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Help.....I don't want to be in starvation mode...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Day 6. Help... I was not having these problems when I was just watching the carbs due to my diabetes. Most of the time calories was not a problem. I am having a very hard time trying to stay on limited protein (50 grams per day) and carbs (45 grams per meal) and still get enough calories. I must not eat the right foods for this combination. Looking for someone who can help me. This is taking up way to much of my day and night planning menus and still coming up wrong. Who would have thought it would be this difficult! I'm sure my body is in starvation mode and I can't allow that to continue. This just started after my visit to the kidney specialist and dietician last Friday. I need at least 1200 calories, 1500 preferred... where are they?? I have not been able to get more than 979 calories and even had a bite of birthday cake that day...usually getting between 650 and 800. I would really appreciate any advice keeping in mind that I can only have 45 carbs per meal and no more than 50 grams of protein for the entire day. Is there anyone Sparking who can help???
God is guiding me and keeping His healing hands on my kidneys. I think he maybe needs to put my brain in a higher gear.
God bless you.
Hugs,
Helen

  
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WINNIE-POOH 7/26/2008 2:42PM

    Hello Mamma_Bear
Just checking in on you. I pray that all is going well for you.

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CAROLINEPC 7/25/2008 10:43PM

    Hi Helen,
I'm glad I checked in. I can't help, much, but can tell what I do.
1. I have category lists in my blog. One is protein.
2. I have found Wal-Mart's Great Value Chocolate Milk has 10 grams of protein per 8 oz, about 200 cals and carbs. When I find myself low like you are, I drink a glass or 2 to help make up for the low.
3. There's a group of around 54 of us called Sparkie's Spark Plugs. I run challenges based on reaching our nutrition levels. It'd be nice to have you join us. I am struggling just as you are. The group also has a Soup to Nuts section full of food information.

Remember, just take One Day At A Time, with Jesus, it makes things sooo much easier!
Caroline

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GRANDMANANCY 7/25/2008 2:03PM

    Praying for you Helen. MAke that dietician help you. That is why you are paying him/her. They can give you the correct advice... You definitely need more calories than 800...
praying~
nancy

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WOWEETOO 7/25/2008 1:59PM

    back up and running helen
are you dealing with kidney disease also??? that is usually the case when they are being so restrictive on the protein iw as on both the diabetic diet and the renal diet for six months and was barely getting 400-500 calories a day and that was certainly not good for sure my suggestions for you to increase the calories daily are with the water instead of drinking it plain add cranberry juice to it 1/2 and 1/2 use the juices with the other flavors but make sure it isn't the no extra sugar kind you have to have those calories and if you are doing kidney diet you aren't allowed articial sweetners anyhow and if you aren't on the renal try adding a 1/4 cup raw walnuts to your diet mix them with yogurt if you like and that will add whatever calories are in the yogurt PLUS 400 more for that quater cup of walnuts that are full of fiber and vitamin E but you gotta get those calories in are you using the insulin??? if not and you are on pills i would suggest you go to insulin it gives you the control you need and you will be able to control the sugars completely my doc took me off carb restrictions because i couldn't find enough to eat and i cover those with insulin short acting now so i am only on a renal diet it has helped a lot let me know what's going on so i can make the diet more specific for you and just be there for your support love and hugs mary

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JOANN135 7/25/2008 11:05AM

    Helen, did the doctor give you this plan or a nutritionist? Either way, ask them what you should eat. I'm sure that they won't think that 650-800 calories is good! The nuts suggestion is a good one. I wouldn't have a problem at all with that!
Jo Ann

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RAYLEEN789 7/25/2008 11:01AM

