My old Marine has been undergoing various tests to determine the cause (s) of his current gut problems; no answers yet. Along the way, he has been warned about recent high blood pressure spikes and kidney function problems which include high potassium (hyperkalemia). His last potassium reading was high enough to be told to go the ER to get checked out; his other tests were mainly okay. Why the insistence on a trip the ER? It turns out that too much potassium can slow or stop hearts. These facts, and the words “acute and chronic kidney failure” on his problem list have our attention.
The only dietary advice he received was to cut out foods like bananas so I’ve had to analyse and change our menus by consulting online renal diets from authorities.
The VA’s Kidney eClinic website (LINK) provides basic information with a focus on DMII and high blood pressure and self-care.
The site states that VA issues BP cuff by request. Within a few days, he received a really good cuff. An unpleasant thing about all of this is that his kidney numbers haven’t been too good for quite awhile but his PC docs didn’t deliver the bad news–VA or non-VA doctors–even though he has DMII.
Our “Mediterranean” diet no longer controls his DMII either. Someone is cranky about all the new dietary restrictions to add to the old ones but adaptation is essential as we age.
I used to think of food ingredients as, well, food. Something comforting and good like mashed potatoes. Now I think of it as chemical compounds we ingest–beware. Cooking potatoes, if at all, is a whole new experience. Blah….