July 17, 2015 Monroe, LA — “You think you know your own body,” says Paul Newman/ Monroe Mailman.
Extreme summer heat can take it’s toll quicker than you think. Especially if you work outside like mailman, Paul Newman, it almost took his life.
“I just picked up a Gatorade from another customer of mine but I just started cramping up and by the time I dropped a customers mail off I just lost it. I started getting sick,” says Newman.
It was just another day on the job when Newman fell victim to the heat. A pain and sickness he says he has never experienced.
“I just got over heated and started cramping,” says Newman.
“He had collapsed from heat exhaustion,” says John Reynolds/ Local DJ.
Luckily, local DJ, John Reynolds was nearby.
“He was not in great shape. His muscles were kind of seizing up and he was still soaking wet and you could tell he was a bit disoriented,” says Reynolds.
Plenty of water, staying cool, and getting rest while outdoors can save your life.
“Unfortunately the way I learned it is going to keep me and it’s going to affect me for the rest of my life the way it’s hit me. But people just drink that’s all you can do. If you feel tired take a break,” says Newman.