    Hi Helen, I don't know if I can be of any help to you, I just joined this group today. I have been diabetic for about 4 years now and I was not paying to much attention to it, I guess because it wasn't bothering me, I just took my pills and ate as usual. Am I overweight YES, I am considered obese. I am just trying that label on for size and I don't like it. About one month ago I started to have problems with Low Blood Sugar at one point my BS level was 39 and I was out in left field I had no idea what was going on I was incoherent and I didn't know what to do, so I said to myself, I know go to the bathroom. (This was a God thing) I went to the bathroom and on my vanity was a hard candy I popped it in my mouth and laid down on my bed, after a little while (how long ?) I started to feel better and I then realized that I needed to eat, so I did. The next day about the same time I started with the same symptoms, checked my BS and it was low again, not as low but about 57, after few days like that I called my doctor and she cut my Med's in half, and told me to check my BS about 4 times a day. I did this and several days later I went in to see her, my BS was still low but not as bad as it had been so she did some more medication adjustments and sent me to a diabetic nutrition class at our local hospital which is approved but the ADA. At that class I was told to have 45 grams of carbohydrates at each main meal and 15 grams at each of 2 daily snacks. They also have me on a 1200-1300 calorie a day eating plan. I have only been doing this since tuesday and I have not had one low BS reading or high BS reading. I have been able to get in at least 1200 calories, yeaterday was almost 1300. To plan my meals I am using the ADA's Choose your foods: exchange lists for diabetes. For example this morning I had 1/4 cup egg beaters, 1 Cup Special K with red berries, 1 cup 2% milk and 1/2 grapefruit. I have my lunch no longer than 4 -4 1/2 hours later, then I had a mid afternoon snack and my dinner around six. There is also this great web site called www.calorieking.com which has a great on line food analysis which includes menues from your favorite restaurants like Red Lobster, Olive Garden, McDonalds etc. I hope this is of use to you. God Bless and my prayers will be with you.
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LILLIAN364 7/25/2008 8:43AM

    Nuts if you can digest them; they can be hard to digest. Each more frequent meals if you can have 45 grams of carbohydrate at a meal and if they is no limit on the number of meals.

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AUDIOAMBROSIA 7/24/2008 10:51PM

    If you need extra calories, healthy fat is a way to do it. You could eat a bunch of nuts or peanuts, or take a big dose of fish oil -- works for me! :-)

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POLLY20 7/24/2008 8:30PM

    Helen, I know that it seems like a very rough road to travel, but you will find the ans.. It's basically trial & error at this point.. I know that I have a plan that was from a Nutri system basic start plan.. I will try to spark mail it to you.. You can follow this for about 3-5 days.. Then you need to stop & then after a few days off, you can go back to the plan again.. Ck it out if this sounds like something that might be comfortable for you that would be great.. I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers.. I know how desperate you are to keep yourself from creating more difficulties for yourself.. I'm not sure if this way is good for you.. I am a diabetic as well with elevated kidney
levels.. I tried this system of foods & felt terrific.. Love & Hugs Polly

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VICKI-BISHOP 7/24/2008 6:13PM

    Did your doctor tell you you couldn't have more than that in carbs and protein? What is a typical days menu like for you?
Vicki

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Day 3...who would have thought...

Monday, July 21, 2008

Today is Day 3 of healthier living according to my dietician and my new meal plans. I have always sorta followed SP's meal plans and changed what I didn't like or couldn't eat as a diabetic. I think I was really fooling myself in thinking that was all there was to it. That was the easy way out. I have turned off the meal plans and am doing my own which I should have been doing all along. SP makes it so much easier than looking everything up in the Calorie King book. Thank God for SP and their wonderful tools. It has been really hard for me to keep the protein to 50-52 grams. It is so surprising to see where protein is lurking and to find out that some proteins are better than others. I need 6 oz of high density protein...that's 42 grams of protein. Not much left to play with in regards to getting the carbs and calories I need. ((sigh))
But I am working on it and learning as I go. I definitely have to plan my meals at least for one day at a time. Hopefully I will soon be able to plan them for a week at a time. This will save on shopping trips and "gasoline". It helps that I live about 3 miles from the store and I can actually ride my bike there and back when the weather allows I just use saddle bags and a basket on the front and back to carry things as long as I am not after much. (I am thinking about getting a trike to carry a little more.) The cardio benefits are fantastic. The doctors say my heart and lungs are in excellent condition!! I hope they are close to being right. I don't do humidity well, although the rain doesn't bother me. That just gives me an extra shower for the day! lol
As I am learning more every day, I am truly amazed at the amount of weight I have lost since joining SP. I guess it doesn't matter how, it's gone thanks to all the motivation and encouragement I get from all our SP friends, family and members. I realize my eating was really, really out of control prior to September 2007 and it is no wonder I have medical issues. My body could no longer handle the abuse! Thank God for the wake up call in time to save me from myself!!!
Hugs,
Helen

