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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Okay, I finally got the call back from my renal nutrition specialist, and here's the scoop:

She says it is true about the protein, but only up to a point. She told me that for my situation, I should have no less than 50 grams of protein a day, so my body isn't making up any caloric deficits by burning up muscle mass and adding to the whole spilling protein process--BUT...

...NO MORE THAN 70 grams--but that only 30 of that should be from animal protein.

The rest needs to be from PLANT sources. There's something about the animal proteins that we need but too much is still an issue for kidney function. Kind of makes sense, and it does give me something to shoot for. That's going to make the whole thing a little easier--and a little more complicated--since protein sources are all high in potassium, and plant stuff is often higher that animal sources! Win some, lose some... LOL Keep in mind too, this is MY situation. You may have other requirements... it IS a funny thing, Wendy! LOL We all have to find our own balance, I guess...

Interesting that SP-D has the protein needs STARTING at 70 grams... and we're not allowed to customize that particular nutrient. Same with fats and carbs... can't change them. I just have to "ignore them." Now, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE SP, and think it's the best thing I've ever found for improving my life... but my renal gal asked why I didn't go back on the regular program so I can customize those things. The ONLY real reason is the blood sugar logging... and I need to do that in my (purse-sized) notebook, in which I also keep my appointment dates, BP records, pain meds records, etc, so it's all there in one place when I go to the doctors' visits...

I am seriously considering going back to the regular program so I don't get those spikes on my report graphs. I hate to change it, but it's getting more and more irritating! LOL

I think the program parameters can be very helpful for someone who has no idea where to start with a new diabetic regimen, and whose medical practitioners haven't given them any guidelines... but our doctors and nutritionists should set our parameters, and we're intelligent enough to know that if we change them, the program won't reflect our progress or lack of it. Everyone ELSE is given guidelines but gets to decide those things for themselves... I just want to know why we aren't given the courtesy... instead, we're just told that if our doctors tell us differently, we should ignore the given parameters. Grr.

I use the daily reports to tweak my menus, and I find the graphs to be quite useful in speeding up the process-- but it IS irritating to have it show I'm high or low when I'm where I SHOULD be!

Okay, I'm off my soap box now! LOL


And yes, Morticia, Amigo does want to come inside. He sticks his little nose into my kitchen when ever I open the door--unless he sees Licorice or Isis there. He'll sit and they watch each other through the glass, but if he feels they are too close, he gets a little spooked and backs off... even when he's eating. And when they get a sniff at each other, there's a bit of a hiss and run thing going on... And Licorice is jealous, and takes it out on Isis... little monkey that he is. LOL

Even if they do get used to each other and stop the hostility activities, I can't let him in, though. He hasn't had his shots, he's unneutered and so he'd still spray...and not only would I have to get another litter box--and find ROOM for it--it would cost me another $300 pet deposit! Just can't swing that...

I mull it over every few days, it's a real temptation. But I don't want people to think I'm one of those crazy "cat hoarders"... emoticon... or to BECOME one! LOL


I talked to my dad yesterday. His cataract surgery went very well, he's using his drops etc, and gets to go in again in two weeks or so, to get some new glasses for reading. Today he's in a 5-hour battery of stress tests, partly to see if he's healthy enough to take a trip to Idaho to see his great grandchildren who live there. My sister and her DH are making the trip, and offered to take him and his wife along... I hope he can go, he doesn't get out and about as much as he used to, seems he tires rather easily these days. But hey, 83... he IS entitled--and he still jokes around! LOL

I think I'll call today and see how my "hippy hermit" brother and his lady are doing... She's the one that had that horrendous heart attack a while back. Last time I talked to him, he said there's a part of her heart that doesn't seem to be healing up the way it should and the doctors have a few concerns... so a cheerful check-up call is definitely in order!...

Got a lot to do today on my own account, too. I have a bunch of stuff to bag or box up for Goodwill; I haven't made my bed or done my workout today (headache though, I'm moving S*L*O*W*L*Y right now), I'm running out of a few things and need to create a list for tomorrow--which is also when I get to meet my new podiatrist-- and I'm COLD so I'm going to rummage around and find a long sleeved shirt or sweater somewhere... And crank up the heat!... Sounds like fun, huh? LOL

Be well...
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    NASFKAB, I'll do my best--thank you SO much for caring! emoticon
    3413 days ago
    I can tell you that it is a pain in the tush and no matter how time consuming and difficult it gets, it is a necessity not an option. But when I think about all these issues that we share, I praise God for these problems because I know they could be worse. So glad I went to the Cleveland Kidney Clinic last week.
    Blessings, love and hugs, dear friend.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers,
    3415 days ago
    Yep it is hard isn't it. All the guidelines that we have put on us does make life interesting. I can have 60 grams of protein with 45 grams coming from meat.
    Usually all over the place more down than up, very seldom hit exactly 60 grams LOL. Oh well can't have it all.

    3415 days ago
    hope you can manage it all
    3416 days ago
    Sounds like you have had a busy time, Kathy. Glad you had a chance to talk with the renal nutritionist. The one my hubby has is a godsend!
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    3416 days ago
    you and morticia are beginning to sound like sisters never a dull moment there lol
    the lady mary
    3417 days ago
    GF, I can't help it but I hate to see you have to go though all of us. It's sounds so time consuming and hard to me. My mom was on a special renal diet and it drove me crazy trying to help her eat right. I know you have a good attitude but it's too much.

    LOL. I don't mind a good cat hoarder myself. LOL. I wish it weren't so expensive because I think Amigo really likes you.

    I hope all your family is doing well and that your dad can go on the trip.
    3417 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/20/2012 3:34:42 PM
    Kath, m'dear!
    As I think I said to you already....... I'm impressed and intimitated by how you know what your body needs...so well. You may have well have spoken in an alien tongue!!! But I know you'll do what is needed to reach optimal health.
    Just get your rest.
    Don't push too hard.
    Know your limits......and you'll impress them all!!!
    I just know it!!
    Luv u, Libby emoticon emoticon
    3417 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/20/2012 3:21:44 PM
    Lucky you're so intelligent. Keeping track of all of that would be overwhelming if you weren't. Best of luck with finding a happy medium. I should send you some of our warmth. It got up to 78 degrees here yesterday. Today is a few degrees cooler because it started out cloudy, but it's glorious now. I have to get to my workout (still haven't started for the day). We were cleaning windows and screens, and I was doing the laundry all morning. Time for lunch. Feel better, dear heart!
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    3417 days ago
    Frustrating trying to deal with such a special dietary challenge. OYE. Good luck. Guess I'm with you . . . I'd go back to the regular program and working with it. Glad you have the guidelines, though, from the renal dietitian to work with. My lil sis did that too.
    3417 days ago
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