Hi everyone! It’s that time of year when warmer temperatures are upon us. It is the heightened season for dehydration. With so much information available, it seems easy to do what is needed. For instance…
I normally drink plenty of fluids. Some may say I’m a fish out of water. 🙂 Anyways, I was recently dehydrated without even knowing it. How did I figure it out? After going to clean my flute out after performing for an hour, I noticed there was no saliva in it. Let me explain..
Normally, when one plays the flute there is a cleaning process afterwards. The cleaning process is needed to remove accumulated saliva from the flute’s interior. If left in place, the saliva can easily penetrate the pads and cause all kinds of trouble. This can lead to pad replacements, impaired sound quality, and an all-around unpleasant experience.
So, after entertaining at a fun gig, I went about my normal post-performance routine of cleaning my instrument before putting it back into its carrying case. The first step is taking the flute apart and looking into the interior chamber. (I like to see all the saliva accumulated. It’s usually an indication of how hard I worked.) Imagine my surprise when I noticed the absolute lack of saliva. Not one drop! In my 50+ years of playing, that has NEVER happened.
The temperatures outside were in the 80’s (and I know you warmer climate folks are chuckling at that..:) ). I do not do well in prolonged exposure to higher temperatures. Still, I was drinking my water.
Throughout my performance I noticed blurred vision, but attributed it to needing newer prescription lenses. It was also more difficult for me to breathe properly. I was catching my breath more than usual. Still, I thought it was just one of those days. (Breathing difficulties are standard procedure for me due to a fractured C-1 from years ago.)
It was only after seeing no saliva in my flute that I realized those symptoms must be related to dehydration. Why else would there be no saliva after a solid hour of playing a wind instrument?
Upon reaching my homestead, I drank enough water to replenish the Pacific Ocean. Plus, the fresh plum, watermelon, and lettuce. Great stuff!
Here are some common dehydration signals to look out for, according to the Mayo Clinic and other sources:
* irritability and/or confusion
* loss of focus, memory, and concentration
* muscle cramps
* lack of urine or very dark urine
* very dry mucous membranes in eyes, nose, and throat
Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Stay safe!
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