  
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HSHEAJ 7/23/2008 8:31PM

    Riding your bike to the store? Woo-Hoo! What an inspiration you are! Way to go! Keep up the good work -- we are with you!
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KNITSKI 7/22/2008 7:28PM

    Helen, I'm so glad to hear all your great news. You are truly an inspiration to us all. Thank you for sharing.
Shirley

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CAREGIVER77 7/21/2008 10:39PM

    Helen, Thank you for sharing! Truly did motivate me. I was doing so much better until I have the boys 10 hours a day now!!! I have to trust that the Lord will help me to eat and feed the boys what He shows me and make sure it is healthy. God bless you and yours. Jo

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GRANDMANANCY 7/21/2008 6:12PM

    Hallelujah ! God is good. Sounds like you are offf and running to excellent health!!!!

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JOANN135 7/21/2008 6:01PM

    Helen, I can't wait to see your weight loss from this new way of eating and all that bike riding and of course, the better lab numbers! - Jo Ann

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MARLA7 7/21/2008 1:53PM

    Helen - You're absolutely right...our bodies could no longer handle the abuse! You said it all there. I thank God for SP every day too & for people like you who've become my friends! Keep up the great positive attitude!
(((((((((((Hugs)))))))
))) Marla

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A Great Day...I think...

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.
Hugs,
Helen

  
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WINNIE-POOH 7/24/2008 9:00AM

    Good Morning Helen,
Praise the Lord at all times and in all things. You are truly a blessing. I pray for His miraculous healing power to guide you every step of the way as you go through this journey towards your miracle.
Today, there's so many nutritious drinks on the market for different types of diseases and of course weight loss. You might want to see if you can find any. I will research the web to see if they have any special drinks for kidney patients. I know Glucerna makes one for diabetics, but I don't know what would be limited for kidney patients.
God bless and you continue to be blessed as you are a blessing. emoticon

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JOANN135 7/21/2008 5:52PM

    Wow - all I can think is how fortunate we are to live in an age where doctors can even test kidney function and then know what to do about it!
Jo Ann

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MARLA7 7/21/2008 4:40AM

    Helen - What a challenge! I understand fully that challenge though as I'm going through something similar myself. Of course, I'm on dialysis though. I hope you never make it there! Not fun! At all. Glad you enjoyed McKenzie's party. How old is she? Happy Birthday McKenzie!!! Take care now. Love ya, Marla
Oh, I'm in a group called: Losing Weight With ESRD-Kidney Failure. You might want to check us out. It's a very small group of people but they have lots of answers to questions there.

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LILLIAN364 7/21/2008 12:16AM

    I would recommend trying to get 10 to 13 percent of your calories as protein. That is low, but not so low that you can't rebuild muscle.

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God has blessed me once again...

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!!!
Hugs,
Helen

  
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MARLA7 7/21/2008 2:37AM

    Helen, Thank goodness you have a chance to correct your situation before it gets critical. I didn't. Mine just hit me. Boom! Total Renal Failure. I'm functioning at less than 10% as far as my kidneys go. I only go to the potty twice a day now, they told me that could stop anytime. I also have diabetes. I'd love to know the diet she gave you. I'm curious is it's close to the one given to me. Take care & yes, by all means, make yourself healthy. Take these problems as a sign that you can get on top of this situation & beat it before it gets you down. Continue to follow the Lord. He's ever present for you. Oh, thanks for your comments on my blogs. There's a few of us bloggers who try to do a positive blog nightly. You could join us if you wish...just jump in & start blogging! Hugs, Marla

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JUSTPEACHY1 7/20/2008 2:04PM

    Helen, I know you can do this. You have gotten your wake up call, and you are determined to do the best with this that you can. I'm praying that your visit tomorrow with the dietician will go well - it's so good that you're getting ono-on-one help from her.

