Regular readers know I've had some past troubles with kidney stones caused by oxalic acid -- an element found in my favorite healthy foods like spinach, nuts and berries. My nephrologist has been giving me meds to combat the problem, including (ominous reverb) diuretics.
He assured me this latest one he gave me wouldn't be as bad.
I don't play well with diuretics. Every time I take them the cure is worse than the disease.
He was right -- for about 40 days. Then this past Thursday night I found myself wide awake the whole night as my heart beat away like a triphammer. Not one minute of sleep -- just what I needed.
According to another doctor in my consult, the diuretic probably drained me of electrolytes, which in turn interfered with those internal currents that keep the heart going. So the next day, I got off the diuretic and quaffed Gatorade to the tune of nearly a whole gallon. It worked. No more triphammer. (I kept it up too -- they'll tell you I had two bottles of the lime green stuff at the debate.)
Considering we had to drive from Reno to this area through the twisted turns of Carson Pass (where snow is still thick on the ground even now), it's a good thing I didn't FEEL like I only slept 4 hours. In fact I felt fine. (And no, I didn't hop up on any energy drinks either.) There were a lot of ways this debate could have failed to come to pass, and none of them happened.
Bottom line though is...I've been recommended to see a cardiologist next week to figure out why I'm experiencing what is usually an unusual effect of that diuretic. I slept a total of 4 hours between Thursday and the time of the debate. I weighed going to the ER and cancelling out on the debate, and probably would have if the Gatorade hadn't done the job.
Until next time -- perhaps Wednesday....