Preventing and Recognizing Heatstroke

With summer in full swing and high temperatures in the forecast, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls encourages everyone to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of heatstroke, as well as the steps that can be taken to avoid heatstroke.

Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. It requires emergency treatment to prevent serious complications or death. If you suspect someone is experiencing heatstroke, call 911 or seek medical assistance immediately.

Heatstroke signs and symptoms

  • High body temperature – The main sign of heatstroke is a core body temperature of 104 degrees or higher.
  • Altered mental state or behavior – If a person who has been in hot temperatures is confused, agitated, slurring their speech, irritable, delirious or experiences a seizure, then heatstroke may be suspected.
  • Nausea – Vomiting may occur.
  • Flushed skin – An increase in body temperature can lead to skin turning red.
  • Rapid breathing – Breathing may become rapid and shallow.
  • Racing heart rate – When a person experiences heatstroke, the heart works overtime to help cool the body, therefore increasing the heart rate.
  • Headache – Heatstroke can cause a throbbing headache.

Preventing heatstroke

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes – Loose-fitting clothes allow for your body to cool properly as opposed to tight or heavy clothes.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – Staying hydrated will help you maintain a normal body temperature and will help your body sweat.
  • Protect yourself against sunburn – Use sunscreen and reapply every two hours. Also wear a hat and sunglasses to protect against sunburns. Sit under the shade from time to time.
  • Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day – Try to schedule outdoor activities in the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or the evening. The hottest part of the day is generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Better yet, stay indoors – Avoid the heat altogether by staying inside an air-conditioned, well-ventilated space.

Men encouraged to audition for Abrams show

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will hold auditions for its fall show, “Escanaba in da Moonlight,” a hunting story to beat all hunting stories.

When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family’s Upper Peninsula camp, 35-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady to never have bagged a buck. “Escanaba in da Moonlight” spins a tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to great lengths to shoot that elusive buck.

The play calls for six male roles of various ages and one cameo female role. Performers will have two opportunities to audition, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 8, or 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. Callbacks will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.

Anyone 16 and older is encouraged to audition.

The show is produced by ASPI’s After Dark Division. Performance dates are Sept. 12-15 and 19-22. ““Escanaba in da Moonlight,” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

For more information, visit abramsspotlightproductions.com or call 920-826-5852.

Yoga on the Beach

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invites the community to Yoga on the Beach, July 17 and August 21, at the West Side Beach in Oconto Falls.

Certified yoga instructors from LPI Fitness will lead a one-hour slow flow yoga class that is designed for all skill levels, including beginners. Attendees are encouraged to bring a yoga mat or long towel. While classes are free, registration is required for each class as space is limited.

Yoga on the Beach

  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • July 17 and August 21
  • West Side Beach, N. Flatley Ave. in Oconto Falls (near the pavilion)
  • To register: Call (920) 834-2280 or email Betsy@lpifitness.com

Dr. Stacee Goedtel Birr, family medicine physician at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center, will also be present at each class to talk about the benefits of yoga and answer questions.

For more information about Yoga on the Beach, visit: www.stclarememorial.org/yoga