You're always so encouraging to everyone else. I'm glad to see that you've gotten so many responses of encouragement to this blog that you wrote.

God bless you my friend! Ena

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POLLY20 7/20/2008 12:06PM

    Helen, It's really a wake up call when we have so many health issues.. Just take it day by day otherwise it gets to be too overwhelming..Your A1C is in your favor.. Keep making those healthier lifestyle changes & never give up.. We have too much life & fun ahead of us.. Love & Hugs Always Polly
I am fighting the same battle as well.. Last A1c was 8.6 I had it down to 6 last winter..

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/20/2008 10:50AM

    Hi Helen...this comment may not be at all useful re your condition but I have my blood tested every 6 mths for thyroid levels and they do the whole gambit of tests too.
Well for several tests my iron level was extremely high, according to the normal range! I had no idea what was causing it. Then suddenly, I saw that the level was completely back to normal....I often wondered if it was down to the person carrying out the analysis??

I pray the Lord will undertake for you and keep you well! emoticonJanet.

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RSTATHIS 7/19/2008 7:47PM

    It sounds like you have a good plan and a GREAT attitude. You can do it!

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PANSYGAL 7/19/2008 6:49PM

    So glad that you have found someone who can help you with your diet. God has directed you to a good place and I think you will do well. Take care. emoticon Gail

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MAMASALLYSOCKS 7/19/2008 4:19PM

    (((cow cuddles)))) everyone has said all.
Keep the faith!

~mama~

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MKPQ51 7/19/2008 1:16PM

    It's good that you're going to a dietician; the dietician will not only set up meal plans that will keep you in the ranges that are needed, but will teach you how to do the plans yourself. As GRANDMANANCY has stated, it would be good for you to have someone go with you to the appointments; this is one time when two heads are better than one. If you're not already, keep a journal of all things pertaining to your health. (As far as your food intake goes, use SP's nutrition tracker and then print out the reports daily; that way, you'll have them available for review at any time.)

As you've said, God has blessed you with the opportunity to find out what's happening and has directed you down the path you need to go. It is now your responsibility to continue to lose weight and follow the directions of those He has provided to help you. This will not be an easy journey, but it is one that will lead you to a healthy lifestyle.

Kat

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JEPSON 7/19/2008 12:42PM

    I think GrandmaNancy's post tells you a lot! Your kidney function can be reversed, and improved. Nancy's DH is a living example! I am so glad you found a good nutritionist. If you have a good one they are worth an occasional visit to keep you headed in the right direction. My prayers are with you.

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HSHEAJ 7/19/2008 10:38AM

    May God bless you and keep you as you continue to work toward overcoming these issues. With His help, you can do this! We are with you, too, Helen. Doctors can be real jerks, right? But sometimes that 'wake up call' is a blessing in disguise! I know that the numbers from my blood work are helping me to stay focused on my health goals, as well.

As for the calorie intake, I don't know if this is appropriate in your case, but 'Ensure' drinks (like 'Slimfast', but higher in calories) are nutritional and satisfying, I think. But you would definitely need to check on the proteins, etc., as related to your needs. -- Once we go through things like this, because of our research and experience, we feel like we have become 'experts' -- hopefully you will reach one of these people with your blog. God bless. ((Hugs)) Cindy
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MAJORMOM7 7/19/2008 9:26AM

    it sound to me as if your body is in stravation mode and that could mean weight gain and all those other problems. just remember that HE does not gives use more than we can handle. emoticon

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JOANN135 7/19/2008 8:31AM

    Helen, those baby steps will still get you there - you go, girl! ~ Jo Ann

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TAZZIE5 7/19/2008 8:19AM

    Helen: You are so wise to be on top of all these matters with professional help at your side. May our Divine Healer continue to lead you to the source of information best for you. Blessings to you.

