Dialysis

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I Made It

As of March 14th I'm on "THE LIST"!!!  Everything went perfectly with the transplant board and I'm good to go for the next year (i.e. as long as my transplant is within the next year I won't need any re-testing or review of my case)  The Living Donor Coordinator will be contacting my brother by sometime this week to set up his final testing, physical and so-forth.  When that's completed we will schedule the transplant.  iyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I also talked to my "surrogate mommy" Mary, who lives in California - she asked if she could come out to help take care of me after the surgery.  I'm soooooooo glad she will be coming - just knowing she'll be here makes me feel a lot less anxious about the whole thing.

How does one prepare for a transplant, anyway?  All I keep thinking about is how good it will be not to have dialysis and to maybe have a somewhat 'normal' life.  I keep wondering how long it will take me to recover - I know each person is different, but I'm hoping for a speedy recovery and an even faster return to 'normal'.  Do you realize I don't really know what 'normal' is?  I've had this kidney thing for more than half my life... I wonder if I'll have to learn how to pee again?  I don't want to laugh at a silly joke and then pee all over myself 'cause I don't remember what peeing feels like.  I'm also worried about having a big scar on my abdomen - a small price to pay for the outcome, yes, but a scar nonetheless.  Other than that, I'm looking forward to being able to drink as much iced tea as I want and eat Popsicles until I'm sick of them.

March 8, 2007 is World Kidney Day


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My Happiness vs. My (crappy) Blog Attitude

It occurs to me that as of late I've been doing a lot of complaining. Bleh - its my blog, right? Regardless, I should be talking about the good things in my life (my family, my son, my upcoming transplant, to name a few) even on the days I don't feel like it. I think I need an attitude adjustment...
All this negativity here leads to the inevidable emails and notes from friends and fellow bloggers telling me to "cheer up" and "stay positive". Easier said than done, isn't it?

To remind myself that I should have a better attitude, I we
nt back and read Self Confidence [and the teenage] Dialysis Patient, an article that I wrote for the AAKP RenaLife magazine in September 2005. If you haven't read it, please do (I'd be honored)
So, yes, my motto is still "you make your own happiness"... I guess I'd better get to it!

What's Wrong With Me?

I had an awful treatment yesterday, just AWFUL. I was throwing up and feeling horrible and I'm not even certain why. Lately I just don't "feel good" (not just at treatments but the rest of the time, as well)... I know I'm anemic so that has something to do with it, I'm sure. Otherwise, what? My fluid gains have been pretty high but really not higher than I've had in the past (without troubles) Its almost like my body just doesn't like dialysis anymore... or something. Maybe its my attitude that doesn't like dialysis since I think I'm closer to a transplant. I've been coming off treatments early far too often for my own good... I can't cope when I feel bad. How many times have I thrown up at a treatment, lately? Like four since Christmas. Before that I hadn't gotten sick in a year, maybe?

Its frustrating feeling this way. I don't feel like doing anything other than sleeping. I feel like a miserable mess. My vice (that delicious sweet thing called Mountain Dew) is getting the better of me on a lot of days - and here's a picture to prove it:Do the Dew

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