At Monday’s clinic visit, the doctor discontinued a couple of the medications I’d been taking. One of them was an Aranesp injection, for anemia. Now that my hemoglobin is at a healthy level, I don’t have to endure that little twinge every week.
The doctor also cut back my clinic visits. Now I come in weekly for labs but see the doctor only every two weeks. This is a sign that everything is progressing as it should.
Meanwhile, I’m able to be a little more active as I build up my stamina by walking. We had 3 to 4 inches of new snow today, so instead of driving to the Walgreen’s to pick up some prescription refills, I walked the two blocks or so. It wasn’t that cold and the snow is very pretty, so it made for a pleasant walk.
I’ve been doing my own cooking most nights. Mostly casseroles and one-dish meals that make good leftovers for lunch the next day. A lot of things with cheese and tomatoes that I wasn’t able to have while on dialysis. One night a week, usually Saturday, I still devote to carry-out, so we can have favorites like pizza and Mexican food. Ken has been packing leftovers in his lunch for work, and says he’s even lost a couple pounds this way. Eating every meal from home has definitely made a difference in the food bill. Even with a much fuller grocery basket every week, I’m only spending $20 or $30 more, which is about equivalent to one meal out for the two of us.