Monday, April 30, 2012

Diet and fluids are my kryptonite

The last two days I've had way to much salt and as a result I've drank way too much. Diet and fluid are my two biggest issues. They are my kryptonite. I like salty food and while working or really doing anything I like to sip away at coffee or tea, or anything. It just feels right.

 I like salty foods like all meat pizza, or wings, ribs, breaded chicken, even potato chips (double whammy of salt and potassium there). Potassium, that's the other thing, I love French fries, but I actually like them more without salt, I think this probably comes from my 12 years before a transplant of never having any added salt, and I still don't add salt to my foods.

I would much rather not be able to eat if it meant I didn't need to restrict my fluids. I love drinks, coffee, tea, pop, even water. Before going on dialysis I would always be drinking something. Now I don't urinate at all anymore so I really need to watch what I drink, because whatever I drink is going to have to be removed with dialysis. Salty foods just make it worse because they make me (like everybody else) thirsty and I drink more. I am well aware of this, but sometimes I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment.

Some days even though I know it's not good for me and I am going to make my dialysis harder and I'm just hurting myself, I will sometimes over do the salty foods and fluids. I try to only do this on days that I will be doing dialysis in the evening, but it didn't work that way over the last 2 days. I think everything I ate had lots of salt in it. Wings, Pizza, Caesar salad with bacon bits and croutons. Salt salt salt, and as such I drank and drank. I was feeling bloated yesterday afternoon (the night before was a night off dialysis). It was one of those days that I was actually looking forward to my dialysis treatment because I knew I would feel less bloated after.

I didn't get it all off, I was 0.5 off from my goal weight, but I'm on again tonight and will be good today, so the rest will come off.


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