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!!!
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