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Hydration

Posted by @jodeej, Tue, Aug 7 9:59am

Hi all,
I've been MIA since my husband's transplant. I just wanted to let you know that things are going great! The one thing that is still a struggle is keeping him hydrated. This is so important to keep his kidneys healthy as the immunosuppressant meds can cause damage over time. He wasn't a big water drinker before so this transition is a challenge. Any ideas will be appreciated!
Blessings,
JoDee

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Hi @jodee I have also had problems with dehydration not due to my heart transplant nor my anti-rejection medications but due to the accident and being hit by the car but I will tell you what my doctor's told me after being hospitalized for severe dehydration in April they told me even if I am a big water drinker to drink juices and milk anything that contains water is a good thing to drink even tea and coffee is good yo drink in moderation I myself still am having problems with my kidneys due to the dehydration I suffered but juice and milk and most anything that contains water will be good for your husband and still keep encouraging him to drink water try lemon in his water or even a little mint try experimenting with different flavors in the water and see if he likes it I like cucumber and mint water ginger and lemon water and strawberry and kiwi or just plain fruit infused water myself those are some suggestions I have for you to try hope this helps you out
Glinda

@glinda

Hi @jodee I have also had problems with dehydration not due to my heart transplant nor my anti-rejection medications but due to the accident and being hit by the car but I will tell you what my doctor's told me after being hospitalized for severe dehydration in April they told me even if I am a big water drinker to drink juices and milk anything that contains water is a good thing to drink even tea and coffee is good yo drink in moderation I myself still am having problems with my kidneys due to the dehydration I suffered but juice and milk and most anything that contains water will be good for your husband and still keep encouraging him to drink water try lemon in his water or even a little mint try experimenting with different flavors in the water and see if he likes it I like cucumber and mint water ginger and lemon water and strawberry and kiwi or just plain fruit infused water myself those are some suggestions I have for you to try hope this helps you out
Glinda

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@glinda thank you for the ideas! I just happen to have mint and cucumbers here. 🙂 I did put a slice of lemon in his water the other day, but didn't think to add ginger. Yum!
Blessings,
JoDee

@glinda

Hi @jodee I have also had problems with dehydration not due to my heart transplant nor my anti-rejection medications but due to the accident and being hit by the car but I will tell you what my doctor's told me after being hospitalized for severe dehydration in April they told me even if I am a big water drinker to drink juices and milk anything that contains water is a good thing to drink even tea and coffee is good yo drink in moderation I myself still am having problems with my kidneys due to the dehydration I suffered but juice and milk and most anything that contains water will be good for your husband and still keep encouraging him to drink water try lemon in his water or even a little mint try experimenting with different flavors in the water and see if he likes it I like cucumber and mint water ginger and lemon water and strawberry and kiwi or just plain fruit infused water myself those are some suggestions I have for you to try hope this helps you out
Glinda

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@jodee you are welcome always

@glinda

Hi @jodee I have also had problems with dehydration not due to my heart transplant nor my anti-rejection medications but due to the accident and being hit by the car but I will tell you what my doctor's told me after being hospitalized for severe dehydration in April they told me even if I am a big water drinker to drink juices and milk anything that contains water is a good thing to drink even tea and coffee is good yo drink in moderation I myself still am having problems with my kidneys due to the dehydration I suffered but juice and milk and most anything that contains water will be good for your husband and still keep encouraging him to drink water try lemon in his water or even a little mint try experimenting with different flavors in the water and see if he likes it I like cucumber and mint water ginger and lemon water and strawberry and kiwi or just plain fruit infused water myself those are some suggestions I have for you to try hope this helps you out
Glinda

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Fresh ginger is best and use a small thing slice when yo do

@jodeej Good subject, especially in this heat!
My husband fills a water bottle with ice and adds flavoring, the brand he likes is called Mio. I think its like kool-aid but it's in a little squirt bottle and you control how much you put in and adjust to taste.
I've found I drink a lot more water when I use a straw. In fact, I use the Mayo cup from my hospital stay every day, it reminds me of why I need to stay hydrated.- I had to buy a brush to clean the straw though.
I've heard of many ways to keep track of how much water you drink. marking it down never worked for me. I put a container holding the amount needed in the fridge. A friend has 6 hair ties on the neck of her water bottle and she slides one to the top every time she refills it. My husband brings 2 water bottles to work and knows he needs to refill each before he leaves for the day. We are very lucky in Oregon that we can drink the tap water, the convenience really helps!

@mauraacro

@jodeej Good subject, especially in this heat!
My husband fills a water bottle with ice and adds flavoring, the brand he likes is called Mio. I think its like kool-aid but it's in a little squirt bottle and you control how much you put in and adjust to taste.
I've found I drink a lot more water when I use a straw. In fact, I use the Mayo cup from my hospital stay every day, it reminds me of why I need to stay hydrated.- I had to buy a brush to clean the straw though.
I've heard of many ways to keep track of how much water you drink. marking it down never worked for me. I put a container holding the amount needed in the fridge. A friend has 6 hair ties on the neck of her water bottle and she slides one to the top every time she refills it. My husband brings 2 water bottles to work and knows he needs to refill each before he leaves for the day. We are very lucky in Oregon that we can drink the tap water, the convenience really helps!

