Water . . .
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I have a drinking problem. However, it’s not the kind of drinking problem that first comes to mind. My problem is that I rarely get thirsty. I forget to drink anything and by the time I actually do feel thirsty I am already dehydrated. Next I become even more forgetful and don't remember to drink. Before I know it I feel weak, sleepy, and sometimes dizzy.
During the winter my body can get by with two to three glasses of water a day, but during the summer not so much. I wish that I became thirsty like a normal person. I've tried different things to help remind myself to drink more. I've written myself notes. I've tried filling up a pitcher of the amount of water I should drink by the end of the day. I've even tried to drink something every time our dog, Misty, makes a trip to the water bowl or begins panting. Sometimes those things work, but not all the time. When Nathan comes home for lunch or at the end of the day he often asks how much I've had to drink so far that day. My usual answer is, "Probably not enough."
Today was the first day this summer that I really felt the effects of not having enough to drink. I was very sleepy and sluggish. I know it is my own fault. This afternoon I heard someone on T.V. say that sometimes our bodies think that we're hungry when we are actually thirsty. I am going to try very hard to remember that when I get a craving for an afternoon snack. My mom told me to think of drinking water as one of my medications and that sometimes helps. I have never been one to become thirsty easily. The fact that I still struggle with drinking enough tells is a reminder to me that my hypothalamus is still slightly out of whack. It won't surprise me if this is an effect of the HH that I will deal with for the rest of my life. I know how important it is for me to drink; I just wish that I could be better about actually doing it.