Looking to Build that Thirst

There are days when I purposely restrict my liquid intake due to job demands. There are times when I know I’ll be involved in a surgery or a study with very close time points that will limit my opportunity to run to the bathroom. Usually on those occasions I try to avoid spicy or salty foods. Well, it just so happened that there was a confluence of events that resulted in me consuming pizza. I’m not sure what was different with this particular pizza but by 2:00 PM I was dying of thirst! I needed water in the worst way and I couldn’t have any because I was doing tours and training. The training was over at 4:45 pm and I rushed to get my stash of Propel (Strawberry Kiwi) only to find it missing! I looked everywhere and finally found the empties in the recycling bin. I then resorted to my secret back-up bottle in my office only to discover that it too was gone. This forced me to open a tiny emergency only bottle of water. I gulped it down and was still thirsty. I refilled it at the water cooler and slammed another one back. Still thirsty. Refilled it twice more. I sloshed as I walked. And I was still thirsty. I changed clothes and realized I had a dollar in my purse (I hardly ever carry cash). I fought the urge to spend that crisp bill in the vending machine. As I exited past the Dasani/Coke machine I succumbed to the thirst and purchased a Strawberry flavored bottle of water. It was cold and I couldn’t help it – I opened it on my way to the car. I had decided I would just sip on it. It tasted good and it was so cold and refreshing – I drank it all. My thirst was waning. Finally I thought with glee. But by the time I had exited the parking lot I could tell that I had exceeded the quantity of water my body really needed. So without any prompting on my part, my kidneys started to excrete urine. By the time I pulled into the driveway at home my bladder felt like it was the size of a beach ball. I had to go so badly I could barely see straight to get the door unlocked! I’ve learned my lesson – 7 cups of water in 1 hour is going to get you in trouble!!

I was so thirsty you see
I craved cold water not tea
I drank like a fish
And now I just wish
I could find a place to go pee!

Because the topic was just screaming for a limerick!

27 thoughts on “Looking to Build that Thirst

  1. Oh my… what a bladder-tightening trip… loved the limerick and glad you were able to vacate the bladder without having to clean the car after πŸ™‚

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    1. I usually have to force myself to drink water – if I can get 6 cups in I think I’m doing a great job! (but it most often over the course of 8-10 hours!)

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  2. This is the problem with my blood pressure medication. There are days I will skip it because I can’t run to the loo every 30 minutes. Ugh. Your limerick shows the struggle is real. πŸ™‚

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    1. I have really low blood pressure so if I don’t drink enough I get a headache and then dizzy… I always can tell and then hydrate. Glad you thought the limerick was realistic! (all those 20-somethings will find out soon enough!)

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  3. I limit my intake a lot in the semi. I drink a lot when I know stops are going to be made. A lot of times when we eat I will use the bathroom when we arrive and before we leave because in the hour or so leading up to the meal I have drank 16 to 30 ounces since a stop was scheduled. When we are running shorter distances like we do most of the time anymore I drink when I want because we will be stopping before it builds up.

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    1. Yep. Sort of the same “time management/bladder management” that nurses, doctors, teachers and now I can add truckers use to make sure there is an opportunity available!

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  4. Sorry to hear of your troubles. You can actually cause a lot of damage to your body by drinking too much.

    I once drank a ton of Diet Coke before touring a cave. I was miserable after five minutes. I remember we got on the train that took us back up, and I ran to the bathroom. I almost passed out when I released. That can happen, too. My grandpa fell over after drinking too much water and had to go to the hospital.

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  5. Fun limerick, Muri! I drink 2 big bottles of water every morning before I allow myself any coffee. I sip on coffee for a few hours, two big mugs, then switch back to water by mid-afternoon. I pee, literally, every 1 1/2 to 2 hours, all day long. I know where the restroom is in every restaurant, store, and office I frequent. A few weeks ago, I had to do a 24-hour urine collection for a test. This entails collecting ALL of your urine for an entire 24-hour period. The pee has to be kept on ice, or in the refrigerator. I turned in two huge jugs, over 3 liters altogether. The tech couldn’t believe her eyes. I did a post about an emergency pit stop: https://justjoan42.wordpress.com/2018/10/21/spotlight-on-bodily-functions/ πŸ™‚

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  6. Ah, my favorite! I love limericks. I remember when I was a youngster like you and could safely defer a trip down the hall. Nowadays, it’s defer nature’s call at your own risk.

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  7. You were caught in the devil cycle absorption- excretion, Val !! πŸ™‚ I knew this too. This is awful but what makes we are laughing at reading you . This your talent and humor !
    Love ❀
    Michel

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