• Hot, dry skin (no sweating)

• Hallucinations

• Chills

• Throbbing headache

• High body temperature

• Confusion/dizziness

• Slurred speech

I had several of those. I was definitely confused. I was so dizzy I couldn’t sand up. My temperature hit 103, as I recall. Even after I got to the hospital I couldn’t speak coherently. I do remember being scared of dying as they put me in the ambulance.

Problem is, if someone is working alone, these symptoms can slip up on him before he realizes he’s in trouble. I had no clue until I felt the pavement digging into my knees, so it’s best to make certain someone knows where you’re working and stay in touch with home base every hour or so, maybe more often in extreme heat. And keep drinking water. Start before you go to the field to make certain you’re hydrated.

First aid procedures for heat stroke, according to NIOSH include:

• Call 911 and notify a supervisor, farm manager, or spouse.

• Move the sick worker to a cool shaded area.

• Cool the worker by soaking their clothes with water; spraying, sponging, or showering them with water or fanning their body.

Farmers and ranchers also may suffer from heat exhaustion, “the body's response to excessive loss of water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Workers most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly, have high blood pressure, and who work in a hot environment,” according to NIOSH.