Hi! I’m Fuzzbutt! Ostomyland’s furry, fuzzy mascot and I’m here with another top tip and an important reminder for everyone who is enjoying the hot summer weather at the moment.
Here in the UK we’re currently experiencing that rarest of rare meteorological events for this country – some hot summer weather! The sun has got his hat on… and according to the forecast he’s here to stay for the rest of this week and if you believe the papers then it could be for the whole of this month!
*wimpers* (I personally do not get on with long periods of hot weather, I cant take my fuzz off!).
Wherever you live, if you find yourself in the middle of a hot spell of weather please don’t forget to keep drinking plenty to keep your fluid levels up. This is important for all ostomists but it’s particularly important for Ileostomists who already pass a lot of fluid out of their body with their every day output. This warm weather will just lower those fluid levels further so please do remember to keep a large glass or bottle of water handy at all times. During a normal day you should drink approximately 8 cups of water/fluids a day, this is approximately 2 quarts in non
-UK language and also equal to approximately half a gallon. Failure to keep enough fluids in the body can lead to dehydration.
In case you are not taking in enough fluid here is a run down of the symptoms of dehydration:
- Swelling of the tongue
- Drop in blood pressure
So please do be careful in the hot weather. Grab some bottles of water to take with you to the beach along with your sun cream and bucket & spade then you know you are safe to enjoy this rare summer spell that we’re having.
If you’ve any concerns about dehydration always contact your GP for your own safety. Do not rely on this page for diagnosis!
For more information about dehydration consult the following page on Wikipedia.
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