Category Archives: Coumadin (Warfarin)

Coumadin (Warfarin) and INR readings that spike.

A tale of “Too Many Chefs in the Kitchen” have made this soup go rogue.

If you are starting a regimen of Coumadin (Warfarin) to thin your blood you will need to know that the balance of good INR readings and bad INR readings are difficult to get regulated at first.  Finding the right dosage is through trial and error.  There are so many factors involved in the calculations that contribute to finding that “sweet spot”.

With the most recent emergency room escapade for Joe it is critical that you, or a family member, taking Coumadin (Warfarin) be aware of the foods you eat or prepare for the person on Coumadin (Warfarin).  Case in point – ME and my efforts to help with the INR readings through the foods I prepare for him.

  • NOTE:  The foods you have eaten before being on Coumadin (Warfarin) are to be maintained.
  • Do NOT eliminate foods from the diet of anyone on Coumadin (Warfarin).  Even if the foods have a high Vitamin K rating.
  • If you, or your family member is a Vegetarian there are some foods that are high in Vitamin K and ONLY those foods need to be moderated.  Eat them still, but in smaller quantities.

If you need a reference for the Vitamin K in foods I have linked to a valuable source in one of my blog posts….Vitamin K and Potassium daily intake for Coumadin (Warfarin) users.

My endeavors to follow this list of Vitamin K food items and keep the amount within a certain range I, unwittingly, caused Joe to have bloody stools and an INR reading of 9.8.

The combination of high dosage of Coumadin (Warfarin) at 11.25 daily, prescribed by the doctor, and my zeal to keep the Vitamin K in check caused me to nearly lose my husband.

End result – make sure to eat the foods that you normally do.  Keep the vegetables in your daily diet.  Portion sizes and daily blood tests during the first stage of taking Coumadin (Warfarin) is vital in getting the dosage correct.

With Joe having such a high INR at 9.8 he had to have two (2) units of plasma given to him at the hospital.  There was a slight chance he was going to have a blood transfusion if the INR reading didn’t go down.

During his recent stay in the hospital he received NO Coumadin (Warfarin) and had his blood checked every eight (8) hours to see if the INR reading was coming down.  Thankfully, at dismissal his INR was down to 3.1.  Still a bit high but just under the danger zone.

His prescribed dosage has been decreased from 11.25 mg to 6 mg of Coumadin (Warfarin) and we have to make stops along our journeys to labs and have his blood tested until we can get one of the portable blood testers.  With this machine we can keep on top of his readings and get the dosage corrected to the proper balance.

Use my experience as a cautionary tale in your – or your loved ones – regimen of Coumadin (Warfarin).  Eat as though you are normal.  Keep a Food Diary.  When your readings get a bit too high you will have a reference in your Food Diary that will help you to figure out what caused it and then reduce the amount of ONLY that particular food(s) item.

Keeping a Food Diary is a major PITB (pain in the butt).  It is vital that one is kept.  It has been of help in learning what caused Joe’s INR to go so high and for me to be able to make the necessary changes.  Once his blood level of Coumadin (Warfarin) is in balance the daily Food Diary will only be for caloric intake and used in weight reduction.

Hope this will be of help to anyone that is on this regimen and how to care for yourself or your loved one.

Leslie


Cleared to go back to work.

We had a heart thumping scare on Tuesday (day before yesterday)!  Joe’s INR blood test was pretty high.  Quite high in fact.

The first test done by the Home Health nurse gave a reading of 5.0!  Joe’s range is supposed to be are 2.0 to 2.1.  The nurse ran a second test and it was still way too high at 3.8.

Joe's most recent INR blood testTime to get salads and other vegetables back in his diet.  I’ve held him way back on them because of the high amounts of Vitamin K in them.  This is a tricky business finding the right mix of foods.  The meals I have been making for him have been too low in Vitamin K and have caused his blood to thin down to a really scary range.

