After several days of really bad insomnia leaving me really strung out feeling yesterday, I finally got what felt like actual sleep last night. THANK GOD.

I drove my car today! I ran a bunch of errands and prepared all my own meals!

My ankles are fucking wrecked.

I was on my feet a ton today and they are massive. Elevated for the rest of the night, and tomorrow. I cleaned out the fridge, tidied up a bit around the house, did some Christmas shopping, picked up a few items for myself to get through these extra husky weeks I’m having, and spent a lot of time analyzing food labels and picking up some low-sodium/protein snack options for work.

There was something very weird about trying on clothes that I hope don’t really fit in a couple months. I realize this a normal thing tons of people do, but I’ve never targeted a different weight before, so it’s a new experience for me. It’s also weird to try on clothes when your sausage legs are full of water and will, to a degree, take on the shape of whatever vessel they’re in. Seriously, they’re so squishy and weird. It’s super disturbing. But I needed one more pair of pants I can wear to work–mission accomplished. I hope that’s the closest to a dressing room breakdown I ever get.

I’ve made some observations.

  1. There is a lot available for people looking to cut out sodium, but you have to look pretty intensely for it and always pay more. It’s roughly 3x more to get a can of tuna without salt added, for example. I hate our food system. My sodium limit is not much less than the suggested daily for an average person. People are killing themselves with all this extra salt they’re not even aware of.
  2. I pretty much don’t need to worry about my potassium limit so long as I’m not eating bananas, avocados, or tomatoes. My protein and salt limits take care of the rest anyway. All the delicious high-potassium preparations of potatoes are too salty for me to enjoy. This is a relief because potassium is hardly ever listed, making it really hard to track on the fly. So long as I stay away from large quantities of danger items and pay attention to salt and protein, my kidney diet will be fine.
  3. Items that are gluten-free, unless marked as ‘good source of protein’, are generally a nice shortcut, as long as they don’t have a ton of potassium or salt. A lot of the stuff that gets removed to make something gluten-free also makes it lower in protein, unless they’re trying to compensate for that in particular.
  4. I was definitely eating a ton of protein as a vegetarian. Anyone who ever gave me crap for the last ten years about getting enough protein on my diet can retroactively STFU and probably leave the other vegetarians they know alone, too.
  5. Calcium is interesting. I’m on a lot of calcium supplements because the steroids are bad for my bones. I think I’m starting to notice when I go too long between supplements throughout the day. I’m digging into it. Calcium absorption is apparently very complicated.

M&D are in LA for the next week and a half, so J and I are on our own. I plan to do the same wfh/office split this week, to manage my water-retention gravity-hates-me problems. Despite being super active today, I still have a lot of energy, which is great! My body is just wrecked — my ankles/feet are killing me from all the standing/walking. I made the HUGE mistake of picking up Rosie yesterday morning and now my arms are wrecked, haha. Gonna take a while to build my strength back up I guess, whoops. Here’s hoping I get more sleep tonight.





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