Dehydration. Don't do what I do, do what I tell you!

Don't do what I do, do what I tell you!

Hi All!

Mack has requested that I write something on this topic … so here goes.

Back in early 2009, I didn't need advice from hypochondriacs, the health-conscious sandal-wearing, vitamin-popping people.  In those days, I didn't just know a little … I knew it all.

When you are reasonable ok and you're not in pain it's the easiest thing in the world to be arrogantly smug.  I had the T-shirt and the badge to put on it.  I had just been promoted.  I had the suit, the tie and a big company car with a 2 litre engine. Yes, back in 2009 things should have been on the up.

It's also the easiest thing in the world to push yourself too hard or think that you are impermeable to stress - almost that you are immortal.  I thought all of those things.

There's a section on this website called "GFA or Generally Falling Aparti".  Well that's what started happening to me back in early 2009: I was falling apart.

I do a difficult and sometimes quite physically challenging job.  It can be dangerous too at times (lost a colleague only a few months back).  One morning I awoke with what I called a "Frozen shoulder".  I had never had anything like that before.  Despite the pain and discomfort I wasn't going to let that prevent me from going to work.  I set off into a remote part of the country not intending to do anything too strenuous, simply because I just wasn't up to it.  On one of my very first jobs that day, after inspecting a piece of customer's equipment, it wouldn't re-start.  I would have to remove some large panels and then refit them.  This would mean outstretching both my arms to their full extent; ok in normal times … but with a frozen shoulder: it was going to be either excruciating or impossible.  Yeah, I did it.  It was mind over matter.

The next day I was off work.  Although I was of work, I had no solution to my problem.  My own GP was 50 odd miles away but what would they do anyway?  Give me a letter for the hospital?  Give me steroid injections?  I knew that the GP and the NHS was a blind alley.  I had to do something and I had to do something now.  I made arrangements to see a chap less than a mile away from where I was.  He called himself a Physical Therapist or something like that.  At 2.30 that afternoon I turned up at his place.  It was an unassuming semi-detached house that I'd passed many times before without even noticing.

I entered his house as a previous patient was leaving.  I stood at the entrance to this converted front room that was now a treatment room.  I paused.  He had his back to me.  He was writing up notes from the previous patient.  Without stopping what he was doing; without even turning round, he pronounced "You're dehydrated".  This man had not examined me … he had not even had the courtesy to turn round and look at me.  He hadn't even said hello.  He pronounces that I'm "Dehydrated!"  I felt like saying "And you're a quack!"   I couldn't though: I was desperate.  It was less painful to bite my lip and swallow my pride.

He began the consultation and treatment.  There was all sorts of massage; pulling and pushing and still I was not right … but I was no less desperate.  Finally, he got hold of my hand and sort of flicked it, causing a sort of waive motion to go up my arm.  Bingo!  It was gone.  It was only then that I began listening to the sense that this guy was talking.  He said that it would take 3 weeks to properly rehydrate; that I should have been drinking 2 litres of pure water (not tea, coffee and certainly not pop) per day.  I had never been that keen on plain water.  He then gave me this example:

If you take a piece of fresh meat; beef, lamb or whatever you want to try; take a firm grip with each hand and try and rip it apart … try as you will, you will not succeed.  Take that same piece of meat and leave it out in the sun to dry out.  When it has lost sufficient moisture, go back and try again to rip it apart.  Yes, now the meat has dried out, you can easily tear it and rip it apart.

Your body is made of meat.  Mack's poor over-worked shoulder is made of meat.  If you want to tear your muscles dry them out first.  You can appreciate now why a top quality steak is at least 21 days matured: it has been allowed to dry out and become easy to chew.  If you want to retain those toxins and bacterial die-off, make sure your body has so little water that it cannot afford the loose what it has in order to flush away the muck.

When you take your doxyi, you should be washing it down with lots of water.  I don't.

Did I learn my lesson from my frozen shoulder: no!  If you are pig-headed like I am, you will not learn the lesson of this story either.

I went on to be diagnosed with diverticular disease, diabetes before getting my diagnosis of MS.

By the way, my humour is dry too.

G

Maybe your humor is well-aged, too. Wink

I've been drinking a lot more water since hearing that story, since I now carry a permanent image of a piece of dried out meat laying on the desert sand.

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

Hey ...

Now I know where they got that song title from!

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Yeah: "Mack the kinife!"

Mack, your cutting words tear my tender heart apart.  I keep saying here: I got feelings!

:-(

G

“Don't believe everything you read on the internet.”

―    Abraham Lincoln<

After this excellent piece of writing you still don’t wash your doxyi down with lots of water?  I despair of you! Frown.................Sarah

A Journey through Light and Shadow

 

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MSi in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

And here I thought I was being warm.  Fuzzy, even?  Truly it was a compliment.  Innocent

Oh.

I just realized you might think I was equating your humor with dry meat in the desert.  Not the case.  Sorry. (Maybe I should have made those two comments separate posts, so there'd be no confusion. My apologies.)

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

Core ...

You sound so like a teacher, Sarah.

Yeah, the doxyi stays down ok ... but it's plugged down with lots of food.  I figure that when it hits the stomach, so long as there's plenty mulch and maybe a mug of tea, that'll do.

