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  • CKD and Mental Illness

    I was finally diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in 1995 after almost 20 years of wading through the mental health system. Then, in 2008, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 CKD. During the first few years following that diagnosis, I managed to lose over 80 lbs. As the stress in my life has intensified over the last three years (I'm my mother's caretaker, who suffers from a lung disease and dementia), I've gained a lot of the weight back. I struggle to eat anything but "comfort" foods and the bipolar depression prevents me from doing proper grocery shopping. Having dealt with CKD for almost ten years, and having been given advice from a wonderful dietitian, I know I need to eat fresh foods, which means going shopping a couple of times a week. I can't seem to do it even once a month. Here's the conundrum...my dietitian can give me nutritional advice and my therapist can give me advice related to my depression/mood swings...but no one seems to be able to do both at the same time. That just compounds the mood problems and weight gain. Is there anyone out there who has similar experiences, and if you do, can you offer any advice? Thanks, Laurie
    Last edited by crinkster; 05-13-2017, 03:20 PM. Reason: added tags

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    I know how you feel. have much the same issues. i know it is difficult just to get thru each day. just wanted you to know you are not alone!

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      I am in the process of a diagnosis.......all was well until a routine blood test and urine test several weeks ago showed up lots of protein..........have had a few more tests and am awaiting results. Am not sure what is going on but have changed diet e.g. Reduced salt, more vegetables and salads, less protein etc. Have been approx 10K overweight for the past 2,years despite trying desperatly to lose at least a little. Will update when I receive my blood test results

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      • #4
        Do you live in an area that delevers food? You could call in your order. I know several people who do that now and everyone is quite satisfied with the productsthat are picked out for them. The markets charge about $5 an order for delivery It is an added expense but you could stay on tract with your diet which is a huge factor in your overall well-being. It is difficult dealing with multiple issues but keeping your diet on tract could give you a sense of enpowerment . I have days like yours but I try not to repeat them too often.

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        • #5
          Hi Critter, I too have bp1, and am challenged with grocery stores when depressed(my usual state) rather than mania. I've found reading grocery fliers and making specific list for the store(social security low budget for food) going in and getting out is much quicker. Also since my diet doesn't include Any processed foods I'm on only the outside isles of the store with the exception of my kitty's food

          The challenge of managing bp in addition to constant care of your mom is a Real Challenge. Perhaps you could check out your state social services to find some care taker relief, or a senior care provider to help...I used to be one, I'd take my clients to the doctor, grocery shopping, light cleaning and cooking...Best of Luck!
          Last edited by mlr0853; 06-27-2018, 11:13 AM. Reason: *Going shopping at a time No One is in the store, like after 7pm

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