“What Happened to Tom Jauncey?”

“What Happened to Tom Jauncey?”

In order to clear up the confusion, Tom J. has given me permission to share what happened to him during the JPMC.  After crossing the finish line in 21:47 minutes, Tom experienced all of the common signs of severe dehydration (blurry vision, dry mouth, muscle cramps, lightheadedness, confusion, heart palpitations, dry-heaving, and vomiting).  He was rushed to the ER and diagnosed with heat exhaustion, which is the body’s response to an excessive loss of water and salt.  Exercising in a hot environment while not adequately replacing fluids is one of the situations where someone can develop heat exhaustion.  Acute (reversible) kidney failure is one of the complications associated with this condition.

Here, Tom J. takes off at the start-line

Why Would Tom’s Kidneys be Affected?

When dehydration continues without being treated, a person’s blood pressure drops.  When blood pressure drops, blood circulation will also drop throughout the body, which means vital organs like the kidneys won’t be receiving the normal amount of blood.  When any organ in the body does not receive normal blood flow, that organ won’t be able to do its job properly.  Luckily we were able to get Tom the care he needed for a speedy recovery.

What Do You Do When Dehydration Hits?

It is necessary NOT to neglect signs of dehydration (see above).  Next Jumpers tend to have a competitive spirit–Tom’s drive to win held strong as he crossed the finish, but his body had a price to pay. Fortunately, his body has fully recovered from the trauma, but this might not have been the case if the First Aid stations weren’t readily available.

How Do You Avoid this in the Future?

Make sure to follow proper hydration discussed in a previous post.  Besides hydrating, it is also important to consume enough food beforehand.  Food has calories, sodium, and water–sodium is important to consume since it is a major electrolyte lost in sweat and cannot be replaced unless taken in via food or with a sports beverage.  This is why we want to have G2, Propel or Gatorade during a race or hard workout.

Note from Tom J.: “Started Strong……ended…..not so much!”


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by CK on June 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

    the look on his face is priceless in the hospital. Probably when he was told what he was missing at the boat basin after party.


  2. Posted by Marissa on June 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Haha, @CK. Instead of open-bar, food and fun, Jauncey enjoyed an IV with electrolytes and glucose.


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