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Old 08-19-2009, 12:21 AM   #1
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Unhappy ALMOST LOST MY SON TO HEAT STROKE TODAY

I just wanted to let my forum "family" know that I just came home after spending the day at the hospital with my son...:(

We have had very hot weather the last few days here in NY...90 degrees and very humid...

My son decided that he just HAD TO clean the entire INTERIOR and vacuum and shampoo the carpets of his '98 Grand Prix GTP...he did it out in the SUN in the hottest part of the day for 3 and 1/2 hrs...

When he finally finished and came inside, he felt extremely sick...I had the AC cranked up and put a fan on him and ice packs on his neck and back...he just laid there on my living room floor getting sicker and sicker, until finally he asked ME to call Rescue to take him to the hospital...

Thank God I was home, as he felt soooo tired and sick that if I wasn't here, he said he would have gone to bed, and he probably would NOT have woken up...

The ambulance took him to the hospital and I couldn't ride with them...I was crying and shaking so much, that I was in NO condition to drive myself, so I called my husband at work and he drove home (a 1 hr commute each way) and we both went to the hospital...

By that point, Kevin was already on his 2nd bag of IV fluids and they did blood tests...he got another 2 bags of fluids and then he had to have his urine tested to make sure there was no liver or kidney damage from the dehydration...

Keep in mind that I was giving him water and Gatorade, but apparently, it wasn't enough for the type of heat and humidity we had and the exertion that my son used to clean that car...

I know we are all car enthusiasts out there, but please be careful...

Thank God my son was ok after his blood and urine checked out, however, he has to stay out of the heat AND sun for the next 48 hrs, because he is at risk for another attack and this one could kill him...

Please pray for him to be ok...I know we are all "family" on this forum and all care about each other a lot, so I'm asking you to watch out for yourselves when it's very hot and humid and to drink more than you think you need...

I was already having a bad enough time today as it was the 11 month anniversary of my Dad's death and I was sad enough already...

But please support me as I wait for him to get better...
Thank you in advance..............
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:23 AM   #2
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Wow! I can't believe that heat could do that to him! Someone was looking down on you both, I'm so glad you were home!
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:23 AM   #3
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Hope your son recovers fast, I almost passed away when I was 12 in a heat stroke/dehydration and being unconcious for almost 13 hours doctors thought I would go into a coma because the temperatures could have damaged my brain. Thank god I survived it. No worries though everything will be ok. I will keep him in my prayers.
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:29 AM   #4
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God Bless! You saved his life. No doubt about it. Not only were you Mom, but you were an Angel.(One in the same as usual huh?) Great Job!
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:03 AM   #5
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Good thing you were home is right. I wish him the best for recovering...
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:07 AM   #6
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glad to hear he's all right... That stuff can sneak up on ya. Even down here in the South where it is that way all the time in the summer, you still got to be careful and be mindful on the symptoms..
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:08 AM   #7
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I've seen people collapse from heat stroke. Scary stuff.
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:08 AM   #8
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WOW, Donna, glad to hear you were home for him. Heatstroke is no Joke!! Prayers going to you and your family!
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:53 AM   #9
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here in st louis the heat and humidity is outrageous, i remember playing football with full pads in this weather, dont know how i made running hills and getting beat up all day long in this heat, we did have one guy nearly have a heat stroke, crazy coaches, i heard a 13 year old died yesterday from the heat
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:43 AM   #10
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it was 90 at 8:40pm today
glad your son is ok!!!
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:46 AM   #11
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glad your son is ok

get well soon.
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:32 AM   #12
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Glad he's okay. We have this happen constantly down here.
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:28 AM   #13
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We had a gentleman pass away here in Dayton just yesterday from heatstroke. He was out working in his yard, went in to get a shower, and apparently became disoriented and left his home without a stitch on. He ended up dying in some tall weeds behind his neighbor's house.

Heat exhaustion/stroke is nothing to mess around with. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

"prima" Donna - I'm so glad you were home to care for your son. Thank you for sharing with us and reminding us that we need to take care of ourselves as well as our rides.

Hug your boy for us all - and keep some bottled drinks handy so he can grab one easily as he heads out :-)
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:02 AM   #14
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Not a 'cool' experience at all.. usually don't know it's going on until it's too late, and reading that reminded me of one day when we had a guy come so close they called the whole crew off work for safety's sake.

Not kidding when we say it's scary stuff.. Though, granted.. I'm still stupid enough BUT alive to say that I've almost had it happen to me. Not kidding, inside of an airplane on a 95 degree day with no ventilation is not a bright place to be for 2 hours.

