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Dialysis After Katrina

This chills me to the core:

People are carrying their children, trying to get them to safety. A woman coming down to the police, close to hysterics, saying, "My elderly mother is in a building over there, she needs dialysis. She can't get it. She is dying. Can you help me?"

And the police had to say, "There is absolutely nothing we can do. We don't have a precinct house. We don't have communication. There is absolutely nothing we can do for you.

If any dialysis patient who lost their home in Katrina needs a place to stay, I'm in Tampa, FL. Its kinda far, but I have plenty of room. Please email me.

Aftermath of Katrina

Has anyone heard what is happening with dialysis patients in New Orleans? I can't imagine...

Vacation / Dialysis and Traveling

Its been awhile since I updated MyKidney Blog - and for good reason! I've been on vacation since the middle of May. Since May 15th I've been to Virginia Beach, VA; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego and San Francisco, CA; and Las Vegas, NV. Dialysis has never stopped me from traveling, although I have yet to try traveling overseas. I am currently in Ramona, California (near San Diego) until next Thursday when I will go back up to the San Francisco Bay Area to get my son Alek and take him home to Florida (he's been at his dad's house for a summer visit). I've been dialyzing at the DaVita Mission Dialysis in El Cajon, California for the majority of my vacation.

Aside from dialysis I've done a lot on my vacation - attended a friend's wedding, attended my little brother's wedding, on driving trips in a new Lotus Elise (that's a really fancy, fast car for those of you who might not know), visited several beaches, the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, spent too much money on numerous shopping sprees, partied at comedy clubs and at couple of bars, spent hours riding with a friend on his motorcycle... and most important of all...

    Ken proposed to me in Las Vegas and we got engaged on June 25th! Yes, I'm getting married!

My vacation is winding down and I'm looking forward to getting home - back to My Ken and having my son home again. Although my vacation has been a wonderful "break from the norm" there is something to be said about going home, too.

Plus, I miss all my friends at my home dialysis unit. I'll be home soon, guys!!!

Sleeping Better For the First Time in Ages

Since I've been on vacation I've taken fewer and fewer put-me-to-sleep medications. I think it might be because I'm getting a lot of exercise and actually feel sleepy at night when I go to bed. I'm sleeping better for the first time in ages. Maybe I can ween myself completely off of the sleep drugs. Wouldn't that be nice?

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