The last week we’ve had more over triple digit temperatures than under.
It’s been hot.
I’ve been huddled up in the apartment with my Foxy, around the air conditioner. I also have a hurricane fan in the hallway to blow that cool air to the living room.
My dog is black so she doesn’t do well in the heat. I have that fair skin that burns. So I know all about doing the wrong things in the desert heat.
So this is a reminder of the precautions you should take when you go out in the sun.
- Keep hydrated. This means water. Always carry some with you. In my case I am limited to a certain amount because of my kidneys. In this heat, the sweat dries before you notice it so you may be losing more than you think. I know that when I go from the heat into a cool area that I start to sweat.
- Keep those electrolytes balanced. Either make sure you have the proper chemicals in your diet or buy a drink with electrolytes. I have a little bottle so I can put drops in my water. Most of the drinks with electrolytes have too much sugar for me.
- Remember the sunscreen. You are in more immediate danger from heat exhaustion or heat stroke than skin cancer. Take care of the hydration situation first.
- Don’t forget to eat. I find it hard to eat much during mid-summer. Even though it is hot, the body still needs nutrients. In fact it is working hard to keep you cool
- Know the symptoms for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you are having heat stroke, get to the ER immediately.
Even though I know these things by heart because I grew up in the desert, I still forget to drink enough water or to make sure I am getting the right nutrients. So this is as much a reminder for me as it is for you.
Stay safe out there.