As I was watching the Joe Patrick videos he mentioned that in August of 1996 he was out detecting on a very hot day and out of the blue had a heart attack. To make matters worse he was hunting in a rural area and was alone. Fortunately for Joe his wife had given him a cellphone a couple months before and he was able to call for help. Hearing this made me think about how lucky I have been over the years for I too can remember many detecting forays into the hinterlands all by myself and this was before the advent of cellphones.
Right now here in Texas the temps are beginning to climb along with the humidity. The mid-90’s we have now will sound oh so good come July and August when 30 straight days of over 100 are not uncommon, and at that point the “Stout heat scale” reads ‘are you shitting me’? Yep I’m a wuss, a coward, a wimp when it comes to detecting in the heat and you should be too, no matter your age. The “never quit” mentality is not macho, it’s foolish and stupid.
As a result of my neuropathy and arthritis number one is important for me. I am a 13 pill a day junkie and two of my medications cause me to sweat and can play hell with my system if I am out in the sun for any length of time. Be sure to check any such warnings on your meds as well.
Now that I’ve put a scare into you get out and enjoy your pastime. Just use caution during the hot summer months and remember that your health and your family are more precious than any treasures you might find!
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