High temps, sweating and electrolytes

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/14/2010 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I know most of us have a real problem with perspiration in the heat with fibro and I'd like to remind all my friends here to do more than hydrate. The temps here in Michigan have been pretty bad and baking wedding cakes makes it lots worse. I was getting loopy and my daughter handed me a low cal electrolyte replacement... 24 oz. I downed it in two minutes! Man, did that help clear my mind in just a short while. So all you peeps who are perspiring... eat bananas, drink Gatorade or something similar. Be sure you are drinking an electrolyte replacement, not an energy drink or something with caffeine. Gotta have that sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium to keep the muscles from cramping and over working the kidneys. Hope this helps some of you.
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Chutz
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   Posted 7/14/2010 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reminder, Jeannie! We've had a round of heat here in Washington too. We went from 68* for a high and in 48 hours our highs were over 100* where we live...then back to 70*. Those volleys are killing me! We're warm again but in 48 hours we'll be cool again. It does not usually jump like this but instead we get a gradual increase until the end of August, then a gentle cool down. Not this year!..lol

Will keep the liquids going in. Can't get Gatorade in, it tends to come right back up/out...everywhere.

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Irish Babe
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   Posted 7/15/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,
 
Thanks for the reminder! Wow your bakery must be so hot w/ the outside temps and the oven temps. Glad your DD was there to 'bring you back up'.
 
We have had a brutal summer so far. 90's and 100's have been the norm, plus the humidity has been horrible. My DH spent most of June in the hosp for problems w/ his kidneys and then back to work in July. He works nights in an un a/c building. The building gets over 100 dgrees each night. He sweats like crazy and he has gotten so sick that he throws up most nights at work and even when he gets home. He brought Gatorade in but had no way to keep it cold, so he had to throw it away. Warm Gaterade has the same effect on him as on Chutz. We decided to freeze it and he takes one in on break and one after lunch. It has helped tremendously.
 
My DH has T1 Diabetes, kidney stones, CAD, stents, etc. This summer has been the worst one in a long time.
 
My DM went back into the hosp last Friday, due to dehydration and low potassium. She can't tolerate it by pill or injection, anymore. They had to put in a PIC line. She is doing better now, but boy, this has been some summer so far. 
 
Take it easy and remember your Gatorade!!
 
God bless.  Alice.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/16/2010 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Alice,
I buy my "gatorade-type" drink at ALDI's grocery store. It's their brand and it's low cal, only 32 carbs in a whole bottle. Would this help hubby? Works for me. Freezing it, what a good idea!

Sending prayers for your mum.
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Irish Babe
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   Posted 7/16/2010 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,
 
I was just typing and the entire post vanished. Anyway, thank you for the suggestion about Aldi's. We have one out on the highway.
 
I just dbl ck'ed the bottle. The Gatorade is 32 oz and 56 carbs, thanks for bringing that to my attention!!
 
We buy the larger bottles and break it down into 12 oz bottles, his company is so annoying as to what can/cannot come into the building. Not happy w/ them.  Apparently, a/c is illegalskull
 
We went to endo the other day and she wanted my DH to go to the cardio about the swelling in his feet and legs. He has had this for 5+ yrs since he had toe surgery. She felt he should be taken off of the Norvasc and put on a Beta Blocker. We saw the cardio NP today. She would rather have his feet a little 'puffy' than to have his HR drop. He has had that before. Last fall he was rushed to ER for low HR (32) and low BGL (also 32). The NP liked the idea of the frozen Gatorade, too! She also suggested we wet and freeze some washclothes for him to take to work, for head, neck and other pulse pts. She also mentioned a little water bottle w/ a fan on it. You spritz yourself w/ it and have the fan hit the water. I don't know how that would go over at work, but he has to do something. He is scaring the heck out of me and himself. The NP also said that the sodium level in the Gatorade is too high, dilute it w/ water.
 
Hope any or all of these suggestions can help you. This is going to be a very tough summer all around.
 
Thank you for the prayers for my mother. She is a very tough lady, and I mean that in the most loving way. She was in so much pain and never complained. The nurses didn't 'realize' she was in pain. She hates to complain. That was our job.
 
Take care, stay well!
 
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 7/16/2010 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
This is a great post, Jeannie, thank you. Although I've had this stupid fibro for years, I don't think I knew the sweating thing was a fibro issue - I thought it was just me! Doh! Thanks for that. Some things are starting to make more sense to me now.

I'm really starting to understand what happened to me when I drove 10 hours south in mid-May to see my boyfriend. I went from 40 degree temps in the morning, to 82 degrees when I reached in St. Louis in the afternoon -- whereupon I started flushing bright pink and hot like mad and feeling faint, but I still had another few hours to drive. Scared the daylights out of me. My car air conditioner is broken. No wonder I reacted so very badly. It's just part of this lovely fibro yuckiness. *eye roll* If we can cut out symptoms, this would be one I'd opt out of! I was sick for the whole week I was there.

Thanks again.

Atmosphere
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   Posted 7/16/2010 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
NUUN IS AMAZING!! ..For Electrolyte Replacement. And contains ZERO CARBS!! (And without the sugars)
The Pink Pedialtye for Electrolyte replacement is a close 2nd if I am out of NUUN

Powerade and Gatorade contain way to much sugar. Cheap too.

just junk..artificial coloring, artificial sweeteners. Minus well wash it down with a bag of Fritos *rolls eyes*

Post Edited (archiestyles) : 7/16/2010 11:09:21 PM (GMT-6)


Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/20/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Alice,
Your NP is not up on his/her stuff. Gatorade is straight from the IV bag, D5W and lime kool-ade, cooked up by the doctor who treated the Florida Gators at Florida State. It can't be too high in sodium unless you are on a reduced sodium diet.
~ Jeannie
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Irish Babe
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   Posted 7/21/2010 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,
 
My DH would put salt on anything on his plate, I can't stand the taste or smell of salt. The drs all told him to reduce his salt intake. So he does have to watch what he eats and drinks for the sodium level.
 
I hope the weekend wasn't too hard on you. I know that has to be such a busy time for you w/ all the weddings. Hope today is a good day to relax.
 
archiestyles, hi, I don't believe we have spoken before. Welcome to the family. I looked up the NUUN, but I'm not sure where to look for it locally. Do you know what stores carry it? I have been to a few, including pharmacies, nobody has heard of it. One pharmacy even looked it up on comp to find out what it was. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!!
 
Hope you all have a wonderful day.
 
God bless.  Alice. 

EML
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   Posted 7/26/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
My niece had some bottled water the other day called "SMart Water" and I noticed that it had the electrolytes in it.
 
So I'm going to get some next trip to walmart as I can't do the gatorade thing either.
 
Thanks!
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EML
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   Posted 7/27/2010 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I got some of the water last night after I finished my walk.
So I'll see if I can tell any difference in drinking it rather than just plain water.
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Missmissy
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   Posted 7/27/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie~I am in Michigan, also. It has been brutal as far as the heat and humidity! I have learned to have a water bottle with me whenever I am outside this summer. It has also been the summer for BAD HAIR DAYS with the high humidity. Not a pretty sight shocked !!
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