Blood thinned to an INR of 4.0 and higher can be dangerous.  All Joe needs do is bump his head fairly hard, as he often does under our work trailer.  Hard enough to put a goose egg on his head.  That goose egg can lead to a brain bleed and I can loose him.  So this is serious and I have to figure out how to get that number down without it going down too far.

The really creepy thing about his higher INR number is his eyes.  They really look bad, awful in fact.  So bad that I had to take pictures of them and text them to our daughter, Loreli – the ICU trauma nurse – about 7:30 pm Tuesday night to see if I needed to get Joe to the hospital.

Joe's eye looks pretty bad to me - doctor says it is the CoumadinJoe had his follow up doctor visit yesterday morning and has been cleared to go back to work.  The doctor looked at Joe’s eyes and said that is the Coumadin.  The high INR reading from the Coumadin (Warfarin) in his system is what is causing his eyes to look that bad.

Maureen, my friend from Texas asked if I had a pedometer app on my iPhone.  I have a Nike one but I can’t figure out how to work it.  The iPhone App is called “Pedometer” and I took the FREE one.  Never know which app works and which doesn’t so I don’t like to pay for something that won’t work for me.

Pedometer App for iPhoneI’ve been averaging a mile to nearly a mile and a half around our neighborhood.  Joe and I start off slow at his pace.  When he is headed to the house I leave him at the driveway and continue on at a faster pace.

So far, I like the app.  I don’t know what all it does other than keep track of how far I walk.  I haven’t figured out how to set the heartbeat….mostly because I can’t figure out how to find my heartbeat 😦  Every time I think I have it I lose it.  Only time I can find it is when my heart is beating hard and fast.  So I don’t know if the app needs a resting heart rate or a fast heart rate.

Yep, I am one smart cookie 😦

My boom is coming off the trailer later today.  Take some unnecessary weight off our trailer since we won’t be taking four trucks any longer.  Probably not until next year – literally.

In the meantime I’m working on a scrapbook for one of our daughters.  I have to have it finished, as much as I can, before we leave home so I can give it to her in Orlando, Florida.

We are supposed to be getting a portable blood checking machine before we leave so I will be reporting Joe’s progress in keeping his INR down to 2.0 and 2.1 while we are on the road.  This should prove to be exciting!

Have a fantastic day – we will be because Joe is on his way back to work.

Leslie


Oatmeal Cookies (NOT Coumadin Safe) and Chicken Marsala – Coumadin Safe

Let’s get this out of the way first.  I think I have won the “Bad Wife Award”, or at least I am in the running.

Joe wanted homemade Oatmeal Cookies and I did not want to make them.  He did his puppy dog eye thing but I stood firm.  Fact is, I’m about out of any desire for cooking.  It is no longer fun and is a chore now.  I think that is one of the requirements for the Bad Wife Award.  Be reluctant to feed our family.

So I just flat out said, “You want cookies, make them yourself.”  And by golly he did 😀

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Read the recipe and instructions fully.

Reading the recipe

Okay, I did take out all the ingredients so they would be at his fingertips.  And I put everything away when he was done using them, but I was not going to make them.

Two cups all purpose flourTwo cups of all purpose flour.  Joe’s cups were not totally full with the excess scraped off with the back of a knife.   I had to say something about not using the proper amount of flour.

So he just dumped the remainder of the bag in the sieve.

Just pour all of it inOkay, that works for me 😀

Next is one teaspoon of Baking Powder.

One teaspoon of Baking PowderFollowed by one teaspoon of Baking Soda.

One teaspoon of Baking SodaLast of the dry ingredients is one teaspoon Salt.

One teaspoon of SaltSift the dry ingredients through the sieve.  It is important to slop some of the flour mixture outside the bowl and into the sink.  Makes for lighter cookies.

Sift the dry ingredientsSet the dry ingredients aside and take a rest.

