I spent last night/this morning in the emergency room with my fiancee. Yesterday, when I got home from work, he complained of feeling ill and dizzy and he looked slightly pale. At first, I just assumed that he was getting a cold or the flu, which could easily have come home with me from my job. Well, as the night progressed, he continued to feel ill, and although he was drinking large volumes of water, said he felt incredibly thirsty and the water seemed to do no good. Fast forward to about midnight. He could hardly stand, and not everything he was saying made sense, almost like when someone talks in their sleep, and had fever-like chills. I took his pulse and his heartbeat seemed irregular, although I may have just been panicking at the moment. Off we went to the ER! When we got to the hospital, they insisted on wheeling him in a chair to the bed because they thought there may be something wrong with his heart. They took EKG's and chest x-rays and bloodwork. (This may not seem like much to any of you with medical experience, but believe me, if you do not know what is wrong, watching your loved one get poked with needles and such without being told a thing is very frightening.) I was not allowed near the x-ray room, so I was told to fill out paperwork to the state to try and get assistance for him (he does not have insurance as we are not married yet, and his work does not offer it). Well, long story short (I am too tired to type everything, sorry), he was suffering from severe dehydration. They think it was from sweating alot at work, and not replacing enough electrolytes. Apparently it can cause kidney damage past a certain point . They have cycled him through bags of fluids in an IV, and he is doing much better now. He was given a list of things to avoid, and told "absolutely no caffeine, any, at all" for the next 4 weeks to make sure nothing interferes with his hydration. This experience made me very aware of just how fragile our bodies really are. We have to take really good care of ourselves; things can go wrong very quickly. So, I want you all to go hug your DH/FH/SO right now. That's an order, ladies!