One More Reason

Hello Fly Lady, and Fly Crew,

I am a Senior Fly Baby. As a Senior, I really appreciate the reminders.

I want to comment on the June focus to drink more water. Like many Seniors, I am on a blood pressure medication that contains a diuretic. I try to get my garden tasks done before the day heats up. Many times I have had to rush into the house, trying to get out of my dirty gardening shoes at the door, get off my gardening gloves, get off my transition glasses (which are still dark), all while rushing to the bathroom. I’ve rushed to turn on the light, lift the lid, get my pants down…and you guessed it. I’ve sometimes peed my pants, or the lid, or seat. You’ve probably guessed what happened next; I started drinking less water.

Between the diuretic, and perspiring from the exertion and heat, I became dehydrated. Did you know that this causes uric acid in the body to collect as crystals in the lower extremities? Yes, I got gout in my feet! You can’t stand the pain to get shoes and socks on your feet. Even the bedsheet hurts! To take the medication to treat this,
I have to stop the cholesterol medication and wait two days. Doc says you cannot ignore it or it can damage the tissue; she said it is a form of Arthritis. So, please remember to drink your water!

Mom and Grandpa used to suffer with Gout every winter. It was blamed on the old German tradition of having big pots of Bean Soup and Pea Soup as winter mainstay. Lentil are high in purine. An antidote is cherry juice. I am scarfing down cherries like mad.

Just wanted you to know about another reason to drink your water!

Hawthorn Garden Club member
Greenfield, WI

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