Well we have slowed down. Not much day to day going on, but definitely enough to write in here every week.
John is continuing to make progress. He doesn't have diarrhea anymore. They are at the consistency they should be and he having at least 3 good bowel movements per day. The Dialysis center wants him to continue on taking diarrhea pills because he sometimes has a BM there and it interferes with his treatment. I say "No" because it's not "diarrhea". They don't like me to well.
His weight loss has slowed down to about a 1-3 pounds per week. He is at 228.8. He has been on this for one month now. His starting weight was 263.1. So he has actually lost about 34.3 pounds. He looks it too. I have him in shirts now that were too small before.
He is on less oxygen. This last week, he has gone at least 4 nights without his oxygen. One morning, after I had gone to work, my son went in to wake him up for breakfast. When he went in, he noticed his dad's oxygen tube on the floor. He got scared and watched his body to see if it was going up and down from breathing. He then shook him to make him move. He just didn't know he could go without the oxygen. It was funny to listen to him tell his story. He is so animated.
This week was a real milestone, because we had another small heat wave. It got up to 100 degrees or better the other day. John did just fine. He wasn't even on his oxygen very much that day.
His sugars have been near normal for a month now. I had to give him insulin once early on when his sugars were over 200. Since then it went to 173 and a few days ago it went to 162, but otherwise they have mostly been in the 120's or lower. Nothing below 110 though.
He says he feels better. He has been better to not ask for foods he knows he can't have. He still asks, it is just not as much. He has been a "pretty good boy" because he has not been "sneaking" or getting into foods he is not supposed to have. He continues to have lots of fruit, vegetables and grains. I need to supply him with more nuts and seeds. I did add sunflower seeds. I have offered almonds, but he has not wanted them. He is still on all the herbs foods that I have listed earlier. We made stir fry the other day. He really enjoyed that. Monday, we had to make a trip to Portland right after Dialysis. So we went to Wendy's and got him two baked potatoes for lunch. I had also brought fruit with us. He was satisfied. Popcorn is his lifesaver when it comes to something to snack on because he is still on the nervous side. It seems to be calming down though.
I had a heart to heart talk to him about exercise. He definitely isn't getting enough. I told him that he has to take the initiative to get exercise. His heart is doing better than it has for so many years. Now it is time to get himself stronger. Let's see how motivated he gets.