Halfway into our two-week simulation of managing heart failure medications and dietary restrictions and we have already experienced first hand some of the hardships associated with heart failure home management. Despite each finding our own preferred apps and pillboxes to coordinate our new obligations, nothing has quite been able to make living with these inconveniences seamless.
In my mind, one of the most frustrating and worrisome aspects of constantly trying to quantify your health is the realization that you will inevitably be inaccurate. Unless you are able to find reliable nutrition information on a relevant serving size, then you are necessarily forced into estimation of numbers that have very real consequences for your health. Given the fact that any time you eat out you are forced to search for information on the oh-so-trustworthy internet, add to that the ubiquity of completely irrelevant serving sizes (how am I supposed to know how much 28g of chicken is relative to the piece that’s in my sandwich?), and then put those two things in the context of a food culture that seems to glorify sodium content and it’s enough to make one want to give up even trying!
Stay tuned for the other fellows’ quick thoughts on their simulation experiences thus far.