Wednesday, June 28, 2006

PKD looks good on you

That's what my husband said to me tonight. Not exactly the most romantic thing ever said, but I appreciated it just the same.

Here's why I liked that he said it. Since I was diagnosed, we have been trying as a family to eat more appropriate meals for somebody with PKD. For example, we do not eat fastfood anymore, as the sodium content in the food is just too high, not to mention that some of it hardly qualifies as food. I do have to admit, however, we were close to being fast food junkies.

I have cut out all caffeine and soda, as well as most chocolate, just because those things make my symptoms, particularly my pain, much worse. The earliest symptom I had, which I've mentioned before, was numb toes, probably caused by the kidneys pushing up against my spinal cord. Since cutting out caffeine, I no longer have that symptom. In fact, about a month after the diagnosis, I did drink a Dr. Pepper, thinking (hoping?)that maybe the stuff I had read about caffeine exacerbating the cysts wasn't true. Bam--almost right away, the numbness and pain was back. So no more caffeine for me, and I've since managed to cut out all sodas all together.

We also eat less pre-packaged food, again because of the sodium, and I am cooking much more fresh stuff. We're not gourment by any means, just stuff like chicken from the grill, simple salads, and colorful fruits and vegetables every meal. I even bought an eggplant yesterday. I haven't a clue how to make anything that remotely involves eggplant, but hey, the dietician at the conference said to eat the rainbow, and eggplant certainly is colorful! Besides, I have to help me through it.

The result of this subtle yet definite shift in eating habits is that my husband has noticed a subtle yet very definite shift in my shape! Even in swimsuit season, he says he thinks I am looking better these days than I have in a long time. And that makes me feel good, not only because every woman likes to think she's attractive, but also because it means that I must be doing something right.

So, in some ways I can be grateful that I now have a reason to be the healthiest person I can be. Nothing like a life threatening disease to get you motivated to bypass MacDonalds!

And with all the rest of the stuff going on, it's nice to know that PKD looks good on me.

Thanks, DH.


Tammy and Parker said...

How to cook that eggplant:

Slice it.

Dizzle with olive oil OR canola oil. A good oil though.

Season it. If salt is out, use a flavored oil or herbs or Mrs. Dash.

Grill it on the grill. It only takes a few seconds and it is done.


If you want to flavor your own oil:

Heat oil in sauce pan
Add a clove of garlic
Let sit for a little while
Let it cool
Drizzle it

I don't keep my flavored oils longer than the day that I am using them. They can do some funky things. BUT they are fantastic to make if you just use them right then!

Heather O. said...

Wow, that sounds delicious! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My husband was diagnosed with PKD yesterday and he is glued to your blog.

Heather O. said...


I hope my ramblings are helpful. Sometimes it's nice just to know other people are out there. Thanks for reading.

Juniper said...

I do that with vegetables sometimes; pick them up even though I have no idea how to make them, I mean. Nice to know I'm not the only one who does stuff like that in the name of eating healthier. :)