Sunday, July 20, 2008
A Great Day...I think...
I am having some problems with all the nutrition and eating as directed by the kidney doctor and dietician. The dietician said I should be eating 1500 calories a day. I don't know where to get the calories from because as a diabetic, carbs are limited. I think I may check out a team with kidney issues and see if I can find something there that will help me. If they are diabetic, not on dialysis, and have any kidney failure above 10%, they have to limit protein also. If they are on dialysis already, they don't really have to worry about the protein because the machine cleans it up for them. I honestly do not want to be in that situation like my two uncles (both died last year from diabetes complications including loss of limbs and renal failure) and the doctor wants my mother to start dialysis and she refuses. Go figure. I do not want to follow in her footsteps health wise! So I am working really hard on the protein, but it hides everywhere! Keeping the carbs down, also keeps the calories very low. What a crazy cycle!
But the Lord is guiding me and keeping me in control. McKenzie had her birthday party today with cake, ice cream and all sorts of food. Before my appointment with the dietician and kidney doctor, I would have really gone off the deep end and had a little of everything not knowing to look at the protein and only watching carbs. Today, God took my hand and led me away from everything. I had 3 oz of chicken breast (21 grams protein), -1/2 C variety of fruit...2 strawberries, 1 slice of kiwi, l small piece of fresh pineapple(0.5 g protein), -1/2 C variety of vegetables...2, 3" pieces of celery, 1 cauliflower floweret, 2 slices cucumber (0.5 g protein), and 1 very small bite of white birthday cake. It doesn't take much to add up to 50 grams of protein as one ounce of meat, etc equals 7 grams of protein and two servings of protein daily are supposed to be high density protein (meat) ((Sigh))
But honestly, this is truly a blessing (maybe in disguise) but God has given me the time and opportunity to get this straightened out before total kidney failure. Praise Him!!!
God bless you.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
And so goes this day of the rest of my life...
First let me say I have been going to the Diabetes Education Classes and also was sent to a kidney specialist because of the amount of protein in my urine. The results from the kidney specialist were actually good since it could have been so much worse....kidneys functioning at 50%. Because of the diabetes, I now have protein leaking into my kidneys...yada, yada, yada. Now I basically have to cut proteins. However he said he won't tell me to quit eating meats and other proteins because as a diabetic, I have already had to cut out the carbs...now where do I go? He also said not to worry about going on dialysis, which doesn't start until your kidney function is 10% because I would die from a stroke or heart attack before that happened as the bp and LDL numbers are way to high...he should have seen them a year or two ago. I didn't find him particularly helpful with his statement but not going on dialysis was his good news I think. This was definitely a wake up call for me. especially as these are issues my mom is currently suffering from. I DO NOT want to follow in her footsteps in these health issues.
Anyway I set up an appointment with a dietician and went to see her today with my blood work in hand as well as other medical information including the list of medications I'm currently taking, both prescription and OTC. She went over my blood work explaining things in detail so that I was able to understand what I was reading. I know I now have Stage 3 Kidney Disease and based on my weight and/or my goal weight (which worked out basically the same amount of grams of protein per day), she came up with a basic meal plan of calories, protein, carbs, etc. for me also taking into consideration my diabetes,high bp, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides. I am going to try to set up a week of meal plans based on this new information over the weekend and talking with her on Monday so that she will know I understand or if we need to fine tune everything together. So I am starting tonight...baby steps and one step at a time, one meal at a time, one day at a time...and maybe by Monday I will have figured out my meals for the week. If not I will just do a day or two and repeat those daily meals for the week until I truly get this new complication figured out. My biggest issue is that she also told me to keep my calories at roughly 1800...no less than 1500. I am having trouble getting to 1000-1200 most days. Help!!! Where do these calories come from??? and still keep the carbs, etc. within acceptable ranges for a diabetic???
I don't wish anything bad on any one of our members but I am hoping that there is someone out there with these same issues in one body package that can help me help this malfunctioning body.
By the way, the best news of the day is that my A1C is still 5.3!!! 244 She also found that a bit strange with my other numbers still so high...strange, but true. She went over my meter readings and was amazed with the conflicting information as the readings coincide with the 5.3 A1C but not the triglycerides, etc. This is just another amazing thing the body can do I guess.
God has been good to me again and blessed me with the opportunity to know what is happening and directing me in the direction I need to go before it was too late. He gives me a new opportunity each morning to thank him and start over, each day a new beginning. He gives me the strength to persevere and for this I give Him thanks!!!
God bless each of you as you continue your journey to a healthier you as he continues to bless me...I count my blessings daily and find them numerous!!!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
It was just 29 yeas ago today that I called one of the girls from the office where I worked at 7 am with the news that I was in labor and asked her to please pick up the office mail for me as I would not be coming to work today. Her response was, "Oh Helen, you have to get the mail. I'm going to be late but I will try to get there before Mr. G. I had a late night and am really tired." (translate to "hangover") Now what do you say to that, duh!!! I thought I had a pretty valid reason for taking the day off. Guess not...
Anyway off to the post office I went after taking my older daughter to Grandma's and telling her what was going on, and then to the office, where I opened and distributed the mail.
Mr. G came in at his usual time about 10 am and had his iced tea and morning meetings with each of us girls. One of the girls told him I was in labor...he started getting all excited and told me to go home, he didn't want me ruining his new carpet when my water broke. How thoughtful was that!!! Of course, the carpet had just been installed the previous week. However, he did finally throw me out at lunchtime.
I went down to our Fisher's Big Wheel store so that I could walk around...once they got you at the hospital during that era, they put you to bed and you stayed there. Our Lamaze teacher had said that walking would make the labor go faster and easier. However, PENN DOT was installing a red light at our new McDonald's intersection, so there I sat in traffic for about 20 minutes. Mind you I passed the hospital on my way to Fisher's Big Wheel, not thinking that I had to go back through the construction to get back there. After walking for a couple of hours and actually doing some shopping, I thought I had better go to the hospital. It took almost an hour to get there. Upon arrival and being checked by the doctor, she told me to go home (like I lived next door), walk, and come back when the contractions were at more regular intervals instead of bouncing around everywhere. I went outside and walked around the hospital parking lots until 6 pm, when I finally was admitted with maximum peaking contractions although I still was not dilated and my water had not broken. The doctor had to do both manually...not a pleasant experience...and to think I had everything imaginable in my labor bag from the bottle of champagne to tennis balls and a wooden rolling pin. I think the wooden rolling pin was to hit your coach, husband or doctor over the head with since it wasn't any good for anything else. All my "tricks of the easier labor" were left in the labor bag...you're not even allowed to have alcoholic beverages in the hospital...go figure that our Lamaze coach didn't know that one. Anyway when all was said and done, my beautiful daughter was born at 7:13 pm on 7/13 and weighted...guess what? 7 pounds 13 ounces. What a great and blessed Friday the 13th!!!
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