(Quite possibly this is filed under the "too much information" area, but such is life.)
Even though I hear all the cool people drink water, I am not a water drinker. I know it's good for me. I know it's the secret ingredient to just about everything: losing weight, better hair, sparkling personality. I have clearly sacrificed all those things to avoid drinking water. Obviously, it's not like I don't drink anything. I drink juice. I drink pop every once in awhile (or "soda" as I learned to call it in my waitressing days). I drink tea. Just not water because I don't like the non-taste of it. I want my beverages to have some sort of texture, and water doesn't do it for me. Sadly I have passed along this trait to Sydney, who guzzles no less than 30 ounces of juice a day, although really her juice is more like flavored water on account of us watering her juice down quite a bit.
So this no-water arrangement usually works out for me. Usually.
Except yesterday. When I woke up and my kidneys were screaming at me. You think you can eat cup-of-noodles and get away with it? A snack sized bag of Fritos?! Just because those saltine crackers are low-sodium doesn't mean you can go ahead slather them with butter!
They were really irked, and therefore decided to put me out of commission for the day. Several years ago I had a kidney stone, and I had all the same symptoms of that yesterday. It's my own fault really. If you don't drink enough water then microscopic-sized meteors will prance about your kidneys having a grand old time. Not to mention the fact that I'm nursing, so most of my fluids take an alternate route of escape. I've learned that kidneys do not like to be ignored like this.
So, I consumed a lot of water yesterday. In fact, I consumed a lot of hot water yesterday because (1) it makes me feel like I'm drinking tea, except that the flavor is really mild, and (2) I thought a hot bath might calm the kidneys down. Works for me, anyway. I also had to skip my morning meeting with my sweet MOPS friends (who I forgot to mention threw me a surprise baby shower on Friday--how amazing are they? SO amazing). Plus, I canceled my afternoon class. I'm sure my students were really bummed about that since they were supposed to take their midterm exam.
So, lots of water drinking for me. And in the very painful end, that seemed to do the trick. Good thing.
And now I'm using some lovely lemon slices to help me continue on with my water drinking habit. It's like drinking lemonade. Only not quite.