When life knocks you down, calmly get back up, smile, and say. "You hit like a bitch."

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Daily life.

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



It’s just my journey.

This blog about me and my journey. It will contain some information about renal disease, renal failure and dialysis. But it’s predominantly about my own journey from kidney disease to renal failure and dialysis. It’s a chronicle about my life and how it’s panning out. So it’s not really heavy on information.

But while I’m on the subject of information, I have noticed that dialysis dries my skin and nails out quite badly. I drink a handful of vitamins every single day, because the dialysis solution takes all the toxins and nutrients out of my body. So I have to replace them daily. I lost the war on my nails. They were so dry and brittle and nothing I did seemed to help. So last year I had a set of falsies put on. I go to Dream nails and they do my nails for me. So I don’t have to think about that anymore.

I’m going to have Dermabrasion done at Placecol, because I have pigmentation on my forehead and I’m so tired of looking at that now. I had a chat to the lady today and she said that I should also have a peel once a month after a few sessions of the dermabrasion. I’m not really looking forward to that. But I suppose I have to do what I need to to not look like I’ve been in the wars.

So although my body it taking a beating I have some great excuses to go for pampering more often than I would need to if everything was working well. So I will forge ahead with all of that.

I do have one terrible pain in my neck that just won’t go away. Not too sure about that. Will have to ask the Dr when I see him in October.

My Sister-in-law and family will arrive tomorrow morning from New Zealand. We are really looking forward to seeing them this holiday. We have so much lined up for them and the kids. I’m just not looking forward to seeing a certain someone at one of the family get togethers. I’m not a fan of TPT.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau