One Month Since…

me aug11

Hello. Have you been wondering what’s up with me for the last little while? Probably not, but that’s okay. I prefer to lay low and not be on people’s minds.

So, it’s been roughly a month since I got released from the hospital and started all the changes to make me a healthy and happy guy.
Here is what I have learned.

  • 1500-2000 mls of liquid a day is not that hard. I have gotten to the point where I don’t have much to drink between meals and have actually reduced my tea intake.
  • Alcohol is still a big part I miss but thanks to testing out non alcoholic beers and the rise of seedlip to make fake cocktails it’s not that bad. I try to have some “fancy” drinks in the fridge like ginger beer, or cherry cola just so I can live a little for dinners and weekends.

  • I have pretty much stopped tracking numbers in my notebook. I did for a few weeks and I am pretty good at knowing what foods add up to what amounts in terms of sodium. It’s all about balance. If dinner is going to be big, I just take it slow for lunch. Cutting out processed foods and eating out for lunches has pretty much put me in line. We are cooking even more than we used to which is nice.
  • I have discovered Low Sodium chips which is a life saver. I can pretty much each as many chips as I want and when I want to get more flavor, I can have 20 odd chips of another kind.
  • I finally have my meds figured out and I fill my pill box every Sunday afternoon.
  • I can do my normal step count I did pre treatment without feeling tired. That’s about 10k steps/day.
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  • The biggest thing I have found is if I am busy and engaged in something I no longer think of the condition. I feel like I did before (better actually).
  • I sleep really well and I hear from the other side of the bed, I don’t snore that much anymore.
  • Pills are pretty easy to take now.
  • I have gotten used to being skinny and people commenting on it. I literally have stuck at the same weight to the decimal for like 2 weeks.
  • The idea of fast food kind of grosses me out now. The mention of Subway or KFC no longer does the trick.
    Going out for drinks is still tough as you are the only one not partaking in drinks and greasy food, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
  • I get a kick out of the boys who tell me the sodium levels on labels and what places I can’t eat at. Also how they make sure I take my pills after dinner.
  • I have had one check up and one next week with my Cardiologist and things seem good. 6 months is really when I have reached a bit of normal for the next little while.

So that’s where I am at. Life has not changed much. I feel better. I hear I looked better. Everything is better considering where I was 5 weeks ago. Until next time.

Michael Cusden
Michael is the creator of Like A Dad and uses his daily experiences of being a parent and a marketing dude as his content. Always looking to connect with other parents and bloggers.