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    All good days Agate!
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    Agate, I think those are your best numbers yet. You are getting stronger for sure!
    I may actually be getting stronger. The last lab test results about 6 weeks ago were good except that the potassium was low, and I told the doctor I'd try to bring it up by some diet changes. I've been doing that. I won't know until early September if the potassium is back up where it should be but I've noticed a gradual improvement in the way I've been feeling--more stamina, fewer pains.
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    Great going agate! What are the diet changes you made to raise potassium, potentially?

    Yesterday I walked more on rollator, much less on R2D2 than the past month. Perhaps its the antibiotic treating sinus infection that settled down the MS and SPS...

    But, my back is killing me, so I will perhaps skip the swim today. Also, I mistakenly took the mega dose Baclofen and Tizanidine at 10:30pm instead of 12:30am, so, I am a bit “off” on controlling muscle spasms. Might just take it easy for the day....

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    Sunshine, I've had to do this potassium-monitoring in the past and just hope I can still raise the level to normal this way. I check the potassium on most foods I typically eat, and try to opt for those with more potassium. Low-sodium V8 juice is loaded with potassium but other types of V8 juice aren't, for instance. I'm making a point of eating tomatoes, raisins, apricots, bananas, cauliflower, broccoli, anything that is known for being rich in potassium. I have a long list I keep referring to.

    I went through every type of yogurt available until I found the one that provides the most potassium. There are a gazillion varieties of yogurt out there.

    I have to be careful about potassium. In the past I've always realized when it was low because I'd have palpitations. This time I didn't get them though the lab test came back showing a low reading. Maybe some of the muscle cramps and pains I've been having were a sign of low potassium and I didn't realize it because I've been on the lookout for palpitations but not anything else. There can be other symptoms of low potassium, and I ought to have been more aware of them.

    It's a delicate balance, and the doctor warned me about not letting it get too high, either.
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    Today I swam 23.5 minutes, 800 yards. I have been having some back problems and thought swimming aggravated it. So I paid attention to my stroke.

    Breast strokedoesnt aggravate it, but it is so slow due to no leg action. I did a few of those today. Back stroke aggravated it

    Thought Freestyle aggravated it because I do not kick for fear of trigger a spasm as the kick causes the ankle, toe and shin muscles to stretch whenit hits the water.

    A friend this week with SPS said, “don’t fear the spasm”. WIth that In mind, I decided to kick enoughso as to not put strain on the back. It worked...

    So, DFTS is a good idea insome situations. But with walking, I will keep on the rollator Just in case I spasm, because that could cause a fall and a broken bone...

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    Today I swam 1/2 mile in 22 minutes.

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    Today I swam 803 yards in 23 minutes.

    The legs are very stiff today, but I am still walking a fair amount, thankfully...

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    Great Sunshine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Virginia View Post
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    Great Sunshine!
    There you are, Virginia! This post by you should quiet the hens down. Hope you're doing OK.
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    Today I swam 1/2 mile in 24 minutes, then grocery shopping, and now resting.

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