Damage done by heat stroke:
In hopes of saving lives, I am sharing (with permission) my mother’s recent journey through heat stroke. Very active and independent at 93, she stepped outside late one morning two weeks ago to garden. She found herself squatting down to plant a new plant and could not get up. While pondering what to do–(did this qualify as a medical emergency and should she call 9-1-1? If she called for help, how would anyone get through the locked gate?)–the sun took over and knocked her out.
Eight hours later, when paramedics broke down the gate, she was unconscious, seizing, dangerously dehydrated, and near dead. After three days in intensive care, hallucinating and frightened, she is slowly getting her strength back, recovering from aspiration pneumonia in a rehab hospital. She says she did not know the sun was so strong.
Please make sure you and your loved ones know the power of the sun! Please don’t get stuck outside, and make sure pets and people you love know that yes, it’s an emergency if you’re on the floor and can’t get up! Anyone else have sun stroke tales? Let’s be safe!