Sunstroke Can Happen Anywhere

by Miranda
(California, USA)

My husband and I were cleaning out a fiberglass spa tub in our back yard.

The tub had been drained, and I spent quite a bit of time sitting or kneeling inside, cleaning the sides and bottom of the tub.

Focused on the work, I didn't really appreciate how hot it was and how much I had been sweating, without stopping to rest in the shade or take a drink of water.

This was in the early afternoon, with the sun still high in the sky.

The white interior of the tub reflected the sunlight right at me from all directions. Probably the smell of the cleaning product was making me a little weak, too.

After about half an hour of this I decided to go into the house.

As I walked toward the doorway, my vision became altered. It was as if I was seeing everything through a red filter.

I couldn't really see clearly, as the red vision became overwhelming.

I was also physically weak and unsteady on my feet. Fortunately, by this time I had made it into the air-conditioned house and was able to collapse on the couch.

My husband brought me some water. I was lucky because I never really lost consciousness.

I recovered after about an hour of resting in a cool, dark room and sipping cool water.

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