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« on: February 15, 2010, 01:58:33 PM »

A bowl of Cheerios and a grilled cheese sandwich are all it takes to exceed your daily recommended sodium intake. Use our salt-o-meter to see just how quickly it adds up:

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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2010, 04:42:27 PM »

Oh, that's just darn scary!  Processed food is gonna kill us all in the end. . .

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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2010, 06:01:11 PM »

Funny my sodium is always around the same number when I do labs.

I figure it's like this. I know salt/sodium makes you more thirsty and retain some fluid. Check.. but at the same time I want to ENJOY as much of life as possible... I try to strike a balance between having a bit of salt (but NEVER adding it to stuff!) and knowing it is not so good, vs. being a sodium monk. Given there's salt in most everything you eat anyway my mantra is don't add it to anything(it's there anyway) and if I have something a little salty for one meal, then go the other way for the next - to try and balance it out.

Yep processed foods are high in salt, and phosphate and the like... but I still eat some.

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2010, 08:12:52 PM »

I was kept on a low-salt diet even after my transplant. I can still remember the limit was 99mg of salt, though I don't know if this came from the doctors or my parents randomly picking a number out of the air. It left me with a lifelong craving for salt, and I doubt did me one drop of good. When I asked my nephrologist - the one I liked - in CA about salt, he told me to just keep my intake under 3g. That is apparently more than the maximum an adult should consume? 

I don't limit my salt intake at all. This article claims there are risks to a low-salt diet, including depression. For me, I believe that is absolutely true. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/science/07tier.html?_r=2&fta=y

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2010, 06:37:41 AM »

I'm Pre-D, and have such a strong hatred for the kidney diet, that I strongly believe if I follow it, I will die of starvation and/or malnourishment before my kidneys will even fail.  I am 36, and by my own estimations, I believe my kidneys will fail by the time I turn 40. You do the math!  I hope I'm wrong on my estimation, but time will tell.

1996 - Diagnosed with Proteinuria
2000 - Started seeing nephrologist on regular basis
Mar 2010 - Started Aranesp shots - well into CKD4
Dec 1, 2010 - Transplant Eval Appt - Listed on Feb 10, 2012
Apr 18, 2011 - Had fistula placed at GFR 8
April 20, 2011 - Had chest cath placed, GFR 6
April 22, 2011 - Started in-center HD. Continued to work FT and still went out and did things: live theater, concerts, spend time with friends, dine out, etc
May 2011 - My Wonderful Donor offered to get tested!
Oct 2011  - My Wonderful Donor was approved for surgery!
November 23, 2011 - Live-Donor Transplant (Lynette the Kidney gets a new home!)
April 3, 2012 - Routine Post-Tx Biopsy (creatinine went up just a little, from 1.4 to 1.7)
April 7, 2012 - ER admit to hospital, emergency surgery to remove large hematoma caused by biopsy
April 8, 2012 - In hospital dialysis with 2 units of blood
Now: On the mend, getting better! New Goal: No more in-patient hospital stays! More travel and life adventures!
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