Jenny lucky to survive heat stroke
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
JENNY Grother is lucky to be alive after learning too well the dangers of hot weather.
The Mount Larcom resident found out first hand just how damaging the sun can be, after suffering severe heat stroke while mustering at Marmor recently. Having grown up on a farm and being an active, outdoors person, Jenny said she was suprised how quickly she was overcome by the heat.
'I started to feel nauseous and thought I'd better get off the horse, because he was quite young and I didn't want to fall off and scare him, so I got off and sat down next to him and that's all I can really remember, next thing I woke up in a hospital bed with tubes sticking out of my arms,' Jenny said.
If it weren't for quick-thinking friends who immediately called an ambulance, Jenny admitted she would have died.
'I was lucky for two reasons: firstly, they called the ambulance quickly, and secondly there was one person available to drive the ambulance while the ambulance officer attended to me ? although I can't remember it, I needed six bags of fluid once I arrived at Gladstone Hospital,' Jenny said.
'I vaguely remember being in hospital, and having people prod me, but it wasn't until friends explained later that they were trying to put me on a drip, and were looking for a vein that wasn't too depressed, that I realised how serious it could have been.'
Having lived all her life in regional communities, Jenny said she was well aware of the risks of skin cancer and sun stroke.
'Whenever I go outside, I always wear a hat and have a long-sleeved shirt on, and try to stay in the shade ? I'm always really careful ? but it was just such a hot day,' she said.
'It came up quickly ? I'd been drinking water all day and was aware of the heat ? we had to cross waist-deep water and you could feel the heat coming off it ? but it was just so sudden.'
As school principal at Mount Larcom State School, Jenny said her experience came as a timely reminder to parents and older people that heat stroke was a threat and should be taken seriously.
Jenny said she was still feeling the effects of the ordeal and felt drained if she was active for a sustained period of time.
She warned others to be aware of cramps, dizziness, nausea and other symptoms and to drink plenty of liquids during hot weather.