My daily life has been so different from the transplant. I’m not constantly thinking about what I’m allowed to eat and what I feel like eating but not allowed to eat. I don’t have to plan my meals anymore, I just open the fridge or pantry and eat what I feel like. I do follow a healthy lifestyle, because gaining weight is not an option for me, having one kidney excess weight becomes dangerous as the kidney will work harder than it should, so I do make sure I eat healthily. But, nothing stops me from indulging every now and then.
I have such freedom from a restricted diet. It has been so liberating. The best however, and will always be one of the best perks with having a working kidney. We can go out without having to rush back home to prime my PD machine so that I can dialyse at 6 in the evening. The silence in our bedroom at night is just bliss, we used to imagine the silence at night, and now we have that, so good.
Pete and I still just marvel at what happened, we have permanent smiles on our faces. And going to the loo still amazes me, I’m still smiling when go to the loo, I look really goofy, so I’m just so glad nobody sees me on the loo!!!
Energy, that’s a very important change to my day. I’m exercising daily, something I just didn’t have the energy for. I do Yoga and I just love it, at first I looked at the poses and thought “Hell no!” But I have just fallen in love with Yoga, it has been so good to get active again, that has ben wonderful.
I’m also sleeping better, I still go to bed late, like midnight, habit I suppose, but when I sleep, nothing wakes me up, except off course my bladder, but that I really don’t mind! Goofy smile at 3 in the morning is optional though! I’m seeing my Dr on the 28th of August, I did have an appointment next week Wednesday, but I had to move it because we want to go on holiday.
So all in all my daily life has changed dramatically. And I just LOVE it! Every minute of it.
“Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.” Robert Louis Stevenson