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Jk's updates and other things on my mind

Friday (20 Feb) was an exciting day for me because that is when I went to discuss my previously elevated Potassium Level. As it turns out it had settled back to within the normal range (4.3). We agreed it was probably the supplements (over the counter) I was taking, but should not have. Lesson for me is not take things without letting my doc. know. My P level was 5.2 with the supplements and now that I have been off for two weeks it is back down to 4.3. Today will be my first day on the OneTouch Ultra 2. It has a lot of tracking featurers so it should be fun.

And I hope everyone is going to have a great weekend in the snow or sunshine where I am in Los Angeles.
Jim

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Comment by Laura on February 21, 2009 at 8:37am
Hi Jim I tend to get low potassium but what I have found out from both endo's is the potassium test is one of the most fallible so whenever mine is outside normal range they run another and about 50% of the time it comes out within normal limits well low normals for me. Not saying this is what happened in your case just wanting you to know for the future. Because I have problems with it from time to time they usually run it stat I wait and then they run it again so I know it is not from any changes I made between test. I usually end up getting 3 down to confirm a normal or low.
Be well and be loved
Comment by saundra barragan on February 23, 2009 at 11:18am
Hi Jim
I am so glad you are back within normal limits now. I was worried and waiting to see how you are doing. This is really great news and finding out the cause is so simple is fantastic. I really don't like the other option anyway so I will celebrate with you on this one. Congratulations and may you stay within normal range from now on. My best to you.
Comment by Jaimie Hernandez on March 2, 2009 at 9:46pm
Glad to hear normal range again Jim...curious what were you taking that may have caused it....

so special to have that comment from Saundra above.....

see ya around twitter :) Hugs!
Comment by Jim K on March 14, 2009 at 7:34am
Her message took on a special meaning to me after she passed away. I had not idea she was not doing well.

The culprit was Nature Made Diabetes Health Pack. I thought I was doing a good thing since I do not take any meds for my type 2. Taking them turned out not to be the best thing to do in my case. I should have consulted my doc first.

As a Vegan I consume tons of foods already packed with minerals (broccoli, spinach, yams, nuts, soy, etc) and my doc said the last thing I needed was to add more via the supplements packed with potassium! Lesson learned. I had been taking them for about three months. I see my doc again in six months.
Thanks for following up
Jim

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