I’m sorry I dropped the ball this week and last on posting a Sadly, Utterly Abandoned installment, and I may not have one up this next Sunday. If I do, it’ll be a great surprise to you and me, both!
In a effort to help my dad deal with a serious medical condition, I’ve been working on a list of foods (by type and brand name) he can easily purchase to combat a rare disease called Calciphylaxis that has developed as a result of renal failure. Dialysis 3 days a week x 4-5 hours a session is no longer sufficient to remove the calcium from his body, so to help the process he needs to eliminate as much of the element as possible from his diet.
My youngest son and I traveled north to our old home state of Indiana to hang with the family and lend a hand wherever needed. Since I spend the vast majority of my time researching everything under the sun, this job is perfect for me and takes the burden of finding the best foods for my dad off of my step-mom’s shoulders.
Not only does Dad need to stop eating foods with calcium, he must also limit his intake of phosphorus. This means instead of consuming the foods considered to be the best for you, like whole grains, nuts, fresh vegetables, etc., he needs highly processed foods that have been bleached or boiled, thereby leaching the phosphorus from them.
The problem I’ve encountered is that most of the fast, processed foods we love to eat have been fortified with vitamins and minerals – including extra calcium. To make matters even more difficult, Dad has also been on Coumadin/Warfarin, an anticoagulant (blood-thinner) with some serious side-effects if taken in conjunction with the ingestion of green, leafy vegetables and other foods high in Vitamin K. It can cause the Coumadin to be less effective in preventing blood clots, necessitating the need for more of the drug. More of the drug can cause even the tiniest of wounds to bleed for hours on end. So, we need to find a happy balance.
This is and will continue to be a laborious undertaking, but one with the greatest of benefits. There is nothing more important to me than prolonging the life of my father. At the conclusion of my work, I hope to have an in-depth list of foods found at regular supermarkets and as many simple recipes as possible for those who must guard against the threat of Calciphylaxis.
Once I’m home this weekend, I’ll have more time to tackle my overly large to-do list, which includes sharing more of the abandoned images I’ve found, new recipes, and a new website for another of my great loves – scifi movies and tv shows. My gal pal, Charlee Allden, and I have whipped up Must Love Scifi for our take on the old and new of the genre. Come on over and sign up for email notifications of new reviews as they are posted! I’ve not had a chance to share any of my reviews, but Charlee’s got quite a few up.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer – staying cool in the heat wave, but basking in the warmth before heading into what may be another frigid winter!