Monthly Archives: October 2015

Kidney Disease And Dying To Live

It’s hard when you’ve lived with a chronic illness all your life, it’s harder being diagnosed later in life with even more health problems and it’s the hardest when people all around you are dying due to complications of the same or similar diseases.

See, yesterday I lost an Uncle to Kidney Disease and Lupus (testing was in process). He went to dialysis treatment as we do every other day, he started feeling bad and was sent to a bigger hospital in another town to be looked after. We aren’t even sure if his sisters made it to the hospital an hour away before he passed?

He seemed to be a healthy man other than the kidney disease and possible Lupus. This is what scares me! I could have a heart attack at any minute without notice. Our bodies go through such stress caused by dialysis and I honestly don’t think anyone knows just how hard it is on your body to have blood removed and put back into your system.


Some of the major issues that we suffer from and that are/can be life-threatening:

• low blood pressure
• muscle cramps
• itching that becomes worse during treatment
• sleep problems due to aching legs and/or sleep apnea
• anemia (low red blood cell count. Thin, water-like blood)
• bone diseases
• high blood pressure (hypertension)
• fluid overload (heart failure, pulmonary adema)
• inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart (pericarditis)
• high potassium (hyperkalemia) which can cause the heart to stop
• access site complications (infections, ballooning of the vessel walls (aneurysm)
• depression
• mood swings
• anxiety

These are just a few of the many complications that those of us could deal with at any given moment. Not everyone is wheelchair bound and not everyone looks sick. There are many things to learn about Kidney Disease and a lot of things that we have to deal with on a regular basis. Even the healthiest looking people are dealing with some sort of complication so don’t judge others. You never know what they’re going through despite that smile on their face saying that all is good.

If you’d like to know more about this disease please visit the Kidney Foundation of Canada HERE.

To make a donation to my fundraising campaign please visit Go Fund Me.

*This post has not been sponsored. All opinions are those of Frugal Canadian Coupon Mom (J).

Comments are welcomed!

Holly & Jay

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Frugal Canadian Coupon Moms Holiday Gift Guide 2015 Submissions

Frugal Canadian Coupon Mom is now accepting submissions for our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide which will be a feature post on our Facebook page from now until January 1st 2016.

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• Blog post advertising the product
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We require full-sized, new products that will be accepted at our discretion with a minimum value. All shipping costs are to be covered by the company/brand.

If you have a hot, new product that you would like to promote as a great holiday gift, please send an email to with Holiday Gift Guide as the subject.While we would like to include all submissions, space is limited.We hope to hear from you!

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Holly & Jay

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Herbamare Bouillon Cube Marinade and Dry Rub Recipe

We love spare ribs but they’re normally covered in BBQ sauce. This time around we decided to try something different! First we marinated the ribs with Herbamare Bouillon Cubes from A.Vogel for roughly an hour. Then we made a dry rub using Herbamare Bouillon Cubes and other spices. These were very tasty for something that was a bit out of the ordinary from what we’re used to.



Marinade Ingredients:

6-8 Herbamare Bouillon Cubes

1/4 cup water




Mix the bouillon cubes and the water. Heat in the microwave for 1.5 minutes to help everything dissolve in the water. Pour over ribs and let marinate. Occasionally baste the meat so that it’s evenly spiced. The longer it sits the tastier and more tender your meat will be.




Dry Rub Ingredients:

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. lemon pepper

1 Herbamare Bouillon Cube


Mix Spices well. Coat the ribs, front and back. Top with celery leaves for added flavor. Bake at 325° for about an hour. The longer that you cook them the tougher they will be.

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