Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Today began with a visit to my ENT. I have small ear canals so I need to have my ears cleaned out every 6 months which is always fun. This time I took along DH because I have been noticing he is not hearing too well. After 30+ years of marriage it could be just selective hearing on his part but I think it's more than that. So the doctor checked his ears and they are clear so he wants to do a hearing test but of course DH is in denial and has decided to put it off until whenever.
After lunch I went to my appointment with the nutritionist. Amanda is her name, and she is very nice and seems to know her stuff. We spoke for an hour. Of course the first thing she says to me is," Does your Creatinine level usually run a bit high?" I said no, but my doctor said it was just a little high and that he wasn't concerned. She said okay and that lots of things can cause it to run a bit high like for example dehydration. Though I don't think I was dehydrated the day of my labs because I drank 5 glasses of water an hour before to ward off dehydration so they wouldn't have to stick me a bijillion times. Nonetheless her asking about it only served to increase my concern especially since I only have 1 kidney. I lost the other when I was 8. However I can't allow this to stress me out and have to have faith my doctor knows what he's doing. If he isn't concern about it than I need to let it go. Like I said before I can't undo the harm I have already caused my body but my hope is that I can stall further damage at least for as long as I can.
Anyway, all and all it was a good visit. Amanda tweaked my meal plan for me a bit. Here are my NEW daily guidelines:
Calories: 1,300 - 1,500
Sodium: 2,000 mg or under
Protein: 84 - 90 g
Carbs: 45 g for breakfast, lunch and dinner and 15 g per snack
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner must each have a protein source.
My morning and afternoon snack must consist of a 15 g carb and a protein.
Over the next four weeks she wants me to increase my walking to a mile and a half 5-6 days a week.
As for sodium, she said the new guidelines for EVERYONE is no more than 1500 mg per day. However that this is difficult to do, she said, when the food industry has yet to catch up with the new guidelines. So she has given me a 2,000 mg goal per day for now which I am currently obtaining for the most part except for days I eat out. For those times I do the best I can and make the wisest choices possible.
She has also instructed me to start taking a Calcium supplement with Vitamin D and Magnesium.
She weighed me at the hospital and the scale there read 236. That's 8 lbs heavier than my home scale. Yikes! Not sure which one I should follow? It's such a big difference.
She also has scheduled to see me again in 4 weeks. I was surprised by this as I thought this was a onetime only visit but according to her she will have on-going regular meetings with me. I wonder if this is the norm when it comes to nutritionists. I don't mind it as it will help keep me motivated and on track however DH is not pleased. To him it is just an added expense he feels I don't need. Nevertheless I will attend whatever meetings she sets up regardless of how he feels about it. I have spent way too many years doing what others want me to do. It's time I put me and my health first and foremost. This is a start in the right direction!
While I was waiting for DH to pick me up at the hospital today I walked around the very large parking lot - 30 minutes. Go ME!