Dehydration has been discussed on this blog more than once, but with this weather lately, it bears mentioning again. Dehydration occurs when the body doesn’t have enough fluids to function properly. If you don’t drink enough fluids (and this probably doesn’t mean wine), if you have diarrhea or vomiting … the risk for dehydration increases and is especially dangerous with older people. Warning signs include:
- Extreme thirst
- Not urinating much or dark urine
- Dry skin
- Dizziness, tiredness, confusion, fainting
- Skin that doesn’t quickly return to normal after being pinched
Our Mom was often dehydrated. Loved to drink her coffee and not much else. Once while staying at my house, I left her at the kitchen table (reading a cookbook like a novel) breathing through her nebulizer. She had one more medicine sleeve to finish and had always been capable of handling this herself.
Returning five minutes later, I watched while she attempted to put her hearing aid batteries into the cup of the nebulizer, rather than pouring in the medicine. When I asked her what she was doing, she told me to mind my own damn business. Alrighty then!!
A few minutes later, she also wasn’t snarky about needing help to the bathroom (BIG clue there). She was dizzy and disoriented, requiring guidance right down to the seat. Her doctor diagnosed dehydration (a common problem with seniors) and she spent a short time at the hospital, hooked up to an IV for rehydration.
The next day, on the way home from the hospital, the first thing she asked for was a cup of coffee! I suggested a glass of water instead. “Mind your own damn business!”
And a favorite summertime entry from last July – https://hereisakiss.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/161/