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Old 09-06-2023, 03:44 PM   #61  
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I was admitted but the doctor is trying to get me out tomorrow so I can keep the appointment at his office that's scheduled. They also made a new dental appointment for me.

I hope your blood draw goes well and you enjoy your dinner.

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Carol Sue I pray you will be able to get out of the hospital and make your appointment tomorrow. Maybe you can also get all the answers to the questions you wanted to ask the doctor. I've always heard your fruit and veggies that are considered water foods counted as part of your 8 glasses of water a day. I don't know how you to count it in.

It was such a busy day today that I came home and ate pir dinner then fell asleep watching TV. The next thing I knew I woke up and it was 7:25 pm but I thought it was morning.

I like the new doctor's office and the girl in the lab was very nice and helpful and excellent at taking blood. I don't know hoe they do it wasn't able to feel the needle when she stuck me. Amazing.

I pray all goes well and you will be back to yourself again soon.
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I am pretty sure I'm leaving the hospital today. Then I only have to go across the street to the doctors office. They are trying to coordinate it so I don't have to go home and come back.

I am going to have to be very careful about what I eat. I don't want this to happen again! I already told DH that I'm going to have another $295 copay!!

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I'm home from the hospital. We met with the TAVR team and I have a tentative date of 11/27/23 to have the procedure done.

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Carol Sue I set down to look on here to see if you were home and fell asleep. I am glad you are home and have a tentative time for the TAVR procedure done. I hope the TAVR were able to answer your questions.

Nothing new here. I never did the 20 minutes on the recumbent bike yesterday. I have done most of todays exercise of 20 minutes. If I can do 10 more minutes on the recumbent bike and do 10 more tomorrow, I can make up those 20 minutes I missed yesterday so I can take off Sunday. I could skip them and still have 5 days which isn't bad. Will see as I'm still sleepy. DS reminds me that I'm still healing. I just don't want that to become an excuse to skip anything.

You take good care of yourself. When do you go to the dentist? Prayers continue for you Dear Friend.
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Trish, I agree with DH, that you are still healing. I understand the need to keep up with your exercise and be compliant without excuses. But your body also needs rest at this time. Look how far you've come! You were having trouble even having any mobility at all. Now you are adding more every day.

I am very upset that I ended up in the hospital again. I don't know if I caused this myself or if its just getting worse this quickly. The doctor
told me to be very careful what I eat. This time they gave me a booklet that tells me exactly what I can eat and what to avoid. I know it will be very hard because of the way DH eats. I have to learn that I have to follow the diet that they gave me and let him eat what he wants to eat. I want to set my mind to losing more weight in the next 3 months leading up to the procedure. I think the less I weight the better the procedure will go.

They gave me an antibiotic to take for 7 days and I'm afraid to take it after the problems I had with Cipro. I just took the first one and DH has been told to call an ambulance if I have a bad reaction. They think I have a UTI.

So I have a plan, and if I don't follow through I can only blame myself.

Trish, this is funny and it reminds me of things you told me about your Dad. After I got home yesterday I went in to lie down at 6:30. They changed my fluid pill to twice a day so I took my second pill. Next thing I knew I woke up at 9 pm. I still didn't have to urinate. I didn't understand why the pill didn't work. Then DH came to bed and told me he found a pill on the floor next to my recliner. He showed me the pill and it was my fluid pill I thought I took. That reminded me of when you told me you found pills down in your Dad's chair and realized he was dropping his pills. Your Dad had a good excuse because he was in his 90s but I'm only 77. I have to be more careful of this, plus I have to be careful because my dog might eat a pill off the floor.

I now have a dentist appointment for next Thursday. The dentist office moved so I have to find where they moved to. The nurse at the TAVR office told me that I don't have to have any dental work done, that they just have to certify that I don't have any infection, but since I have 3 months before the procedure I might just get it done and get it out of the way.

My dog was very sad that I didn't come home and just sat staring at the door. When I came home he was so happy, wagging his tail and jumping all over me. Even DH isn't that happy to see me!
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Carol Sue When my kids were teenaagers, we had a doctor that told my daughter that it takes a year to heal after surgery. So I know that some of these things I'm experiencing is probably just normal.

