Can’t Talk Now…I’m Hydrating

Oh boy. I don’t know about you, but I listen to doctors. Take this antibiotic, Barb. Okee dokee, antibiotic it is. Take this heart medicine. I like being alive, so absolutely oh favorite cardiologist of mine, I will take it religiously.

Drink more water, Barb, say my kidney doctor and cardiologist. Ok say I, when I remember to.

I like water, I don’t mind drinking water, I just don’t think about it. I don’t even remember what is recommended for me. I don’t remember what is recommended for the average person. When the nephrologist (kidney specialist) told me to drink a lot of water throughout the day, I was still processing the fact that I have a kidney disease, albeit minor at this point, so I don’t remember exactly what he said. Just drink water, and especially before and after meals in general, and specific foods, well, specifically.

Then a friend of mine in real life as well as blogging life had a serious episode while hiking that has me rethinking my water intake. I owe a debt to Mike at The Zen Hiker for reminding me through his experience about the importance of water. And that I drink about 1/4 of the daily amount I should.

I hope you aren’t getting bored yet, because this is my new crusade and I want you to jump on the bandwagon.

Why should you stay hydrated? Here’s my list.

  1. I like living.
  2. I like having functioning, healthy kidneys. All 3 of mine. Even though they are a little screwed up.
  3. I love my husband.
  4. I love my children.
  5. I love my grandchildren.
  6. I love and need my job.
  7. Did I mention that I like living?
  8. I’ll rephrase. I love living.

What does my future hold? A future.

But I can’t talk now. I’m busy hydrating.

ps. When you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. For real.


About Barb Knowles

The things that are important to me are family, friends, teaching, writing, languages and using my sense of humor to navigate this crazy world. Please join me on this blogging adventure...
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16 Responses to Can’t Talk Now…I’m Hydrating

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    Water is vital to life, no doubt, and so many of the fluids we drink have caffeine in them, which can just dehydrate us more. Here’s to a tall glass of ice water on a hot day. Cheers!

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  2. Paul says:

    I drank water right after reading this post. It worked – you’re a magician!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Water is good for relieving water retention!

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      Yes, I agree. It’s great for flushing out our systems (that sounds gross..sorry, but you know what I mean). And here in New York it has been unbelievably hot for a week or so. We need to replenish the liquid we are perspiring out and our body is using even more than usual.

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  4. Ann Coleman says:

    A good reminder! I have to be intentional about drinking enough water, sadly. Some days I just naturally drink plenty, others….not so much.

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  5. I’m too lazy to keep track of how much water I drink, and whether it’s the recommended dosage, but pretty much every piece of health advice I’ve ever read says “drink more water!” So I figure however much I drink, I’ll just drink more. 🙂

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  6. Garfield Hug says:

    It has been a while since I heard from you. I do hope you are keeping well. Good reminder on importance of water. Thanks for this reminder.

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  7. Bryan Fagan says:

    Years ago an annoying kidney stone decided to enter and disrupt my life. It is amazing how one tiny little thing could knock me to my knees.

    My doctor suggested I drink lots of water. I had one problem: Water is boring.

    To spice it up a bit I created my own version of lemon water. I cut up three lemons. Let it soak for a day or two and presto – Good stuff. I’ve been doing this for about 20 years. So far so good.

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