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@mauraacro thank you for the great ideas! I especially like the idea of keeping a pitcher of water in the fridge every day. I've looked at the Mio flavorings, but I think I'd prefer actual fruit. My husband may like them, though.
Thank you again,
JoDee

These are fabulous ideas!
At 9 years post transplant, I am excited to learn new ideas. Over my post transplant time, I have become a plain water drinker (I know that sounds blah) but for me it is the easiest way to do it. I do like to perk it up occasionally with lemon or lime. I am even known to add water to my half glass of unsweetened iced tea to get extra water. And always, a glass of water with meals.
I fill my pitcher and leave it on the counter to remind me how much I need to drink before end of the day. I try to take a drink each time I walk thru the kitchen.
And I have made it a routine practice to carry my Mayo water bottle with me anytime I leave the house.
I think of it as something that I 'have' to do to keep these beautiful transplanted organs happy.

Sometimes a big glass of water is overwhelming. So, have you tried using a smaller glass? just remember to fill it more times throughout the day!

I prefer most of my daily water to be at room temperature. I learned that I can only sip ice water.

While I am not a transplant patient, my husband is, after receiving his "Kermit the Kidney" almost two years ago. We both are very aware of hydration now, and he has gotten used to me making sure there is always water in each vehicle, at least. This area has good water right out of the tap, so it is easy to make sure there is a glass of fluids nearby. Like others have said, juicy fruits are good, and I find myself drinking more if there is just a bit of flavoring in the water.

JoDee,
Great topic! I am a kidney transplant recipient and I really appreciate you bringing up hydration. Somedays the water just goes down and I am able to drink 3 liters with little effort and other days I struggle to get down the 2 liter minimum my Mayo team recommends. On days where I struggle I take out 2 1 liter water bottles and with a black marker I divide them into 3 sections each and write time goals on each section to keep myself on track. It's pretty easy for me to drink all the water I need when I have smaller goals that I can see and manage. Hope this helps.
Jolinda

@jolinda

JoDee,
Great topic! I am a kidney transplant recipient and I really appreciate you bringing up hydration. Somedays the water just goes down and I am able to drink 3 liters with little effort and other days I struggle to get down the 2 liter minimum my Mayo team recommends. On days where I struggle I take out 2 1 liter water bottles and with a black marker I divide them into 3 sections each and write time goals on each section to keep myself on track. It's pretty easy for me to drink all the water I need when I have smaller goals that I can see and manage. Hope this helps.
Jolinda

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@yolanda– I am also a kidney patient, and luckily am not on dialysis, so there is no fluid restriction. In the past I wouldn't drink when thirsty because I was in a job where taking a break was next-to-impossible (regardless the state labor laws!). Now retired, I glut those fluids down!

@rosemaryarosemarya – a glass of cool water first thing in the morning tastes sooo good ;))

@gingerw, I think you meant to tag @jolinda
Yep – I alos like that glass of water when I wake up! I just took my meds with a nice glass of water! Instead of a quick gulp to get the meds swallowed, I always drink a full glass.

@jodeej Lots of good ideas here. I have a nice water bottle that keeps water chilled for a good amount of time. I don't like really cold water but in the summer if it's in the car it can get pretty warm, so that type of bottle comes in handy. Mine holds 3 cups. I am supposed to drink 80 – 100 ounces a day so if I manage to do three of my water bottles I am almost there and the rest is easy.
When I exercise in the pool at my club I always bring it and my goal before getting out of the pool is to do a certain amount of exercise and finish the water in my bottle!
If I am going to be mostly at home I put a pitcher on the counter and that keeps me up on how much I water I have drunk. My winter, uninsulated water bottle has a place to squeeze a half lime or lemon and leave it there. I think the lime makes the water a little more palatable. One time when I had it at the pool a small child asked me if I had a tennis ball in my bottle!
JK

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Hubby seems to do better with a glass than his water bottle. I think it's because he can see what's left in it. I keep pushing drinking it and I've noticed that when he drinks more that it helps keep his blood pressure down. 🙂
Blessings,
JoDee

@jodeej

Hubby seems to do better with a glass than his water bottle. I think it's because he can see what's left in it. I keep pushing drinking it and I've noticed that when he drinks more that it helps keep his blood pressure down. 🙂
Blessings,
JoDee

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@jodeej I wonder if there is a connection between BP and hydration. That's interesting. I will have to make sure I really drink before any doctor appointments! My BP is sort of borderline — high 120s over 60+. I really do not want to have to add another medication to my arsenal.
JK

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