Today is a very special day for a couple of reasons and they're both so sweet I don't know which one to share first!
Let's start with these lil kidney beans o' mine. As of the latest blood work done, I am now the official owner of a brand new and markedly improved kidney filtration rate, (aka GFR), which has gone from 34 last month to a smokin' 41!!!
I'm still in Stage 3b of Chronic Kidney Disease, but alas, no longer "barely in there", like it has been for soooo long. I'm smiling still and have been since picking up the results an hour ago, teeheeeeeeee!
Now, onto the 2nd bit of great news, and that is in regards to my electrolytes and my potassium levels in particular. After a month of eating a number of "no-no's", on the Renal diet, (IE: beans, chickpeas, dark leafy greens like spinach, a few cherry tomatoes and even ALMONDS, (which was an UBER-treat after not having any for 7+ months and a staple in my former life), I was beside myself with joy to see that my K-count was STILL TOTALLY NORMAL!!!
This means that those fat little fava beans I bought, (currently soaking and soon to be cooked into Nirvana), will not only be enjoyed but celebrated, as I can continue to eat more damned normally!
What's extra great is that since I'm now vegetarian, I no longer have to worry about getting my much needed protein, (as I must limit fish and whole eggs due to cholesterol), from potassium-rich pulses and oh-so missed almonds and walnuts too.
Granted, all in calculated doses of course, counting every nut and never going too crazy on the portions with the beans etc., but WOW, this all means so much to me as with all the restrictions in my diet, this new loosening of the potassium-belt is just beyond welcome.
Can't wait to share this new GFR with my dear nephrologist cousin in Milano, he will be pleased!
I'm guessing that during all the time I was getting chemo, the Vasculitis was continuing to vie for position in my body and was, even though suppressed, still nibbling away at my kidneys. Now that I'm solidly in blessed remission from that disease and have been since late June, these sweet lil beans are now free to profit from everything I do to help them. That's my theory anyway.
And on that note, IT'S LUNCH TIIIIIME!!! On the menu: gorgeous white beans with a little white rice, garlic, spices and PLENTY of yummo arugula.
As always, ++++vibes and thanks for reading,