Dangers of Dehydration

I did post this earlier at Obesity Help but, I thought it bore repeating and decided to post it here.

People talk a lot about how hard it is to get in their fluids. Goodness knows I STILL struggle to get in 64, but I’m doing a lot better. A very good friend of mine recently had a VERY frightening episode. She has not had weight loss surgery, she simply got very sick.

I don’t know exactly what she had but she had “gastrointestinal distress” (so, I’m assuming a lot of diarrhea and vomiting). She ended up passing out and going to the hospital. It turned out she was severely dehydrated and there has been some damage to her heart and kidneys. She’s mostly stable now and feeling better but her kidneys after four days still aren’t functioning correctly and, until they do, they can’t do the tests on her heart they want to do.

So please, everybody, take care of yourselves. If you start showing symptoms of dehydration and can’t seem to get in enough fluids, please do yourselves and the people who love you a favor and go to the ER. Don’t be embarrassed, don’t feel like you’re being a bother. Just go. Be sure to tell them you are a weight loss surgery patient as well, and to call your surgeon.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Waning Woman
    Sep 30, 2010 @ 13:43:15

    The dehydration thing is NO fun. I try to tell newbies that they need to sip around the clock and to keep water in their hand at all times. I remember during my early postoperative days thinking that I was never gonna be able to drink like a normal person again, but at 7 months post op, I can finish 20ozs in less than 20 minutes.

    Take her advice and sty hydrated, yall

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  2. Michelle
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 21:28:35

    You are SO right!! I had a horrible bout of dehydration shortly after my surgery. By the time I got to the doctor, my blood pressure was 70/45. I was so weak, I could barely talk. This past weekend, I let myself get dehydrated again. It wasn’t that bad, but I could feel the same fatigue, etc and it wasn’t fun! I am now trying to be more diligent about staying hydrated.

    So glad I noticed your blog URL at OH 🙂 I’ll have to visit more often!!

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