Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A little information about why my diet is the way it is.

I have been thinking about this blog for a little while. Last week I wrote on my Facebook about not being able to do a total veggie and fruit diet. Many were confused why, and some even tried to tell me i could after a quick Google gave partial information. 

I have done extensive research on my conditions which prevent me from a total veggie diet. Although it was very difficult to find all the information on one page through the internet, I scoured and searched, asked doctors, dietitians, and any one else I could to give me all the information i needed and wanted. Yeah, I love researching stuff. Google and encyclopedia's are my best friends. 

I felt that this blog might help inform people about what it is to live the life of some one who has to take Coumadin, heparin, lovenox, Warfarin, or other blood thinning agents. So, here is what I, like so many others have to know, learn to moderate, and be wary of in everyday life. This list is what i have compiled together, linked with Factor 5 Leiden and lupus anticoagulant (although there is not much information on lupus anticoagulant yet). I usually want to keep my intake of vitamin k to around 80 mcg to 100 mcg.

First of all, what is Factor 5 Leiden and Lupus Anticoagulant?

Factor V Leiden is a blood clotting disorder. It is not a disease. 
Factor V is a protein that is needed for blood to clot properly. Some people do not 
have the normal Factor V protein. Instead, they have an different form called 
Factor V Leiden. This is caused by a change (mutation) in the gene for this protein. 
The different gene that makes the Factor V Leiden protein is inherited from one or 
both parents. 
The Factor V Leiden protein is harder to “turn off” than the normal Factor V protein. 
This makes blood clots more likely to form, a condition called thrombophilia.

Lupus anticoagulants are antibodies against phospholipids (substances in the lining of cells) that prevent blood clotting in a test tube. Persons with these antibodies may have an abnormally high risk of blood clotting. According to most studies, greater than 50% of the people who have antiphospolipid antibodies, DO NOT have lupus. So, just because a person has the lupus anticoagulant antibodies does not necessarily mean that they have or will develop systemic lupus.

Low in Vitamin K

Now, I can have these in pretty normal amounts. I probably wont want to eat more then 2-3 servings of them in a day.

Green beans
Sauerkraut (canned)
Green peppers
Cucumber (peeled)
Egg plant
Corn oil
Peanut oil
Safflower oil
Sesame oil
Sunflower oil
Cheddar cheese
Sour cream
Black tea
Fruit juices (except cranberry)

Medium Vitamin K amounts

These, I will want to eat about 1 serving a day, with maybe a small portion from the Low list.

Red Cabbage
Green Peas
Iceberg lettuce
Olive oil

High in Vitamin K

I usually want to moderate closely. I can probably get away with eating ½  to a full serving with no other vitamin k intake for the day. I do have to keep consistent levels of intake of vitamin k in my system as to not throw my INR (InterNational Ratio) levels off.

Brussels sprouts
Collard greens
Mustard greens
Turnip greens
Swiss chard
Canola oil
Soybean oil
Green tea
Garbanzo beans
Beef liver

Things to avoid:
(but occasionally eat against my better judgment but eat in very small amounts, at most 1/2 a serving size.)

Cranberry products
Tonka beans
Sweet clover
Co-enzyme Q10
Ginkgo biloba
St. Johns wort

*A serving is 1 cup raw, or 1/2 cooked. All portion sizes that I eat are what work within my normal INR range.  Work with your doctor or Coumadin clinic with incorporating these foods into your diet. Each person's diet and INR are unique and do not work for everyone.

Medications to avoid 
(unless directed by your doctor) 

Ask your doctor before taking any medicine for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. This includes acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, celecoxib (Celebrex), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), indomethacin (Indocin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), piroxicam (Feldene), and others. 
(Yeah, basically all over the counter pain killers.)


Co-enzyme Q-10, fish oil, ginkgo biloba, St. John's wort, ginseng and garlic, and vitamin E. Many health supplements can cause unintended interactions with Coumadin.

(This list of information is compiled from several sources, but is not intended to be used instead of advise from your individual doctor.)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

the birthday post

Tomorrow is my 26th birthday, and i must say, i dont get as excited about it as i use to when i was younger.

