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Praises, fireworks...and a great time for everyone

Friday, August 01, 2008

Praises for a wonderful Vacation Bible School this week. The children had a program at our church tonight and will repeat on Sunday during services. What a great time everyone had. After the services were over and refreshments served, our local Lions Club put off their Fourth of July fireworks which had been rained out on the Fourth. Honestly it was a coincidence as our VBS had been postponed due to the girl in charge being in a severe auto accident the week before Bible School was to start. Therefore our VBS was delayed while she healed somewhat from a concussion as well as other injuries. It just was a perfect ending for the children, leaders and the parents. So beautiful if just a bit noisy.
I am home now and we are getting thunder, lightening, and lots of rain. But it held off until everything was over. Praise God!!! To see the children singing their praises to God was beautiful!!! Brought tears to many an eye.
It has been a wonderful week for everyone. Very tiring for me, but that is another story.
Hugs,
Helen

  
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POLLY20 8/2/2008 11:35PM

    Helen My prayers are there for you now & Always.. Love & Hugs Polly

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GRANDMANANCY 8/2/2008 6:26AM

    God works it all out for His glory.... what we see as a problem.... He sees for a chance to show His grace and mercy. Thanks for sharing Helen.
(((HUGS)))
nancy

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Blood Pressure Readings

Saturday, July 26, 2008

What is your bp supposed to be? The doctor said he wanted mine ideally 120/70. Have to keep a close eye on it and no more salt because of the kidney failure. We just came back from a walk to raise mine a little. Mine had dropped to 93/54 and my ears were ringing, I was dizzy, and afraid I was going to pass out. I don't think mine has been below 100 since I was born. I will keep a close eye on mine tomorrow and call the doctor on Monday...unless something else happens. Not sure what I am doing about taking my Lotril and Lopressor that is due now. I think I will hold up on it til tomorrow. I fell asleep last night and never took them either. Did take them this am though.
God bless.
Helen

  
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HSHEAJ 7/29/2008 8:44PM

    Helen! I hope you have called your doctor to talk about this! It is my understanding that you don't want to play around with your bp meds (or others) -- keep your dr informed and follow his advice. He/she knows your situation and the other meds that you are on, and can advise you. If possible, keep a log of your bp each day (or each time that you take it), including the time of day, and any meds that you have added or skipped.

I love you and want you to be as healthy and happy as you can! Take care!!!!!!
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WINNIE-POOH 7/27/2008 8:56PM

    I pray for complete healing and restoration in JESUS name.
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POLLY20 7/27/2008 8:45PM

    Helen, Make sure that you talk to the Dr.. Maybe you will get some answers.. Love & Hugs Polly

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VICKI-BISHOP 7/27/2008 10:51AM

    Your BP was a little low. You might need to up your sodium a little. Sometimes if it gets too low it'll bring the bp down and you'll feel dizzy. But I'd sure check with your doctor.
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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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