I have just looked over my latest blood test and realize I am healthier than that ole GFR reveals. ALL electrolytes except phosphorus (phosphate) are in range, even carbon dioxide, which is PERFECT. Phosphorus improved. Blood sugar is normal. My BP is normal. I may be dehydrated, which is understandable since I have to be on the bus an entire hour prior to the blood test and by then, I’m thirsty.
Now I need to improve anemia and phosphate. Other RBC values are off such as hematocrit (which is always off) and a couple of others. Still, the NORMAL electrolytes explains a lot…but I already knew my electrolytes are normal, didn’t I? If they were off, yes, I would know it. Like instantly!
I’m wondering why I crave protein. I need to cut down and increase fluids. It is hot out! I think I will try for a few days and see if my lips are less dry.
Meanwhile, I also figured out (using logic) why I had the lung problem. I do not expect it back anytime soon! This is why it happened….
I broke my ankle May 20. I wasn’t eating very much and was concerned that I wasn’t getting enough energy, but I also didn’t have any appetite after the fracture. Still, one day I woke up and my bra barely fit me. I put myself on the scale and noticed, almost overnight, I’d gained ten pounds! Now you gotta realize I’m mini to start with, so ten pounds on a mini-person is a lot. It’s also concerning because it’s a sign of worsening kidney disease, mainly due to fluids in the body.
The problem was that while one leg was very swollen, it was like suddenly this was all over my body. I know that the heat can cause this, but this is too extreme for comfort. That’s when I ended up with the lung problem. But why?
Here is my theory, and it may, or may not, be correct. It’s just logic at work here. I had to realize that a fracture is an extreme assault to the body, and even to the mind, especially until I got the dog walkers. I believe I swelled up due to the normal inflammatory response, which is how the body can react. Edema is a form of inflammation.
I could tell it was edema. I had swelling in the one leg, but also in my good leg and in other parts, too, including my face. Since then, the swelling has vacillated to the extreme, but mostly, it’s going down. I was aggressive with herbal medicine to try to reduce the fluid and also, continued to exercise (as much as I could).
I am able to walk up hills just fine now. It was very scary when that happened. No, it wasn’t a panic attack. It happened repeatedly upon exertion, climbing hills and walking fast. After shock treatments I had a lot of panic attacks! So I know the difference.
I’m wondering also if since I had that blood test Monday, when the edema was really bad, then maybe it affected the results. I have also gone back to normal pharma thyroid since I can’t seem to get the dose right of the natural stuff.
By the way, I feel quite good overall. As usual! I was so happy that today my internet has been out so that got me excused from work. I worked on my book (finishing touches) and did a few other things. I invented a recipe and went out house-hunting.
What did you do today?