Yesterday it felt more like Carow “hot” than Caro “winds“ at the Big Youth Thing. We took 29 students to the South Carolina Baptist Convention Youth Day at the Carowinds Theme Park in Rock Hill, SC. It was around 111° heat index and it was almost unbearable. Teenagers were dropping like flies. We were in line no more than 30 minutes at 10:30am when our first young teen girl blacked out and hit the ground. So most of my morning was in the First Aid station. Within a few minutes I got a call to say that one of our guys passed out briefly, but was OK. Then later that afternoon one of our girls, who has diabetes, didn’t have what she needed to pump her insulin into her and her blood sugar was rising. By the time we got her to the ER at Piedmont Medical, it was 515. (about 5 X’s the normal level). Her dad came and the doctors got her back to a normal level and she got to go home, but it was a little scary for a while.
Despite the heat and mishaps, the day was great and the concert by the David Crowder Band was awesome. The rest of the students had a great time and look forward to cooler days ahead!