I am becoming an expert in dehydration (joking). This has been my second trip to the hospital for dehydration issues. This last one has been exceptionally bad. Like some of the others here, I have been drinking and drinking, yet still wound up with problems.
I have to ask those with hydration problems, who is getting the fluids, your ostomy bag or you? I was told that once a line is crossed for, you can drink until the cows come home, you won't be able to fix it on your own? You will need the help of IV fluids to get you back. They compared it to a bathtub facet running at full force but without a drain plug, so all the fluids are lost or go out of you without your kidney's receiving any? I was told I was so dried out that I have acute kidney injury from severe dehydration. I wouldn't have even gone in to get help, but started experiencing dizziness, low blood pressure, cramping in hands and feet, and the big one, I had very little urine output, even though I had an increase in my bag output.
If you have concerns, and as the hospital told me, it is better to come in for an afternoon of IV fluids, rather than wait, and end up in the hospital for several days trying to get your kidney's functioning normally again. .
My advice, if you have mild dehydration, drink more and make sure you are peeing okay. If you start to feel better, good, but If this doesn't help, go in to get your electrolyte balance checked. Severe dehydration can cause kidney damage. Drink a variety of fluids like gatorade, juices, herbal teas, weak teas, Boost, Ensure, etc.
Stay away from alcohol and coffee, it dehydrates you even more. Best of luck.
Post Edited (dorri) : 8/24/2017 6:59:23 PM (GMT-6)