Wow, what a day!!! 911 was called and we had to wait for fire fighters to come fluid up and wheel out poor Brandi! Heat stroke big time!
I've been so incredibly inundated with work, I desperately needed to get a hike in today, so a couple of the girlies were going and I suggested Tom's Thumb (a quick, in town, good workout hike). Usually (and would've sans the 3 hour waiting/rescue time!) a 3 hour jaunt for me, but today turned out to be a 6 hour deal. They started about 20 minutes or so ahead of me since I was still working. I caught up to them at the switchbacks about 4.5 or 5 miles into the hike, and hit the top in good time. We sat & chatted at the top for about 15-20 mins and had it to ourselves. On the way back down (actually only about 2 miles from the finish), Brandi started stopping a lot and was bending over like she was really exhausted. We started to get worried, so we told her to stop for a bit and we'd let her get in front to set the pace. Then it just went downhill from there. She sat down & started feeling nauseated. I tried giving her electrolytes since all she was drinking was water, but it was too late. She kept deteriorating, and our idea of piggy-backing her out of there was not looking so good after all. I told Rose to call 911. She got progressively worse and started freaking out, trembling and talking nonsense. We found a tiny bit of shade & dragged her over to it, put wet bandanas all over her to try & cool her down & tried to get her to sip the electrolytes slowly. We used the rest of our water to keep her cooled down until they could arrive. I decided to run up to go meet the rescuers so I could lead them back to where we were in case there was any confusion of what trail we were on. I was happy to run & get the extra miles in!
I called on the way back once I got the workers & was leading them back and she was doing better. She could feel her hands again (they had gone numb) and was cracking jokes, so we felt better. However, she was still throwing up & trembling, so the guys gave her an IV and wheeled her off. She had us laughing the whole time and took the whole thing like a trooper. She was more worried about being embarrassed in front of us & the workers than having the damn heat stroke!
What an adventure! It's really scary watching someone have heat stroke! I hope that never happens to me, and I'm SO glad she was okay!