I can only hope I am slowing the progress. I guess I won’t really know until the next blood test in about 2 months.
I have actually owned a blood pressure monitor for years. I bought it a few years after I was diagnosed with COPD and just before my cancer. I’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure for about 5 years now.
My first monitor was a wrist style. My doctor doesn’t like them. He feels they are not as accurate, so I bought a arm style about a year ago. My blood pressure is currently in a normal/acceptable range consistently. I know this is partly because of the blood pressure meds I take daily.
In fact, I realize that many numbers related to my blood pressure, diabetes and CKD have stabilized somewhat, or improved a good part due to the medications I regularly take. I know that should I stop those meds then these numbers could drastically change (for the worst) even if I eat well or exercise.
As far as weight goes, I’ve currently lost about 16 lbs since my high 6 months ago. I do eat a lot healthier. I am counting all the numbers I need to count and NO SALT added to any meal. Of course, many foods have sodium content, but I keep it down as much as possible and well below my daily allowed range.
I have fully accepted my life as a diabetic with CKD.
I also know that I can structure my existence so I do have to give everything up forever. I have come up with my 90/10 (or 93/7) rule. I eat 3 meals a day…healthy. I figure that’s 90 meals a month. I figure that I can go off my stringent numbers and eat outside the bubble for 9 meals a moth AT MOST. Doesn’t mean I will. But when I do, I scatter the events.
Example, I may feel like having a sub sandwich or an ice cream sundae. So I do. I know it probably has more carbs, salt, fats, sugars etc than I should have but I also cut back on those a bit on other meals that day. I DON’T go overboard, but do it in moderation.
This way I can keep to my nutritional needs and still enjoy and participate in my old life as I feel the need. I do avoid my old fast food habits though.
So far it works for me. I don’t find myself a nutritional prisoner.
My numbers do reflect that what I do is OK.
As far as dialysis, well I’m 61 and hope if I do get to that point while still alive then I hope to be much older. Family history does look good for me there anyway. Figuring 11-15 years left at most, but hoping for longer. At that age anyway, it would probably be time for me to leave should it come down to a transplant. I couldn’t take a kidney from an older family member and frankly wouldn’t want a younger one to give it up for me and what little time I would have left at that point.
Who knows, my view may change, but I’ll cross that bridge if I get to it. I am not afraid to die. Don’t want to, but not afraid.
For now, I’m fine. I take 1 day at a time. I educate myself and keep everything in moderation.