While Minnesotans are grateful for summer, the extreme heat can be a problem before we get used to it. Heat exhaustion follows heat cramps and precedes heatstroke, which can be dangerous without proper treatment. Signs of heatstroke include:
cool skin and goosebumps, even in the heat,
The best ways to treat and prevent heatstroke are simple and easy. Make sure to wear loose, lightweight clothes to allow the body to regulate itself.
Staying hydrated is also an essential factor. Make sure to drink plenty of water or sports drinks or coconut water.
Finally, try to schedule outdoor activities for morning or evening to avoid the most extreme heat. Going for a walk after dinner or enjoying morning coffee outside are great ways to start and end a day.
I’m Joan, and I know home care from the inside out.
I’ve navigated my daughter through 24/7 home care nursing and managed her PCA’s. I’ve helped my parents move into (and out of) assisted living, Medicare episodes, skilled nurse visits, home health aids, and PCAs. Sandwiched in all of that, I’ve helped coordinate home care equipment and supplies, physical therapists, occupational therapists, county workers, and medications (oh, the medications). I know emergency departments, children’s hospitals, cancer wards, cardiac floors, and specialty units. I can recite health insurance policies (and call their bluff).
I know a lot of other things in life too, like Shakespeare, where to sit to see a great sunset over a lake, how to keep myself healthy, how to read a profit/loss statement and state statutes, when to use a comma, and that gratitude is one of the keys to success.
So I’m going to have this blog and write about home care from time to time. I’ll include topics like current legislation, professional boundaries in a tricky environment, and being a caregiver. I’ll also post some guest blogs from clients and nurses.
Join me in the conversation.