Saturday, May 17, 2008

What's a good Mom-Blog without talk of bodily fluids?

Did you know if you give yourself a drink and almost immediately throw it back up your body already absorbed 30% of the liquid in an attempt to keep itself hydrated?

It's true.

The ER doctor told me.

One week ago today, when I went in for some IV hydration.

I'll back up.

Two weeks ago today we spent the day in another ER with Alan. Who was later ambulanced to Children's and spent a night in ICU.

And later confirmed with having E. Coli.


So one week later he was still in the hospital (finishing a course of IV antibiotics) and I woke up losing my dinner. Ugh.

My Daddy came with his white horse minivan and brought me "home" to my parents' house, with a little stop-off at the local ER for afore-mentioned fluids to be pumped into my veins because so much other fluid had escaped in other ways.

Yeah. Not fun.

But a really nice ER doctor, who liked sharing his knowledge. In a good way. Not the arrogant way that some people seem to have.

Anyway..... fascinating stuff. My previous methodology has always been to wait until after you finish all the Losing of the Liquids before you try to start replacing them. But he says it's better to go ahead and start replacing, even if you lose some of it later. It won't be all for naught. So drink up.

And to delve deeper into the rehydration
of the human body, you can go here and read about the guy who has been credited with saving millions of lives over the years with his simple, yet revolutionary, discovery of how cells take in water better with salt and sugar. Ever drink a "sports drink"? It came from this guy's discovery!

So that's all my talk of sickness and such. I'm much better now, thank you. (And Alan is home and all better, too).

(And that is where I have been during this 2-week blogging absence!)


chickadee said...

i hope you blog about all those great discoveries soon. your comment made me smile!

fairenuff said...

It's great to have you back. I missed you. And I would like nothing better than for you to be stood next to me, handing the tissues out, when Bethany appears in her first competition dance. Rest assured there will be a BLOG about it!! LOL

Keep well and keep smiling.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the good article. I had heard that before, but it was a good reminder! Oooh, E-coli, no fun! FYI tidbit: The infection control doctor at our hospital told us that e-coli can only be killed with soap and water- not that hand sanitizer stuff that everyone uses.

Michelle said...

I am sooooooo glad everyone is home and feeling some better!