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BRENDA2007 7/19/2008 8:10AM

    I'm not diabetic and don't really understand the numbers, but I pray that you find your balance with the proteins and everything turns out ok for you. You are doing a terrific job with your health issues.

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GRANDMANANCY 7/19/2008 6:56AM

    Helen,
You have alot of wonderful news on your blog. First is your A1C. Absolutely fabulous!!!! Then your triglycerides and cholesterol are going in the right direction. I think it is quite common for triglycerides and diabetes to go hand in hand... My hubby was diagnosed in January with Stage 3 kidney function. They explained that it would never come back but he could preserve a while longer his renal function. They said by the time a person reaches the age of 60 ( his age) The GFR is usually diminished but that his was 38-40.. I guess I should also add that my hubby's triglyceride with meds were over 500 and his cholesterol with meds was in the 300's with theHDL ( good one) being only 25.... His A1C was 9.6. As you can see...walking time bomb... When he got blood clots in his lungs in January... it was very scary, but it was his wake up call. He is very overweight also.

Now here is the good news. He met a dietician who headed him in the right direction and he was scared enough to not cheat on it. She put him on a very low calorie medically supervised liquid fast for 1 month. After that we have slowly added a few foods at a time. Because he is on warfarin for blood clots that complicates what he can eat also. He gets blood work at least once per month. He has one meal per day and follows the liquid fast for two meals. He is watched very closely...
Thursday of this past week he went to see nephrologist... He has lost 96 pounds. His total cholesterol is 145. His A1C is 5.2 His triglycerides are 172. His HDLis 35( getting better--should be over 40) but best of all his GFR is 56!!!!!!! Now the GFR should be 60... but the improvement is immense. He is down to a minimum of diabetic meds from being on byetta and humolog. He is off BP meds except the dr. is giving him one half a pill to help maitain kidney function. He will go back to see Dr. in 6 months and if his visit is this good again ,, He will see him in a year from then. We are talking 2010... Is that wild or what ???!! Do not get me wrong. HE IS NOT CURED!!!! He has more weight to lose,,, he is still taking cholesterol lowering meds and omega 3 for his triglycerides.... but he has been given a chance to live again and he is taking it !
Helen it is very difficult to follow the diabetic/ renal/ blood thinner diet, but my husband is proof that it can be done. His dietician felt that the loss of huge amounts of weight was crucial to him, and I believe she was right in his case. I am not a health professional. Real far from it as a matter of fact....but I found that I had to be informed in order for him to be healthy. Is there someone at home who can help you when you go to these apoointments? I would say take someone....even a friend or daughter or someone who will listen and help you remember. Then make a notebook about your health that you can refer to when you need to refresh your memory about what they have said to you, and then if you don't like this dietician....find another one...They are out there.
You can do this ! I will pray that you find the right direction to walk in ! But it is not impossible..
Many hugs to you dear friend
nancy
oops sorry for writing a book

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MARLA7 7/19/2008 4:48AM

    Helen - Actually with my Renal Failure I'm on a Renal Diet... I DO have diabetes BUT, they're more concerned with kidney issues than the diabetes at this point so I am encouraged to eat carbs... 7-8 servings per day on my Renal Diet.... 2-3 servings of protein. It's very confusing for me because I figured they'd want me to eat low carb because of the diabetes.