Rest after sifting the dry ingredientsBad Wife Award requirement #2 – make sure the table surface is full to overflowing.  Okay back to making the cookies.

Set two sticks of unsalted butter and two whole eggs out to warm to room temperature before starting this step.  It helps if they are set out before leaving the house for dinner at a Chinese restaurant.

In a mixing bowl drop one cup of Unsalted Butter in.

Two sticks of Unsalted ButterFollowed by two whole eggs.

Two whole eggsAdd one cup of white sugar.

One cup of white sugarIt is not necessary to have the cup properly filled with sugar.  There can still be more cup than sugar.  This makes for less calorie dense cookies.

Next is one cup of packed Brown Sugar.

One cup of packed Brown SugarNow it is important to note the use of Splenda Brown Sugar.  The combination of regular white sugar and Splenda Brown Sugar negate the hyperglycemic properties of the sugar dose.  One bad sugar and one good sugar cancel each other out.

One cup of packed brown sugar, with a little extraThe extra Splenda Brown Sugar is to ensure the nutrient value is in the excellent range.

The last ingredient is two teaspoons of Vanilla.

Two teaspoons of VanillaTurn the mixer on and watch for a minute or two to make sure all the ingredients are being incorporated.

Make sure all ingredients are being well incorporated

Now go and rest a little while.  Yes, you will see this step numerous times.

Go take a rest for a few minutes

Get up from your rest and check the mixer.  Is it “Fluffy and light in color yet?”

Is it "Fluffy and light in color" yet?Nope, not yet.  Now would be a good time to measure and set aside the last ingredients.

Three cups of oatmeal.

Three cups of oatmealIf the cups are a bit heaping and not level that is a good thing.  Oatmeal is better for us than flour is.

Last of the ingredients is 1-1/2 cups of Raisins.

One and a half cups of RaisinsCheck the mixer for signs of “Fluffy and light in color”.

Check for signs of "Fluffy and light in color"Now might be a good time to take another rest.

Take another rest period.Is it “Fluffy and light in color” YET?

Is it "Fluffy and light in color"?FINALLY!  Good grief.  Making cookies is really hard work.

Okay now comes the serious question time.  The mixture has finally become “Fluffy and light in color”.  It is time to add the flour ingredients.

Joe:  What would happen if I just poured the flour in while the mixer is going pretty fast?

Me:  Not much.  You’d just have a white face and I’d have a wonderful photo to add to my blog.

Bad Wife Award Requirement #3 – Do all you can to embarrass the husband.  Make suggestions that would be photo ops to put him in a bad light.

Dang, he slowed down the mixer to add the dry ingredients.

Slowly add the dry ingredients.Use a spatula to get the flour off the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.

Scrape the bowl with a spatula to get all the flour incorporatedAfter all the flour has been mixed well and incorporated it is time to add the oatmeal and raisins.

Add the oatmeal and raisins to the flour and butter mixtureAllow the mixer to incorporate the oatmeal and raisins into the flour, sugar, and egg mixture.

Mix the oatmeal and raisins well into the cookie doughStop the mixing and get as much of the dough out of the beaters as you can.  Find the button to release the beaters.  Once button is found, press hard on the button.  Enlist the aid of bystanders (me) to remove the beaters.

Scrape and remove the beaters from the mixerNow you have to decide if it is time for a rest or if it is time to begin scooping the dough onto the cookie sheets sprayed with a cooking spray.

Nope, the cookie scooping won out.

Scoop and drop the dough onto a cookie sheetHis scoops were different sizes using the “Two Spoon” technique.  I gave him a small scooper thingy to use on the remaining dough.

Use a scooper thingy for more even sizes of cookiesPut the cookie sheets in the oven and allow to bake for 11 to 13 minutes.

