Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Quick Update

My sparkle campaign is going well for the most part. My enthusiasm was dampened for a little bit when I got the news that I had kidney failure, but after seeing the specialist...he said if we can get you to the end of your life with fifty percent and you die with fifty percent, that’s as good as a hundred! Couple that with the slap in the face about what’s going on in Japan and I snapped back in the thankful mode.

My gfr number had gone up from 39 to 49 with a low salt diet and changing my blood pressure medication from a diuretic to an ace inhibitor and stopping any use of naiads. I was happy it was better, but wish it was not there at all, I'm not gonna lie.

My family has been so concerned and good to me. I am continuing to read uplifting books, and think positively most of the time.  Last Sunday in church we sang, It Is Well With My Soul.... it spoke directly to me that day, especially this verse. 

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
                When sorrows like sea billows roll;
                Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
                It is well; it is well with my soul.

I have lost seventeen pounds, and I know it’s not really worth bragging seeing as how it’s been three months and some people lose that in two weeks, but i just keep walking 30 min and eating better. Yesterday I wanted wings in the worst way and finally went to buffalo wild wings and had them. Carb wise they are good to eat, but fat and salt wise... probably not. I'm not perfect at this, but I am doing my best to live a healthier life and still enjoy life. I think of this old timer I knew who when faced with a low salt, low cholesterol diet said, "Basically if it tastes good, DON'T EAT IT!" I’m feeling that one now ha...

I encourage you all to pick up your cross like David Wilkerson wrote, and do your best to get where you have to be with that struggle. Your cross could be cigarette smoking, drinking, overeating, exercise, or a million other things...we all have something. We owe it to ourselves and the people we love to take care of ourselves, which is hard to do sometimes. Keep on sparkling readers!


  1. Congrats, I found the weight after no smoking, yikes!

  2. Pam, 17 lbs in 3 months is great! It just seems like it shouldn't take that long, but it does as we get older. Once a friend told me that for each 3 lbs she lost, she would buy a 3 lb can of crisco and put it in her closet to remind herself
    how much 3 lbs really is. Think about this, in one more lb you could have 6
    cans of crisco in your closet. Now that
    is alot. Love ya, Mary

  3. Pam...give yourself a break, quitting smoking is harder than heroin and I believe it. Its ingrained in everything you do..i quit that too once and many times before I really quit for good in 1988. Keep going and give yourself a pat on the back!

    Mary, thats a good idea!! I can tell it on my clothes but when i see pics i think god i should look better than that, big ole gut still hanging out...takes time i guess.

    Thank you both for the positive encouragement..