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Old 10-06-2003, 02:32 AM   #1
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Default Heatstroke != fun

I woke up at 1:30pm today after working in Busch Garden's Howl-O-Scream attraction. This is a park-wide halloween event.

I was called in at 5pm for my first day of work, at 6, I was given my assignment: I would sit inside the eye vat in 1 hour on/half our off shifts until 1am.

The Eye vat is a cylinder with a 2 foot radius and about 30 inches tall. IT is covered with pantyhose-style material with tennis and basket balls painted like eyeballs. THere is a slit in it that is not easily seen, and I must leap from it and scream at the people that approach.

The entire walkway there is set up to move people towards this vat. Thus, I leaped between 100 to 150 times per shift. The heat inside the vat is about 100 degrees, the humidity is 100%, and my costume is a brown wool suit with a hood.

although i drank 15 cups of water on each shift, my body began to break down as the night went on. At 9:30, I became dehydrated. At 11pm, I began to have back spasms.

At 1am, I crawled from the vat unable to sweat and barely able to stand. I limped along the railings to the bus, stripped off my costume, and trembled back to the office. I then returned my costume, walked to the bathroom, laid my head under the sink, and turned on cold water to cool myself.

At 1:35, my temperaturewas under control, but I was praying with my barely audible voice that I wouldn't throw up. I laid on a bench and shivered till 2, when my friend came to pick me up. In soaking myself to cool off, my body became soaked in the night air.

I laid down to sleep at 2:30. woke up 11 hours later, and have stayed in bed watching baseball all day. My voice trembles, my body aches, and I can feel pain in my abs with every word i speak.

I'm getting better, but this is the worst pain i've ever known. My dad believes I had a heatstroke last night, and my body is not recovering quickly. I'll live, but I don't know how I survived last night.

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Old 10-06-2003, 01:00 PM   #2
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It sounds like you're fortunate you didn't end up in the hospital.
Salt tablets.
Buy 'em. Just in case they want to stick you in the oven again.
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Old 10-06-2003, 07:54 PM   #3
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sue 'em

no worker shold be put through that

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Old 10-06-2003, 11:53 PM   #4
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> sue 'em

Reason #56 on "Why capitalism brings out the worst in people"

> no worker shold be put through that

Agreed. The company in charge should definatly be alerted so that they can increase circulation and or put in some sort of cooling device for the person on duty there. They'd do it to if they relize the severity of the situation.

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Old 10-07-2003, 12:02 AM   #5
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I don't think I've ever had heatstroke, but I've been on the verge of it before. Once in the summer, when I was like 11 or 12, I played in a tennis tournament in my apartment complex that started around 11 am. Stupid me didn't have anything to eat that morning, and I lived in a part of San Diego that gets incredibly hot during the summer. I was getting extraordinarily dizzy during the match I was in, so I had to default and get home and eat something. I had been sweating like mad, and besdies sweat getting into my eyes, I could barely see normally because of the dizzyness anyways. I went home, ate a little, and laid down for a while, and felt better later, but damn that was scary.

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Old 10-07-2003, 06:11 AM   #6
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> I was
> getting extraordinarily dizzy during the match I was in, so
> I had to default and get home and eat something. I had been sweating like mad, and besdies sweat getting into my eyes, I
> could barely see normally because of the dizzyness anyways.

No dizzyness, but I couldn't really tell because my legs were so wobbly I couldn't stand straight.

I finally am getting my strength back tonight, but not before an entire day and a half in bed.

and here's the fun part: I went home because I thought First aid would be closed at 1:30am. Because I did, I have no case against the company because my condition was not reported.

So not only can they nearly kill me, but they can use my own innocence to hump me in the ass legally. I love Busch Gardens!!<img src=smilies/thumb.gif>

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Old 10-07-2003, 06:40 AM   #7
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> So not only can they nearly kill me, but they can use my own
> innocence to hump me in the ass legally. I love Busch
> Gardens!!

They'd fuck you like a rag doll and leave you in a gutter if they could get away with it. Seems like all companies are like this.

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Old 10-07-2003, 07:30 AM   #8
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> and I lived in a part of San
> Diego that gets incredibly hot during the summer

Lemme guess, Santee?

or Escondido?

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Old 10-07-2003, 08:04 AM   #9
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> Lemme guess, Santee?
>
> or Escondido?

El Cajon. I'm sure it gets hotter in Santee, but it's been in the 1-teens in El Cajon plenty of times. Once, it was a great 114 degree day when I had tennis tryouts in HS. Played 3 sets of tennis that day...freakin horrible.


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