Put the cookies in the ovenAnd now take a much needed rest from all the hard work.  He deserves it 😀

Take a rest between insertion of cookies into the oven and removal of baked cookiesAnd voila.  Cookies.  Homemade Oatmeal Raisin cookies made by Joe.  Truth to tell, he enjoyed this foray into baking and has printed off recipes for Chocolate Chip cookies and some Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal cookies.

He won’t be making them today.  That will be on another day when he has recovered from this strenuous task.

Cookies cooling on a rack

Now for the Chicken Marsala – Coumadin Safe.

I don’t own a meat tenderizer or mallet.  I use a sauce pan to whack the fool out of the meat.  Place chicken breast on a piece of Saran Wrap and cut the breast in half.  This is for two servings, you will need more chicken if there will be more servings.

Place another piece of Saran Wrap over the cut chicken and commence pounding the dickens out of the meat.  Whack away until you have an even thickness and the chicken meat has doubled in size.

Use a sauce pan to pound the meatEven thickness of the pounded chicken breast.

Pound until the chicken has doubled in sizeThe side dishes for the Chicken Marsala are Low-Sodium Mashed Potatoes and Herbed Zucchini.

This meal contains the following:

Chicken Marsala – Vitamin K:  12 micrograms – Potassium:  228 milligrams – Calories:  188

Low Sodium Plain Mashed Potatoes – Vitamin K:  2 micrograms – Potassium:  532 milligrams – Calories:  119

Herbed Zucchini – Vitamin K:  26 micrograms – Potassium:  321 milligrams – Calories:  51

Chicken Marsala, Low Sodium Mashed Potatoes, Herbed Zucchini

Money shot of the Chicken Marsala.

Chicken MarsalaMoney shot of the Herbed Zucchini.  I also have Yellow Squash mixed in.  One small zucchini and one small yellow squash.

Herbed ZucchiniJoe loves zucchini.

Joe's dinner plate

NOT!

Joe hates zucchiniSo I made him Corn on the Cob .

Corn on the cob

Okay, did I win?  Did I win?  The Bad Wife Award?  When does it come?

Hope you all have a great day.

Leslie


Asian Lettuce Wraps – Coumadin safe

Has anyone been to PF Chang’s?  This recipe has, evidently, become a very popular dish.  Asian Lettuce Wraps.

There are some ingredients in this recipe that I don’t have on hand.  Hoisin Sauce, cilantro leaves, and fresh ginger.  I’ve found substitutions for each of them and will share them with you.

This dish is EXTREMELY high in salt – 589 milligrams to be exact.  The culprit, I think, is the Hoisin Sauce.  The substitution I have chosen from Buzzle.  I am using Substitution #2 with the pitted prunes.  I do have those on hand.

The substitution for cilantro leaves is celery leaves.  The taste won’t be the same, I think this is mainly for the fresh leafy taste and crunch that one would get from fresh cilantro.  Plus there are some people that don’t like the taste of cilantro and it might be good to know there is a substitution for it.  The other substitution is flat leafed parsley, which I don’t have any of either.  I do have the celery leaves though.

Lastly, the substitution for fresh minced ginger is 1/2 TEASPOON of dry ginger.  1/4 teaspoon per tablespoon of fresh minced ginger.  This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of fresh so I will use 1/2 teaspoon of the dry.

The Vitamin K content of this recipe is:  37 micrograms – This is kind of high and I think it is because of the lettuce, bell peppers, onion, carrot, and celery.  Celery is higher in Vitamin K than the other vegetables.

The Potassium content of this recipe is:  943 milligrams

The Sodium content of this recipe is:  589 milligrams by following the recipe with all of the called for ingredients.  I have no idea how much less the Sodium will be by using the substitutions I have noted but I’m betting it will be a lot less.

Calories in this dish, per serving:  526

I got quite a way through the recipe when I realized I had run out of carrots 😦  Oh, well.

Asian leaf wraps

Good luck getting 8 pieces of lettuce off the iceberg head!  I had onions about to burn, rice pot boiling over, and found I had no carrots.  The lettuce I did get to come off were less than half a leaf.  Serving size per person is four leafs.

