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A bad night..........

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I made the mistake of drinking green tea too late in the evening yesterday, that's why I couldn't sleep last night. Not only that, I also had difficulty breathing when I was lying in bed for some reason. I hope it's not sleep apnea!

In fact, I haven't been able to go to bed early and rise early as planned because of the breathing problem. I keep having to get up and read something till I feel a little sleepy to get myself to sleep.

I made myself some nice hot herbal tea with honey and ate a little as I was feeling hungry. Just some red bean soup and 2 cream crackers. I finally got to sleep at around 5am.

I actually opened my eyes at 10.45am but still felt tired, so I went back to bed, guess what time I finally got up? 2.45pm! I hope I won't repeat this tonight, that's why I decided to take a 40 minute walk this evening around 7pm.

I walked to the nearby Indian restaurant and had Poori, not the most healthy choice of foods but I had a craving for it and I haven't had it for a very long time, like a couple of months. It came with the usual potato chutney and some dhall as well.

I only ordered one piece, and it normally just comes with the potato chutney alone. This must be my lucky day! :) To have dhall served as well! The walk took me 20 minutes, then I walked home, another 20 minutes, 40 minutes in total. So, I think I earned my dinner!

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MARTHASPARKS 4/16/2011 5:24PM

    Sleep better tonight. Caffeine does not usually interfere with my sleep but as Climber's Rock said there are lots of teas with little or no caffeine. Why do you worry that this is sleep apnea? Most people don't know that they have sleep apnea unless their significant other tells them that they snore and gasp for breath while sleeping.
You are getting sleepy, sleepy... emoticon

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 4/16/2011 9:21AM

    You might want to try white tea. It has more anti-oxidents than great tea and you can get decafinated which won't effect your sleep. I also like the taste better. You might also try chamomille or even better, Sleepy Time Extra by Celeste Seasonings both of which are caffiene free and promote sleep and relaxation. I love them at bedtime.

I hope you sleep better tongiht.

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Green Coconut!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I bought myself a green (young) coconut today. The coconut seller was nice enough to open the coconut, extract the juice and scoop out the flesh for me!

If you've never had a green coconut, you've just got to try it! Nothing beats fresh green coconut water (juice)! If you've ever in a tropical country, this is something you've just GOT to try! Yummm!

You've probably heard of coconut milk, this is extracted from the flesh of an old coconut. But when the coconut is young, its flesh has less fat and the juice is heavenly, I mean the juice in the nut itself, the flesh of a young coconut is just eaten as it, as it isn't suitable for coconut milk extraction, only the flesh old coconuts are suitable for that.

I brought back the juice with its flesh and put it in the fridge, then I went for a long walk. 30 minutes to the local mini mall where I had a small ceaser salad and some garlic toast. Then, I went to a Christian bookshop, got myself one of those evangelical booklets. Had a chat with the girl working there too. Did her a favour : she was having a painful sore throat, so I volunteered to get her a cooling drink, warm barley water, which is good for sore throats, soothing. It felt good to do a favour for someone, even if I just met her!

Then it started raining cats and dogs, I dropped by the aquarium, debated on getting some fish, decided not to as fish always die on me. They need filters and stuff, which is expensive so I thought, nah!

Went to the supermarket and just walked around, seeing if there's anything noteworthy for me to buy on my next trip there (after the ceaser's salad, I was a little tight).

Then the rain became a slight drizzle, and I walked next door to McDonald's. I wanted a cheeseburger, I really did, had a craving for it, but considering the fatty meat and cheese (phosphate level alert), I decided on an apple pie and small fries instead, I figured that's not too bad as compared to a cheeseburger.

Then I walked another 30 minutes home. All in all, I spent about RM22, not bad for an outing and I got my exercise in too! Next time, if it's not too hot out and I have the budget for it, I might walk 60 minutes to the bigger mall further away, that'll be fun!

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WENDYSPARKS 4/16/2011 7:25AM

    Sounds like a good day! You are so nice!! I hope you are doing ok and feeling ok.


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1MIN17SECB412PM 4/15/2011 8:00AM

    Gr8 post & this answers my question on your status!! You made some gr8 decisions too. Have a wonderful weekend!!

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MELAPHANTN 4/14/2011 7:57PM

    What a nice walk. It was very kind of you to get the warm drink for the person you had just met.

Great blog!


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Some Minor Adjustments

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Anyone can get used to anything, even if it is unpleasant or difficult. That's what I found out during my years as a dialysis patient. I've been a dialysis patient for 6 years and counting now.

At first I encountered less problems (after I got free of my IJC : which is the tube inserted into my jagular vein, that is, my neck before my arm access matured), as my body was still new to dialysis. But now, going into my 6th year, my heart is not as healthy as it once was, and the phosphate, calcium & potassium levels have accumulated in my blood due to careless eating.

As a dialysis patient, I can't eat like a normal person. Well, after 6 years I guess I kinda think : "What the heck! I'll die someday even if I'm careful anyway, so I might as well enjoy eating", and went on my merry way eating whatever I like, however much I like, "to hell with portion control!", until the doctor gave me an ultimatum.....

So, in a nutshell, I have to really watch my protein, phosphate (protein and phosphate are like partners : where there's protein, there's phosphate), potassium, sodium and fluid intake. No excuses, no arguments or my medical fees are going to go up. That is, the doctor has threatened to exchange my phosphate binder from the affordable Calcium Carbonate to the more effective & much more costly Lanthanum Salts.

