CECILY55's CalorieKing blog

Saturday, Feb 28 2009 - Saturday and tomorrow is a brand new month!

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Again. I'm so lazy I think it's cool to be able to reuse a BLOG title.

Yesterday was not my day. I was tired and felt a little yucky--sort of like one of those blow-up Christmas santas that is beginning to lose his air: Deflated!! Maybe I'm coming down with a cold, maybe it's just hold-over from surgery, maybe post-op depression, who knows.

Today will be better! I feel pretty good this morning, a little tired, but OK. I AM going to eat better today--yesterday was kinda outta whack. I always feel better when I eat right. Also, I'm going to get my lazy butt out of the chair and do something. I need to go to WalMart (Kleenex, egg beaters, tuna); we're going to Boise today, so we can stop at the Co-op for some stuff. I read an article on salt the other day--talking about the different kinds of table salt; I think I want to check out some of the fancier salts because different crystal structure affects how it tastes. Some of the imported salts give a lot more salt taste for the sodium buck; these salts are expensive, but if you only use them at the table, I'm not not sure it really matters all that much. The Co-Op always has some great sushi-grade tuna, so I will probably get some of that, too.

When we go to Boise, I'm going to stop by the Running Shop and get some new running shoes. I have a great pair that turned out to be just a little small; the other pair fit great, but for some reason they are just too hot to run in except when it's really cold. My current shoes are destined for the garden and outside work!

I've whined about the surgery, but at the end of the day I can see some real positive things. I can sleep on my right side--something I haven't been able to do for over two years since the cysts got so big. I can do leg presses and bring my knees almost up to my chest and still breathe. I have had normal bowel movements for the first time in a couple of years. My bladder works right--especially now that the cystitis is cleared up. I still have some gastroparesis and reflux, but it is way less. Back pain and stiffness is nearly non-existent and will probably disappear completely over the next few months. I wasn't a real fan of the post-op hemorrhage, bladder infection, bronchitis, and all the other stuff, but that's just the "fine print"; I think it will probably be worth the annoyance in long-term quality of life.

I know this is a coulda-shoulda-woulda, but I wonder how my life would have been different if my parents had told me about the PKD in 1975. Considering the fact that my BP was high even then, I'm quite sure I would have been agressive about diagnosis and treatment once I got over my snit. I also suspect my professional life would have been different--I very likely would have had the spark and drive to go on to med school, possibly to become a nephrologist because I've always been good at pursuing a goal when it's driven by personal agenda.

From Dad's medical records, he was diagnosed with PKD in 1975. I've tried to think back to see what was going on with my family about that time. I graduated in 1974, so I was in grad school in 1975--living in Moscow with Dennis and going to school. It must have been traumatic for my parents--failing kidney function followed by IVP, diagnosed just after he retired. Looking back, however, nothing sticks out--everything seems pretty much routine. I wasn't particularly close to my parents during that period and I was highly focused on school/career, but still nothing stands out--they were so good at "not worrying me" that I never really knew what was going on. I bet Uncle Lynn knew about it--he was the doctor and consultant of the family; if he knew, I'm surprised he didn't tell me. The whole thing is so sad.

By the end of March I am going to weigh less than 150--that's something over 8 pounds. It's a very doable goal and I can do this. It's not like I have to starve--I just have to eat sensibly and exercise regularly. I can and will do this.

Evening: Today was a good day. I got some new running shoes and some great socks. I also got a nice mountain bike with some of the accessories--shoes, helmet, gloves, water bottle, distance computer; not to bad, the total bill came in at about $1300. I am now set for the spring and summer and I am psyched!! I ate wisely today, even though we ate out at lunch. Larry and I had lunch at a new Mediterranean restaurant in the Albertson's Marketplace--it was great. Then I walked 50 feet down to the Running Shop and got my shoes; I also got 4-5 pair of really cute, comfy socks. Spiffy! For dinner I had salad and left-over chicken; after dinner I actually turned the chicken carcass into chicken stock.

Tomorrow: I'm going to go for a bit of a run at the Rec Center first thing. When I get home, I'm going to clean the kitchen (SHOCK!!) and the coffee table in the TV room. Then we need to go to Costco to get some coupon stuff--kitty litter, coffee, zip loc bags--stuff like that. Dinner with Larry's mom tomorrow afternoon--I'd like to go some place where I can get fish or seafood, maybe Red Lobster.

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