's what I have in my tankard when
      >walking (cheaper than beer when spilled). Hand it to them or poor it on a
      >paper towel or napkin and let them cool down. If you haven't seen a change
      >in them after a few minutes, you may be dealing with a mild case of heat
      >exhaustion and medical help may be needed. It's safer to let trained EMS
      >staff handle a more serious case as they are trained for such problems.
      > Elderly people or those with HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE should take special
      >precaution as well as young kids, they tend to over do and try to keep up
      >with those around them. So you have to be on the look out for these
      >symptoms at all times. By taking "Shade Brakes" you can prevent problems
      >before they arise.
      > Again you have to use your judgment and ask them how they feel, tell them
      >why you approached them and your concerns. I stopped you because ... and I
      >didn't want to see you have a problem and not being able to enjoy the
      >fair... You just seemed a bit flushed and hot so please be aware of your
      >condition and try to cool off with some water - if the privy area has
      >running water, you may wish to mention it to them as well.
      > If the person is in a costume have them take the outer layers off, and
      >relax for a spell, this may not be easy for women though depending on the
      >costume but they should be able to "DRESS DOWN" to the minimum items
      >needed to cover the body. You may even find it necessary to use a vendor's
      >shop or both to put someone in if no shade can be found. Have someone
      >contact the EMS group or the Fair Security staff and then let them know
      >where you are and let them handle it from there once they are on scene.
      > So when should you get help? At the first signs of a potential problem!
      > Telling Someone is the key to safety.
      >If the person becomes non-responsive or is just totally dazed which are the
      >extremes GET HELP! Don't be a hero and try to do it by yourself. You are
      >not trained for this let someone who is make the call for the treatment
      >needed. You are just the eyes and ears for them - remember that!
      >Below are some guidelines to the more sever symptoms of heat exhaustion and
      >heat stroke. Remember COOLING THEM DOWN can save their life, but paying
      >attention first can prevent it from escalation.
      >Heatstroke, reaction to extreme heat involving high body temperature and
      >disturbance of the sweating mechanism. Symptoms may include hot, red, dry
      >skin; a strong, rapid pulse; and loss of consciousness. Heatstroke is often
      >fatal. Heatstroke results from excessive sweating that depletes the body's
      >salts. Sweating then ceases. First aid must be immediate and consists of
      >rubbing the patient's skin with cold water or alcohol.
      >Heat stroke is defined as a core body temperature in excess of 105 degrees
      >with associated central nervous system dysfunction in the setting of a
      >large environmental heat load that cannot be dissipated. Complications
      >include respiratory distress, intravascular coagulation, renal or liver
      >failure and seizures.
      >Heat exhaustion is a less severe condition in which exposure to heat causes
      >fatigue. Body temperature is normal or below normal, and sweating
      >continues. First aid involves cooling the person and providing sips of salt
      >water. Heatstroke and heat exhaustion can be prevented by moderating
      >activity and by an adequate intake of fluids and salt.
      >If you are one who tends to sweat a lot while outside doing the everyday
      >things - please ask you doctor about salt tablets and heat conditions,
      >monitor your blood pressure and above all DRINK PLENTY OF WATER your body
      >will thank you for it. It's our goal to ensure you have a great weekend
      >and enjoy your visit to your fair and not the local hospital.
      >Come visit us here at Ren_Fair we are one of the best groups for fair
      >information around as we have several members from across the United States
      >Join us today at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Ren_Fair
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      >to meeting you soon. To learn more about ren_fairs visit our info site at
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    • ladywolf18@ivillage.com
      This is why I did not attend nor will attend any tubing trips this year. I get real dehydrated when I m preggo and didn t wish to risk it. :)
      Message 2 of 3 , Aug 1, 2001
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        This is why I did not attend nor will attend any tubing trips this
        year. I get real dehydrated when I'm preggo and didn't wish to risk
        it. :)
      • Cindy Meeks
        Not a problem Kitten. The baby definately comes first! Hope the pregnancy is going well for you and we will be seeing you soon. *hugs* Cindy aka Violet aka
        Message 3 of 3 , Aug 5, 2001
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          Not a problem Kitten.  The baby definately comes first!  Hope the pregnancy is going well for you and we will be seeing you soon. 
          Cindy aka Violet aka Fury aka Wigglin' aka Handela
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          Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 6:38 PM
          Subject: [Renfolks] Re: Fwd: [ren-fest] HEAT STROKE WARNING

          This is why I did not attend nor will attend any tubing trips this
          year. I get real dehydrated when I'm preggo and didn't wish to risk
          it. :)

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