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Amen to simple pleasures.....

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Well, it's day 2 of the new diet. The new low-phosphate diet to save my parents lot's of money (please refer to previous blog : A Sad Day For Me).

It's actually not as bad as I thought it would be. I'm quite ok with the smaller portion of rice/pasta/noodle (aka : carbs). I expected to be going through my day with constant hunger but I'm not. I feel satisfied, on a scale of 1 to 5, about 3.

I have to adjust my portions though. The rice, a small teacup full, it I see something high in phosphate, I just take a lot less. If I see something low in phosphate, I take a little more. Also, I've cut out my in-between meals. Constant snacking is out for me but if I'm really hungry, I just take a safe food like cream crackers, which reminds me, I need to inform my Mom to stock up on cream crackers, since it's one of the few snack items that it's ok for me to eat.

Also, no more mindless munching on nuts and seeds! It may be ok for a normal person but a big no-no for someone like me! It's all a matter of adjustments.

Oh yeah, the simple pleasures.......... I used to take coffee and tea for granted, like something I can have anytime. But after the wake up call from the dialysis center, I've now realized that milky coffee and tea is only allowed as an occasional treat and not an everyday thing now. I can take like one drink with creamer but not with milk.

Today, I just felt like I needed a cup of coffee, so I decided to treat myself to one those pre-packed coffees, but first I made sure that it's got creamer and not milk. I made it with my small coffee cup to limit the fluid intake.

I'm satisfied now. I can't have tea and coffee with creamer everyday but when I do, I savour and enjoy it. I can have tea or coffee with milk only like once a month or once in 2 months (to play it safe).

I've learnt in my years of being a dialysis patient to just be thankful to be alive and to take things as they come. To cross the bridge only when you come to it and just to be thankful and to rejoice in the little things of life........

At the very least, I'm not in constant pain. Sure, I can't afford to take long trips/holidays now but I'm just thankful I have 4 days off from the dialysis machine to do what I like. I may not be financially rich but I can get by and I'm lucky that I can still depend on my parents.

Of course, I can't take my parents for granted but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. No use worrying about the future when the present is full of its' own troubles..........

  
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MELAPHANTN 4/3/2011 7:30PM

    As always, you have a great attitude. I discovered coffee and tea awhile back. It's calorie and fat free! I especially love tea. There are so many varieties and flavors and you can opt for caffeine free.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/2/2011 10:00AM

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WENDYSPARKS 4/2/2011 6:52AM

    I am praying for you.

Wendy

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A Sad Day for me......

Friday, April 01, 2011

One of the things I enjoy most is eating. Well, today, the nurses at the dialysis center gave me an ultimatum. I have to watch my phosphate levels or I'll be forced to switch to a much more expensive phosphate blocker.

Currently, my phosphate blocker is calcium carbonate, which is affordable but if I don't watch my phosphate levels from now on, the new phosphate blocker, Lanthanum is going to cost hundreds of ringgit! (Malaysian dollars).

I know my parents can't afford that, and I don't want to further burden my parents. Which means, I'm going to have to give up or limit a lot of my favourite foods.

The list is heartbreaking, most meats, cheese, burgers, even satay, milk, dairy products, even cendol, a local dessert, curry fish, curry chicken, potatoes, sweet potatoes, condensed milk, milky coffee/tea, certain cakes, keropok (my fave snack), egg yolks, well, you get the picture, every other thing is off limits or limited for me. I have less to eat and I have to do major potion control! I only can eat as much rice/noodles in a normal tea cup, which is not much. And when I'm hungry, I can't just fix myself a snack as I usually do, and oh, peanut butter is also off limits.

On the bright side, I may finally be able to lose my belly roll with this new strict regime.......well, let's hope......

  
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KHEY1282 4/9/2011 11:39AM

  im also dialysis patient for almost 5 years... we have to discipline ourselves... specially in our food

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PVILLAGO 4/2/2011 10:31AM

    WOW.. That is tough but I bet you can do it. You seem up to the challenge. You know there is always something good that comes from something bad. I think you discovered it. You will eliminate your belly roll. Maybe I should join you in this type of restriction.
God Bless and Take Care.. Peggy

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WENDYSPARKS 4/2/2011 6:54AM

    Hang in there! Enjoy the foods you do eat.

Wendy

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MARTHASPARKS 4/1/2011 8:27PM

    Stay positive. Focus on what you can have and how you are helping yourself and your parents. This is very tough but you can do it. emoticon

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MELAPHANTN 4/1/2011 3:36PM

    You are such an amazing person and I love the way you find the upside to difficult news. You can do this!

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LAURAAT 4/1/2011 11:11AM

    Oh, I can only imagine how tough this is! Just think of it as a new challenge, you can do it!
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PINK_TEACUPS 4/1/2011 11:06AM

    Good luck!!

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Cross-stitch Project Goal

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I have this beautiful cross-stitch project I'm working on, A Wreath of 4 seasons, that has elements of the 4 seasons in a wreath. You can view it here :

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Well, it looks complicated and it IS complicated, I've been working on it for almost 2 years now and I'm only about 3 quarters done.

I aim to finish it by Christmas 2011, sooner if possible. But it's so fine, 18 count Aida. It makes my eyes ache every time I work on it. I have been adding stitches to it bit by bit whenever I feel like sewing.

