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Six years ago this September Mark and I took the kids to Disney World. The boys were little, and I wanted to go to the after hours Halloween festivities. We were staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside, and we decided to have a character breakfast, and then hit the pool. Yes the pools there are AHH-mazing!! Anyways, I brought everyone a bottle of water down to the pool and after drinking that I saw a cute umbrella drink, and it was one of my favorites, a Pina Colada. I had to have it, and Mark was a sweetheart and purchased it for me. All is picture perfect.
The day goes on, we went back to the room changed, and decided to go back to Magic Kingdom for the rest of the day and then see the fireworks. I bring a bottle of water for everyone. Being the mom, and caregiver I make sure that everyone (but me of course) has water. Now we are on the meal plan, so we get a free snack, which includes popcorn, ice cream, or a bottle of water. None of us are hungry yet, and we go straight to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride. And there are no lines, what’s our luck?? We ride it two times in a row. The second time, I’m dizzy and not feeling too good. I thought, “Wow, I must be getting older….”. I’m usually the leader of the pack anywhere we go, so I’m leading the family around, aimlessly. Mark is getting frustrated, the boys are like, “Mom, we want to go on rides!” Mark realizes there’s something wrong, he MAKES me sit down, and says let’s get something to eat and drink, I didn’t want to, I wasn’t hungry and I didn’t want to “waste a snack on a bottle of water”. After an hour or so of this, he found out that there is a Disney First Aid Center, and for anyone who needs to know in the Magic Kingdom it’s next to the Crystal Palace. I went into the center, what we lovingly, yet jokingly call the “Disney Hospital”. Where I was brought into an area that is similar to a walk in clinic, laid me in a bed and gave me power aid to try to rehydrate me, while they told Mark this happens all the time. I then told Mark to take the boys back out and enjoy the rest of the late afternoon and evening, I wanted to make sure that they saw the fireworks. Which is another article all in itself! After a couple of hours in the Disney Hospital, I somehow mustered up enough energy to get back to my room where I basically passed out for hours. I remember getting on the Disney shuttle bus by myself, however I do not remember getting off of the Disney bus and getting to my room. I also do not remember helping my husband get the kids into the room, however he tells me that I did. Now, was I drunk, no. Was I totally dehydrated, yes.
The next day was like having the worst hangover ever. I had a headache that I can’t explain and I am a migraine sufferer. I was nauseous all day long. At least I finally got an appetite back. Thank goodness the Disney First Aid nurses told my husband, who was in the right stage of mind, what to expect.
Moral of the story, and what I make sure that both I do and my family does, stay HYDRATED. Now I still have my beloved Pina Coladas, however I have a lot of water. Anything with caffeine and alcohol do not count towards your water, they dehydrate you.
After what happened to me, I know what to look for now. I know that if I’m out and about and totally lose my appetite, start to get a headache, confusion and or dizziness, I’ve pushed it WAY too far and I need more water.
And as always if you are not feeling well, make sure you see a health care professional. As my mother always told me, they are here to help. I’m so glad that Mark made me go to a First Aid center.
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.