I too realize that I need to eat the way I need to eat for my body. DH just doesn't get it that I can't eat a lot of salt. The bad thing is I go ahead eat the way he eats. Eating the way the hospital fed me was so far off of the low carb woe I ate before I went to the hospital. They fed me sugar and lots of carbs and I was hooked on them when I came home. Before I came home, they took me off salt, but didn't recommend low salt diet when I came home. I think that is why DH doesn't take it serious even though the oncologist told me that it salt contribute to adema. I think the hospital did a trade off. They removed the salt and replaced it with sugar becaise they gave me insulin. What I have to do at this point is to eat a low salt, low carb and lowfat diet regardless what DH thinks. I want to correct this situation with a quality life as much as possible because I want to live whatever time I have left as healthy as possible. I pray God will help you and me find the way for us to do it.

I pray you have no problem with the antibiotic and feel better. Also praying that everything goes well at the dentist. I need to call my dentist and set up a time to get my teeth cleaned. I need to have that done the week before one of my infusion treatment. I'm sure I will need DL or an ID so it will have to be after October 10 appointment at DMV.
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Hi friends: back from Camp, aka cottage aka cabin. Doing ok, but no weight loss. Time to get serious.
My knee is getting quite bad, and I am needed Tylenol for arthritis everyday.
Carol and Trish, just reading that studies are supporting your use of numeric and ACV for blood sugar control, I am posting the quote from Medscape; Apple cider vinegar and fenugreek seeds are the most effective at reducing fasting blood glucose and A1c levels compared with four other popular herbal remedies for type 2 diabetes, a recent systematic review found.

The review included 44 randomized clinical trials with more than 3000 participants using six herbal remedies: apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, curcumin, fenugreek seeds, ginger, and saffron.

Apple cider vinegar, fenugreek seeds, curcumin (turmeric), and cinnamon resulted in statistically significant reductions in fasting blood glucose compared with the control groups in the clinical trials. Out of all the remedies, the authors found apple cider vinegar to be the most effective for lowering fasting blood glucose levels.



The review also found that apple cider vinegar and fenugreek seeds had a statistically significant effect on reducing A1c compared with the control groups. The authors found the herbal remedies made no difference to insulin level or homeostatic model assessment for insulin resistance (HOMA-IR).

The results are published online in Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews. The authors said they hoped the review would help medical professionals and people with type 2 diabetes understand the effectiveness of different herbal remedies and consider incorporating these remedies into standard care.



"Some people use curcumin, some use ginger, some use apple cider, but it's not clear which is better," said Shiv Mudgal, PhD, corresponding author of the paper and an associate professor in nursing at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Deoghar, India.



"We thought it would be nice to get some idea about how they work and how they compete with each other," said Subodh Kumar, MD, the first author and an associate professor in pharmacology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Deoghar, India.

They wanted to understand how the herbal remedies worked by including insulin level and HOMA-IR as measurable outcomes but found nothing conclusive. Instead, they speculated that the effect of apple cider vinegar and fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and A1c could be related to delayed gastric emptying, among other mechanisms.

However, the results should be interpreted with caution, said Kumar.

Apple cider vinegar had three clinical trials to back the finding, and fenugreek seeds had four studies supporting the results fewer than the other included remedies. The authors also identified risks of bias from the randomization process and the allocation concealment process in several of the included trials.



Most of the studies included only short follow-up periods, meaning that the long-term effects of using these herbal remedies to help manage type 2 diabetes remain unclear.

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Good to see you back, Mad. I hope you enjoyed your time at camp.

I have used Tylenol Arthritis for my knee for years. I no longer take it every day. I don't get constant pain and I wear an elastic knee brace except when sleeping.

That is a lot of interesting information about lowering glucose. Unfortunately I cannot use vinegar right now with my health matters.

So far the antibiotic didn't cause anaphylactic issues but it did cause loose bowels. Not diarrhea yet but it might get worse as I take more.

