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Old 01-25-2011, 01:34 PM   #91
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After having to get rid of a beautiful split pea soup I learned to add any salt at the very end of cooking.

I seasoned the split peas when I still had about 20 minutes of cooking. It went from wonderful to unpleasantly salty that quickly.

I've even gotten to the point that I just salt the bowlful instead of the whole pot.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:49 PM   #92
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Oh, Fiona! I hope you're doing OK, and that this was just a wake-up call. I know you were trying to quit anyway, and have no idea of your age. But all of the gal friends I have had die prematurely of heart disease were heavy smokers. So know that we are with you, we don't want to lose you!
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:10 AM   #93
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OMG.......did I really read that right PF????????

You had a heart attack several days ago and this is the first you've mentioned it??? Holy bat guano!!
I'm shocked and so glad you're ok. Geeeze, girl!!
Yes, It happened on the 9th...scared the heck out of Shrek and made me rethink a few things. I let the Admins and Mods know in case I disappeared for a bit. But, I didn't have to do that and I truly am doing great!

Kinda wanted to wait until it wasn't freaking me out before I talked about it at large. I've amazed many people with my quick recovery...I just hate being sick Thanks, Kayelle!
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:14 AM   #94
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Okay, here is a tip I learned at school. For anything you are simmering - sauce, soup, broth, even stew meat, etc. DON'T add ANY salt while it is cooking even if the recipe states it. What happens is the liquid evaporates and the salt content doesn't. I now add salt at the end and I use so much less and get great flavour. I never have to salt at the table (though I am known to be "salt challenged" when it comes to my cooking ).

I am having to go "cold turkey" on sugar. Not easy for a cake baker/decorator (though I have no outstanding orders at the moment on purpose). So far not doing too well when it comes to chocolate, but am really starting to be turned off by things that are "too sweet".

Anyway, keep up the good work. I am so proud of you!
That's what makes me laugh, I barely use salt to begin with...I actually have a problem with the Penzey's season salt, they are much too salty. I'm going to end up giving those away.

Thank you, Laurie...your opinion means a lot to me!
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:24 AM   #95
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Oh, Fiona! I hope you're doing OK, and that this was just a wake-up call. I know you were trying to quit anyway, and have no idea of your age. But all of the gal friends I have had die prematurely of heart disease were heavy smokers. So know that we are with you, we don't want to lose you!
Thanks Claire...I am 50 years old and had smoked for 39 years. I have had problems with High blood pressure for a couple of years, but never anything going on with my heart.

By the time I knew what what going on, I made it to the ER just in time. Had a small one that was controlled with nitro and then the big one hit, last thing I heard was a very nice voice telling someone to, "Give her the drugs"...I woke up later with the stent. 6 hours later we stopped and went grocery shopping on the way home from the hospital. Actually I was more worried about Shrek, he was a mess.

But, like I said, I'm doing great and yesterday I walked 10 miles...I think that is a good number to stick with. I'm going to be trying out some slow jogging after I have my cardiology follow-up appointment on Thursday. See if I can start adding some strength training.
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:34 AM   #96
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Thanks Claire...I am 50 years old and had smoked for 39 years. I have had problems with High blood pressure for a couple of years, but never anything going on with my heart.

By the time I knew what what going on, I made it to the ER just in time. Had a small one that was controlled with nitro and then the big one hit, last thing I heard was a very nice voice telling someone to, "Give her the drugs"...I woke up later with the stent. 6 hours later we stopped and went grocery shopping on the way home from the hospital. Actually I was more worried about Shrek, he was a mess.

But, like I said, I'm doing great and yesterday I walked 10 miles...I think that is a good number to stick with. I'm going to be trying out some slow jogging after I have my cardiology follow-up appointment on Thursday. See if I can start adding some strength training.
Wow, that is amazing. I don't think I've ever walked ten mikes in my life! Well, I guess that's not completely true- one time last summer I disc golfed 63 holes in one day, and that is probably about ten miles, all up and down hills, but it was spaced out throughout the day, and you stand around quite a bit while other people are throwing, and you're having so much fun you don't even notice til your legs are sore the next day. Anyway, I am a big supporter of finding things to do where you get exercise, but it's also fun so you stick with it. Indoor rock climbing is great strength training, and it is very fun and challenging, and if you enjoy walking, you should try changing it up now and then and going for a hike in the woods (maybe drag shrek along?). I would bet money there is a mall walker community at the mall you go to, too. Exercising with a group can help you stay motivated. After the initial shock of the heart attack wears off, and you start feeling good, and normal you can start to slip back to your old ways, so it doesn't hurt to think about that beforehand and take steps to make sure your future self doesn't sabotage your current efforts ;) Glad you are doing so well!

