Back to School and College

Back to School and College

Back to School and College

Back to School and College

August is an interesting month.  Severe heat, football starts, summer is coming to an end, and the dreaded days of school are back.  For that fact many schools go back, colleges, public schools, many of your fitness classes start fresh, karate schools run specials, many different schools return to full schedule. 

With that in mind let’s keep a few of these ideas in our heads.  Start to plan to leave earlier for work to miss the bus stops, when traveling to and from, lookout for those little ones in and near the bus stops. Lots of school activities after school in and around the campus of these schools.  Many fall sports to lookout for such as cross-country runners logging miles on the streets and parks.

Ensure your kids are getting enough fluids during the day for when they practice in the heat, they can withstand the rigors of training in 80-90-degree weather.  This is particularly important when the athlete is training and breaking down muscle that has not been used for a while.  When athletes push themselves to exhaustion with certain muscle groups, they tear down the muscle and the dead muscle fibers are released into the blood stream as waste.  This waste is a byproduct called CKA (Creatine Phosphokinase) is produced.   This syndrome is referred to as, Rhabdomyolysis.  a serious syndrome that can lead to serious complications such as renal (kidney) failure. This means the kidneys cannot remove waste and concentrated urine.  The diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis is confirmed by detecting elevated muscle enzymes in blood, which include creatine phosphokinase (CPK), SGOT, SGPT, and LDH.


I personally experienced this syndrome in 2012 while on duty with Mrs. Laura Bush at her mother’s retirement home.  On the day that it happened I was in a car sitting post outside the home.  I had just finished a Diet Dr. pepper and a cup of Cantaloupe about 9:30am.  I started to feel very foggy and had trouble with anxiety.  At the time I could not put my finger on what I was experiencing, but later I would recollect it was the symptoms I experienced in the altitude chamber while in the Air Force on flying status.  I was feeling claustrophobic.  It was all due to the CKA not being able to process through my kidneys.  After recognizing I was not well, I went into the nursing home and had a nurse take my blood pressure.  It was 170 / 105.  I immediately handed over my pro gear and climbed into the back of an agent’s car and he drove me to the ER.  There I blacked out and woke up a few minutes later.  They had me stabilized and drew blood.  I was transferred to another floor and had an IV inserted.  Later the doctors told me I had Rhabdomyolysis.  My count when I was brought into the ER was 10,000.  College football players have died from this syndrome at a 20,000 count.  The main reason why this happened was because on a Sunday I had performed push-ups which I had not done in a while.  The next two days I worked in my yard in temperatures of 100+. On the following day I flew out to Midland, TX and that’s where the episode took place.  I had been dehydrated over those days and the mix of CKA trying to process through body caught up with me and I started to have kidney failure due to it.

Therefore, it is so important to keep these athletes hydrated, ALL DAY.  If my kids are practicing in the heat, I will make sure they drink a combination of electrolytes and water.  Fruit is a great source of water and plenty of vitamins.  The main electrolytes in fruits and vegetables are sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. … Unlike sugary sports drinks that only include sodium and potassium, electrolyte levels can be maintained by including fruits and vegetables that are high in electrolytes in your diet.


Aug 7, 2017.

When practicing in the extreme heat, you lose sodium and potassium quickly.  The best way to combat this is eat a banana every morning, lightly salt your food at lunch and dinner.  Young athletes are very active and probably do not have an issue with lightly salting their food.  However, if directed by your doctor and they do not want you salting food, then follow his or her directions.   I just know from being a runner, baseball player, sweating vigorously during karate training that I craved salt after these activities.  I know that sugar is no good for you.  Carbohydrates are for energy, not pure cane sugar.

Fun at the beach gone bad.

I wanted to take a minute and share this with you regarding safety during your vacation and fun time on the weekends.  

On Sunday 8/18/19, I had the experience of helping render aid to a beach goer who went after a doughnut /raft in the inlet of North Topsail.  The inflatable got loose, and the current took it out into the inlet.  I watched as this young man chased after it only to succumb to exhaustion.  Luckily a boater saw him and the inflatable and went to his assistance.  I watched as the young man could barely get himself into the boat.  After a few minutes the boater came over to where I was on the beach.  The young man’s family met him there.   The young man /now a victim of exhaustion was not doing very well.  After several of us assessed his situation, I called 911 and requested an assistance.  Fire department paramedics showed up with a police officer and assessed the man and took him for the necessary treatment.  The man was extremely exhausted, I later discovered he had no food that day and it was 1:45 pm when the incident occurred.  It was an eye opener for me to say the least.  You never know when an emergency is going to happen right in front of you.  We talk about awareness on this blog quite a bit.  It just shows you that when you least expect it, you may have to do something extraordinary.  I should have called 911 five minutes earlier.  There was a nurse on scene who I conferred with regarding first responder techniques.  Others there kept the boat from getting out in the current. 

I bring this to your attention because you never know when someone is going to need your help, life or death help.  If that boater was not in the area, I believe that young man would have drowned.  When in the water, or near a lake or the ocean we must keep after watching each other.  Events happen very quickly.  My suggestion is, if you ever have that gut feeling to act, do it quickly.  It’s probably the right thing to do!

August is a busy month.  It’s the start of the new school year and the beginning of fall.  Keep an eye open for all the children and take care of yourself these last few weeks of summer.  

If you have any questions regarding security or safety, please go to the confidential investigations web page and use the contact number provided.

Until next time, be safe and smart and be aware!  Have a safe summer!


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