Let’s have a quick science-for-dummies lesson. Or, just a reminder. Alcohol–that potent beverage you may or may not (no sarcasm intended) have consumed entirely too much of last night, is a diuretic. Translation: It makes you pee. All that extra pee leads to dehydration. And all that dehydration is a major contributing factor to the terribly unpleasant feeling that is a hangover.
While I will be ringing in 2015 nursing my tonsillitis and double ear infection (Whoop! Whoop!), a few weeks ago, on a weekday afternoon, I had come to find myself hungover–the result of an evening drinking on an empty stomach (I mean, come on, Sara, rule #1!). Try as I might I couldn’t kick the nausea and come 3 ‘o clock was desperate, (in spite of detesting needles) to be intravenously connected to the goodies The IV doc bears.
Mainly, that is a lot of rehydration for your body in the form of 1,000ml of Lactated Ringers (essentially SmartWater–or hydration pumped up with electrolytes), + my personal pill-popping favorite (I can say this, I’ve got a prescription and I don’t abuse it) Zofran for nausea, and Toradol to reduce inflammation, head-pain etc. This combination is customizable and can include meds like Pepcid as well.
What this is not is the iron infusion I had at 17 in the chemo ward while my sister attempted to cheer me up with a box of macarons.
I had my fluids dripped from the comfort of a queen-sized bed, while writing a daily article. After the initial pinch of the needle (which I was slightly squeamish about), I basically just felt a chill (the fluids are very cold, but it’s kind of refreshing), and went about my day.
What would be even better, would be to try this again on a weekend afternoon, doing truly nothing but watching TV. And, since the first day of the New Year should be spent healthfully, that’s what I recommend you do today. Make your appointment here.