I can't get over all the responses to my post. Thank you!
I realize that going to "doctor google" isn't the best thing to do, but I've never been through this before and wondered if an abnormal potassium
level was of concern. The nurse I spoke to didn't go into specifics....seemed in a hurry. I know they have other patients, but I am a worry wart.
Always have been, especially after my cancer diagnosis in '04, the hernias, and more recently, my Medicare issues.
It's good they're doing another test, but knowing me.....I will probably be on pins and needles fearing the worst. A pastor once told me that 99.9%
of the time, what I worry about won't happen, but there have been times when that wasn't the case.
My heart, as far as I know, is in good shape but I haven't had a nuke stress test in over 5 years thanks to insurance issues. I've had false alarms
with it before but everything turned out ok. I have diabetic retinopathy in both eyes and went for an eye exam last weekend. He said my vision is
still the same as the last time I got glasses, which was over 4 years ago. He didn't do a dilated exam but said he was able to tell that there's no
hemorrages in my eyes (sorry about the spelling). I can't remember the name of one of the instruments he used - ophthalmascope?
I remember being told a long time ago that diabetes generally does a number on the smaller blood vessels first, starting with the eyes, and kidneys,
etc. I don't know if that eye exam is any indication as to how the rest of me is doing.
Another poster made reference to my seeking advice from strangers online as opposed to medical personnel who know me, but the reason I did this is the
nurse seemed reluctant to tell me how serious this could turn out to be. It is possible to get good advice online as opposed to in person, and to be
honest - this NP has been "pissy" - pardon the expression - about my having a hard time getting medical coverage.
I posted about her in another thread. She was quite brutal and she made no attempt to hide the look of disgust on her face when she saw me in her
office. I left there feeling about as tall as an ant.
I didn't know that low-sodium foods could have an impact on potassium....I'll have to keep that in mind. I have a salt substitute here that s/b
tossed anyway....haven't used it in ages.
I don't have potatoes very often, or bananas or oranges. I do miss those things.
What I have been over indulging in - in an attempt to limit carbs - is vegetarian foods, including "beef" crumbles, veggie patties, etc. I don't know
if that would have an impact on potassium or not.
The NP recommended greek yogurt. I have some that is low calorie but I will check the potassium content. As for milk, I don't use it as much as in
the past and prefer almond milk.
Is there anything left I can eat/drink?
I would have responded to this thread by now but it's been a long day. The loaner wheelchair I was given about a month or so back was picked up
today.....and a short time afterwards my scooter was delivered. But it has to be returned as it's not the correct length. The specs the seller gave
me were wrong. That didn't exactly make my day.
It feels like I have so many strikes against me, health-wise, that I can't keep up. Not sure why the Lord is allowing all this stuff to happen to me,
but I'm not sure I can handle it if something else goes wrong.
Thanks for listening, everyone!
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