Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

09 Apr 2010, 13:51 p.m.

A Little Seltzer Down Your Throat

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2010 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I didn't get the hint when the heat made me really cranky and tired.

I didn't get the hint when I got headaches.

I didn't follow all those directions printed and spoken in every health advisory ever.

Today, when I went to a doctor for an overdue checkup, the nurse tried to draw blood, and it flowed far too slowly for her liking into the needle. She said this was a sign of dehydration ("your body's way of saying 'I don't wanna give up my liquids, I don't know when I'm gonna get any more'"), and aborted the procedure, adding that I was the first person she'd ever seen who'd been so dehydrated that she couldn't draw enough blood.

OK, I'm going to try to drink more water.


12 Apr 2010, 17:34 p.m.

That can be bad!! Drink water!!! Loads of it. Now you need to be one of those people that walk around with a water bottle. And listen to your body!!

Sorry to sound too much like a mom. But drink water!!

16 Apr 2010, 20:16 p.m.

Drinking enough water makes a huge difference in your health, even in little things like fatigue and attention span. Also in big things, like passing out from the heat, an activity that I used to enjoy before I started drinking enough water.