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damn, that story gets worse every time. saying a prayer for all concerned.
What are the symptoms of dehydration?The following are the most common symptoms of dehydration. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include: * thirst * less-frequent urination * dry skin * fatigue * light-headedness * dizziness * confusion * dry mouth with mucous membrane * increased heart rate and breathingIn children, additional symptoms may include: * dry mouth and tongue * no tears when crying * no wet diapers for more than three hours * sunken abdomen, eyes, or cheeks * high fever * listlessness * irritability * skin that does not flatten when pinched and releasedThe symptoms of dehydration may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.Treatment for dehydration:If caught early, dehydration can often be treated at home under a physician's guidance. In children, directions for giving food and fluids will differ according to the cause of the dehydration, so it is important to consult your child's physician.In cases of mild dehydration, simple rehydration is recommended by drinking fluids. Many sports drinks on the market effectively restore body fluids, electrolytes, and salt balance.For moderate dehydration, intravenous (IV) fluids may be required, although, if caught early enough, simple rehydration may be effective. Cases of serious dehydration should be treated as a medical emergency, and hospitalization, along with intravenous fluids, is necessary. Immediate action should be taken.How can dehydration be prevented?Take precautionary measures to avoid the harmful effects of dehydration, including the following: * Drink plenty of fluids, especially when working or playing in the sun. * Make sure you are taking in more fluid than you are losing. * Try to schedule physical outdoor activities for the cooler parts of the day. * Drink appropriate sports drinks to help maintain electrolyte balance. * For infants and young children, solutions such as Pedialyte® will help maintain electrolyte balance during illness or heat exposure. Do not try to make fluid and salt solutions at home for children.What is heat stroke?Heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illness and is a life-threatening emergency. It is the result of long, extreme exposure to the sun, in which a person does not sweat enough to lower body temperature. The elderly, infants, persons who work outdoors, and those on certain types of medications are most susceptible to heat stroke. It is a condition that develops rapidly and requires immediate medical treatment.What causes heat stroke?Our bodies produce a tremendous amount of internal heat and we normally cool ourselves by sweating and radiating heat through the skin. However, in certain circumstances, such as extreme heat, high humidity, or vigorous activity in the hot sun, this cooling system may begin to fail, allowing heat to build up to dangerous levels.If a person becomes dehydrated and cannot sweat enough to cool their body, their internal temperature may rise to dangerously high levels, causing heat stroke.What are the symptoms of heat stroke?The following are the most common symptoms of heat stroke. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include: * headache * dizziness * disorientation, agitation, or confusion * sluggishness or fatigue * seizure * hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty * a high body temperature * loss of consciousness * rapid heartbeat * hallucinationsThe symptoms of a heat stroke may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.Treatment for heat stroke:It is important for the person to be treated immediately as heat stroke can cause permanent damage or death. There are some immediate first-aid measures you can take while waiting for help to arrive, including the following: * Get the person indoors. * Remove clothing and gently apply cool water to the skin followed by fanning to stimulate sweating. * Apply ice packs to the groin and armpits. * Have the person lie down in a cool area with their feet slightly elevated.Intravenous (IV) fluids are often necessary to compensate for fluid or electrolyte loss. Bed rest is generally advised and body temperature may fluctuate abnormally for weeks after heat stroke.How can heat stroke be prevented?There are precautions that can help protect you against the adverse effects of heat stroke. These include the following: * Drink plenty of fluids during outdoor activities, especially on hot days. Water and sports drinks are the drinks of choice. Avoid tea, coffee, soda, and alcohol, as these can lead to dehydration. * Wear lightweight, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing in light colors. * Schedule vigorous activity and sports for cooler times of the day. * Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses and using an umbrella. * Increase time spent outdoors gradually to get your body used to the heat. * During outdoor activities, take frequent drink breaks and mist yourself with a spray bottle to avoid becoming overheated. * Try to spend as much time indoors as possible on very hot and humid days.If you live in a hot climate and have a chronic condition, talk to your physician about extra precautions you can take to protect yourself against heat stroke.
There are precautions that can help protect you against the adverse effects of heat stroke.
Big Bend National Park (TX)Bodies Of Three Mexican Nationals Found In ParkOn June 5th, rangers received a visitor report through 911 of a body off the side of Old Ore Road, an isolated dirt road located in the northeast portion of the park. Rangers and Border Patrol agents responded and confirmed the report. The park has experienced triple digit temperatures for over a month, making any cross country desert travel or search extremely hazardous. Rangers conducted interviews with individuals living in the border town of Boquillas, Mexico, adjacent to the park. They obtained tentative identification of a man matching the description of the deceased along with information that he crossed into the U.S. with two others on May 30th. Backtracking further from the location where the first individual was located, rangers found a second body on June 9th. The systematic search of the 30-mile-long suspected travel route of the three individuals concluded on June 16th with the discovery of the body of the third person on an abandoned road near Telephone Canyon. Three backpacks were also found nearby. Identification of at least one of the victims was found within a pack. The bodies were transported to El Paso for autopsies and positive identification. Because the deceased were citizens of Mexico, park officials are in contact with a Mexican consulate office. Rangers continue to interview relatives in the U.S. and Mexico by phone for information to assist with identification. Additional information was received concerning others who may have entered the U.S. through the park and failed to arrive on schedule at their intended destinations. [Submitted by Mark Spier, Chief Ranger]
The first elderly gentleman was hiking one of the trailes in the basin and was over come by heat and had an apparent heart attack.
As said above, dying of thirst would have to be very unpleasant way to end it.
I just can't even imaging trying to walk that with 1 canteen. I'm sure they had no knowledge of what they were embarking on and the factors that played into their survival....
Quote from: dkerr24 on June 24, 2008, 05:11:36 PMAs said above, dying of thirst would have to be very unpleasant way to end it. Yep. There are quite a few unpleasant ways to walk out of this world on a final foot note on.burning to death, USS Indianapolis, etc. and dying of thirst ranks right up there. \
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