Yes, please see a dietician...they're very helpful with health issues in directing you what to eat & not eat. I'm glad your kidney function is as good as it is. Mine is LESS than 10% now. Follow the doctor's & dietician's orders. Let God continue to direct your paths. Best wishes my friend.
((((((((Hugs)))))) Marla

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ALPHAMAMA 7/19/2008 3:02AM

  I'm sorry for all of your difficulties. You are always one of the first to offer support and encouragement to others, and I hope I might be bale to do the same for you. Peggy

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MATHISGIRL 7/19/2008 1:54AM

  May God continue to bless you as you are doing your part I wish you all the best for your future journey. I will say a prayer for you each night. emoticon

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New doctor

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I went to a new doctor for my annual checkup today and the doctor said everything appears fine. If anything abnormal is found, she will let me know; but there is no reason to suspect anything. She did however want to let me know that I had high triglicerides, high cholesterol, had kidney function issues but my BP was fine at 120/70. Go figure!! Now she could not have read my chart...and I told her I thought I was doing a great job in finally getting them more under control, after all my triglycerides had been over 1800 in the beginning. She noted in my chart to keep a closer eye on everything including my kidney functions. I am not sure why doctors don't read the patients' charts before seeing the patient so they would know a little of what was going on...I do know that time is a great commodity and doctors have little of that.
Oh well, tomorrow is another day and "the emoticon will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar."
Each day is educational...and we are never too old to learn.
Hugs,
Helen

  
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CAROLINEPC 7/26/2008 12:11AM

    I'm blessed with a good cardio. He reads my chart EACH time I go in. I let him know of med changes and anything which had happened since he last saw me. He now does most of his own testing, except for blood. He's got his own camera to check your heart and ultrasound, treadmill, and other things. Sure beats making so many separate appointments.

I talked to him about my gp/clinic. He came right out and said, we are just another cattle going thru the chute with most doctors. He said there wasn't much use in changing. Well, after my last doc left the clinic and the new one flipped thru the chart to check for tests I know cardio sent and didn't look well enough to find them, I got really upset. Spent no time w/me and told me no on further knee tests, just lose weight. She didn't even ask if I am trying. Before she managed to get out the door, I asked if low thyroid would prevent loss. She hadn't even checked meds to know I'm taking stuff for it. She simply said, "yes" and walked out!

I've been sick again so this time just contacted the surgeon who took my gall bladder out. Forget the clinic. What these 2 docs can't handle, I'll go to a clinic clear across town for!

I feel for you Helen. Make sure you are assertive!

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ISAWAPUTTYTAT 7/17/2008 9:28PM

    I agree with grandmanancy i would do the same thing i really don't understand why they cannot take the time to read the charts we know more then them and we go to them go figure!

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MKPQ51 7/17/2008 2:48AM

    Though the doctors should have read the charts before entering the room, I'm sure, more times than not, they've just glanced at it before entering the room. (I must say I really like GRANDMANANCY's way of handling the situation.) More than likely the doctor's comment was based on your current triglycerides, cholesterol, and other test results and not on what the readings were in the beginning. Since some of these numbers are higher than they should be, you are not in the recommended range; thus, there is still need for concern. However, if the doctor had read "all" of your chart, she would have been able to have commented on how much you'd already improved and encouraged you to continue.

You've done such a fantastic job on lowering those numbers; press on towards dropping them into the recommended ranges (for your health's sake).

Kat



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KNIGHTRIDER1222 7/15/2008 5:05PM

  Way to go Momma Bear!!!!

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GRANDMANANCY 7/15/2008 1:41PM

    Doctors almost never read charts before you enter the room. I have made it a practice to say to the dr when he enters. "Have you had time to read my chart? If not, let's just sit here quietly while you read it." I sit there and say nothing until they have read my chart, then I begin to ask questions etc. If he tries to examine me in any way before reading the chart. I say..."OOps let's review first"
They tend to want to rush you through, but I want to get my $$$ worth... *chuckle*


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MARLA7 7/15/2008 6:43AM

    Helen - Why on earth didn't your doctor update herself on you before entering the room? Geez. That could scare someone to pieces getting old info. Please keep up on your labs, etc... especially about your kidneys. Believe me, I know. Hope you continue getting healthier by the minute my friend. ((((((Hugs))))) Marla

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WENDI_WA1 7/15/2008 12:16AM

    Hi Helen. Wow I was under the impression they were supposed to have all your records AND READ them before seeing a new patient. I hope she keeps up on your issues correctly. Sounds like your doing a good job keeping up with yourself. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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