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Old 01-26-2011, 11:45 AM   #97
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Wow, that is amazing. I don't think I've ever walked ten mikes in my life! Well, I guess that's not completely true- one time last summer I disc golfed 63 holes in one day, and that is probably about ten miles, all up and down hills, but it was spaced out throughout the day, and you stand around quite a bit while other people are throwing, and you're having so much fun you don't even notice til your legs are sore the next day. Anyway, I am a big supporter of finding things to do where you get exercise, but it's also fun so you stick with it. Indoor rock climbing is great strength training, and it is very fun and challenging, and if you enjoy walking, you should try changing it up now and then and going for a hike in the woods (maybe drag shrek along?). I would bet money there is a mall walker community at the mall you go to, too. Exercising with a group can help you stay motivated. After the initial shock of the heart attack wears off, and you start feeling good, and normal you can start to slip back to your old ways, so it doesn't hurt to think about that beforehand and take steps to make sure your future self doesn't sabotage your current efforts ;) Glad you are doing so well!

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I do hike, in the summer. I don't lead a sedentary lifestyle...but I still had a heart attack. I also ride my bike in the summer. Right now, my problem is reining my activities back until cleared by the doctors to resume my prior activity levels. And I still had a heart attack!
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i am so glad you are ok. salt is easy for me, sugar harder, and coffee impossible. i am 72 and my long walks are long over. the bike was bought to build muscles in my legs. anything else is just gravy. i have been smoking for almost 54 years. i can't even imagine trying to quit. i have cut it way down this past year. my salt restriction is so i don't retain fluid. to much and or might have congestive heart failure again. we can only do the best we can just please don't overdue the exercise. what does Dr. said about exercise or have you asked.?
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i am so glad you are ok. salt is easy for me, sugar harder, and coffee impossible. i am 72 and my long walks are long over. the bike was bought to build muscles in my legs. anything else is just gravy. i have been smoking for almost 54 years. i can't even imagine trying to quit. i have cut it way down this past year. my salt restriction is so i don't retain fluid. to much and or might have congestive heart failure again. we can only do the best we can just please don't overdue the exercise. what does Dr. said about exercise or have you asked.?
Last spring, I found my ankles were swollen by evening or earlier every day.

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5 days later, no more swollen ankles. I did it every day for a couple of months, but have since changed to a couple of times a week. That was about 9 months or more ago, and I haven't had swollen ankles since. Not even once.

BTW, I bought socks, which restrict circulation, so I cut the tops off leaving about an inch of the cuff, so I don't get the swelling from that any more either.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:54 PM   #100
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i am so glad you are ok. salt is easy for me, sugar harder, and coffee impossible. i am 72 and my long walks are long over. the bike was bought to build muscles in my legs. anything else is just gravy. i have been smoking for almost 54 years. i can't even imagine trying to quit. i have cut it way down this past year. my salt restriction is so i don't retain fluid. to much and or might have congestive heart failure again. we can only do the best we can just please don't overdue the exercise. what does Dr. said about exercise or have you asked.?
I go to my first appointment with the Cardiologist tomorrow. He wrote an order for me to get 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week on my discharge orders 3 weeks ago. I have been walking faithfully every day, Monday I extended it to a couple of hours of walking and shopping, with an actual walking time of 1.5 hours.

I spoke with a pharcmacy consultant today about my various supplements and the medications I am taking and got good information on what to get rid of in the supplements and good ideas on the other meds to reduce side effects.

I'll be discussing the salt issue tomorrow...I really do not use that much salt on a regular basis. My pharmacy consult sees what I eat on a daily basis (she works at my facility) and has had my soups and stews. She agrees that I don't use much salt and my fat intake is negligible. Kinda nice to have my own barometer for my diet hanging around...and she likes my cooking

Upshot, tomorrow I find out what I will be allowed to do, I'm getting kinda antsy and want more activity.
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