Yesterday, was another painful day in my life. With a power-cut of almost 10 hours and Internet connectivity issues, my work suffered terribly. The angst caused, gifted me a terrible headache around lunch-time.
At first I thought it was triggered by hunger, but eating lunch didn’t help a bit. Then I changed to a warmer cardigan and put on my socks, considering I might have been feeling cold in the fluctuating weather. But to no relief.
I try my best to avoid popping pills for headaches. One, cause I get a headache very rarely (though this has changed in the past month or so) and second when I do get one, the sleuth in me spends time in hunting the cause before seeking any medical aid.
Thus ran my checklist:
Hunger – checked.
Stress – insignificant.
Cold – nope.
Fatigue – no.
Sleep deprivation- none.
But the throbbing headache was not letting me sit at peace or think straight. I couldn’t read a line without pressing my temples.
At this point, my mind always worries that perhaps my eyesight is deteriorating and maybe it’s time to visit an optician. For the records, I do not wear spectacles. So I did a an eye test for myself, covering each eye in turn trying to read the fine print at the bottom of the wall calendar some 10 feet away. Though the annoying headache did interfere, I could read, perfectly fine with both eyes.
But the headache had refused to budge.
It was now 3:30 pm and I had an article to work on. I decided to make a cup of green tea before getting back to work. When I poured water in the cup, reflexively, I drank it (mind you I wasn’t feeling thirsty). I felt good and bit relaxed almost instantly. Encouraged by the new-found relief I drank two more cups of water before going ahead to make my cup of tea.
By the time I reached back to my study, in about 10 minutes, I realized my headache was gone.
I couldn’t credit the green tea because I hadn’t sipped it yet. Strangely though, it was water that had cured me of the headache that had been making me feel nauseous for almost 2.5 hours.
I sat down, going back to my day to see how much water I had consumed since I woke up. The answer was disturbing. I had just had one glass of warm water in the morning and one mug of water as green tea. That’s it, in the 10 hours of my being awake. I had had any water during lunch or post that.
I have forever been aware of my problem of drinking less water. Since childhood I drink minimal water despite watching my father literally flood his system with tall glasses of water every hour. Nothing could inspire me enough to drink the prescribed 6 to 8 glasses in a day.
Not even my parents saying it repeatedly, nor the textbooks, nor the beauty columns and neither my favorite actresses vouching for fluids as their beauty secret. Not even the episodes of acne breakouts in my early twenties.
Looking back, I feel that somewhere the roots of my bad habit of not drinking enough water lies in watching my mother do so day in and day out. She has had a flawless skin all her life (even today, in her sixties her skin can compete with mine), she’s been working like a bullet chasing errands tirelessly. This picture of my mom working just fine with minimal water reinforced my habit of drinking less water myself.
But, my system isn’t a xerox copy of my mother’s system. It cannot bear the strain of dehydration any longer and has slowly started showing signs like the incident yesterday.
I have to admit, yesterday wasn’t the only occasion when I had an excruciating headache. On reflection, I feel I have been having them more frequently than ever before and in some way or the other I have seen them go away on consuming one fluid or the other.
When I’ve found the diagnosis and also the cure to my headaches then why the panic and this long post?
Because I am a parent and I have a child who copies all I do without my noticing it. I am at a point in life where history is about to repeat itself when a daughter shall copy her mother without realizing the harm this (seemingly harmless) bad habit might inflict on her.
So this blog-post shall be my reminder, whenever I shall falter in my resolve to drink plenty of water and fluids all day. I’ve started yesterday evening and have had three glasses of water since I woke up.
How good are you with drinking water?
Do you drink the prescribed 6 to 8 glasses everyday?
The song on my mind: Pani pani re ~ Maachis