This asian dish is pretty spicyLurking within this bundle of vegetables, chicken, and rice is some pretty hot stuff.  For us woosies, the 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes was just too much.  This is a pretty tasty dish.

Joe gives this recipe ***1/2 stars out of five.  The spicy heat was too much for him.

The Shrimp Alfredo from the night before, Joe gives that recipe **** stars out of 5.  According to Joe, if there was more sauce – like at Olive Garden – he’d go for all 5.

This guy is “bustin’ my chops” here.

Leslie


Shrimp and Asparagus Alfredo – Coumadin Safe

First I have to state, for the record, that I abhor fish.  I don’t like the taste and I really dislike the smell.

It is almost like “Once in a Blue Moon” that Joe will request something to eat.  Most times I spend about 20 minutes calling off ideas to lukewarm results.  Mostly shoulder shrugs and “I don’t care”.

We had to make a trip to the grocery store a couple days ago.  While walking the bread aisle, with Joe using the shopping cart as support, he pipes up with “Can you make that Alfred Sauce?”.  Joe is hilarious.  He seems to always leave the “O” off the end.  I think he does that on purpose just to hear me laugh.

With a request like that I had to search the Dr. Gourmet website to see if there is a Coumadin safe recipe for Alfredo Sauce.

I don’t have ANY Goat Cheese, Fettuccini noodles, broccoli, nor Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.  I used Asparagus instead of the broccoli.  1 tablespoon of Cream Cheese instead of the Goat Cheese.  Regular spaghetti noodles instead of the Fettuccini.  I used Kraft grated Parmesan cheese instead of the Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Joe loves shrimp.  We buy it pre-cooked and frozen.  He takes a handful, thaws it, then eats it with a bit of ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.  A “Poor Man’s Shrimp Cocktail” 😀

Frozen shrimpAfter getting about 12 pieces out of the bag I put them in a bowl of cold water to thaw while I tended to the recipe.  Once they were fully thawed I drained them of all water and put them on paper towels to absorb the remaining water before adding them to a hot skillet.

One serving of Shrimp Alfredo.

Coumadin safe Shrimp Alfredo

Shrimp and asparagus

Vitamin K in this recipe:  144 micrograms

Potassium in this recipe:  969 milligrams

Calories per serving:  539

From the looks of Joe’s plate, it wasn’t cooked enough for him.  He had to cook it further on his plate with all the fresh ground black pepper.

Coarse ground black pepper

Give this recipe a try.  It is full of flavor, the sauce is creamy without being over rich.

Leslie


Life, as we know it, is not over!

It is my opinion, and only my opinion, that we as a human species are social animals UNTIL we hit a snag in life.  When a major experience inserts itself then we feel we are no longer part of a large group.  We become a singular entity that is totally alone and no one else has ever gone through what we are going through.

Nothing is farther from the truth.  Our social world branches off into a different growth pattern then settles back into the comfortable one we are used to, which now includes other people who have similar experiences to ours.

Anyone that does, at least, one hour of television viewing has seen the legal advertisements warning of the dire consequences of the drug Coumadin (Warfarin) and the deaths it has caused.  Kind of scary when you listen to the advertisement and the claims made by a spokesperson for the legal firm.

Having remnants of the torte ad in my head and the possible things that could go wrong with my Joe while he is on this drug made me quite anxious for him.  If the drug is so bad that people are bleeding to death and dropping like flies then why is this still being prescribed by physicians?!

Acceptance of Joe’s medical procedures and prescriptions had to come.  I had to embrace this fear and do the best that I could to make sure my husband is watched over and cared for properly.  That was the first hurdle to get over.  The next was to find information about his diet that I would need to know in order to aid him in his recovery and eventually getting off Coumadin (Warfarin).

