I drank Smart Water, it's not high in electrolytes but it seemed to help more than plain water I wish I'd known about coconut water back then, because I love the flavor (try different brands, some taste better than others). It works well for dehydration. I also tried a shot of pickle juice every once in awhile, which I think tastes a darn sight better than Gatorade and yes, it actually did work pretty well. (Thanks, Brownbagger, for that tip!). As others have pointed out, you need to alternate plain water with the electrolyte drinks, because too much of either one can cause an imbalance. If you truly can't keep up with hydration on your own, then by all means, ask for help from the medical staff. Dehydration is so miserable, it's worth the hassle of going in for an IV, IMO.
Best of luck to you,
DX Stage IIIb RC, T3N1M0, April 2010, 51
6 wks Xelox/rad 6/10
resection, temp illeostomy 8/10 Complete response!
12 rounds FOLFOX for clean up 9/10, Allergic to Oxi, started Xeloda only 12/10
Ileo takedown 9/28/11