Guess guys never learn. :P
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:11 AM   #15
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Sounds like the same heat that wiped out my mom at Michigan International speedway Sunday....and my wife too.

She's ok now...I have a beef with the MIS staff for having difficulty getting help to get her back to the car...but its over now.

Hoping for a full recovery!
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:36 AM   #16
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Scary stuff Donna. Glad he's doing better. The other day I mowed my small frontyard and a little of the back and had to call it quits. My boys don't understand why I make them come in about 2 hours befor football practice to cool down and hydrate. Even having practice from 6 to 8 is unbearbly hot. Next time he should get lots of fluids befor starting something like that if possible. Glad he's doing better. Jamie
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:55 AM   #17
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I feel bad for your son's bad experience, and hope he makes a full quick recovery. I'm sure you felt helpless in that situation, but you did the right thing and getting him to the hospital when you did.

I can relate to the weather, we've been in the same steam bubble up here in Toronto, and I felt kind of sluggish at a car show last Sunday. However, I came prepared by bringing frozen water bottles, and spending as much time in the shade until the sun started going down. The water helped alot, and not to put blame on anyone, but we really need to be careful, especially when it comes to humidity.

In the end I'm glad your son got the help he needed and that his test came back negative, so his body can replenish itself back to the norm.

I'm not trying to play parent, but this is a reminder to ALL please clean your cars (interior and/or exterior) in the early mornings, or early to late evenings. It's better for the cars and especially for us humans.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:12 AM   #18
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good job mom. you seriously saved his life and prayers sent for a speedy recovery. and lets make sure no matter how dirty our cars are, not to clean em for 3 1/2 hours a day during the middle of summer. unless its 5 a.m. or 8 p.m.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:28 AM   #19
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Thank God Donna you were where God intended you to be, and saved your son! That's why you hear about football players that you think are in top condition, die of heat stroke. It is something to be taken seriously. I'll say a prayer of thanksgiving for both of you. Hang in there and let me know if I can do anything for you! I think you all need to go on a vacation now!!!
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:44 AM   #20
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thankfully you were there for him donna. all my thoughts and prayers that he gets back on his feet soon. and i know exactly how that is i spent 3 hours cleaning my car inside and out one day it wasnt that extreme heat or humidity that day but i myself would get the heat and go into the garage and get out of the sun and drink some water and such to keep fluids in me. again heres to hoping hes back on his feet soon.

ps got the estimate on my car 4000.00 damage
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:34 AM   #21
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Donna, Keith,
I am sorry to hear about your Son.
I hope all is well with his recovery.
It is scary that doing the most mundane task can place you in jepoardy
It lucky you were around to take care of him, but then again you are his mom so you were meant to be there.
Hope you are all out and about and staying cool real soon.
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:11 AM   #22
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Thanks everyone for your kind words and prayers...he's up and around ok today so far...I tried to tell him yesterday that he was "crazy" to be working on his car in the middle of the day IN THE SUN to do something THAT CAN WAIT....but kids always think they know more than we parents do..."how did we parents EVER get to our age without knowing ANYTHING?"...lol...
As we were getting ready to leave the hospital after being there for 6 HRS, and Kevin getting 3 full bags of IV fluids, the 1st thing he says to me is that he's replacing his fuel pump today...I said "I will tie you down if I have to"...he learned NOTHING, until I showed him the paperwork with instructions that the hospital gave us when he was being discharged and had the doctor tell him he has to stay in the AC with NO SUN OR HEAT AT ALL for the next 48 hrs...
My son is such a "car enthusiast" with his Grand Prix, that he's already washed it or changed the oil at 11pm at night, in the winter, OUTSIDE, in the street in front of my house, and other such things...I also worry about hypothermia at that time of yr, and he just "laughs it off"...
That's why I am trying to let everyone know to be very careful, the car can wait, but you only get 1 life...
So, be careful out there all my Camaro "family members"....
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:44 AM   #23
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Sorry to hear about that. It is good you guys got to the hospital at the time you did and that he is fine now. Heat stroke and dehydration can come on pretty quick and most people don't pay any attention to this stuff. Here is a local news story that was just recent in our area. Can't imagine how this mother feels...

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...,7055001.story
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He is now added to the Watson family prayer list.
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:25 PM   #25
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Oh my goodness my Camaro sister!

I am so so sorry.

Gosh my heart sank reading this.

My thoughts are with your son and your family.

Big huge hugs my dear.

Let me know if I can do anything. I know I am far, but I am here for you.
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