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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It was a very hot day today. It was too hot for me to walk to the mini-mall nearby. So, my Mom dropped me off there at around 1pm today. The Easter Sale at the Christian bookstore officially started today, which was why I was so excited to go there.

I've had my eye on the ESV (English Standard Version) Study Bible for a long time now. The leather edition sells for above RM224! Because of the Easter Sale discount, for a limited time, I can get it for only RM179! So, this afternoon, I headed straight to the Christian bookstore and bought it! The last pristine copy left! It's like the Study Bible was waiting for me to buy it!

I'm so excited! I can't wait to delve into it tonight during my quiet time. I have extra motivation to read the Bible now! I've been rather lax lately, I hope my enthusiasm lasts though! Heck! I'll make it last! I've never read the Bible cover to cover in all my years as a Christian, well, this is the year I'll finally succeed!

After that, I went to an air-conditioned cafe, known as "Kitchen Creatures". It's a no frills restaurant with bright lighting and ample natural sunshine to make it an ideal place for me to do cross-stitch in. Well, since my Mom is giving me the entire afternoon to hang around here, I brought my cross-stitch along! Man, did I make progress on that project today (please refer to previous blog : Cross-stitch Project Goal ; March 31, 2011)!

"Hmmmm! What to order?". I finally decided on their home-made fish fingers as I just wanted a small snack, I already had lunch, some taiwanese meat sauce noodles, courtesy of my Mom, she brought it home for me (I ate before my outing).

The fish fingers were delicious. I then asked for ice and poured my little bottle of water that I always carry with me into the glass, Ah refreshing iced-water! But then, I was still v. thirsty, like I said, it was a hot day!

I then order some old-fashioned root beer, sweetened with cane sugar, NOT HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)! 40 grams of sugar, oh well! The lesser of the 2 evils, at least it 's not HFCS! (refer to article on HFCS on SP!). And it's not everyday I drink soda......

The 4pm rolled around. I was starting to feel hungry again, looking at all the delicious food the other patrons were ordering. I was busily cross-stitching by then. At around 4.30pm, I finally gave in and ordered a pizza. Now, the pizza's here only come in one size : 10 inches in diameter.

Oh Man! I can't finish that much pizza! Then, an idea come to me, courtesy of my SP membership! I'll brown bag what I can't finish home! Then I can have another meal of two for later or I can even treat my family to pizza! So, being a good girl, I ordered the vegetarian pizza, because I was supposed to watch my protein/phosphate levels, (refer to previous blog : A Sad Day For Me; April 1, 2011), and only ate 3 slices, I ordered the waiter to brown bag the rest straightaway, so I wouldn't be tempted to polish it all off, it was delicious!!!!

When I got home, I was too full to eat dinner, but I figured some more vegies won't hurt, so I ate a small serving of bitter gourd that my Mom cooked. I was thinking, I shouldn't have ordered the pizza as my Mom cooked a nice dinner today, but hey! I was hungry in that cafe, surrounded by people eating pizza and pasta!

Oh, well! I just consider it a celebration of sorts for my finally getting my BIG treat : The ESV Study Bible! Man! It feels so good to treat myself! I can't afford to do that all the time though.......so the next treat will in the next 2 months of so........

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LOOKN_UP 4/19/2011 2:32PM

    Nice blog! Sounds like you have been letting the Lord guide you to taking steps forward. I'm glad you're doing well as I have prayed for you and was wondering how you were.

emoticonYou have encouraged me to get back to reading the Word more myself. I've been kind of lax with that lately.
Take care and happy reading!

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A nice salad and a caramel egg!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I had a 2 nice long walks again, to the nearby grocery store and back, about an hour in total. I bought some mixed leaves, butterhead, green & red coral, with 6 cherry tomatoes thrown in. I wanted to just by the butterhead by itself, the green and red but it was slightly more expensive.

I saw the Easter candy display and I couldn't resist getting just one, Just One, caramel egg, I love caramel eggs. It would have been better if I got the mini ones, I love mini caramel eggs! But they only had the chicken egg sized ones, so I thought I'd treat myself to one, just one.

In the end, I just bought the mixed salad and the caramel egg as I only brought RM10 with me. But I'm content. The mixed salad was so big that I still have some leaves for making sandwiches. I ate the 6 cherry tomatoes bcoz tomatoes don't last long.

I ate the caramel egg slowly, savoring it bit by bit. Ok, no more candy for me! I've had my little treat! Happy Easter all!

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STRONGERLEANER 4/17/2011 12:21PM

    Balance is key. We all need a little treat of some kind now and then. It's when we over-do things or neglect things that our lives go out of balance.

Have a great week!

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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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