Monday, April 4, 2011


one of my super low sodium dinners: 2 oz grilled chicken tenders (no skin/fat, no salt), 1/2 baked plain sweet potato, a small serving of polenta, 6 grilled asparagus spears, 1tsp yummy balsamic glaze (Fresh & Easy-you NEED some!) 228KCal,62.5mg sodium total!

hi everyone! just wanted to update you all-i know i've been MIA a few weeks. on march 16th i had a severe gall bladder attack in the middle of the night. thankfully the attack subsided, but a constant pain was lingering. within 3 days, my eyes yellowed & i still had belly pain so the hubs rushed me to the dr. my bp was high like 155/90 and the dr sent me straight on to the er- by the time i got there, my bp was skyhigh at 195/100 & i was freaking out! they admitted me right away. 2 days later, i had surgery (an ERCP) to remove a gallstone blocking my common bile duct (why i was so yellow) and the following day, i had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy to remove my gallbladder so this can't happen again! i'm so thankful that it was something that could be treated, and i was home from the hospital 4 days later. i'm not quite 2 weeks post-op and am healing well! needless to say life's been on hold for a bit while i recoop! i was sent home with bp meds and check it 2ce a day- but thankfully it's staying down & i haven't needed the bp meds for a few days now. i'm asking for continued good thoughts & prayers that my bp will stay normal. i'd hate to need constant bp meds at 42! i am also on a self-prescribed low salt/low fat diet & my surgeon was very pleased & thinks most of us need a lot less salt in our diets. people with high bp are retricted to no more than 1500mg of salt per day- if you start checking labels you're in for a shock! (i'm now eating less than 800mg/sodium per day)
i just want to remind you that life is precious & to take good care of yourself & remember to tell everyone in your life that you love them every single day. this hit me completely out of the blue- i've had no prior gallbladder/stone issues EVER!
i have been coloring some images & making some cards, as soon as i have more energy, i'll photograph & post them. the hubs bought me a May 1st copic certification class here in Vegas with Jennie Black as a get well present- he's the best & i can't wait!! i;ll be back soon!


Melody said...

Sending hugs!! So glad you are doing better!!

texasjodylynn said...

Oh my goodness. How scary! I am so glad you are ok. Hugs

Chris said...

Yikes, I'm glad you're doing better. I have had low blood pressure most of my life, (bladder meds are bringing it up to normal now). And I've always craved salt.
My new doc told me that the craving could be due to low serotonin levels which I knew I had from bouts with depression. So meds for that seem to be helping the salt cravings too. Enough about my stuff.
How great is your hubby to give you a copics certification course. You're gonna love that. Wish I could go with you. I took an online course in them and the woman who taught it is going to be at MFT in August doing something. I can't wait to to that.
stay healthy.