Staying hydrated is essential. I discovered that firsthand at a choir event after drinking nothing that morning. Unfortunately, I had no sense of thirst, so I passed on my usual breakfast cup or two of tea or large glass of flavored water. Instead, I ate yogurt, fruit, and a muffin.
While driving to the meeting, I felt odd—weakness and dizziness came over me.
Normally, I try to fight off these crummy feelings with resolve and rest—I sit and focus on feeling better.
When I arrived, I didn’t sit and resolve didn’t work.
As the choir assembled, I leaned with my eyes closed and my back against the wall. Someone tried crawling past me to get to a seat beyond. It wasn’t easy, so he got close to my face and gently asked me to move. My only response was “I don’t feel well.” I knew immediately I must do something other than sing with the choir.
I wobbled to a corner of the room, plopped down, and put my feet up. I really wanted to lay down. A choir friend/EMT came over to check on me. I felt thready and I guess my pulse did too.
Eventually I had the presence of mind to ask for water. I sipped it slowly and rested while the choir sang. They sounded glorious!
After a half hour and many sips of water, I started feeling better and seeing straight. The wobbliness slowly dissipated. After an hour, I began to feel my usual self—the yukky feelings were gone. Whew!
That experience taught me I must regularly drink fluids to take care of me and my heart. They won’t abide otherwise.
What do you know about hydration and your heart?