Just barely stumbling onto the train, you wonder, “Have mornings always been this bright? Have these train announcements gotten louder?”
Sound familiar? If so, you might want to step off the train at the Chicago stop on the Brown Line. There you will find Revive Hydration Clinic at 222 W. Ontario St.
The River North clinic is furnished in plush white couches, television screens and IV stands with bags of clear solution tethered to patients wrapped in blankets sitting in comfortable chairs.
The receptionist meets you at the front door and escorts you to Dr. Jack Dybis, the man behind Revive, who then releases you to a fully licensed and accredited nurse.
Yet Revive is not a hospital. It is more like a spa.
“Our five main target groups are people who have colds and flus, athletes, people who are hung over, people with jet lag or chronic fatigue,” said Dr. Dybis. “Also, women seem to like it for the health and beauty aspects – ‘beauty from within’ rather than using topical aspects.”
For $99 and an hour of your time, you can forgo the nausea of whatever dehydration ailment pains you and receive instant rehydration.
Revive Hydration Clinic’s array of IV-administered medications, vitamins and antioxidant nutrition bypass the digestive system to “dramatically expedite the overall recovery process,” according to the clinic. But some have their concerns.
Unique Love, a public relations and advertising student at DePaul, finds this quick-fix clinic “unhealthy and ridiculous,” not for the vitamins in the drip, but for what seems like an inability to accept the consequences of ill-fated choices.
“I feel it gives irresponsible people an excuse to be more irresponsible with the idea that they can just pay to fix their problem,” said Love. “When you know there is something to cure your hangover, you wouldn’t care how much you drink.”
Although the clinic reminds their clients that they do not condone overindulgence and that they specialize in other areas besides the “hangover cure,” the truth is the same.
We are so bothered by our body’s natural warning signals that we cannot take the time to heal ourselves without blowing our college book budget for a hangover cure.
Of course, there is never a right time to start getting those icky flu-like symptoms, a hangover or that worn-out feeling from working all those hours on projects, but sometimes it is quite necessary to isolate yourself, climb into bed and call up mom for a special order of soup and healing.
“For those who have the money and time, and this sort of treatment works for you, then go ahead,” said Stephanie Arroyo, a junior business administration and finance student. “But I say tough it out, because I’d rather stay in bed … and sweat it out with some spicy soup.”
Rehydration is nothing new to medical students, paramedics, military personnel and athletes as one of the most important aspects of wellbeing and recovery.
What is new is a way to rehydrate yourself without spending thousands of dollars in the emergency room.
“The overall concept of the clinic is wellness,” said Dr. Dybis. “We want to give people back time that they would have lost otherwise due to illness … I think nowadays, things happen at such a fast pace … that what we’re doing is giving people the gift of time and trying to help people out – to basically live a better and more productive life, and a happier life.”