It’s All About That Dehydration

You know it’s a really good Hawaiian vacation when you have to go to the ER.

But at least I’ve seen the inside of a Hawaiian ambulance!

If you read my last post, you’ll know that I spent the last week in Hawaii with my family on vacation. It was so much fun with the sand and water and luau and such. But the beginning of my vacation did not begin so smoothly.

After about six hours of sitting in the sun, splashing in the turquoise water, and enjoying the Hawaiian breeze, it all ended with me sitting at a restaurant table unable to keep my head up I was so ill. After completely embarrassing myself in front of lifeguards (and ruining many vacationer’s lunch) the ambulance was called and I spent the rest of my first day in Hawaii in the hospital connected to tubes and covered in sand.

Formally, I was hospitalized for syncope (near fainting) and heat exhaustion. Because of the lack of water I’d consumed (I’d had about three sips) in a six hour period in the sun with exposure to salt water, my body had lost so much water that I was severely dehydrated. And because all I’d had to eat was a bagel, the lack of protein in my body wasn’t much help either.

So we’re just going to chalk this up to Morgan is a complete idiot who was having way too much fun and drinking way too little water.

As for recovery, it’s been pretty simple. Lots of water and food, with more limited exposure to sun. I have pretty severe sunburns on my shins and shoulders, plus a wicked tanline on my tummy, but overall I’m doing really well. More than anything I’m just terribly embarrassed.

Thank God I’ll never see those lifeguards again.

Overall, I want to come away from this experience stressing the importance of hydration, especially in the sun. I know it’s all fun and games, but when you go down, you go down. I’ve never experienced such a thing, it was so scary. To know that something bad is happening but having no energy to help yourself is scary. I’m lucky that I came out of this mostly unscathed, but there are much more severe consequences.

So, next time you head to the beach or pool, remember to pack a cold water bottle, some protein snacks, and stay in the shade as much as you can.

Yes, that tan is gorgeous, but no one in the ER is going to appreciate it.

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope that it will keep the ER empty from these situations. Stay safe!

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