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!
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!
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!
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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