I feel better today but night is when things get worse. DH wanted to go out to eat and to the casino but I voted that down. I need rest, and we have to get up early for the dogs haircut. He can live without the casino this once.

Trish, I am having the same issue with food, even though I said I would not do it. I'm eating what he wants because he won't eat what I want. Eating out is easier but I still have to watch sodium. And we can't eat out every day. He got a pizza and I ate 1 piece but I have to eat something later so I can take the antibiotic. 6 more days of this. That interferes with my 6 hour eating window because I have to take it every 12 hours, so I eat every 12 hours.

They said they were giving me low carb meals at the hospital but their idea of low carb is not the same as mine. They give me insulin but not enough to keep my glucose low enough for me. I was not allowed to take my diabetes meds.
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Fatmad It is always good to see you here again. You are missed when you aren't here.

I tried to drink the ACV after my hysteredtomy but things felt so raw inside from the surgery that when I would drink it my insides would burn. That is the only way I can explain it. However, I appreciate your information. DH drinks it and I do want to use it again when my body allows me to drink it. In fact, I will start trying it again. Thank you for reminding me of it.

Sorry you are having problems with your knee.

Carol Sue I am glad that you havem't had anaphylactic issues and I hope you won't. I am surprised your DH wanted to go to the casino today with all you are going through. Hope your evening and night goes well.

I did manage to make up the 20 minutes on the recumbent bike that I missed on Wednesday when we had our labs done so I will have my 6 days exercise done this week.





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Trish, I am not surprised that DH wanted to go to the casino. When he was visiting me in the hospital he was probably thinking "I'm missing the casino.". When i got out of the hospital he said we are only 5 minutes away from the local casino. He spent the afternoon outside with son in law cleaning up more apples that fell off the tree and son in law weed whacked all around our yard. I am very thankful that he helped. He works 7 days a week and has very little time to himself.

I am very tired but I don't want to fall asleep too early and not sleep at night.
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Weight is back down to 169.8! Finally. I have to keep it there or below. I didn't sleep great, but my heart rate and breathing were good all night. I also finally got blood sugar back down. I never made the connection before to feeling so much better when blood sugar and sodium are low. The carnivore/keto people on Twitter are constantly saying that salt is important and that it doesn't contribute to health issues, and I always believed them. But now I see that salt does come into play with certain health issues.

I think its helping that they increased my fluid pill to twice a day. I think I could have avoided this second hospital visit if I had know I could take a second one. I thought about it when I could feel the fluid building up again but was afraid to take another one. I think the secret is to be diligent and don't allow that to happen.

I want to take the antibiotic around 8:30 before we leave for the dog groomer. I have to take it with food. I know that yogurt is important when you take an antibiotic so I've been eating Greek yogurt when I take it.

I have a lot to do today after we come home from the groomer. I have some clothes that need to be put away. I have a few bills that are due. And I have to order the BP med that they started back. My kitchen floor needs to be cleaned. DH usually does that but I can do it if he doesn't.

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Carol Sue I'm glad you did good during the night. I always thought I needed more sodium when eating VLC too but I don't think that is true any more either. I do wish my primary doctor would allow me to take 2 Lasix if and when I need it. That is something I want to talk to him about when I see him Wednesday. I also want to talk to him about the neuropathy.

I have decided to follow the low carb plan they gave DH DD when she was pregnant. I bought a book years ago titled Low Carb for Dummies. I was reading it yesterday to refresh my memory on it and realized it is so much like the WW plan I followed a few years ago and lost weight on. Like WW it isn't necessary to count the carbs in fruit and veggies. eUnlike WW...on this plan you don't have to count carbs in lowfat dairy either. This way I don't have to give up the fruit I need or some of the starchy carbs I like as long as I count them. This will get me back on track so I learn portion control.

I ended this week with my 6 days of exercises done. I am thankful for that. Tomorrow will be my off day. Monday I will work toward adding 5 minutes of the recumbant bike. I also drank the ACV today with no problens.

