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Karen Murphy (Murphy)
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2001 - 1:51 pm:   

Electrolytes are the key to hydration; Powerade has plenty of them in it, in all different flavors.
Pedia-Lyte is on the market in the baby section, but doesn't taste so great.
Back in the heat of Kansas, it worked well to alternate between Powerade and cool water when we got sick of just water.
Justin Duckworth (Justducky)
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 8:42 pm:   

When I am adjusting in extreme temperatures I will take a styrofoam ice chest and a hand towel and put them in my truck with a bag of Ice in the chest You soon have a little water sloshing around and the hand towel sure feels good around your neck and on your forehead after completing an adjustment. This will also help to bring down your "core body temperature" and will meet or exceed the insureds perception that you really do have a cold heart.
mark (Olderthendirt)
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 8:27 pm:   

Ah! Coffee cubana in Miami. There's a memory,one day, after the first five houses offered me coffee I no longer need my ladder to climb roofs. Great stuff!
But seriously, dehydration is serious and is one of the great dangers we face.
Roy Cupps (Admin)
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 8:25 pm:   

Hi Kile,

I also did my two week annual training at Fort Hood (347th FSB). I was a medic and saw plenty of dehydration cases. I did my basic training at Fort Bliss (El Paso,TX)in July and the importance of water consumption was drilled into our heads. As stated before always drink plenty of H20.
Ghostbuster (Ghostbuster)
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 8:10 pm:   

Yeah, I drank the Miami water, and I even drank the Cubano's expresso. I found it to be weak and pale compared to the old and cold claims office coffee I was used to guzzeling at that time. But, that was then, this is now.

One way to judge a localities water is to look in the toilet tank. If there are weird mineral deposits, it might be a good time to start asking water quality questions. ( Go ahead... Make your wise-cracks. I know that I just left myself wide open.)
Kile Anderson (Kileanderson)
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 8:08 pm:   

This is some great advice. A few years ago, while participating in my two week annual training at Fort Hood, Texas in July, we were required to drink a quart of water every fifteen minutes during the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 2 quarts an hour the rest of the time we were awake. I thought it was a little excessive until I saw some of my own soldiers go down to dehydration. After that I took the whole dehydration thing seriously and made sure every soldier I was responsible for drank his water as directed. At one point, half my platoon was sitting in the shade while a medic put them on I.V.'s to rehydrate them. And don't forget, coffee and softdrinks have caffeine in them which is a diuretic and will dehydrate you faster. Drink your water.
mark (Olderthendirt)
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 6:25 pm:   

Don't forget the local water supply, there are some cities where I will not drink the water. Would you drink the water in Miami? I feel safer drink the water in some Mexican cities.
Ghostbuster (Ghostbuster)
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 4:31 pm:   

Which brings up the interesting topic about the cleanliness of motel ice machines. If the ice machine is one of those that have a door that you reach in and scoop it out, it's a good idea to peek inside and check for mold, dirt, trash, body parts, etc. Even the type that dispenses by button can hide filth up inside the machine.

Is it any wonder that on the road, our greatest fear is getting the "runs" while in the field?
mark (Olderthendirt)
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 1:35 pm:   

Ghost chips sure beat trying to swallow those salt tablets!! Also during Andrew I carried water and gator aide, seemed to help. If you recall the only liquid on sale south of Kendall was corner vendors selling beer. Never was tempted to try the water in the canals though.
Ghostbuster (Ghostbuster)
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 1:12 pm:   

It could be both. The heavy sweating depletes the carcass of both fluids and body salts and energy, i.e. sugar. During Andrew, I learned the value of 'junk foods', like salty chips and Snickers. Or, two birds with one stone, a Payday bar, which is salty and sweet. But, water is the big one, gotta have that! I use an insulated, Aladdin brand 32oz mug. Fill it with crushed ice from the motel ice machine each morning and then with water, and it keeps me going all day. Or, for a bit of flavor, mix in bit of sugar free lemon-lime soda water to keep things interesting. If you use regular sugared soda water, the ongoing sugar effect ruins things. That and some hard candies and chips or crackers replenish my hide day in and day out during heavy sweat sessions. Jerky is good too.

Yes!, I know this p*** poor nutrition! But, getting back on a REAL diet comes after the storm.
Steven W. Ebner (Medulus)
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 10:56 am:   

Thanks for the advice, Catmann and Cecil. I've had this experience and (possibly in error) chalked it up to hypoglycemia.
Cecil Kraft (Cecil)
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 10:01 am:   

Cool water, not ice cold. A little Gator-Ade mixed in occasionally. Ice cold water can sometimes cause cramps. Cool water goes down much faster and can be metabolized by the body quicker. Cold water has to heated by the body before it can be metabolized or cramps can occur.
David Houtz (Catmannn)
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 7:44 am:   

Back in Plano, Tx. 1996 hail storm I had a SF
Supervisor pass around a memo that he had written.
This was the best memo I ever received from any
supervisor, or company.
It talked in detail about dehydration, the lack
of water in your system. It talked and explained
that during the process of climbing and inspecting roofs during hot weather your body losses "tons" of water. It explained how fast and how much water your body can lose and the
effects on your body and mine.
I use to think that coffee, cold drinks, etc. would take the place of water, this is wrong. This memo advised to drink water before and
after every inspection, and if you quit sweating
then you have not consumed enough water. An
Adjuster can get light headed, weak legs, and
faint on a roof.
Any additional comments or good habits you all
have out there would be appreciated.

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