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    Default Mild Hypothermia

    Hi folks,i don't know whether this should be posted here or other chatter section,mods please move it if required.

    Anyway back on topic. Last night i had to treat my first hypothermic victim,namely my 18yr old daughter.
    Being a teenager,with an attitude of disregard every bit of advice my parents pass on,as they are old gits and what would they know anyway.
    She went to a stayover/party at her friends place on Tuesday about 20 miles away in the countryside,dressed for the party season ie skimpy dress outfit etal.
    But my wife made her take leggings and a heavy pullover to travel back home in,well long story short,because of the weather conditions here the bus timetables were all to pot,so she went to get the bus and had to stand for about an hour as the bus was delayed,her feet had gotten wet as it was snowing and by the time she got home she was shivering and very lethargic.
    When i saw her i it was time for action,so off with the damp clothes and into her pj's,and i made her eat some warm soup,then into bed,but no hot water bottle as she had to rewarm from the inside out,whilst in bed i had her eat a bar of chocolate so as to replenish the calories she'd lost through shivering,we took her temp and it was down to 34 degrees.She wanted just to fall asleep but we kept her waken until her temp returned back to normal which took about 40mins.
    Well once the panic was over we let her snooze,so this morning she feels as though she has done a marathon,and her muscles are aching.
    But i have thanked her for being my first hypo victim.
    She did get a shock though.
    So i said there you should pay heed to us old gits,and to that all i got was" yeah right dad".

    Alls well that ends well
    Cheers Stuart.

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    Good work there, I fear the same will happen to my daughter. She refuses to wear any sensible clothing during this cold snap.
    I have offered to buy her a winter coat from Tog24 or Trespass but she just laughs at me. She is 14 and has recently started courting with a 15 year old lad. She has a paper round posting a weekly free ads paper and insists on going out in sub zero temps with primark pumps and jeggins, no coat just a hoodie and a scarf and maybe a t shirt underneath. She has wool baselayers and norgie cold weather tops, scarpa winter boots and access to her mums fleeces etc but flat refuses to wear them because "they are not fashionable". I fully encourage her to be independant and hate to nag but I am getting angry about the number of times she returns home displaying the first signs of hypothermia, namely vigourous shivering and chattering teeth. During the first of the cold spell I had to go and collect her in the car as she was in tears due to how cold she was.
    I feel it is only a matter of time before there is a more serious incident.
    Discussing this matter with a friend today it seems it is a common problem with his kids too.
    It would only take a small incident, like a fall or twisted ankle, while being outdoors in unsuitable clothing for something more
    serious to happen.

    I have even suggested she buys a coat from primark if it's fashion she wants. GGGGRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

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    Well done Stuart! I know what its like to get hypothermia, but unfortunatley I know what you mean about the kids of today don't listen to logic, my son and daughter (Twins) are the same they think they know better and we know nothing, I suppose its the same in every generation?

    Hopefully your daughter has learn't her lesson and will be a bit wiser the next time she goe's out in the cold! only time will tell.....

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    well done that man :-)

    well caught and treated sir.

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    Stuart under those circumstances it would have been fine to give her a hot water bottle, her core temp would not have slid too low. But you dun good kiddo.
    Ah the yoof of today they think they're invincible but just maybe she'll learn a lesson from this and pay a bit more heed to you in future........................ ..........but it's not likely if mine are anything to go by. Us old timers know nothing about life.......the universe...........and above all else fashion.
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    Sniper, you hit the nail on the head! we know nothing unless as and when it suits them!

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    We weren't any different at that age
    I mind the platform boots that had no grip, no warmth and no substance, but were 'the fashion'. Tight belted coats showing off small waists and flat tummies didn't allow for warm jumpers underneath, hats just messed up your hair, etc., etc.,
    We know now it's stupid; she'll know when she's yelling at her kids to, " Go and put something on! "

    Well done catching it and dealing with it promptly, and really a timely warning.

    Bitter cold tonight, -12 in my garden.
    Stay safe folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backpacker View Post
    Sniper, you hit the nail on the head! we know nothing unless as and when it suits them!
    Yeah but we know where the money trees grow though
    It's hard to soar like an eagle
    When your surrounded by turkeys!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddy View Post
    We weren't any different at that age
    I mind the platform boots that had no grip, no warmth and no substance, but were 'the fashion'. Tight belted coats showing off small waists and flat tummies didn't allow for warm jumpers underneath, hats just messed up your hair, etc., etc.,
    We know now it's stupid; she'll know when she's yelling at her kids to, " Go and put something on! "

    Toddy
    And the girls wern't any better dressed either eh?
    ok I'll get me coat
    It's hard to soar like an eagle
    When your surrounded by turkeys!!

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    We used to get this a lot in A&E, "me mates drinks been spiked"...not its not she has hypothermia after wearing not enough clothing and downing XXX amount of shots.

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    well done stu

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    Quote Originally Posted by rik_uk3 View Post
    We used to get this a lot in A&E, "me mates drinks been spiked"...not its not she has hypothermia after wearing not enough clothing and downing XXX amount of shots.
    Yeah, hear hear.And isnt it funny that its always the eleventeenth drink that gets "spiked" never the first or second! i aked one of the bright young things i work with why no coat and she said if you do wear one , people will deliberately burn holes in it with cigarettes!
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    I agree with Toddy, i think we have very short memories! i remember the look my Mum used to give me sometimes when my kids were being chastised over doing something stupid! Both grown up now so no longer an issue.

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    Glad that all ended ok Stuart

    But its not just teenagers. I used to organise walking days where i used to work. We had some good times, but some of the clowns would not listen to advice, turning up in "kicker boots"for winter walks, no food, no water, inappropriate clothing..

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    But think of the smugness !!!!!!

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    Well done on sorting that, it's easy to miss it. I once got put on overnight stag in Thetford training area in March, and was forgotten about. We were only meant to be there for an hour so weren't allowed to collect our waterproofs before we started. Someone finally remembered to relieve us about 10 hours later, by which time the two of us were in a pretty bad way. It's not fun at all, you lose all rational thought, really is very much like being drunk - I hadn't slept in 3 days anyway, so I was hallucinating and (apparently) talking complete jibberish. Despite having to be carried back to the patrol harbour, I was returned to the exercise pretty much at once. Apparently I made a perfectly functional job of a platoon assault afterwards, but have no recollection whatsoever of it...
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