July 1991 – I was in LA and a friend asked me to tag along to make a quick repair on another friends’ car. So off we went to the middle of nowhere for a short auto repair. Neither of us thought to bring water.
The short repair took us over 8 hours in over 100 degree temperature without any water. I came down with heat stroke and probably should have gone to the hospital.
I realized just how close I came to dying that day and have been a stickler for staying hydrated ever since.
Every system in your body relies on water to function properly.
If you feel a headache coming on, you’re probably dehydrated. Chronic dehydration can lead to organ failure.
This is true for everyone, but especially the elderly. I would constantly urge Grandpa to drink more water. If he told me he had a headache I would have him drink at least a full glass of water before getting him a Tylenol.
I had water bottles placed in all the places where Grandpa spent time. He got to be pretty good about drinking enough water.
As the weather warms up it is time to make sure we all get the fluids we need to stay healthy.
Make regular water consumption a part of your daily routine and encourage others to do the same.