MILWAUKEE — Najeeb Dababneh had a big two days ahead of him. He drove up to Milwaukee from Chicago for a concert on Dec. 30 with his girlfriend. He planned to stay the night to see another show on New Year's Eve. He's a concert fanatic.
But then, it hit him. Serious food poisoning. Coming out of both ends. In the dark depths of his stomach issues he considered going to urgent care.
However, his sister had another suggestion for him - IV Therapy. An easy shot and some drops of nutrient-rich liquid later, Najeeb was back to feeling like Najeeb.
"Like 5 minutes into the bag, I immediately started feeling better. My headache went away. I started feeling less dry. I've been dehydrated for a while," he said while sitting in a plush recliner at the new H20 Health Hydration Oasis on North Jefferson Street in the Third Ward.
Get. Your. Hydration. On.— James Groh (@JamesGroh_) December 31, 2019
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IV or Hydration Therapy is like bringing the hospital to you but for a lot cheaper. At H20 Health Hydration Oasis, you can get a custom mix of nutrients in an IV bag to replenish your body. All you have to do is sit in a chair and let the IV drip for about 20 minutes.
"I literally have 30 different ingredients which are all separate, so we truly do compound and customize your mix with your request," Dr. Aliah Fox, the owner of the new hydration therapy clinic in the Third Ward, said.
This idea sounds new, but it's been practiced for a long time.
"I can’t take credit for coming up with this idea. Its been around for 100 years, again, that is the mainstay of what we do a hospitals," Dr. Fox, who is also an anesthesiologist, said.
Dr. Fox, an anesthesiologist, owns and runs the clinic. These are her shoes. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/RoK4IdvWqq— James Groh (@JamesGroh_) December 31, 2019
However, bringing IV's to the public like Dr. Fox is doing is new. There are already big fans of it too.
"I like every month or two come and get my drip. It kind of gets me back to equilibrium," Naomi Bloom said.
Bloom, who is also a nurse, has been getting IV drips for the past three years. She said it just makes sense to have these available in businesses like Fox's.
"I'd much rather do this than drink a thing of Gatorade."
H20 Health Hydration Oasis is located on 130 North Jefferson Street in Milwaukee's Third Ward neighborhood. Each session lasts about 20 minutes and the walk-in cost is roughly $80.