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    • #15747

      Have You Heard of “Pee Math”?

      In an article by Ben Mattin, he states that those of us with certain types of disabilities are all too familiar with the need to ration our bathroom output. For some, it means controlling the intake of liquids. For others, it’s more a matter of calculating how much you’ve had to drink, how long it’s been since you last emptied your bladder, and how long it will be till you can find the necessary assistance and accessible facility to do so again.

      Do you use pee math? Have you had to calculate your liquid intake, and how long you will be without a bathroom? Is it worth being dehydrated to avoid falling or not being able to access a bathroom?

    • #15766
      Andrew Brinks
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      I had never heard it called that before but I’ve absolutely rationed my water intake during camping trips to avoid falling while getting in and out of my hammock in the middle of the night. Airplanes are the other place where I am extremely conscious of my water intake and output.

    • #15767

      Oh, wow! I can’t remember the last time I was in a hammock! I miss it, such a relaxing activity. When you camp, do you bring your own water or do you have something that filters it?

    • #15811
      Karl Evans
      Participant

      I use pee math every day, but for a slightly different reason. First, I have Fukatin Limb Girdle MD, with RyR2 and AGel (GSN) The three of them plus perhaps a couple more have a huge impact on the way the body handles liver-produced protein. The pieces die and become fibrils after a couple hours after creation. Most of them get filtered into the urine by the kidneys, then pass into the bladder, then out. Now the math part. When I pee into the toilet water,  the dead proteins create a foamy mass in and on the water. Sometimes that foam is one (1) centimetre deep. Sometimes 2, but for me, most of the time that foam is 3 centimetres deep across the water in the toilet bowl.  The limit for healthy passage of this protein is 0.5 grams per 24 hours. That would make the output less than 0.5. When the foam is 3 cm deep, that means I am putting out around 3 grams of protein every 24 hours, way too much. My kidneys are dying, but the nephrologist says that is true, but I am 80 years old, so what does it matter? But this is my Pee math.

    • #15813
      Andrew Brinks
      Participant

      Hammocks are the best for a lot of reasons. From an accessibility standpoint, I really like that my “bed” is at a convenient height to get into and out of. For the water it depends on the campground really. My favorite one has a manual pump to pull water fresh, very cold water from the ground. I’ve got several of those Life Straws but I have never used one.

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