This past week I have begun to feel like I am in the middle of a Wes Craven horror movie with no way out.  Who would have ever known that fruits and vegetables could be so harmful to a human body?  All of the fitness Internet sites you go to scream at you to eat more vegetables and fruit daily.  Get meat out of our diet and more natural foods in.

The Vitamin K in a good number of vegetables that Joe loves could be the actual death of him.  The Potassium levels in the fruits and vegetables Joe loves could cause him to go into kidney failure.  What the H-E-*-* is wrong with my world?!

In our house Joe is feeling unmanned by no longer being able to work and provide an income to his family, while I’m going bonkers about what is safe for him to eat.  Both of us are living in a sort of H-E-Double Hockey Sticks.  Surely Freddy Kruger will be knocking on our door at any minute.  Of course Freddy Kruger never knocked on doors, he just appeared out of no where and terrorized certain people.

When you find yourself locked in a pitched battle, and feel like you are losing, out of no where comes an ally.  Someone that HAS gone through what we are going through.  Someone that is on the other side of the problem and have their life together.  This ally has survived quite a number of years on Coumadin (Warfarin) and has an active life, a job that would be considered hazardous to his health, and the ability to make Freddy Kruger disappear in a pile of ashes to be blown away on the wind.

Our ally is none other than our vehicle mechanic.  Years ago our mechanic (Greg at G&S Automotive in Norman, Oklahoma) had a heart valve replacement.  He has been on Coumadin (Warfarin) for several years now.  He climbs around on old, banged up, and rusty vehicles – new ones, too.  He reaches into the engine compartments where there is very little space to put fingers, let alone tools, and busts his knuckles.  His customers come in complaining of a problem with their vehicle and he doesn’t back away from the work involved to get the cars and trucks running in tip top shape.  He goes elbow deep. He rolls around on the ground underneath the chassis to inspect where the odd sound is coming from.  And he always has a smile on his face.

I knew Joe was upset and worried about us going back to work.  My poor Joe was resigned to having to stand back and watch me do all the work and heavy lifting.  That goes totally against Joe’s soul and his core beliefs.  So much that it has put him in a kind of funk.  After learning about our mechanic who is taking the same medication as Joe, only in a higher dosage, has given my husband his spirit back.  He no longer lives in fear of hurting himself and bleeding to death in some remote and desolate location far from civilization.

I, myself, have an ally that has joined me in my battle.  Jann Gray of WhatYouMakeIt has inspired me with tips she has garnered over the past couple years in caring for her husband who has had a kidney transplant.  Through her knowledge, support, and sense of humor I have come to realize that food is good and a friend.  I’m totally grateful for her insight and help.

So…when you feel totally alone and nearly defeated in your life’s struggle, don’t give up.  There will be someone that will come along with their weapons to aid you in your battle.  Someone to stand beside you and fight along side of you.  Your friendship with these people will become a bond that will help you through your tough days and cherish the sanity of normal days.

Now it is time to indulge in a little chocolate 😀

A bit of chocolate

And I do mean a LITTLE chocolate.

A very little bit of chocolate

Now get in there and fight like you really mean it.  Also, have a spectacular day.

Leslie


Vitamin K and Potassium daily intake for Coumadin (Warfarin) users

This blog post really ought to have been….

Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore.

The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of Vitamin K for Coumadin (Warfarin) patients is:

  • 80 mcg (micrograms) for men
  • 70 mcg (micrograms) for women

Vitamin K is needed by the liver to produce blood clotting factors in a person’s blood.  For people taking Coumadin (Warfarin) the blood clotting factors have to be kept in check to help the body break down blood clots in the arteries and vessels that could come loose and do further damage.

Trying to figure out how to care for, and feed, my husband has become a real uphill battle.  Mining the plethora of information on the Internet has me googly eyed and I have a headache.

