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
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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