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We went to Rodneys today and I had baked scrod. It is baked with crumbs on top which I scrape off. Here's what made me angry. I entered it on MFP and there were many different choices with varied numbers. As a guess I picked one that said generic baked scrod. It came up with 0 sodium. I knew that could not be right. And I know the sodium is going to vary depending on how each restaurant prepares it. So I looked it up online and 3.5 oz is 300+ mg of sodium. The piece I had looked like 5-6 oz so I chose an entry for that amount and it said 637 mg sodium. In total for the day it was less than 1000, and I doubt if that's correct. I was told not to go over 2000. I can only hope that I'm not going over, but I don't feel that MFP is giving me the correct total. Most of my foods do not have a label that tells me how much sodium is in a portion. Its either food we prepare at home like my fried eggs and toast or food cooked in a restaurant. Chains like Texas Roadhouse or Bob Evans have nutritional info online but Rodneys is a privately owned business and does not have this information on their website. The best I can do is try to eat as much zero sodium food I can to make up for the food I don't know about. I think the doctor would tell me not to eat in restaurants but that will not happen. Restaurants are part of our lifestyle. I can only make the best choices I can and request no seasoning. I no longer salt my food or eat salty foods. I am annoyed that I can no longer eat canned fish like tuna or kipper snacks.

My dog looks so nice. He was well behaved and they had him bathed and cut in less than an hour. DH helps by holding his head when he tries to bite the groomer. They are nice people, a married couple, but tough looking, like you would never want to make them angry! They would beat your butt!!

Trish, I'm not sure Lasix can be taken twice a day. I take Bumex. They explained to me that Lasix pulls the potassium out of the body and is hard on the kidneys compared to Bumex. From when I took Lasix years ago it seemed that Lasix pulls more fluid off than Bumex, so I need to take it twice a day.

I have that Low Carb for Dummies book, too, Trish. You told me you got it and I looked and looked for it til I found it. I normally don't eat much fruit because it raises my blood sugar but it is something that I can eat that doesn't have sodium. It doesn't raise blood sugar a lot. I'm also eating yogurt while I'm taking this antibiotic. I had some plain Greek yogurt and today I bought some small cups in different flavors for variety. I have to take it twice a day for the next 5 days. I don't really know why I'm taking it and can't tell if its doing anything. I guess it has to be doing something.


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Carol Sue I want to ask the doctor about taking some other fluid pill. I never liked Lasix. Oncology wanted me to take 40 mg which is what Daddy took fpr high bp. My primary doc refused to allow me to take that much. I don't add sodium to my food most of the time. Daddy used pepper instead of sodium and it works nicely since I don't add salt to my food.

I have been reading highlights of the Low Carb for Dummies, but I decided that I need to read the book againt to be sure I am doing things right. I've been trying to keep my sodium around 2000 mg or less.

Headed to bed soon.
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Trish, I never liked Lasix either. Your primary probably didn't want you to take more because it drain your potassium. I always had to take potassium with it. Also, I remember you saying your sodium was testing low and he didn't want it to go lower. You may just need it until you get the rest of the fluid off. That might happen as you go through your continued treatment. In the past my sodium was low normal. I wonder if it is actually in the low range now. If I didn't have CHF I think I could have sodium. I no longer use salt but we do need some sodium. I remember when BIL had seizures from not enough sodium. This wish I had a better way to know my number besides MFP.

Our situations are different. I do not have noticeable swollen ankles but my fluid accumulates in my lungs causing me extreme shortness of breath. I think that's why your Dad took it too.

Scale is down to 167.8. I know this is from loss of fluid. During the night I had a horrible cramp in my right foot and leg. I think this is from dehydration. It is always the right leg. It took a long time before it stopped. I put some salt on my tongue. I had to. I cannot take magnesium while I am taking the antibiotic. 5 more days.

I am coughing up a lot of mucus today, more than usual. I don't know if the antibiotic is causing that. I hope its a good sign and not a bad sign.

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I just read thru the information I received at the hospital. I read the short list of foods that I am allowed on the low sodium diet and I AM allowed vinegar. I thought it was on the not allowed list.

DH is peeling apples and I got everything else ready for another apple pie. Probably the last one of the season.

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