Hot tubs - Beware - They can be dangerous
Two weeks ago (July 2013), I was in the quaint little town of Comox on Vancouver Island. I have some Real Estate there and had work to do on one of my properties. Going there is always fun as I contact old friends and invariably spend the night with one of them. On this occasion, I was with Dan and Gaynor and after dinner, as it was a pleasant evening Dan and I sat outside with a glass of wine and reminisced about the days when we both used to be Airline pilots. Around 10.30 pm, Dan said "how about wrapping up the evening by going into the hot tub for a while". Naturally, I said 'that sounds like a great idea" ... so into the tub we got.
Dan has the "Cadillac" of hot tubs with numerous jets and soft semi-reclining positions. We continued to tell a few more "war stories" about our flying days. After about 15 minutes I said "Dan, I'm feeling a bit hot I think I need to get out". As I got out, I remember watching Dan start to put the cover on the hot tub. That's the last I remember.
The next thing I could recall, was a figure leaning over me, shaking me and saying: "Dane are you alright?". I had no idea where I was or who was looking down at me. When I pieced it together, I realized it was Dan and he said: "you passed out and I have been trying to get you to come around for about 2 to 3 minutes". (Side note: Alcohol was not a factor as there was still a 1/3 of the bottle of red, so each of us had about one glass and change). Because Dan was struggling to get me to come round Gaynor had called 911.
The paramedics arrived shortly thereafter and attended to me. My compliments and my "grateful thanks" to Kerry and Todd as they were so ... so thorough. After asking numerous questions about my health, (I'm in reasonably good shape but do have hypertension) Kerry recommended I go to the hospital with them as my blood pressure was just over 100 and they could not get it go higher. My first instinct was to say "I'll be fine" but at the same time I was thinking - the guest accommodation is separate to the main house, what if I have a "relapse" with the low blood pressure in an hour or so and I pass out again - then there is no one to help me. (normally the guest accommodation is fantastic as guests (and homeowners too) enjoy privacy - its great as you also have your own little patio - but the thought of a relapse was a bit frightening. So off to the hospital we went.
At the hospital, numerous testing was done - blood tests, ECG as well. When the results were all gathered, the Doctor came to my bedside. After further cross examination, he mentioned that they get many cases of people fainting after they have been in the hot tub. This shocked me! His explanation - in layman's terms of what happens is "when you are in the hot tub, as the body is hotter than normal, one's blood vessels dilate as the body heats up and this opens up the arteries a bit more than normal. Blood flows a lot easier throughout the body and because I was in an almost horizontal position without any exertion, there is not much blood being pumped to the head. When you get out of the hot tub, one's blood pressure is now lower and without much blood in the head, you can faint !!! When I fell, I knocked over a big planter and 2 weeks later I am still bruised and hurting as if I have a couple of broken ribs (they checked, I don't). I was exceptionally lucky that I did not hit my head while going down (Dan saw me go down and confirmed it to the paramedics that I did not hit my head)
At about 2.30 am I was discharged. Dan's wife, Gaynor and I were discussing the hot tub as we transited through the Reception area. In the Waiting room, there was a very bedraggled lady, she overheard what we were saying and said: "did I hear you talking about fainting in a hot tub?"
I said "yes". She in turn said: "that's why I am here, that's what happened to me too" !!!
Sooooo, you are very welcome to share this blog with your friends as -
Hot tubs are fun, BUT they can be DANGEROUS - BEWARE.
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