Mom, But I Am Hydrated, I Think
Moms are ALWAYS harping on their kids about drinking enough when they participate in strenuous activities and when it’s hot outside. This is a battle that we constantly take on. My kids always hear me telling them to drink more water, keep an eye on the color of your pee and when you are really thirsty, it’s too late.
One of my sons is extremely fair, yes, like Casper, and has a hard time in the heat. He’s the one that really makes me nervous as he has been extremely dehydrated in the past, to the point of passing out.
He recently started a training program to get himself in shape for high school football. The workouts out hard and, at times, they are outside in the Southern California heat. Every day that he goes to training I’m always reminding him to drink something before he goes, while he’s there and after he gets home. Like most kids, he gives me a nod of the head, a roll of the eyes and goes on his way.
The other day I was sitting in my office and I get a call from the school nurse. To make a long story short, once again, my son was dehydrated. Dizzy, lightheaded, sick to his stomach, headache, shaking, etc. By the time I got him home, his legs were shakey and could barely walk.
I quickly threw him into the shower under cool water along with some electrolyte water and Gatorade and there he sat for about 30 minutes.
After about an hour, he was feeling better. I sat him down to have little chat with him. Before I had the opportunity to say anything to him, he looked at me and said,
“Mom, I know, I know, you always tell me to drink more and I think I know better…you were right!”
Amen! Enough said!