Is that ok, Miss?  lol

G

“Don't believe everything you read on the internet.”

―    Abraham Lincoln<

I am actually a tough old peice of meat and all of my comments are meant to be taken with a pinch of salt ... my humour is never to be taken too serriously or to heart.  I always say "If you can't laugh then why live?"  My feigned offence is all for a laugh and nothing more.

G

“Don't believe everything you read on the internet.”

―    Abraham Lincoln<

HI Supaguy,

I am sure that you are right and I am sure that I need to drink more water.  There is a constant battle about water inside my head.  One part is telling me to drink more and the other cautions me not to because my bladder is weak and my legs might not get me to a bathroom on time.

 

 

 

 

Hi HG

My logic subconciously for not drink enough water is that I drive many miles a day and using my car seat as a loo is not an attractive option.  It's never come to that and never will ... but it is that aspect that, I'm sure, restricts our water intake.

How about a New Year's Resolution that we will drink 2 litres a day of spring water?

“Don't believe everything you read on the internet.”

―    Abraham Lincoln<

Well, Healthy, we really have that in common! (It's much easier if you can just unzip your fly. Ahem!) But, while reading Supaguy's post, I did reach for the bottle of water I keep on the table next to me. 

PPMSi-misdiagnosed 2001-diagnosed 2006. Probably caught cpni in birth canal but it didn't pass BBBi until my 40s. Minocycline 7 mos.- resulting bronchitis 5 months.Go to private m.d. out-of-plan. Wheldon CAPi 3/2/07 Stopped 12/12; resumed 12/13

Hi there,

Yes it is a man's world in many ways!

I am putting in a powder room on my main floor this January (crossed fingers due to a busy contractor).  Once that is in place I will attempt the 2 liter challenge -- but it will take some time to work up to that amount.

Click the link whilst you read the rest of the post:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/93138310/James%20Brown-This%20is%20a%20mans%20world..mp3<

Many women seem to cling to the misconception that a man can just "Go" anywhere in this world.  In France and places like that, this maybe so ... but in the civilised world, this is certainly not the case.

If you were to ask Charles Strattoni or any other chap that you might look up to ... ask "Do you use the loo or do you go just where you stand?"  I think that they'd be unlikely to dignify your question with an answer.

We are all in the same boat on this matter; our gender matters not.

G

“Don't believe everything you read on the internet.”

―    Abraham Lincoln<

I have never drunk 2 litres of water a day, except when cyclimg round France with the natives!!..........Sarah

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MSi in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

Havnt you seen the bottle's you guys can pee in while you are in the car, wish I could do that when stuck on a busy highway!!

T.M.I. Tongue Out

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

I keep a 1.25 litre bottle of water beside the chair I watch the telly in, if it is not empty after dinner then I know I have not drunk enough that day and so proceed to empty it ASAP so I am not getting up all nightSmile.  I found having a bottle, the easiest way to see how much I am drinking.  I also drink around 3 cups of tea a day so get over 2 litres in total a day.  2 pulses ago I discovered if I drank a lot of water i hardly had any nausia, so that is what i try to do during and for a few days after a pulse. 

This will be TMI for some, but as i am typing I need to go but am able to ignore it for a few minutes to finish this message.  That is how much my bladder has improved Smile.

 

Ok MUST go now.

MSi Diagnosed 07/03/05, copaxone Jan 2011 to Jan 2013, started doxyi 13/10/12, started roxyi 06/11/12, increased doxy 28/11/12. first metroi pulse 01/01/13. Tinii Dec 2014. Fampyra,B12,Vit C,Vit D3,Vit E,Vit K2, NACi,ALA,AcetylL-Carnitine,Fish oil,

LOL!! 

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

Thanks! 

This is NOT TMI for me! 

I am happy to hear that your bladder is improving and that water helps with the nausea.  I will keep working at it!

The point is that men, once they have arrived at the toilet, needn't turn around and undress.

PPMSi-misdiagnosed 2001-diagnosed 2006. Probably caught cpni in birth canal but it didn't pass BBBi until my 40s. Minocycline 7 mos.- resulting bronchitis 5 months.Go to private m.d. out-of-plan. Wheldon CAPi 3/2/07 Stopped 12/12; resumed 12/13

Or, find a secure, dry place to plant their purse and coat.

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

Or drop their mobile phones down the loo accidentally because they are holding it in their mouth!........................Sarah

A Journey through Light and Shadow

 

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MSi in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

“Core ...

You sound so like a teacher, Sarah.”

Funny thing but when I was six I used to teach all the young neighbourhood children to read and write.  I had a little blackboard and used to use that.  Strangely they used to listen to me, so maybe somewhere I lost my vocation!........................Sarah

A Journey through Light and Shadow

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MSi in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

Women have the same option... well almost.... Google shewee

They are pretty good - used it while filming ski DVDs

 

HOWEVER - I discovered on a canoeing trip that they don't work well if you stand uphill... not enough pressure builds to get fluid uphill direction before body connection leaks Surprised   

As someone never ceases to remind me...

my excuse it was HIM that said 'no don't go over there just here is fine ... as I headed to the place I'd used earlier...

So face flat or downhill - then they work well and you don't need to get all undressed

Started NACi Sept'14... 100mg Doxyi Dec'14...  Roxi 13Dec '14 Supplementsi...

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