A full week has passed since I began dialysing again, and I write this hooked up to the machine for my fourth treatment. So far, I am yet to experience any major upheaval to everyday life, other than having to go to the hospital every other day. I’m not naive enough to think that it will always be like this. For example, I am not on any form of dietary restriction yet as my blood results have been OK. And because my kidney – Steve, as it was christened by Hollie back in 2006 – is still working, I’m not on much of a fluid restriction either. Past experience tells me that this won’t be the case for long; while dialysis can initially benefit a transplant, prolonged treatment will cause it harm and eventually the transplant will wear away, until my renal function is effectively nil. I think this is why the doctors have decided to begin my dialysis while Steve is still working, hopefully I should feel very few effects of the transplant running out as the dialysis will take over it’s job, and when that happens, the restrictions really kick in.
So it’s definitely a case of ‘so far, so good’ for us at the moment. The beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing in Norwich has helped, too, and it’s great to be able to get the kids in the car and get out and about in the sunshine. Even trips to the supermarket with the boys are more enjoyable and I’m really enjoying days off at the moment. Not that I wasn’t before, but good weather tends to lift everyone’s mood.
As I’ve mentioned previously, this is the first ‘full week’ if you like, this first time we’re discovering how dialysis is fitting into our family life. Tuesday just passed – March 27th – was my first full day of dialysing in the morning, followed by work in the afternoon. A long day, being at the Renal Unit for 7:30am, getting out of there at 12:00pm and then working from 12:30pm until 10:45pm. In the end, it was all fine. I was feeling quite tired at some points during the day but that’s nothing I can’t handle. I’m fortunate, in many ways, that my job involves a lot of sitting down at the moment! If I was building houses or laying roads then I’m sure I’d feel the effects a lot more. One major downside was the fact that I went a full day without seeing my oldest son, Rickie, which is the first time that’s ever happened. It was all his fault; his brother had the decency to get up at 5:00am in order to see me off, whereas Rickie decided to sleep in until past 7:00am.
Selfish of him? You might say that.
Apologetic? Absolutely not.
Forgiven? Most definitely. He can get away with anything, that boy.
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