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Discussion: Life is Precious

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Aug. 28, 2018
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1259 posts
Life is Precious
I started thinking (like I ever stop) after reading the post started by NY below (thank you, NY). Although it did not say what the cause of death was, I am sure that the heat did not help. I had two friends fall out umpiring in the Indy area on Sunday, one younger, one older than me. The younger one is a senior player, and the older one umpires senior games. Both are alright now. So everyone drink lots of fluids, but more importantly cherish your family, friends, and teammates. No one knows what our expiration tags say. Live each moment, and play each game like it's your last because it could be. I love my softball framily. NA 57 FOG
Aug. 28, 2018
coop3636
383 posts
Hey Nancy
A good trick or two to help with the heat.
** Drink pedialyte (the kids stuff) It helps replenish the nutrients you need...
** Make up a cooler full of ammonia water (NOT to drink but to use to cool down
scent of ammonia plus water over ice with lemon juice.. It works well...
Hope this helps,
coop3636
Aug. 28, 2018
Wayne 37
Men's 60
610 posts
Pediatlyte is more for use in children for vomiting and diarrhea. It will help with electrolytes though. However, you need to drink fluids to replace the fluid you lose. Gatorade and Powerade would be better.

Don't drink a lot of caffeine. A small cup of coffee is okay, but too much hot fluids or caffeinated drinks aren't wise to drink.

Way back when, ammonia water was used because ammonia evaporates quickly, and evaporation cools the skin. But it also would burn the eyes and is dissolved in the mucous membranes of the nose and is caustic. So it is not a good idea. Alcohol rubs are given in the hospitals to reduce fevers for the same evaporation reason, but they use isopropyl or denatured alcohol for that.

Eating fruits is good. Grapes, oranges, watermelon and bananas.

Avoid taking medications with a diuretics if possible. If you feel you really need to, take only half of your normal medication. Really should check with your doctor first.

Don't drink alcohol. A couple of beers between games isn't a good idea. Be moderate, especially the night before.

If you start to see black spots in front of your eyes, can't stop sweating and feeling lightheaded, you're more than likely having heat related issues. Go to the hospital so they can put fluids in you. Better safe than sorry in this instance. At least get out of the heat.

Take a blood pressure machine with you. Check your blood pressure. If it keeps dropping, definately seek medical attention. It's a lot easier to get your pressure down than up. It can cause permanent organ damage.

Humid days are always the worst. High humidity, be especially careful.

At the very least drink water even if you're not thirsty.




Aug. 28, 2018
JimmyG
Men's 55
34 posts
I agree with nearly everything above but I would disagree that Gatorade and Powerade are better than Pedialyte for hydration although all do help with hydration. Pedialyte has nearly twice the sodium and less sugar. The sodium helps the body retain water and stay hydrated for longer. Pedialyte is also proven to help the body maintain its potassium level better which helps regulate blood pressure. The big difference that Gatorade and Powerade have over Pedialyte is more carbs which in turn provide more of an energy boost. Overall, each is beneficial and it may just come down to your preference in taste and cost. All good advice above.
Aug. 28, 2018
k man
Men's 65
257 posts
Hydrate early. stay hydrated because if you wait until you are thirsty it may be to late to stop the cramping etc.
It's great that the tourneys provide water but I always pack my own water/gatorade. Our local playoffs have been cancelled today and tomorrow due to a heat advisory and went from double elimination to single on Thursday.
Better to be safe than sorry!
Aug. 28, 2018
Wayne 37
Men's 60
610 posts
Pedialyte is essentially the same as IV fluid. It is specifically designed for infants and toddlers who have need for oral re-hydration and substitutes for a trip to the hospital and IV's. Adults can use it, but you probably should dilute it.

Adults are more tolerant to a simplified oral hydration solution and do well on Gatorade or other similar drinks.

Look at the price of Pedialyte and Gatorade. Best way to tell the difference, for me anyway.
Aug. 28, 2018
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1259 posts
Coop3636, thank you. I have used it before for electrolytes because I cannot stand the taste of the sports products and do not like sugar. I have never used ammonia water. The problem is that at ballparks you are often limited in what you can do. I drink lots of water. If I can get a pickle bucket full of ice water with a cloth, I prefer that. I also soak my cap down between games.
Aug. 28, 2018
Dbax
Men's 60
1809 posts
Gatorade is all sugar. Drink water.
Aug. 29, 2018
OZ40
418 posts
I recall a few years back when the Detroit Red Wings were actually a force to be reckoned with: They were in a playoff game that went into 3 or 4 overtime periods. They won the game and the professional team trainer was giving the players Pedialyte because he said it was better as far as hydration and avoiding cramping and too much Gatorade can give you the Hershey squirts. Back in the big tournament days of our youth a doctor on our team gave his yearly "P" speech to the team. He insisted on everyone drinking water days before the tournament and throughout the tournament. He said if your "P" is deep yellow to orangish in color it's dangerous and probably too late to avoid dehydrating. "P" can also stand for 'prevention'.
Aug. 29, 2018
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1259 posts
OZ40, thank you. That all makes very good sense. I have always had the philosophy that if it is safe enough for a baby that it is good for an adult. Those adult products have lots of stuff in them that I don't want in my body, and as I said before, I cannot stand the taste. I drink water between every half inning. I carry a case of water in the car in case the ballpark does not have or provide water. Every park is different. My friends just really scared all of us and themselves. I am grateful that they are alright. Everyone stay safe, and take good care of yourselves.
Aug. 29, 2018
Mannjo
51 posts
A little tip I got from a trainer to hydrate in high humidity. Drink 16 oz. of water two hours before you play. Another 16 oz. before the game and 8 oz everty twenty minutes while playing.
He said you can make your own sport drink. Just add a pinch of sea salt and sugar to a bottle of water.
Aug. 29, 2018
Wayne 37
Men's 60
610 posts
I get my information from doctors......you are free to hydrate/re-hydrate any way you please.

Just don't think drinking your urine is good for you.
Aug. 29, 2018
Mr Ed
Men's 60
21 posts
I use a product from Emergen-C called Electro Mix comes in a packet that you add to water. It says it has a Lemon Lime flavor but it does not taste very good to me. It does work better than any sports drink I have tried. You can get a 30 pack on Amazon for about 10 bucks with free shipping.
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