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Another UC wife
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   Posted 1/6/2011 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have checked other posts concerning dehydration.  Hubby just had his permanent ileostomy surgery 3 weeks tomorrow.  He is doing well and it appears so far the stoma is functioning well, output seems to be the consistency mentioned, I keep reminding him to drink enough water/fluids etc.  It seems like he is.
 
This may be a silly question but what is the importance in not allowing yourself to get dehydrated apart from some of the obvious effects I have read here?  He has not felt nauseous, light headed or weak (a little weak regaining his strength but I am making sure he gets a lot of protein to help him recover faster) but just not totally understanding what is the seriousness if he got dehydrated.  Plus I want to be sure to kind of oversee what to watch for or be concerned about.  Thanks.

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   Posted 1/6/2011 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
dehydration is really serious, you can die from it. Extreme forms cause all kinds of problems. Your body is mostly water and depriving it of water is like depriving a plant of water it will get sick and die.
Not to say you are doing that on purpose or would let it get that far. Just telling you what the problems are.
Headaches, nervous feeling, heavy chest, sore legs, tiredness, just all around icky feeling, are all symptoms. If he is drinking enough, about 100oz (depednign on activity level and output) a day. Soda, tea, juice, those dont really count, esp things with caffeine, they can all cause more output, as can artifical sweeteners. Plain old everyday water will be the best to keep him hydrated. Add foods with salt, pretzels, extra salt on food, anything like that. I was so happy to find out i needed salt now,lol.
usually if i start to feel icky and i think back and realizei havent had much to drink i will chug some water and rest for a bit, then im back up.
But if he gets a stomach bug or something, its best to just go on and get some fluids. once a person gets dehydrated, even a coloned person, putting more on the stomach actually makes you throw up. But for people with ileos there is no way to catch up on our own.
you are awesome to care so much and be so involved, btw
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   Posted 1/6/2011 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. He has his one cup of regular coffee in the morning and I have asked him to try to switch to decaf off and on. He primarily drinks water anyway which is a good thing. We have been using the Stevia pkgs and liquid for a sweetener for awhile now. I hope this is better than the artificial ones.

I read and told him about the salt aspect to help retain the fluids too.

Is the 2 cups of milk per day a temporary thing or something that is a regular situation?
64 yr old male --suffered with UC & in May 06 severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision in 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 and no longer in pain.

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   Posted 1/7/2011 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I know I don't drink nearly as much as recommended but have never been so severely dehydrated as to need to go to a hospital for top ups (even after a night of drinking heavily where most people tend to get a bit dehydrated).

He will soon work out what his optimum fluid level needs are for his body. As long as he drinks a little more if he starts to feel light headed or dizzy, he should be ok under normal circumstances (ie except in severe cases of tummy bugs etc).
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Christine1946
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   Posted 1/7/2011 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
     I had to be hospitalized for dehydration about a month after my discharge from the hospital.  I know I still don't drink enough and my husband is always reminding me to do so.  The reason for my dehydration was not because I wasn't drinking enough.  I drank a glass of gatorade and it actually gave me diarrhea.  I noticed it just pouring into my bag.  I started to feel light headed and my fingers and feet started to feel numb.  My husband called the paramedics.  They gave me some water and I started vomiting.  It was then that they decided I should go to the hospital.  My heart rate was around 130 also.  They kept me in the hospital about three days and I was given fluid through IV's.  Needless to say, I have never drank gatorade again..lol.  Weird because I did drink it while hospitalized after my operation.  I don't drink anywhere near 100 oz of fluid per day!  I do drink my one cup of coffee..with caffeine in the morning along with about 8 oz of cranberry juice.  I try to drink at least one more 8 oz glass of water between breakfast and lunch.  At lunch I drink one glass of fluid again..water and sometimes diet coke.  Another glass between lunch and dinner.  A glass at dinner and two cups of green decaf tea between dinner and bedtime.  Never measured how much that is.

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   Posted 1/7/2011 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
i have never heard of the two glasses of milk thing.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!

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   Posted 1/7/2011 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hydration needs vary from ostomate to ostomate but it's important that your husband learn what his needs are. I drink 20oz of coffee in the morning and then drink nothing again until around 4pm. Other ostomates find they have to sip water all day long to stay hydrated. Make sure your husband knows that eat salty snacks will help him to retain fluids, especially good in hot humid weather. Also don't rule out the water he gets in foods, like fresh fruit and vegetables.

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   Posted 1/7/2011 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll have to double check our records and papers...maybe the 2 glasses of milk restriction was while in the hospital...
64 yr old male --suffered with UC & in May 06 severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision in 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 and no longer in pain.

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   Posted 1/11/2011 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Stevia is good. Sugar and especially the fake sugar can give me severe ileostomy diarrhea. Stay clear of Sorbitol, sucrose, fructose, glucose, galactose, all those ose's. Rosemary

PS OUr bodies all react differently but this is my tactic for myself.

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   Posted 1/11/2011 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I found this article and printed it off which is very informative in case any are interested

http://hubpages.com/hub/HYDRATION-IS-SO-IMPORTANT-TO-OSTOMATES
64 yr old male --suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision in 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (permanent ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) and no longer in pain.

summerstorm
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   Posted 1/11/2011 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
oh you were saying you are only allowed two glasses of milk, not that you have to drink two glasses of milk. probably just for in the hosptial cause milk can be kind of hard on your stomach at times.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!

Christine1946
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   Posted 1/11/2011 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
     Thanks for that site UC wife.  For several months I have had aches in my back but I thought it was due to osteoporosis or the fact that I suffered a compressed fracture of the lumbar spine in 04.....here it may be I am dehydrated!  I just realized today that I very seldom urinate throughout the day...maybe once or twice.  I had a UTI a few months ago...bet that was caused by dehydration too but my family doctor just gave me antibiotics for it and never asked if I were drinking enough water.  You can bet I am going to make a conscious effort to drink more water.  Thanks again.

Another UC wife
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   Posted 1/11/2011 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
You're welcome...happy I could help....I am becoming OCD and trying to devour as much info as possible for hubby and my sister. She is now coming on these forums as well and getting "in the loop" for information. Hubby doesn't really bother with the computer...we used to compete for time on the computer before he got sick...lol... and I got a wireless netbook. When he is much better and getting back to a more normal life he will probably have the desire to sit at the computer again.
64 yr old male --suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision in 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (permanent ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) and no longer in pain.
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