Daily Archives: March 2, 2009

Add MORE Salt?

For the majority of us, watching our salt intake is something we know that we should do.  In recent years, I’ve added that to my list of things to check out at the grocery store when shopping for the family.  In fact, one day recently, Jessie and I were on the frozen food isle when she pulled out a Hungry Man Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes dinner. (This was one of her favorites when she was really little, dad was out of town, and mom let them pick out a frozen meal for dinner.  Am I the only one guilty of that?)  The girl nearly tackled and whipped me for abusing my children with a frozen dinner which has around 2869 mg of sodium!  Double ouch.

Fast forward to the present and, of all things, Jessie is told to consume more salt.  Aside from the thought of eating a Hungry Man dinner every night (which is truly gross, by the way),  I really had no idea how tough this feat is to accomplish while keeping the remainder of the family on your typical “low-salt” diet.  Right now I’m buying tons of Power Ade and setting the salt shaker at Jessie’s end of the table.  I considered salt tablets which, by the way, are so unpopular that you have to purchase them online, but the cardiologist said no.  As I said in an earlier post, Jeff, my brilliant husband, and Wes suggested heading out to the nearest farm store for a large block of salt to put out back, or maybe beside Jessie’s bed, so that she can lean over and give it a lick every once in awhile.  Needless to say, this didn’t go over very well.

Getting back to the diet, Jessie hates dill pickles and can’t eat most of the other things on the list because they contain gluten.  So our search continues.  I will step off of my soapbox now as it’s time to salt the potatoes, broccoli, and chicken for dinner.

Any suggestions?


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March Already?

I cannot believe that today is March 2!  Time is flying and I am really getting old!  March did not usher in the warmth of spring.  It came in roaring like a lion with icy rain, snow and wind.  

Having said that, it was not a bad weekend!  Wes’ friend, Hunter, was in and the boys had a blast together.

We’ve begun to call Jessie “Cheeky” because of her rosy cheeks.  Last night we discussed this at the dinner table and she said that she does feel a little better.  My husband noted that we haven’t seen the herbal headache pack pulled out of the freezer, she isn’t walking around holding her head, and she is more pleasant to be around in general!  This is a good thing and we hope it continues.  

I got a call from the doctor in Charlotte on Friday afternoon advising that the Florinef should help with her headaches as well as other symptoms if it does it’s job properly.  We will go to the cardiologist on Wednesday for a followup.  I’m hoping he sees progress and increases it a bit.  One more increase could get her where she needs to be.

Have a great day.

**Nice quote to ponder:  “We cannot all do great things, but we CAN do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

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