Effervesce.

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


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Time flies when you’re having fun.

We just celebrated our 5th month post transplant. It has been quite a busy time. I have been doing yoga or cardio on a daily basis. Loving it, must just say. Having the energy to do that has just been totally amazing.  But as much as I have enjoyed my new found freedom, I have had some difficulty. I got a cold for 3 weeks after the transplant, then no sooner that cleared I got a nasty chest infection. I put it down to my body getting used to the immune suppression, so I really didn’t get too bothered about that. I knew it would get sorted out at some point. But I also got a very bad shingles virus. Like seriously bad, twice. I was n a world of pain, had loads of blisters and the nerve pain was just too awful, I was in so much pain. I was put on Lyrica twice a day for the nerve pain, thank heavens that drug exitst, otherwise I would be in a mental institution now, the pain drove me slightly crazy, so I can’t imagine having no meds to at least dull the pain.

Anyway, that cleared up after 8 long soul destroying weeks. Then just as I think the end is in sight, I hurt something somewhere with jumping jacks. I have a severe pins and needle pain shooting down my right leg. I’m going for physio now, and hopefully that gets sorted out quickly. I’m seeing the physio therapist again tomorrow. But I’m not complaining too much, because, although I am adjusting to lifelong medication, I am still so happy and relieved to be where I am now. I have learnt through all the things we go through in life that we always having something to be grateful for. And I am very grateful. I have lots of fun and will continue like that while adjusting to my new life.

We went to Durban in August this year, the boys had a holiday and we wanted to do something fun. And since we could travel sans the old ball and chain (PD machine) we decided why the hell not! So off we went. And it was great fun!  It was so good to go out at night and not rush back to dialyse. I loved that most of all. Pete and the boys jumped off the Moses Mabida stadium, highest jump in Africa. They loved it! I did my jump when I was much younger, have the certificate to prove it!

Pete and Tim at Ushaka beach having a swim.

Pete and Tim at Ushaka beach having a swim.

The big shark jaw at the entrance. yes I am that person!

The big shark jaw at the entrance. Yes I am that person!

Pete and the boys ready to jump.

Pete and the boys ready to jump.

My 2 gorgeous boys!

My 2 gorgeous boys!

The roof of the stadium, it'd magnificent!

The roof of the stadium, it’s magnificent!

The stadium.

The stadium.

The 3 boys just after the jump!

The 3 boys just after the jump!

We really had such a good holiday. We also caught up with Pete’s cousin and had dinner with them. And had breakfast with one of Pete’s friends who now lives in Durban.

Then my Sister and I went to Dullstroom last weekend. What a blast that was! We decided to go clay pigeon shooting! We LOVED it! I now see why boys are so gun mad. It’s heaps of fun!

Lunch at the Mayfly! Also, they had wi-fi!

Lunch at the Mayfly!
Also, they had wi-fi!

We had Hunter's dry! I had to skip my blood test on Monday for this! lol!

We had Hunter’s dry! I had to skip my blood test on Monday for this! lol!

Hells yeah!! Bad ass chicks!

Hells yeah!! Bad ass chicks!

That gun was heavy! But such fun!

That gun was heavy! But such fun!

My Sister went first. I was was a bit chicken hahahaha!

My Sister went first. I was was a bit chicken hahahaha!

Will definitely do this again!

Will definitely do this again!

So all in all I am having a blast with my new found freedom! My Sister is doing so well, she’s back at Bootcamp, I take my hat off to her, that’s not easy. She has to be up at 4:30 every morning. I could not do that! But she loves it. We made a decision to “kidney bump” every now and then just because we can!!! I still marvel at what we have come through and how well we are doing. I still smile broadly when it’s all quiet and I have to go to the loo. It’s still such an amazing feeling I have.

Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.” 

“I promise you I’m up to no good!” -Unknown


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Dialysis Daze.

I haven’t been here in a while. It’s been so busy with my Sister-in-law and family from New Zealand. We had such a good time with them. We spent an enormous amount of time with them and had a blast shopping for prezzies for them and the children. We also went away on a little holiday with them. The boys were such amazing cousins to their children, they had an absolute blast!

We took them to the Cheetah sanctuary, where we saw some amazing Cheetahs and could stroke a big Cheetah named Byron. He was just sooo cute! We all had a blast touching Byron and watching him enjoying all the attention. So it’s been very very busy! Then we went away on holiday for a bit of rest and relaxation, that was just amazing to get away and be surrounded by nature. We went on long walks, lasting up to 2 and a half hours each day, it was quite something to walk and walk and just have nature surrounding you. I will post photos of all our goings on in the week.

So it’s back to reality for me and the routine of dialysis.

I have been doing Peritoneal Dialysis since February this year. And after a few months of finding the right solution that doesn’t dehydrate me, I have finally been very stable for a number of months on PD. It’s been so easy I actually don’t even feel like I’m dialysing. Don’t get me wrong, I still hate it, but it doesn’t have any noteworthy side effects. Some days I just don’t drink enough fluids which causes dehydration the next day, but I do try and drink as much as I should. And being summer now it will be much easier to get all my fluids in because of this heat. I’m looking forward to that, because last summer I was doing heamo dialysis and I was allowed only a  small amount of fluid, it was very difficult drinking so little in excessive heat. But with PD it’s the total opposite. I’m really looking forward to drink whatever I feel like in this heat.

I also found myself a new GP. I saw her in October for the first time. My old GP was a bit nervous having me as a patient, not sure why, she didn’t want to make a move without phoning my Nephrologist fiirst. But the new GP is so cool! She isnt’ scared to prescribe meds, and she knows a lot about kidneys. It’s a breath of fresh air to have a GP that’s not afraid to touch you! And she doesn’t over prescribe anti-biotics either. She said if my cold doesn’t clear up with the meds she prescribed in a week then she will give me anti-biotics. And I didn’t need it anyway, I got over it all by myself. (with the help of the meds she gave me off course) I just didn’t want to be sick on holiday.

So life goes on, we are pretty busy the next few weekends with A LOT of socials coming up! A 16th birthday, a 40th, a 50th (nope we are not that old, hahahahaha) a baby shower and a Christening! And in between we have to see our friends, they are going through a hectic time, our thoughts and prayers are always with them.

“You’re either busy working and moving forward, or being dramatic. There’s no time for both”


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Spring!!!

It’s officially spring today!!! The weather is just gorgeous! The cold is finally (hopefully) over, my garden has burst into bloom, and life looks rosey, just for today. Now all we need is lots of rain. That will be just fantastic!

I love spring, even the old bat next door won’t burst my bubble today. She’s tried mind you, but she won’t get it right, not today. It’s back to school for the nation and us chickens. Which, when you think of it is a bit silly, we should have gone on holiday today for a month, you know, to get into the swing of things!! Anywhoo, doesn’t matter, we’ll have summer hols soon!

We’re all struggling a bit to get back to school, especially in gorgeous weather like this. But we have to carry on regardless, not rewardless, as one of Pete’s friends always say. I like that saying of his.

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” Anthony J D’ Angelo.