Suzann Pettersen of Norway, above, buries her face in a cold wet towel before teeing off on the second hole during the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin July 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress
I should have known to go inside, when I stopped sweating and got the chills…
Yesterday was one of the hottest days on record in Wisconsin and for the third time in my life, I found myself throwing up and about to pass out. Despite drinking tons of water and Gatorade, I ended up with heat exhaustion today and then surprisingly enough I slipped into heat stroke as soon as I got back to the media center. I just couldn’t cool off despite the fact that I was in an air conditioned tent, so I asked my assistant to get me a bag of ice, and before I knew it a bystander was calling for people from the medical team to come to my aid after I began shivering and I lost my lunch twice in a waste basket. With 5 people hovering over me for 20 minutes I started to feel less nauseous but I remained very shaky… which made me think they were going to make me go to the hospital.
After having a bag of ice between my legs and next to my femoral arteries for 30 minutes and a wet compress on my forehead, I began to feel better and surprisingly enough I felt normal within a few hours, but I never returned to the course in fear that I was just a few minutes of sun away from a relapse.
Thanks to everyone who helped me and all of the well wishers. Today is supposed to be cooler, so lets hope for a different outcome!