Well, I truly hope I can finish it by this Christmas. April is already at the door......

  
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WENDYSPARKS 4/2/2011 6:54AM

    Good luck with the project! You are a awesome girl!!

Wendy

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SAFFYS_PAGE 4/1/2011 1:54PM

    wow i love that ... i used to do allot of cross stitch when my daughter was at home. ( i have problems threading the needles now so don't so it so much any more.) Good luck on getting it complete
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SEWMOM73 3/31/2011 2:54PM

    Very Pretty, I too love to cross stitch, for Christmas this past year I made cross stitch artwork that I framed and gave to my mother and my mother-in-law as gifts. Good Luck!

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MELAPHANTN 3/31/2011 2:46PM

    Wow what a creative accomplishment. I have cross-stiched before but only on small projects. My longest was a month. I did it while I was pregnant with my first son.

I can't wait to see pictures of your finished work!

You are amazing!

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A new craze!!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hi all! I have a new craze! Popping corn! I just bought a bag of unpopped kernels and I've been popping corn nearly everyday now! I've found that I prefer popping them on the gas stove over a slow flame. Not so many old maids that way!

If I pop them on the microwave, I will waste about half of them. On the stove, I only waste about 10 to 20 percent. The first time I tried it on the stove, I burnt the bottom of the pan but I think I got it down today! No mess today! I'm getting good at this!

I made a little too much today though. I will give the excess to my neighbour. I hope her little boy appreciates healthy popcorn! No caramel, I'm afraid. I just popped them in a little olive oil and sprinkled some brown sugar and cinnamon on them.

Actually, I don't mind my popcorn plain, not as nice as the buttery movie theater stuff but at least I don't feel so guilty afterwards.........

  
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MELAPHANTN 3/30/2011 10:15PM

    Popcorn is my favorite snack. I eat it all the time. The kids love it also. We sometimes put grated cheese over it. Also, very good.

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LAURAAT 3/29/2011 9:34AM

    Sounds delicious! I've never tried it, but I keep thinking how much I want to. Yum!!

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SARAHO228 3/29/2011 6:10AM

    I get tired of microwave popcorn. I too like popping it on the stove. I noticed though you need a good popping corn to do this or it doesn't pop well and has more hard spots in it. It still tastes good. I pop it in canola oil and put a little butter on it. I pop it in a normal sauce pan with a cover on it.

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PICKLEDGINGER2 3/29/2011 4:14AM

  Love Popcorn. I use a "dry" popper my daughter gave me. Yum.

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UNCOMMONANGEL 3/29/2011 4:13AM

    I remember cooking popcorn when I was a kid... we had an old pressure cooker/pan... and I remember locking the long lid handle and the pan handle together, and then having so shake it back and forth on the burner it seemed like FOREVER until the popping started... then as is started to slow down, to finally stop shaking it and quick remove it from the heat before it would burn. I used to think that was great! ...and then we bought a popcorn popper... a StirCrazy popcorn popper... it did the stirring for us. lol But I tried the other day, to pop some popcorn kernals in a pan... burned it miserably... it didn't even taste right when I didn't burn the 2nd batch... :(
I think I will need to cheat and find another StirCrazy, or at least an air popper! :p

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A lesson learnt!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

We always assume little bites are nothing, well, today I learnt that little bites do add up! And they also add up very fast too!

Before heading out to church this morning, I had 3 slices of homemade bread. Then I got to church and there in the church cafe was my favourite snack food, vadai, kinda looks like an Indian doughnut (it's savoury, though).

Yum,mmmm! I thought, well, I'll just have one, one can't hurt, can it.

Then I got home around 10.30am and my Mom has cooked Spaghetti Bolognaise with chicken breast, so I got tempted again and ate a huge bowl! Then I went and had a nice, long nap, woke up around 2.30pm.

Had a small bowl of spaghetti then wondered how all these little bites will stack up in the nutrition tracker, so I went online to SP and entered every one of these little bites into the nutrition tracker and lo and behold, I had already consume 1092 calories and it wasn't even 3pm yet! Whoa!!!!

So, damage control! I had to cut back and decided to have a salad for dinner but it was raining so I didn't feel like going out to buy fresh green lettuce. Decided to raid the fridge and fortunately, found some cabbage and a carrot. And I also remembered I have some light mayo.

So, I took 3 large cabbage leaves, shredded them fine and shredded half of the carrot and added a finely diced shallot (my secret ingredient for coleslaws) then topped it with the light mayo, tossed it and that was dinner.

To up my protein intake, I made a soft-boiled egg, well actually 3 quarters boiled, which is just the way I like it, the white firm and the yolk still soft. I ate it with some low-sodium soy sauce and freshly ground white pepper! Yummmmm!

Then I went back to the nutrition tracker and I found that I didn't go over my calorie limit after all! Yay! Damage control! Well, in the future I won't be so careless again. I now have confirmation that little bites, no matter how little do add up! Whew!!!!

  
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MELAPHANTN 3/21/2011 11:19AM

    Way to recover for dinner! Those little bites do add up. I have done the same thing. The important thing is you did realize what happened and found a great healthy choice for dinner.

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WENDYSPARKS 3/20/2011 7:37AM

    You are doing good!! Hang in there.

Wendy :)

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