Tuesday, April 5, 2011


At Adagio there is a time to drink and a time to refrain from drinking. Fluid is important. We push water, decaf coffee or tea, juice and Jello. With one resident we encourage liquids without limit.

With one family member we cut off the juice at 6 p.m.  Fluid intake is crucially important but all that fluid needs to clear the bladder. A full bladder is the enemy of an undisturbed night’s sleep.

Two facts of life: time to drink and time to not drink. Neither is the antithesis of the other.

The truths of fluid in, fluid out are interdependent and complimentary. There is a point where the benefits of copious fluid intake make us extremely uncomfortable and we may feel pain. Conversely, extended dehydration can cause constipation and, if endured too long, death.

Fluid intake and abstinence are two poles of a polarity. It can never be a matter of only one or the other. Excessive concentration on either causes problems.

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