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By Melissa McDonald | Jul 24, 2020

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Greetings. Hope this finds you all well. I have a cautionary tale I'd like to share with you. Because of the high temperatures and humidity, I experienced a heat-related illness this past week after cutting grass at 7 a.m. It took two days to fully recover.

There are essentially three types of problems that can occur: Heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke. In my case, it was heat exhaustion. The symptoms of this include heavy sweating, clammy skin, rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, headache, fainting (I had most of these). Treatment: move to a cool place, loosen clothing, sip water, cool cloths/cool bath. Get medical help for vomiting, worsening symptoms or those that last more than one hour.

The symptoms of heat cramps manifest as heavy sweating during intense exercise and muscle cramps or spasms. You should stop physical activity and move to a cool place. Drink sports beverage or water. No more physical activity until cramps cease. Get medical attention if you are on a low sodium diet or have heart problems.

Heat stroke is a true medical emergency — call 911. Symptoms are high body temperature, red (dry, hot, damp) skin, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, loss of consciousness. Move the person to a cooler place and apply cool cloths. Give nothing to drink while waiting for help to arrive.

As a former burn nurse, here are a few things relating to sunburn. Stay out of the sun until the burn heals. Do not break blisters or apply home remedies (we actually had people still putting butter on burns). My best tip is to apply a compress soaked in cool tea (with nothing in it). The tannic acid in tea really relieves pain and reduces inflammation. But people, put on sunscreen!

Now for some good news. The Thrift Store will reopen Saturday, Aug. 1.

For the time being, the store will only be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Masks are mandatory and social distance must be maintained, We sure have missed the Thrift Store. The Community Garden next to the Varney is doing well. Church services continue outdoors on Sunday, in cars at 10 a.m.

Until next week ... peace.

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