If you are caring for yourself as you take Coumadin, or if you are the help mate to someone taking Coumadin, I found a complete – and I do mean COMPLETE – list of foods and their Vitamin K content.  Please get yourself over to this website – Vitamin K Finder.

At least the major food groups, in my opinion, are still in play with the Vitamin K thing.  Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins 😀  and I can’t forget M&M’s and Snickers.

Okay, yes I know, you are probably about to send me a flaming comment about my choices in foods.  But it is seriously screwed up when celery is in the HIGH category of Vitamin K, along with most of all fruits and vegetables while a serving of Chef Boyardee Spagetti and Meat Balls is in the LOW Vitamin K category.

The next item I have to be concerned with for Joe is his Potassium intake.

The RDA for Potassium is:

  • 2.0 – 5.5 grams for adults
  • 1.0 – 5.5 grams for children
  • 0.4 – 1.4 grams for infants

Potassium is essential for the entire body to work.  Maintain blood sugar levels, keeps the muscles in our bodies healthy, maintains electrical conductivity of the brain, balances blood pressure, regulating fluids in the body so the kidneys work properly to remove waste, and it boosts the nerve reflexes in our bodies to help in muscle contraction – walking, talking, sitting, standing, bending, reaching, grabbing, and all other things the body does on a daily basis.

Joe’s kidney doctor said his Potassium levels need to be in the 2.1 range for his size and weight.  Joe has kidney stones, his right kidney is smaller than his left.  His right kidney is considered diseased and not functioning as well as his left one.

Here is a website I’ve come across listing the Potassium Levels in Foods.

There are some foods I’m unfamiliar with.  This website is from Australia, I think.  What is Bream?  Or Lychees?  How about Papaw?  Then there is Meat paste in the Jams and Jellies section?  What about Vegemite?  What is Swede?  I thought that was a person from Sweden – oh well.  I don’t think I will boil a Swede though.

I know from my math classes, back in caveman days, that a milligram is 1,000th of a gram and to cause serious harm to Joe I’d have to work overtime at his consumption of foods rich in Potassium….like some of these listed below.

Potassium levels in Cocoa Powder is 1500 milligrams – just a tad way over the HIGH range.

Low Fat Soya (whatever that is) in the Flour Section has Cocoa Powder beat on the High range at 2030 milligrams.

Baker’s Yeast is right behind Low Fat Soya with 2000 milligrams.  So I kind of think that Dunkin Donuts is out of the running as far as Potassium goes.

In the fruits section Dried Apricots is right up there coming in at 1880 milligrams.  Further, it seems that all dried fruits – peaches and figs – are over the 1000 milligram amount.

The thing here is that all foods have to be taken into consideration with the Vitamin K and Potassium levels spread out over a full week.

The thing to take away from this bit of “Foolishness and Mayhem” is that everything we eat has deleterious effects on our bodies if we are not informed and take care of ourselves.  All of the over consumption of Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins, not to mention M&M’s and Snickers has brought Joe and I to the fork in the road we now stand at.  Continue on down the road we have traveled for 22 years or veer off into the unknown world of physical health.

Can I just have a bite of a chocolate bar before I make the decision to turn off this road?

Dinner for Joe and I last night was Pork Chops with Sage-Tarragon Butter, Mashed Yams, and Japanese Cucumber Salad.  Vitamin K content for the entire meal is:  15 mcg.  The Potassium content for the entire meal is:  1.9 grams.  Scroll down to near the bottom of the recipes and you will see the Nutrition Facts per serving which include a listing of vitamins and nutrients.

I hope this research I’ve been doing is helpful to any of you that have dropped by my blog.  I am overwhelmed by it all but I feel positive that this will benefit both Joe and I in the long run.  I have printed out the entire Vitamin K Food List and the Potassium Food List.  I now have a place to start in getting Joe fed and cared for properly.

If you have found information on the Internet that you have found useful in your daily life and would like to pass it on, please do so by leaving a comment with a link to your source.

Leslie