Today at the Landings: 68 °F

First Responders Update

By Kelly Gordon - sifrpresident@gmail.com
President, First Responders

It is hot! With the scorching temperatures outside we’ve responded to quite a few heat-related medical issues since June. If you’ve never been severely dehydrated or suffered from heat exhaustion, let me give you some indications so that you’re prepared

Signs of dehydration:

  • Bad breath
  • Dark yellow urine
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • No tears - Crying without tears can be a symptom of dehydration. This can be an obvious sign in children, as can a lack of wet diapers. Individuals also may notice dry mucous membranes -- the tongue and inside the mouth. In addition to a lack of tears, the eyes may also appear a bit sunken.
  • Loss of elasticity - Well-hydrated skin will snap back quickly when gently pinched.)
  • Body overheats
  • Muscle Cramps and Spasms - An imbalance of electrolytes affects muscle function. Sodium and potassium help our muscles contract, and dehydration can cause an imbalance in these ions, resulting in muscle spasms. In some cases, muscle spasms can even result in cramps when the muscles contract for an extended period. Typically, muscle cramping caused by dehydration occurs in the calf or sides, which can be extremely painful. Drinking plenty of electrolyte-rich liquids can ease this symptom.
  • Constipation
  • Lightheadedness and Dizziness - These symptoms are associated with dehydration when low blood pressure and electrolyte imbalances are severe. Kids and toddlers experiencing dehydration tend to be fussy and irritable. In extreme cases, dehydration results in mental confusion and even loss of consciousness. Anyone who experiences these symptoms for an extended period should rehydrate immediately with fluids and electrolytes and seek medical care.

Four out of the five cases we’ve recently dealt with had severe cramping, and it was not only debilitating, but it was frightening. One individual had been hydrating well all day and still suffered terribly. As I say to my mom one hundred times a day, “Drink, drink, drink and drink some more!!!”

I’m still blown away by the number of parents who are so careless with their young children regarding golf carts. It’s truly unfathomable. Please don’t allow your kids to sit in your lap while driving or riding in a golf cart. We’ve already had several golf cart accidents this year alone. All it takes is one obstacle on the road or path that makes you swerve in the cart. I think it’s pretty clear what could happen if you’re holding a baby or toddler when that occurs. Being negligent on a golf cart is equivalent to not putting your child in a car seat or seat belt while riding in your vehicle.

Stay safe, be mindful of the consequences of your actions, and DRINK lots of water! As always, thank you for all the support we get and allowing us into your homes during your most difficult moments.