Today was a busy day, as it was my wifes birthday, and we had visits from both sets of parents who wanted to both celebrate her birthday, and see me. In addition, it was a surprisingly warm spring day, with lovely bright sunshine. So we all sat out in the back garden and enjoyed the weather. Which was great. Except that in all the excitement, I forgot to drink as much water as I should have, and got a first-hand lesson in dehydration.
Because of all the excitement, I got tired, so slept for an hour before lunch, and then again for a couple of hours later in the afternoon. And of course, you can’t drink while sleeping. So when I woke up from my second nap I was feeling a bit rough; at first I put it down to too much sleep, but then I started to feel physically sick, and realisation dawned. A quick check showed that I’d drunk less than half what I’d normally have drunk by then, and was well adrift of my schedule. So since then, I’ve been concentrating on catching up with my fluids, and sure enough the feelings of sickness, exhaustion etc have steadily worn off.
So, the lesson of the day is not to forget about my fluids, no matter what is going on around me.