HRH had a really good appt with the kidney dr. One kidney-specific blood work number that had been concerning in late 2014, and was maybe the reason he was sent to this dr, has been consistently in a better range now for the last three quarter-year appts. Also dr thinks he has an explanation for the continuing pain after kidney stones, so that's good news, at least in a way. It doesn't get rid of the pain but it helps to know more about it and why it would happen, and that you're not crazy when you feel it. It's not "ghost pain", it's real.
And the visit was pleasant and long (overlong, to the point I was looking down the hallway), with both of them being such talkers, so it wasn't nerve-wracking or depressing. HRH went 16 hours yesterday without the pain. When it did come back suddenly last night, he was so disappointed, but I told him he can't expect things to work out perfectly right away. I'm sure it will be a see-saw back and forth.
I bought refrigerated kimchee (like Asian sauerkraut but lots of veggies in it) at the healthy foods grocery. Kinda excited to try this with my beans for something different.
Have been watching Dr. Fuhrman's youtube videos for my luncheon entertainment lately. Learned that onions are most nutritious when eaten raw. My ddad loved them raw.
Have been able to enjoy yogurt again for the first time since 2010, so in some way, I believe my gut has healed some. Don't want to go too far with this, but a small container every once in a while has been okay, not resulting in acid reflux.
Learned from Dr. Fuhrman for the first time ever, that lowering the protective acidity of the stomach (which is a natural control of bacteria) with proton-pump inhibitors can make one prone to pneumonia. I actually said, "Aha!" out loud. I was prescribed Nex ium in 2009 and had pneumonia for the first and only time in early summer 2010. Of course, I really needed help for the acid reflux, which was becoming a problem to my quality of life. But I remember it took soooo looong to come off that stuff later - months of reducing the dose slowly. It was just too powerful a solution for me.