Sunday morning at around 4am, my Jboy called to say that he was doing the laundry and cleaning when he got home from work. He cleaned about an hour when he had called me at my job said that the heavy cramping in his body was coming back on. Told him to eat a banana and take some meds. Told him to call me back if any worse.
By 6 o’clock, my son calls me to say that the ambulance was on the way to come for Jboy. Jboy was trying to wake up those in the house for help after going to the bathroom, he collapsed on the bed with extreme body cramps to were he couldn’t move not even his fingers for two hours on the bed. He only could press the three numbers, 911 and told the operator that he’s been trying to get some help. He couldn’t get up at all. My son, was going to the bathroom when he saw the light on in his dad’s room so he pass by the room to see if his dad was awake. His dad said he just called the EMS so please get the door open. Than he sat by his dad while he was in pain, tried to see if his dad needed anything. Said for him to just be right there with him because he felt like he was dying.
Son said ‘I’m here Dad for you, I’ll call Mom.’ He called me. I called my boss to say if I could leave early cause the EMS was on the way to my house for Jboy. I left with my son on the phone telling him to tell his Dad that I’m on the way. I get to the hospital before the EMS got there and waited in the family waiting room. I saw them bring him in and ran to him. He grabbed my hand and said I love you.
They took him to the back, they started right away but before he got there they had given him a salt solution in his veins. Turned out he had drunk 6 (32) oz. cups of water during his work shift. Said that he was extremly thirsty at work. The doctor had came in right away and said that they would test him for water intoxication.
Told him, I can’t live without you…I’m the one that has to go before you cause I would be miserable without you.
Water Intoxication?! I never heard of that. The doc said that drinking too much can actually kill you. Can wash away all your sodium and potessium to were your muscles can ache and cramp so severe. Can actually get to your heart and veins when no where to go.
They gave him 4 bags of IV and salt solution and potessium cause his sodium and potessium was low. And some pain reliever for his body aching all over. He said he felt like he ran a marathon. There from 6:30 am to 2:15 pm. We went home. My mom was with me when bringing Jboy home and the girls were happy to see their dad. Telling him, they were sorry for not hearing him.
He went straight to sleep to rest. Told my mom that I would go and lay next to him. I laid there realizing that if the EMS hadn’t gotten there and another couple of hours going by he probly wouldn’t be here. I just laid there staring at him and remembering all the memories that were tucked in me for so long. The first ones when we met, the times of emotional hardship when putting my father to prison and how Jboy was there thru it all. The middle memories, all the raising the kids and being a big family, and how the time I had given up on him for one little mistake he did. And how he made up for it for almost 4 years of me putting up a wall on him.
The last memories…are now, and how we love each other with so much power into it. Like I’ve said before…he is my blood thru my heart forever.
The lesson learned was about water intoxication. Please be careful, no more than 64 oz a day of water. Drink gatorade that is low in sugar. Or have it deluded. Salt and potessium play an important role in your body. I didn’t realize how much. Now I’m cooking with salt a little more than none when I use to cook with none. For potessium, we went and bought some supplements.
And bananas, he had stopped eating them when his friend said that a nurse told him to stop eating them because they had too much sugar in them. Well, that’s when the cramping started. That was like three months ago. Now we know why.
Bananas are good for you, I eat them after when I take my meds and insulin. I’ve always eaten them and have no or little cramps at any time.
Now we know, but it took this and some past notes to compare what was really going on with him. To top it off his blood sugar was 140 so they couldn’t say it was his diabetes. Of course, it played a role but it wasn’t because of the sugars.
So compare your notes all times and remember about water intoxication. We can drink water just make sure that all other components are met.