Awe, poor you. You have to deal with rain in the 80 degree weather. I feel so bad for you. Live in MI and understand the Fargo cold. While it isn’t snowing here yet (thank god), it has been 10 degrees below average all month long. Not a great indication on how winter will be.
I was chopping down a bunch of trees around my house on Friday getting ready for the new roof to be installed this week. It was 63* when I started at 6AM. It was 104* when the heat stroke took me around 4PM.
Loving the cool mornings, but I’m def over the afternoon heat.
@f00l Really only one was mandatory. It would have blocked access to the roof with the shingle conveyor. If the tree didn’t come down they would have had to hire a lift to hoist the palettes of materials onto the roof. So out it came. Of the other four, three were uncomfortably close to the house and required frequent maintenance to keep them from damaging the house and roof. They were constantly dropping leaves, twigs and small branches onto the roof which would clog up the gutters. So precautionary removal with the added benefit of not having to trim them up once or twice a month. The last tree was the biggest. About 40 feet. It got the termites a couple years ago. I treated it for the bugs, but the damage had been done. Large branches were breaking off on the reg. I mean like 8 to 10 inch diameter, 12 and 15 foot long branches. If one of those fell on someone, or worse, the pups… put pennies over their eyes, they’re done for.
@tinamarie1974 Thank you for asking. I’m doing well. I took a cold shower then sat in my recliner with ice packs under my arms and on my neck. Did this for an hour or so then went to bed. The next morning I was back at about 80%, and ready to get to work. I definitely moved a bit slow on Saturday and Sunday, and was sure to take off my safety equipment when I took breaks. I’m pretty sure it was the equipment which tipped me over the edge. Heavy jeans, steel toe boots, canvas shirt, Kevlar gloves and chaps, earmuffs and a hard hat. Nowhere for my body heat to escape. Combined with the furious pace I was pushing myself to, it caught up to me.
But nearly 100% now! And the roofing materials were delivered this morning, no problem accessing the roof with the power conveyor.
Omg I skimmed your orig post and missed the heat stroke!
Hope you are recovering. Fluids w electrolytes, right? Rest. Proteins. Go slow.
You may be more susceptible to heat stroke now, having this happen.
Re getting hot under protective clothing:. Or getting hot working outdoors:
They make special vests w lots of pockets for this next adaptation (amazon etc), but you don’t need to buy one perhaps, these can be rigged up.
Get lots of small things of blue ice. Walmart etc. Way more than you need so you can switch them out.
Freeze them. Obviously
Don’t put them against your skin; that’s too cold for most people.
Get a light shirt, jacket, vest w lots of pockets. Or get some netting and cut to vest shape and pin pockets onto it.
Put the frozen blue ice into these pockets. Put on whatever garment you rigged or purchased w the blue ice as close to your skin as you can stand, but with a layer of two at least of cloth between. Whatever’s comfortable.
When then blue ice warms up, change it out.
Wear one of those hats w the neck protection. Like you see on construction workers and landscape people. Only … Dunk in it cold water frequently then wring out. Repeat this every time it stops cooling you off because the moisture is mostly already evaporated.
Same w a towel around neck tucked into clothing.
Train a fan on you while you work, if possible and safe.
Drink a lot of cold fluid w electrolytes. More than you think you need.
How do you think those landscape and construction people and car sales people survive the summer? They do stuff like this.
They are very careful about it. They never let themselves or co-workers get close to the danger situation.
Fwiw, the runners who do the Badwater Ultramarathon (mid-summer in Death Valley) have support crews that travel along in a van providing them with various remedies.
For this particular race, the road surface is so hot during midday that runners must run on the white line lane paint on the road. Otherwise, the bottoms of their running shoes might melt.
One common adaptation: they put a livestock watering trough in the van and fill it w ice water.
When the runner gets too hot and wants to take a break, the runner jumps into the ice bath for a bit.
Are you doing the roof work yourself? I can only too well remember how hot a roof is in the summer when you try to shingle it. Lots of days coming home with my left butt cheek medium-well even though we worked early part of the day and tried to keep on the shady side of the roof as the sun moved across.
@chienfou Nah, I sucked it up and wrote the check. I’ll be eating ramen and latex bologna for the next several months, but I know the work will be done quickly, correctly (I hope) and I’ll have a lifetime warranty. Plus I know I won’t be dying on my roof, only to be discovered weeks later after I’ve been cooked to jerky.
dying on my roof, only to be discovered weeks later after I’ve been cooked to jerky
Had a cat almost do that once. Not a pretty site.
Got his head wedged under an eave at a transition in the roofline. Luckily we heard the (weak) cries while we were outside and were able to pry up the eave and get him out. Unfortunately due to the length of time he was out there and the swelling, he lost a good bit of his scalp on one side. Pretty gruesome. But the good news is he survived.
@f00l Move to wherever @tohar1 lives. Stay 3 weeks. Be outside a lot. You’ll get acclimated. Then move back home. 50’s will seem positively tropical and you will be running around in a t-shirt and shorts. Unfortunately that acclimation thing works both ways.
@f00l Just FYI: This is Fargo, ND, and these temps are WAY below average for us this time of year. Easily a month ahead of schedule as a matter of fact. Oh yeah, since I posted that screenshot, they issued a Winter Storm watch for this Thursday…Possibility of up to 9" of snow & lots of wind to blow it around!! Happy Days!!
@f00l@Kidsandliz Crazy part is we’re still on Hybrid schooling for the kiddos around here. One week: 3 days in school/2 days virtual & then opposite for the following week. Some parents are setting up their garages & living rooms for online classes. (That way one parent can monitor 4-5 kids at a time, then switch off as needed.) Sure glad I don’t have that to worry about, but I sure feel for those that do.