Monday, June 21, 2010

In the heat of teaching

Worked weekend morning and afternoon motorcycle classes at King Dr Secretary of State last and this past weekend. In between I burned a week of vacation and taught a M-F 8-12 and 12:30-4:30 motorcycles classes down in Champaign at the U of I. 4 20 hour classes in 9 days. While in Champaign, I had a student suffer from heat exhaustion for the first time. It was scary. Right after a light rain, the full hot sun was out. It was in the upper 80's but over 90% humidity. While in the middle of a exercise, she stopped her motorcycle, removed her helmet and remained on the motorcycle (big no-no). I knew something wasn't right. When I got to her, she said she was feeling really sick. I cut her bike off, helped her off of the bike and got her to some shade. She then began vomiting. I got water and began to cool her off by wetting the back of her shirt and she put water through her hair. She felt better after awhile and we walked her to her car so she could sit in the air conditioning. I called her a few times that evening to make she she was okay.

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