PSA: DRINK WATER!

RustyRelics

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Today I had a medical scare that was 100% preventable, and it was my fault.

I was at the end of my 12 hour factory shift, and I was in "the zone". I drank water throughout my shift, so I didn't think anything of it. I thought I was okay. The last hour, I slacked off, and didn't drink anything. I found my groove, thought I had enough water already, and didn't think anything of it. 15 minutes until the end of my shift, I noticed that I had stopped sweating. I couldn't focus my eyes either. I couldn't read the labels that I was supposed to put on the pallets. I knew what was wrong, and ran over to the water cooler, but by then it was too late. Management was walking by, and they knew that I was the "new guy" so they asked how my shift went. I looked at them, but I couldn't focus on their faces. Tiffany, the head of HR, asked if I was okay. I shook my head "no", and said "I can't see anything right". They ran me to the hospital, where I got some IV's and a lecture from the doctor. I already knew the dangers, but I thought I was fine. I know that I am going to be the subject of next weeks safety meeting. I was released after a while, and I drove back to the factory (they took me in my own car, while another person followed to pick up my driver) to let everyone know I was okay. I felt bad for scaring everyone.


Don't be a dipstick like me. Drink water. Summer is coming, and everyone wants to go detecting, bottle digging, arrowhead hunting. DRINK! Drink loads of water!


It took me an hour of working at a heightened pace in a warm building for things to go haywire. 90 degree days in the sun can be much worse. Stay safe.
 

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Thank goodness you are ok RustyRelics. One lesson you will never forget!
 

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Glad you got it going in the right direction !!
 

crashbandicoot

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Something to be aware of is that heat events like this are cumulative.Every time it happens to you,the next time it takes less exposure to happen again.And so on! I know this from experience. I may leave home without American Express,but I won,t leave home without plenty of water.
 

Oregon Viking

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Glad you are OK.
Electrolytes are needed big time!
 

crashbandicoot

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Glad you are OK.
Electrolytes are needed big time!
Correct! Too much water alone can flush out the electrolytes and fell you as fast as too little water.Been there too.
 

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I also work a 12 hour rotating work shift schedule in a paper mill. I drink lots of coconut water when at work in the summer months and it seems to help get me thru my work shift.
 

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