It’s been a while and how I became a “Stoner”

Two attempts have been made to update you on what I have been up to. And it happened again just now. I start an entry, get into a flow and it just disappears. As they say, the third time is a charm. Not sure who “they” are. Anyway here goes. I will be careful.

I had just settled into my new home, met my newest grandson and was finishing up cleaning up, and selling my Wyman Drive house when I developed a severe pain on the right side of my back. An x-ray revealed a large kidney stone that I was told would not move or cause me any problems. Wrong. So in January, after a procedure, the doctor proclaimed that the stone had been blasted (lithotripsy) into easily passable grains of sand. Three weeks later my urologist determined that my stone was pretty much intact, and a new more invasive procedure was needed. So I started February with surgery, and a stent. Pain meds helped me along. In April another x-ray will reveal where I stand with regard to my stone making ability.

I am trying to be proactive about this new talent of mine. Reading what I should and should not eat as a “stoner”. Looking for foods low in oxalates, low sodium, low protein, and high calcium, and ways to keep hydrated. Reading food labels in a new way. Trying to figure out how to combine this with a type 2 diet for my husband. The beginning of the year I planned on going on Nutrisystem to loose a couple of pounds. Looking at all The prepackaged foods my guess is that the sodium levels would be off the charts. Still learning, reading, becoming part of the delightful community of gem makers.

Till the next time. I will post this before it disappears into the ether.

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