Drink Water! No, Really

August 01 2022
By: Shawn M. Galloway

When I was in the Army, during training and exercises there was a command to "Drink water!" In some missions requiring difficult and necessary hyperfocus, this was, in hindsight, a welcome reminder. One of my teenage daughters was in the emergency room at Texas Children's a few weekends ago. She was battling a type of flu (despite all possible tests and panels, we never found out what it was) and had a resting heart rate of 160. Drink Water! No, Really

The cardiologist interpreted additional tests and came to the conclusion that on top of fighting a type of flu, she was dehydrated. Unbeknownst to me, she wasn't drinking enough water. The previous week, my son-in-law in Myrtle Beach was rushed to the hospital from his job due to a heat stroke; he was dehydrated. What things do you do to ensure your family and followers stay hydrated? If it can happen to the family of a safety expert, it can happen to anyone.

"When the well is dry, we'll know the worth of water. — Benjamin Franklin

"I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man." — Henry David Thoreau

"Thousands have lived without love, not one without water." — W. H. Auden






Shawn M. Galloway

Shawn M. Galloway is CEO of the global consultancy ProAct Safety. He is a trusted advisor, professional keynote speaker and author of several bestselling books on safety strategy, culture, leadership and behavior-based safety. He is a monthly columnist for several magazines and one of the most prolific contributors in the industry, having also authored over 650 podcasts, 200 articles and 100 videos. Shawn has received awards and recognition for his significant contributions from the American Society of Safety Professionals, National Safety Council's Top 40 Rising Stars and Top Ten Speakers, EHS Today Magazine's 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS, ISHN Magazine's POWER 101 - Leaders of the EHS World and their newest list: 50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow and Pro-Sapien's list of The Top 11 Health and Safety Influencers.