Heat Exhaustion

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PackRat's Comment
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I went on that just over three years ago, after my transplant and release from the hospital. I can lose or gain weight almost at will now, I sleep less mostly every day, my BP dropped, I eat fewer meals and much less each time. I eat when hungry, and eat until I'm full but not stuffed. I cook at least 95% of my own food on the truck, and I make up some crazy mixtures of foods and eat it.

Some items I've cut out of the intake completely (corn and fruit), then some are very occasionally consumed (bread, any grains, potatoes), and some are almost a staple with every meal (meat, eggs, fish). I snack on nuts, avocado slices, dark chocolate, cheese, pork rinds. I drink a lot more water and coffee. I eat a lot of meat and eggs. My biggest vices are Coca-cola, snuff, and foul language.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Travis's Comment
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Corn bread and diet Sun-Drop are my big vices. Have you tried cocoa butter wafers with stevia? Pretty tasty and sweet "fat" as opposed to the usually savory fats. Good if you need to round out some calories for the day.

I went on that just over three years ago, after my transplant and release from the hospital. I can lose or gain weight almost at will now, I sleep less mostly every day, my BP dropped, I eat fewer meals and much less each time. I eat when hungry, and eat until I'm full but not stuffed. I cook at least 95% of my own food on the truck, and I make up some crazy mixtures of foods and eat it.

Some items I've cut out of the intake completely (corn and fruit), then some are very occasionally consumed (bread, any grains, potatoes), and some are almost a staple with every meal (meat, eggs, fish). I snack on nuts, avocado slices, dark chocolate, cheese, pork rinds. I drink a lot more water and coffee. I eat a lot of meat and eggs. My biggest vices are Coca-cola, snuff, and foul language.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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I've not tried those wafers, nor do I count calories. I just try and keep the carbs low.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matthew P.'s Comment
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Everyone thanks for the comments.

I have to clarify something. What I was talking about was the extremes of heat. Right now my coworkers and I are doing hard labor in 90 to 100° heat with a high relative humidity. It is pretty tough to do this kind of work in this environment.

Someone mentioned watching your sodium intake. Generally that is a good recommendation. With the extreme sweating you really have to address losses of electrolytes.

We've already had several drivers drop from the heat.

I'm using a world health organization recipe. In some of the poor countries they use this kind of therapy to treat electrolyte and fluid losses from diarrheal illnesses. They call the stuff Pedialyte in the United states.

Just hoping to stay healthy during this extreme weather and keep working effectively. It sure has been a lot more challenging in the last week.

Thinking about telling my dispatcher that I want to be in the northwest until september. Haha!

Everyone stay safe and healthy during this heatwave.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

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Davy A.'s Comment
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I worked construction in the heat and cold for decades. Trucking is easier for me in some ways but harder in others. The heat and humidity definitely beat up my blood sugar.

Ensure for breakfast, I stay hydrated. Gatorade constantly throughout the day, nit in large amounts, I go through one to two 32 Oz containers per day. Also a couple of waters at night.

I road raced motorcycles for many years, it's hot and brutal on your body. We pre hydrated starting a couple days before each race weekend.

Too much anything can be bad, balance is good. Also small meals frequently throughout the day, limit sugar. I don't drink soda, no red bull, etc. Pound a lot of coffee though.

BK's Comment
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This discussion brought back an old memory. When I was considerably younger and in construction, I re-roofed a house owned by an elderly woman. I came to realize that this woman had a great amount of practical wisdom about health. This roof job was done in Oklahoma during the summer and it was hot. So several times a day the woman would bring out a pitcher of ice cold apple cider vinegar sweetened with honey. She said it was the best drink for hot weather. I continued to make this for myself after that job, but somewhere along the line I forgot about it. I’m happy this thread was posted and jogged my memory so I can start making that drink again. You guys might want to try it.

PackRat's Comment
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I drink a shot of pure, unfiltered apple cider vinegar every day. Tastes awful, but good for the gut.

George B.'s Comment
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Unfiltered ACV is good for everything. Ever try mixing it w a little honey and water? Makes it bearable. Travis, Do you actually find diet sundrop in Calexico? Its a Virginia/Carolina specialty. confused.gif

Travis's Comment
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No, but I'm from near Wilmington and here til this Saturday so enjoying as much as I can.

Got the CDL Monday and graduation from class today.

I usually dilute my ACV with the mother then swish with baking soda after so the acid doesn't sit on my teeth.

Unfiltered ACV is good for everything. Ever try mixing it w a little honey and water? Makes it bearable. Travis, Do you actually find diet sundrop in Calexico? Its a Virginia/Carolina specialty. confused.gif

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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
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“Pickle juice contains electrolytes in the form of a lot of sodium and some potassium and magnesium. That's why you can use it as a natural electrolyte,” says Skoda. “It can help to rehydrate after exercise.” To get the most benefit, Skoda says to choose a vinegar-based pickle without yellow dye and preservatives.

Grew up drinking pickle juice and eating pickles for hydration.

Good stuff

Dill pickles. No mixing required. I keep one of the economy size gallon jars (Walmart), on the floor next to me. If I feel myself getting even the least bit fatigued, I munch on a pickle. I also drink the juice. This trick is one I learned from reading about professional and college sports training practices. I also keep ice cubes within reach and munch on those. Helps keep me alert and hydrated. Plenty of sleep is essential to maximize the benefit from any form of supplement. Dill pickles are also beneficial to digestion.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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