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  • Hi, It's Been A While

    Although I have not posted recently, I have been catching up on the posts about once a month. I felt that I needed a little time away. I felt as if I were "obsessing" over my health so I kept my time on the board to a minimum.

    Since my myectomy 16 months ago, I have lost 60# YEAH! Recently, I began walking a mile a day, which is amazing for someone who couldn't walk fifteen feet to the bathroom without SOB.

    I read with interest some of the posts about dieting. I have been following the WW (Weight Watchers) plan - this is what works for me. However, I have noticed that after carbohydrate ingestion, my symptoms seem to increase. I have also been recently diagnosed as borderline diabetic. I'm sure that there is some kind of connection there - i.e. diabetic + carbs = symptoms. As addicted as I am to carbs, I think it's time to consider adding more protein to my diet.

    It's good to know that everyone is doing well. To all the ones about to embark on the myectomy journey, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Lisa, thanks again for all your help & keep up the great work!
    HOCM, Septal Myectomy 10/02 (Mayo Clinic), Medtronic ICD 10/07, TIA 10/07

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    Hi Dolly,
    I read your posting with interest, but I would like to make a suggestion. A high protein diet can be very hard on the kidneys. For a long term way of eating change, I would suggest increasing your vegetable and salad intake, but watch the salad dressing.

    I love starches too, but being a diabetic, they no longer like me.


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      Re: Hi, It's Been A While

      Hi Burt,

      I guess I should have specified that I get plenty of fruit and veggies in my diet already I just meant adding more protein than I already eat (which is not much).

      Thanks for the heads up!
      HOCM, Septal Myectomy 10/02 (Mayo Clinic), Medtronic ICD 10/07, TIA 10/07


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        Re: Hi, It's Been A While

        Okie Dokie Dolly,
        It’s just that I have a bunch of maladies and my dietitian told me my plate should be half veggies, one quarter protein and one quarter carb’s. She also said I should limit my animal proteins to six ounces a day. I’m sure that would be a healthy diet for anybody, but I don’t know any American who eats that way – at least not on their own. I don’t mean to get up on a soap box, but I do mention it to my friends if the subject arises.

        I see on your profile that you are a Dietary Manager – You obviously know a lot more about the subject then I do. Do you have any tips for me?


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          Re: Hi, It's Been A While

          It is nice to hear from you!

          I am glad to hear you are feeling well! Can you offer any advice to those heading for myectomy on how you managed your recovery?

          Best wishes,
          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
          Currently not obstructed
          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


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