Day 17by Scott Garan on 10/17/17
So this is day 17 since I’ve been out of the hospital. I skipped the past two days because they were basically uneventful. I want to keep this blog going to help those that may be going through the same thing, but I don’t want to bore anyone. So, I’ll try to post when I think it may be interesting, informational, or may be something of interest to someone.
One of the issues I have recently been having is dealing with the time it takes to prep and cook my meals. Anyone suddenly going on a low sodium diet, or really any diet that is closely regulated will have to deal with this. For me, any processed foods are simply too high in sodium. This really limits meals as you can no longer just open a box of something and cook it, but instead the majority of the meals must be made from scratch. If you are cooking three meals from scratch, you will end up spending hours in the kitchen, and another hour or two going out to buy the ingredients you need for the next meal or two. It was really stressing me out, so my wife stepped in this past weekend and cooked a bunch of meals in advance.
At this point I have frozen some and kept a few in the fridge so I do not have to cook as often. The cooking was really limiting my ability to do OTHER things I needed to accomplish. So, meal prep is now a big part of my lifestyle. Doubling up on recipes and freezing them, or making large pots of stews or soups to make for quick easier meals is a must.
With this new plan I am able to cook only one or two meals a day, and still have other foods available to get the nourishment I need. I think this one simple adjustment will make a difference in my lifestyle.
Now another amazing thing that occurred is that I am actually getting used to the CPAP machine. If you are told you need one, give it a chance! There IS hope at the end of the tunnel.
Now as I indicated in a previous post, when I first put the unit on before going to bed I felt smothered and had to occasionally take the mask off to catch my breath. Still once I feel asleep, I was getting between 4 and 6 hours of sleep wearing it. Over time, I slowly am getting used to putting it on and I am starting to really adjust to it. In fact, last night I got 8 1/2 hours of sleep. Additionally I am no longer waking up with a dry mouth as I did before using the machine. That shows that I am no longer mouth breathing but am breathing through my nose as I should be doing.
People, if you are dealing with CHF, don’t look at it as a death sentence. It really is not! Once you get the diagnosis, make the changes the doctors tell you to, and make an effort to stay on top of it. You CAN change things and start feeling better. Until next time!