Recognizing Sunstroke

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Jul 152013

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Sunstroke is a condition that develops when the body cannot control the temperature of the body. It occurs when the body is exposed to excess heat. Although the symptoms are similar, sunstroke is more severe than heatstroke and is often considered a life-threatening condition.

Causes of Sunstroke

The human body is a well oiled machine, and likes to work at a certain temperature. The body will from time to time regulate the body in order to get warm (cause you to shake), or to cool down (sweat).  Sometimes, when the body is exposed to excess heat, the body’s cooling system fails. When this happens exposure to excess temperature, heat and sun are the most significant causes of sunstroke. Dehydration (lack of water) can also result in sunstroke. Dehydration is a condition that arises when there is a loss of fluids caused due to excess perspiration or other bodily fluids (urine for example). If a person does not drink adequate amounts of water when suffering from dehydration, the body may take water from the bloodstream. This affects the normal functioning of the heat-regulating system as well as that of the heart.

Symptoms of Sunstroke

Mild sunstroke symptoms include

  • Dry, red and scaly skin due to loss of water from the body.  (NOTE: you stop sweating when you’re lacking water in the body).
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Rapid pulse rate
  • High fever
  • Rise in body temperature
  • Unconsciousness
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions

Sunburn is also likely  but many believe it is NOT a symptom.

Urine color may also darken due to excess dehydration.

NOTE: Children and the elderly are more prone to sunstroke than young adults. 

Treating Sunstroke

Seek medical help.

One of the key things to remember is that the body is over-heated, and lowering the body temperature is the primary treatment of sunstroke. The sunstroke victim should be bathed with cool water or covered in cool (damp to wet) towels to lower the temperature. Ice packs can also be used for the same purpose (be mindful, this could send the person into shock). Secondly, it is essential to treat dehydration by drinking water or electrolytic fluids. In the case of severe dehydration – intravenous (IV) fluids may be required. Doctors may also prescribe medications as well.

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Top 50 Christmas Songs

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Dec 232012

Happy Holidays everyone!

Like most families, every year at about this time we all get together to celebrate Christmas.  I have so many warm memories of Christmas growing up. With all the baking, decorating the tree, watching seemingly endless movies. There is one thing my family does that I remember most above all others, that is music.  I am lucky in that my mother and father loved music of all kinds, genres and eras.  I remember listening to the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbara Streisand, Kool and The Gang and much more.  Nearly everything we did as a family involved music of some sort.  Even more so at Christmas time.  We would start generally the first Sunday in December with Christmas tree decorating, and the remaining weekend with baking and visiting and such.

Skip forward a few years,  I am grown up, married and have 2 awesome kids of my own who enjoy music as much as I did growing up.  Not to mention a lovely wife who continually impresses me with her incredible tolerance of me.

I’ve been putting together a list of my favorite Christmas songs for years.  I decided this year I would share my 2012 list with you all.

I hope you will enjoy it.

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Google+ To Add Group Type Functionality with ‘Communities’

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Dec 062012

Well, finally Google+ is adding something that has been sorely missing since it debuted in June 2011 – The ability to “Group” like minded people together and provide them with a place to communicate on a topic. Today (December 06, 2012) Google announced the introduction of Google Communities to Google+.

What does that mean?

It means that you can create and join “groups” with like minded people, and collaborate with them on a specific topic. Imagine that you are looking to communicate with others on your favorite sports team, or diet, film genre or other topic that interests you. Up until now you would create and share a “Circle”, or make use of the #hashtag (such as #Android) and hope that others may find you. Communities will allow you to collaborate to the larger group either as a public (meaning anyone can see it), or Private post (only group members will see it).You will have the ability to create Events and have live chats via “Hangout”

Sounds to me like a lot of Google “Pages” may now disappear?

Should be interesting to see how this all works out. Google says they are rolling out this ‘preview’ feature today. I read this as not everyone will have access today. As of this post, I have not yet received the upgrade.

Why is it we’re still on Facebook again?


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