My last blog entry, I wrote about the consequences of my foray into my culinary exploits, and how I was paying for it with swelling, discomfort and shortness of breath.
The medical advice when having a “water retention episode” is to take your diuretics and cut back on your water consumption. Like a good little patient, I did that. I took my lasix and cut back on my water intake.
It worked. After three days my swelling went down and my breathing was eased up a good bit. The weather turning slightly cooler at night did help a bit too.
Then I got ready to shower before bed last night and as I undressed a chill went right through my body, it felt as if I was being frozen from the inside out. I turned on the shower as hot as I could tolerate it and stepped in and stayed in there for as long as the hot water lasted. The bathroom was like a steam room, but I still felt that chill, that coldness in your body that has every muscle shaking.
I dried off, dressed as fast I could and dove in bed under the covers, and I was sweating and feeling cold and hot at the same time. After about ten or fifteen minutes the chill calmed down a bit. I eventually fell asleep but it was a restless night. I woke this morning with one of the worst headaches I have had in a long time.
My wife figured it out. I was now dehydrated. I can gauge my water retention by the veins in my feet. If they are not visible, too much water. This morning they were standing out proud. Now my body was dry. I drank a tall glass of water and then my headache eventually subsided a bit. So I drank some more water and the headache lessened even more.
It’s difficult knowing when is too much and when is too little, a balance game with man made chemicals coursing through your body creating havoc and healing at the same time. When I’ll ever get it right? Maybe never. But I am just happy that I am still alive to play the water balance game. It’s one of those little hiccups in life that you go through when you have medical conditions, but in the overall picture, having those little hiccups out weighs the alternative.
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