“Teacher, do you know why I never drink water?” asked the six-year-old.


Today my blog is not about any of my regular subjects. It came to mind while I was reading a blog called: ‘Exceedingly Senior,” on 9/27/12, entitled TRY THE RETIREMENT HOME DIET.  It reminded me of the following story: On his first day of school, the grade 1 teacher asked whether any of the first graders had anything to tell the class.

Peter stood up and asked: “Teacher, do you know why I never drink water?”

“It is very important to drink water,” she said, “but tell us why you do not drink water.”

“Well, it’s because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.”

This reminded me of swimming pools.  BEWARE SENIORS! Someone in the pool next to you might be urinating! If you are taking a refreshing dip in a pool with four other people, odds are that one of you is urinating. My suggestion to all the people in the retirement home: Don’t swim near to anyone who looks too relieved. This is no longer a myth but a cold, depressing fact taken from a recent survey conducted by the Water Quality Health Council, a scientific research group sponsored by the American Chemistry Council. 

In the survey, nearly 1,000 adults were  asked whether they urinate in pools and one in five bravely admitted the truth. We may act like potty-trained adults on land, but something about a body of water, even a small one, opens our natural floodgates and according to doctors, puts us all at risk. Even some Olympic Swimmers admitted to being guilty of peeing in the pool sometimes.

As a child, I was told that chlorine counteracts risks. If pool operators maintain proper chlorine and PH levels, most waterborne germs are killed on contact. But, small, private pools as well as large public ones  can be potential health hazards, depending on how they are maintained. There has been a rise in gastro-intestinal illnesse borne from dirty swimming pools.

How to check whether the pool is safe:-

  • Check whether you can see the bottom.
  • It’s time to get out of the pool if your eyes start burning or stinging.
  • If you find yourself squinting after a dive, ask yourself why that person doing backstroke in the next lane looks so very relaxed. It’s not that nice a day!

THE PERSON WHO INVENTS A FORMULA WHEREBY THE COLOR OF THE WATER WILL CHANGE TO PURPLE WHEN A CULPRIT PEES IN IT, WILL BE A MILLIONAIRE WITHIN A VERY SHORT TIME.       SENIORS, GO FOR IT !

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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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