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MyraBee
Monday, January 1, 2007, 9:45pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I have a long time friend who had a kidney transplant on November 3, 1995.  He has also struggled with alcoholism for the last thirty years.  Since his transplant, he has had severe bouts with alcoholism, often lasting six months or even more.  He went to rehab late summer of 2005, and only managed to stay completely sober for about six months after that.  

He has been very heavily drinking since June of '06. Fortunately, he checked himself back into rehab on November 15, '06.  He is still there, and probably will be for about another month.  He seems to be doing well.

Because of the transplant, his immune system is medically compromised.  He must take immunosuppresants twice daily to avoid organ rejection.  He also has to be very careful about too much potassium intake--it is quite dangerous for his kidney.

He also has cardiac difficulties;  had a bypass about a year and a half ago, and one of the bypasses is already closed off again.  He has hypertension that is fairly well controlled medically.  His cholesterol is quite high, and that seems to have something to do with his family genetic make-up.

He loves white bread, potatoes, craves milk, and will eat anything--especially if someone mentions that he shouldn't!  ;-)  He also smokes, but has had success quitting in the past with Nicotine patches.

I'd like to help him, but have to be really careful not to let his problems become mine.  He is an O, probably secretor, and I have thought of inviting him to my place for mid-day dinner, at least 'til he gets on his feet a bit, and also help him shop for an O diet for his home.

He is on a limited income, and as we all know, the O diet is pretty expensive.  Any suggestions about any of this will be welcomed.

Love,

Myra.


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Myra...how wonderful that you want to help out this friend.  I know how you feel when you say you want to help him, but must not let his problems become yours.  Been there...done that.

You can lead him and guide him...but he is the one who must make the choices for his better health.

Debra  


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Myra,
Your heart is big and generous.  You are kind and good.  Now, I think you should look at your friend very closely and see if he is a person who is capable of changing.  Not everyone is willing and/or able to take the responsibility for the state that their bodies are in.  It takes a lot of determination to carry oneself to wellness.  Many people prefer to remain victims.

I am sorry if my words are too hard.  I don't mean to be insensitive.  Perhaps I have tried to rescue too many victims in my life, who were not willing to do their share.  It can be draining, to say the least.



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I wish to ditto Victoria.  Been there, done that.  You have to be able to pass on information and then let it go.  Not be emotionally invested in the outcome of whether or not the individual applies the information, or takes the steps to change.  Be the catalyst (by passing on a book or whatever) to their own decision to take charge, and not take charge for them.

Best of luck to you in this difficult situation.



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MyraBee
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Thanks to all of you for sharing!  I am in complete agreement re: the importance of Carl maaking his own food choices.  

The very day I started this thread, he phoned me and complained of being very sick to his stomach because he had eaten some instant potatoes with instant brown gravy along with some mystery meat.  In fact, he actually went to bed and stayed there until the next day!

John (DS) and I visited him on Christmas Day, and were served a meal consisting of ham, instant au gratin potatoes, green beans w/bacon, and a huge yeast roll.  I ended up eating the green beans sans pork, and scooped out the filling from a slice of pumpkin pie.  I also brought along a can of sardines for a "just in case" emergency, so I ate that, too.

He contacted his doctor after his ill spell, and she faxed a low potassium diet to the treatment center.  He had turkey, rice, and green peas for dinner this evening--which is a good bit better, but of course still not any where close to SB, or even B for his O+ blood type.  He also has cardiac problems.

He has seen the difference in both my health and my weight loss, and is willing to make some adjustments in his diet.  My Big Question is how can he make choices based on this "mandatory" low potassium diet regulation?

I must admit I'm stymied as to how to advise him.  Does anyone know anything about the dangers of potassium for kidney function?  I recall reading a thread last week or so that listed foods that can cause kidney stones--not really his problem--but I'm wondering if this is applicable, nontheless?

I'm going to order Dr D's Cardiac Book--and try to adjust it with the food list in the arthritis book (another problem)  But, I'm still wondering about this potassium thing!

Any thoughts?

Love,

Myra.


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I believe dairy is one of the foods that can cause kidney stones buildup.


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ISA-MANUELA
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here I am also with Victoria, be asured that alcoholics are very hard personalities...even for themselves and it is more than hard to attain those humans ...., sorry didn't want to sound that harsh...and it isn't meant to offend, not at all...this is experience which is speaking the first step for this man is to begin in
selfrespect and selfacceptance & most difficult love.....  then he'll be able to stop immediately for the rest of his days ....good luck dearle and don't get into things
which might overwhelm you .....
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MyraBee
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Thanks Lola!  Carl says he just "craves" milk--I don't get it--I just all but hate the stuff.

And don't worry Isa--absolutely no offense taken.  I know what you mean.  However this is an ethical issue for me--those pesky ethics!

I try to live my life following both the first and second great commandments--love God....and love others like you love yourself.  

For me this means loving myself appropriately--taking good care of myself, etc., but then also loving others appropriately--which does not mean loving them so much that it diminishes my love for myself!

Its risky business these ethics of mine!    And sometimes just a real pain trying oh so hard to get it right!

Love you,  and me---

My.


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Don
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You could use the Nutritiondata.com website to search each type O beneficial food for its potassium content.


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,D ....super statement dearle me too .....hey a little thingy...he should go for a larger intake of aminoacids; but merely for the beginnings... it's glutamin (that's also taken against alc. abusus) .... but I don't know if this infereres with the meds against organ rejections ....
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