Just when I thought I had fallen in love with the YMCA (and I truly have), my stupid knee decides to hurt to the crying stage AND I get a call from the doctor saying I have low kidney function. Am I disappointed? Yes!! Am I discouraged? No!! If anything I'm more determined than ever to stay focused and stay on my journey to a healthier me.
As many of you know, I have severe arthritis in my knees and need total knee replacement in both of them It is something I have put off for ten years now for personal reasons and not so personal reasons. My husband is on oxygen and I have to take care of him by doing a lot of things for him. Also the recovery and rehab time is so long. But, I'm not sure how much longer I can hold out. I also have arthritis in my neck and back.
The exercise I was doing (stationary bike and arthritis aerobics in the pool) were really helping with the pain and stiffness at first, but I don't know if I overdid it or if the exercise just aggravated a condition that was already there. I now have a big bulge on the back of my knee. I am a self proclaimed queen of Google (I know, that can be a good or bad thing..LOL) But, when I google my symptoms and look at images, I think I may have a Baker's Cyst on the back of my knee. Not a biggy. It can be drained. But, it says that exercise can aggravate it and cause it to get larger. I know whatever it is, it has definitely made the pain to the point of tears!! I dropped doing the stationary bikes as much as I hated to, but was going to stay with the arthritis classes in the pool. They are held 3 times a week at the YMCA and I LOVE them!! But, after yesterdays class, I'm not sure. I literally came home crying. So something has to give!
Right now, my kidney function is my main concern. The doctor took me off two of my medications. One was a diabetic pill so I'm only on one now and I'm happy about that. She said my diabetes was under control and she felt I really don't need it right now anyway. However, the other is my anti-inflammatory pill I take for my knees. So now they hurt even more. But, both drugs are known for affecting the kidneys. I have to go back next week to have a recheck on my kidney function. Praying for some improvement. I've also doubled up on drinking my water so I hope that helps the kidneys and the weight loss. My weight loss has been so slow. I've been very strict with the low carb diet, but the weight is just not coming off like it usually does. I'm thinking maybe I'm not eating enough. I don't know!!
I'm going to try to keep doing the arthritis pool classes 3 times a week until next week when I see the doctor again. I plan to discuss with her what kind of exercise I can do and which I shouldn't do. Exercise has really become a habit to me now that I've found something I love to do and I miss not going. I'm also going to talk to her about my low carb diet. I don't know if that is also something that could be messing with my kidneys.
I always stay so confused about being a diabetic and what to eat. I've never been to a nutritionist. I think I may ask to see if she will send me to one when I go next week for my dr appointment. But, some doctors want you to do no carb, some low carb high fat, some low carb low fat, and some want you to follow the American Diabetes Guidelines. I don't know what to do, but I'm determined to find out.
I'm looking at this as just a stumble in the road and I'll get up and dust myself off and get going again one way or another. Its just so frustrating that I finally make this decision and have the dedication and motivation to do something healthy for myself and all this comes up. But, NOT GIVING UP!!!