Here are some facts about me being 26:

I have been alive for:
(as of 8:16 am 8/16/2012)

 819936000 seconds

13665600 minutes

227760 hours

9490 days

1352 weeks

I was pregnant for 273 days

been a mom for 793 days

Eaten 28470 meals (on a regular 3 meals a day basis)

been to the bathroom 56940 times

Had 37960 dreams

Laughed 123370 times

Had 219000 sodas

That's a lot of stuff in 26 years!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Loving Our New Place!

We have been in our new place for a week now, and already we are back on our regular night schedule, as Andy works nights, it's difficult to get Atreyu up and keep him quiet enough to let Andy sleep. Usually he comes home about 3 or 3:30 am, after working 10 to 11 hours, so he usually sleeps until noon. Before you all freak out, lol, we are not sleeping more then the regular person, just pushed our schedule back a little bit. Atreyu does well on the schedule as he is a naturally late sleeper. So he goes down about 10-10:30, and I get up around 10 to wake him up and eat. None of us are really morning people lol!

I love our new place. We have been here for 1 week, and even though it's not the nicest place, or in the best part of town, it's ours. Our neighbors have 1 & 2 year old boys, who are both very social-able :), they are cool and seem pretty normal aside from having a million friends. Our landlords are amazing! They are eager to please, and want to do what they can to make the apartment nicer for us, like putting new screens on all the windows, and putting a new fridge in. They love Atreyu, and are going to live next door to us a few days out of the week soon. They even gave us a house warming gift!

I love having privacy again. No one above us, no one below, and for now, no one next to us. Just one other family across the grassy area. We are in a complex of 2 duplex's with only one other family. Our neighbors 2 year old loves to come over to me if I'm outside just to say hi and give me a pat on the shoulder. Our place is much closer to Andy's work, which is great! Just a 5 minute drive home, really good for those especially late nights. My work is 10 minutes closer, and we are a lot closer to our favorite grocery store WINCO! Although there is a great little market that uses only local produce just down the street, but a little pricier for regular shopping, but good for that quick run for a gallon of milk.

One thing i really like about being out here is that we are totally self sufficient. Andy is working a full time job with regular over time hours. Generally he works about 50 hours a week! I work usually 1 or 2 days a week, which is all i really care to work, more is unnecessary, and too hard on Andy and our schedule. When we moved in, we actually were able to buy new furniture! The first time since we have been living together! Totally furnished our living room! Bedrooms are next, and I cant wait! Although i do want to check out thrift stores to see if i can find any cool looking dressers and toy boxes for Atreyu, since that kid has soooo many toys.

Atreyu is doing really well in our apartment. I know it must have been hard on him to move all the way up here from California, but he's been handling it like a champ. A few things got delayed since i don't want to change his little world too much at one time. Potty training might start next month, and changing him over to a toddler bed will probably come after potty training is established, then the Binky will go after all that is done :). But he is learning a lot right now! Getting his ABC's down, he can recite A to M with me no problem, distinguish between red, blue, black, green, orange, and yellow, and can count to 10 by himself and count down from 5 by himself. He is learning to ask for food and drink when he wants it, instead of just waiting until i offer. And he absolutely loves to help me around the house, especially sweeping and putting clothes in the dryer.
At Smokey's Pizza and Atreyu being adorable as usual

Andy loves his job. Which is a big deal, since his last job in California was horrible. He is the best closer they have, and every one loves his food! His job is hard, and demanding, but he loves what he does, his bosses like him (also a big difference!) and all his co workers like him. (And apparently many girls think he's the best looking guy there. I knew that already lol. But i think i might have be a bit more possessive of him while I'm there and let them know what's up ;D)

At the Brickhouse!
Being here for me is a bit of a change. Before we left, i was working 5-6 days a week, since Andy quit his job because his boss was a horrible, evil, nasty, woman. So i was use to being out of the house more often. Now, I'm home more then not. It's a big change for me. A little hard, since Atreyu is a little defiant, i think it's the terrible 2's.... I might try and join a book club, both for the social aspect, and to get back into reading. I don't want to find one that's all into the major liberal nutcase stuff, which is popular out here lol.

On the way to Astoria
Anyways... I think I've babbled long enough! Hopefully I can remember to update more often on this thing!

Night everyone!