Motorcyclists love this time of the year. The worst of the summer heat is behind us in most locations and riding hours are plenty. You might think the end of summer is not the time to be concerned about heat exhaustion. Labor Day weekend is our last summer date before fall specials and Halloween candy sales. It’s easy to think of the end of summer as the end of heat injury symptoms. Though heat exhaustion usually happens in the hot sunny climates, sports doctors have found there are many other factors that cause unnecessary risk to sports enthusiasts. Read more here.
Who goes on a vacation where you end up in bed with a migraine and barfing? Apparently, I do. On a recent cross-country trip to California, I was stricken with a classic case of dehydration. When a person is in bed with cold cloths decorating their face, they tend to think big thoughts. Like, why me? Or, is it true that if your ring finger is longer than your index finger you are more prone to get arthritis but have great sex lives? Why would God make people with arthritic joint pain able to have great sex? Would they even want to?
Well, you get the point. I was miserable. Even though I didn’t get an answer on the arthritic sex question, I did get some valuable insight into dehydration. Apparently, the effects of dehydration can accumulate over several days. If they are not addressed, heat injury, which is easily treated, leads to more serious heat exhaustion. Once our bodies lose their ability to re-hydrate themselves and maintain core body temperature, major organs like brain, heart and kidneys are drastically affected. As symptoms escalate heat exhaustion leads to heat stroke, which can result in permanent damage and even death. Read more here.