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Friday, October 1, 2010

The Importance of Water

Good evening Everyone,

Hope everyone has had a wonderful week, especially with Fall in the air... Just wanted to take a few minutes and talk about a very important part of a days routine.  I'm world's worst at it, However, it doesn't take me long to discover the importance after I haven't drank the amounts of water that is needed.

When I first began my journey 4 years ago, I was advised of 1 of many important steps of my new found journey.  One being Water! Water! Water!

With the change of chemistry that goes along with the gastric bypass, you have certain guidelines that you need to follow for the importance of staying on track with your new found "pouch".  One being, you don't want to drink liquids 30 minutes before you eat.  So that when you eat you retain the nutrients especially protein that your body needs.  Then during your meal you don't want to drink, as this causes a slip slide effect for your food.  You want your food to stay as long as possible in your pouch so that you feel more full.  It is very important that you wait at least 30 minutes after you eat to drink. And believe me you don't want to eat and drink at the same time.  (It just doesn't work with me at all) The food/water doesn't stay down.

Now should you get a little choked or food seems dry you can sip enough to get the food on through.
sometimes I forget the importance that the water provides, until I fail to drink it.  Take for instance, Dehydration can creep up on you really quickly.  Sometimes when you think you are hungry, its actually your body telling you that its thirsty. Thursdays are usually a big day of stress for me. Sometimes I find myself not even eating/drinking at all.  I'm just not hungry or don't think about it.

About 5a.m. this morning I woke up with an extremely raging headache,  I then began to recall what could have caused this,  since most patients have limited over the counter pain medication that you can take, you have to watch what you take.  Aspirin I was told at the beginning wasn't a option to take. It can cause complications  in our pouches.  So I stick to tylenol. It usually works. However, when I visualized thursday it didn't take me long to realize I had, had NO water at all. Just 1 cup of decaffeniated coffee that morning. 

Since I hadn't finished my work from yesterday I didn't have an option of calling in sick, so I toughed it out.  You know what I mean! I'm sure most people can relate to that. As the day went on, Lunch time came and I left went home laid down for 20 minutes, proceeded to return to work.  I made a u-turn to the nearest drug store. Mind you now, I don't like purchasing ANYTHING that I don't have a coupon for.  Today was an exception.  I had to have some relief.  I spoke with the pharmacist and advised him that I needed something stronger. 

Since he knew my history I asked him about excedrin, so it was decided on that I could probably tolerate a 1/2 a tablet, as I don't do caffeine. Once I returned to work I immediately scoped out a bottle of water from the 3 cases that are under my desk. (yes you read right) They are there to remind me to drink them.... Image that.  By 3 P.m. this afternoon I began to get relief.  By the time I left work my headache was diminished.  I don't know whether it was the excedrin that I taken or the fact that it was Friday (WHOO HOOOO!!).  So with that being said,  I finished up the bottle of water I used to take the relief medication and I'm working on another bottle.  So just because you haven't had a gastric (bariatric procedure) doesn't mean you don't need water.  Drink! Drink! Drink!.... You body will love you for it. 

Tah Tah for now.  Have a great evening,  I'll post again soon

:)