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I am determined to improve my bloodwork!

Thursday, March 08, 2018

I got the results from my blood test today. My hemoglobin is still on the low side and my phosphate levels are still high! My calcium levels are ok though. I have to watch all these levels because I am on dialysis.

I am determined to abstain from high phosphate foods like nuts! Switching to a more expensive phosphate blocker is out of the question! Even if my doctor orders it I will refuse as I can't afford it!

I will also have to control my fluids a lot better. I really have no choice! As it is my bill is already too much! I am determined to improve my blood work!
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    It is so good to have you back!!! Your positive attitude will help you get to where you want to be. I know you can do it, and I also know that it is not easy; but with God's help, you will be successful!!!
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    121 days ago
    keep your focus on what you CAN have - that's what helps me.

    there are way more things that I CAN have than the relatively short list of foods I need to avoid.

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    131 days ago
    I did a search online to see what foods were high in phosphate/phosphorus.

    fast food
    canned fish
    Cola (Coke/Pepsi/Dr Pepper)

    What did your renal dietitian say is okay to eat ? that's what you should be using for your guidelines as far as what to eat. If you follow your doctor's dietary recommendations, your blood work will improve. If you keep eating fast food (KFC, McDonalds, BK, etc) your blood work will get worse.

    I know you enjoy eating kippers and sardines, but you should avoid them if they are high in phosphorus. Eat more of the foods you do enjoy that your dietitians says are okay to eat. That's how you will improve your blood work.

    132 days ago

    If you know you should be avoiding nuts, then you need to make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks you can eat instead of the nuts.

    What are some foods your renal dietitian said you can eat for snacks ? I know you can eat oranges and apples. How about slicing up a nice apple, sprinkle some cinnamon, cloves, tamarind, nutmeg... whatever spice you have. I love snacking on apples w/cinnamon.

    Keep the nuts out of the house if they are too tempting. You can do this, but you do need to be prepared.

    132 days ago
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    What foods do you need to avoid? Read up on it... And do it!
    132 days ago
    The old expression "a little bit is o.k." isn't o.k. with you. It leads to too much and/or too often.

    Take good care to read the nutrition label, and put down what isn't suitable. I actually do this quite a bit, even tho' I would like to have something. It comes down to will power versus 'won't' power. Have the willpower to say "I won't" be tempted.

    Kris xxx

    132 days ago
    To quote the wise Master Yoda: "Try not. Do or do not!! There is no try.. "
    Plan one or two changes you can make and stick to them!
    Will be thinking of you....
    132 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/8/2018 8:48:33 PM
    Me, too! We can do this! 👍🏻💪🏼
    132 days ago
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