Now, I'm already spending a lot on my condition as it is, so I guess I have no choice but to be a good girl and follow the renal diet closely. So, today I was preparing dinner for myself, my Dad and my brother, because my Mom was out and requested I handle dinner.

So, I thought, "Yay! I'm finally in control of the menu, so let's put this new diet to work in my cooking today!", If my Mom cooks something that's unsuitable for me, I just take less of the unsuitable foods and more of the suitable components but today, I was in control.

Omelettes? Well, I can't have egg yolks but I can have egg whites. Minor adjustment : I just separated the yolks from the whites and prepared 2 omelettes! One using the whites and one using just the yolks, my normal Dad and brother can have the yolks, I'll take the whites. A little more effort maybe, but it was just a minor adjustment. I didn't waste food and everyone's happy!

Meat, I can't have much, but I'm not just cooking for me, but for my Dad and brother as well, I'll just prepare a meat dish and they can have it, I'll either not take the meat or take just one small piece. Again, everyone's happy.

I also cooked a vegetable dish, that I can have, but not too much though, I have to watch my potassium levels as well, I also fried some potatoes. But before cooking the potatoes, I soaked them in water first after slicing them to leach out the potassium. No addition of phosphate to crisp up the potatoes, I just fried them fresh. I took just a few slices because potatoes have phosphate too.

Minor adjustments like these just take a little bit of effort but I have to make them because my life depends on it. If my phosphate & company levels get out of control, there will be some unpleasant and potentially life threatening consequences. I'll just have to adjust and control my desires for certain foods.

Minor adjustments, I can do that! It's no problem! After all, it's my life I'm prolonging!

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WENDYSPARKS 4/16/2011 7:26AM

    Hang in there....I hope you doing ok.


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MELAPHANTN 4/13/2011 3:40PM

    I'm glad to hear you are finding ways to stick to your diet. Healthy eatting is actually more fulfilling than we think from the outside looking in.


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KHEY1282 4/9/2011 11:15AM

  read: http://iamkcat.blogspot.com/2011/01

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KHEY1282 4/9/2011 11:14AM

  i like your diet i do the same thing..

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Friday, April 08, 2011

I just went grocery shopping with my Mom and believe it or not, the groceries, which included rice, jam, coffee sachets, laundry detergent, toilet paper, kitchen towels and a few other items cost more than RM200!!!!

Is our country in inflation or what? Every thing is so freakin expensive now!

And I bought some hazelnut flavoured coffee and when I got home, I read the nutrition label and found that each sachet contains more than 16 grams of sugar! Whoa!!!!

Oh well, I'll just have it as an occasional treat then.

The reason I bought in the first place was to save money as a cup of hazelnut coffee in a cafe would cost RM4-5. In this bag, I have 15 sachets for RM12, which is less than RM1 a cup. I just adore hazelnut coffee!

Is one cup a week permissable? What do you think?

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MELAPHANTN 4/8/2011 1:58PM

    The guiding principal is "everything in moderation." So, just find the way it fits into your life as part of your balanced diet.


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LAURAAT 4/8/2011 12:44PM

    As long as you're careful, and work it into your day, I think a cup a week is a great idea. Enjoy that cup!! emoticon

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I wonder why I'm not changing.......

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I've been on SP since 2006 but I've lost and gain the same 2kgs a few times. Why can't I lose and keep on losing? I watch what I eat but because of my high phosphate levels, I have to make a huge adjustment of limiting my proteins in order to bring my phosphate levels down or suffer dire consequences health-wise (I'm a dialysis patient).

I'm hoping that this diet change will finally nudge the scale downwards and I'm planning on doing more philates to gain some muscle. Which brings me to my next point : I'm having trouble dozing off at night, no matter how early I go to bed, I will not doze off until the wee hours of the morning and end up waking up around noon! I'd like to sleep early and rise early but my body clock is out of whack these days!

I'm also getting very worried because most of my calories come from carbs now because I have no choice but to cut back on protein for health reasons. I feel very frustrated because I'm only short (4 feet 11) but I weigh about 123lbs. I'd like to go down to 100lbs. I've been trying to do that ever since 2006! When and how can I finally succeed?

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MELAPHANTN 4/7/2011 9:09PM

    It's really hard to lose when you are losing those last few pounds. When someone is losing 100+ pounds they see immediate results. For smaller people it is just going to be harder.

Have you talked to your dialysis doctor or nurses about a plan for weight loss? Maybe they will have some ideas or tips to help.

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TARANITUP 4/7/2011 11:19AM

    Maybe talking to a dietician to personalize a meal plan for you that takes into account all of the dietary restrictions you have but still allows for a balance that lets you lose weight? Good luck!

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LAURAAT 4/7/2011 11:05AM

    I know how you feel, I really want to lose this weight, but it seems to be stuck to me like glue!
But, what my SP community keeps reminding me of is this : this journey isn't just about weight loss. It's about a lifestyle. It's about being and feeling as healthy as you can. Given your circumstances, you have a lot of obstacles to face.
Keep on trying, and remember to measure your success in other ways than the scale. Some successes could be: feeling more energy, being able to walk farther, lift heavier weights, feeling less bloated and icky, or getting your phosphate levels corrected.
Best of luck to you on this journey! emoticon

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DBELLE39 4/7/2011 8:10AM

    I feel your frustration but keep determined to see this journey to the end. I've been here since 2007 & seem to lose a bit then gain it back, but so far I've not gained back all that I've lost ---got to keep pushing forward!

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