Do not drink sports drinks that are full of sugar, like gatorade and G2. They will only increase your output. You need to dry to drink true electrolyte drink. I drink oral rehydration solutions from JIANAS brothers its a true WHO (world health organization) mix. Pedialyte and Ceralyte are also good options.
Do not drink plain water. Avoid hot beverages also. Avoid foods with sugar. As all of these thhings just increase output.
Also drink sips throughout the day. Never chug. Try not to drink with meals. Keep an electroylyte drink by your bedside. When you wake up in the night to empty your bag, take some sips of your drink.
Also try to eat foods that slow down your system - oatmeal, bananas, peanut butter, potatoes, pretzels, sourdough bread, etc. Slowing down your system will help keep you hydrated.
As an ileostomate, if you get behind and get dehydrated, it is near impossible to get caught up without IV fluids. So don't hesitate to go to the ER. But as someone else said.. you will most likely have to educate the ER docs that nothing is majorily wrong and just convince them to hook you up for a few bags of IV fluids. I am truly shocked that a PA at the urgent care told you with an ileostomy that you were severly dehydrated and she did not send you to the hospital for fluids. Absolutely unacceptable.
Also in addition to low urine output, pay attention to the color of your urine. Dark urine is a strong indicator that you are dehydrated. Dehydration can cause major problems with organs. It is not something to take lightly. Pay attention and go to the ER if you feel you are dehydrated. Simple as that.
Post Edited (ddd45) : 6/11/2012 8:43:05 PM (GMT-6)