Today marks three years since I got a kidney transplant.
June 24, 2015
So, I wanted to post the Facebook interactions before, during and after to show the progress:
* January 7, 2013 - Nephrology Appointment - Kidney Function slipped to 16%
* August 6, 2013 - Registered on the Kidney Transplant list in
Tulsa (it's closer)
* May 13, 2014 - Nephrology Appointment - Kidney Function slipped to 15%, Creatinine is at 2.6 (Normal is 0.7-1.5)
* June 23, 2015 - They found a Kidney! Off to Tulsa
* June 24, 2015 - Surgery day 5am. Was told it will be 2 days in the ICU and then 4 - 5 days in a regular room for recovery
* June 25, 2015 - Moved out of ICU
* June 29, 2015 - Discharged from hospital
* July 15, 2015 - Wrote a Blog post on the experience
* July 27, 2015 - Kidney Biopsy done after Creatinine jumped to 1.8 after weeks of being at 1.6 (Results - no sign of rejection). (Have had 4 biopsies done to date.)
* July 29, 2016 - Signs of cellular rejection - first of 3 Antibodies I.V. transfusion - 8 hours to complete
* June 24, 2018 - Labwork every 3 months & Clinic visits every 6 months now.
Consider being a Donor
Please think about being a donor.
* Check off the donor option on your Driver's Licence
* Sign up at the Organ Donor Registry
* Volunteer to be a living donor at the American Transplant Foundation
* Share information
* Support the Organ Donation Network
Now it's time to clean out probably one of the most cluttered places in our house.
Who else has kids (or adults) that open a closet door, throw in shoes or things and quickly shut the door again before the rebound? Or have a closet that seems to have more stuff on the floor than on hangers or shelves?
Clearing out your Closets
Pull everything out and organize them into piles on the floor, on a bed, or on a table.
Start organizing for each member of the family:
Organize the Closet
Let's start putting things back:
* If it's feasible, install a Closet Organization System. This would help a lot with saving space.
* Use color assigned hangers for each family member for easier finding. This not only helps with laundry sorting, but works in the main closet with everyone's coats together. (Or in sibling-shared bedrooms).
* In the main closet, get a basket for each family member and have them store all their accessories and belongings in it.
* Store seasonal clothes in bins out of the way (laundry room or garage), or in the back of the closet (usually the unreachable side).
* As I mentioned in a previous post, go vertical. Use the door space for a shoe rack, install another smaller shelf above the standard shelf for more storage space, use the side walls for more storage ideas.
Hope these ideas help get your closets organized and get your day started easier and everyone out the door faster!
If you have recently decided to purchase a hot tub, there is no doubt that your entire family is excited and anticipating the day it arrives. There is no experience quite like being able to just relax and enjoy the bubbling, soothing water in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Not only that, a hot tub can significantly increase the amount of quality time that your family spends together. Below, we will take a look at some of the ways it can make your family time extra enjoyable.
Gathering Point for Fun
Your hot tub will quickly become a focal point for family gatherings, BBQ’s and celebrations. To maximize your enjoyment, create a comfortable and functional outdoor living area and accessorize with patio furniture, a fire pit or even an outdoor kitchen. Whether it is a sunny summer day or cool winter evening, your family time can be enjoyed together outdoors while breathing in the fresh air.
Love having a family game night? Invest in one of the many hot tub friendly waterproof board games or card decks available. The fun of enjoying a game together while soaking in the warm water makes for a memorable evening without even having to leave the house.
Stay Healthy and Active
A hot tub is a perfect place to introduce your children to water and teach them how to swim. This in turn also will encourage them to stay active and exercise regularly. Swimming is an ideal way to stay active and a number of fun exercises can be performed in a hot tub to help your entire family maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even just batting around a beach ball will keep everyone active while having a blast. For children, regular exercise is a must for developing a strong body and immune system and for adults, physical activity helps maintain a healthy weight as well as reduces the risk for a number of illnesses and diseases.
Today, so many kids and adults alike are glued to electronics, phones, and technology. Owning a family hot tub provides the perfect environment to set aside time and unplug. Spending quality time together in the hot tub is something that everyone in the family can look forward to and will enjoy catching up on each others news. If you have teenagers at home that can be difficult to pry away from their phones or computers, water and electronics do not mix so it is the perfect excuse for them to put their smartphone down and relax!
The warm water in a hot tub helps to increase blood flow, improve circulation and assists our body in detoxing naturally. This, in turn, boosts our immune system and helps us ward of colds and other viruses. With a stronger immune system, the whole family is happier and healthier!
If you have been looking for a way to invest in your home and the quality of your family time, purchasing a hot tub is an excellent choice. Even the shopping process is a family event - get the kids involved in picking out their favorite features and participating in testing out the different models that you are considering.
About the Author
Scott Bland has been in the leisure industry for nearly 20 years. As a sales manager in the leisure industry he knows hot tubs inside and out. Right now he works sales while writing about consumer goods on the side. If you want to contact him, you can do so at his LinkedIn.
Hi, I'm starting a Series of blog posts for low vision products to use around the home.
The sections will be:
I hope you will join me as I explain each area and the products that can help with low vision - both low tech and high tech.
This series will run throughout the month of March!
Please help me out and let me know what other area would you like to see covered.
We all fall into a rut now and again. Whether it’s in our personal life, at work, in our relationships, or just an overall feeling of tiredness.
It’s not a physical tiredness that can be fixed with a good nap, but an overall mental and spiritual weariness.
Here are three ways to snap out of it:
1. Move on from your Regrets
We may be regretting something and that’s holding us back mentally, such as regretting not getting the job we wanted. We have a tendency to over-analyze past events especially when it’s a negative one. We want to create all kinds of alternative outcomes for it, but we fail to remember that it’s in the past.
We cannot change the past, but we can plan for the future. Instead of dwelling on “what did I do wrong”, focus on planning and improving for next time. “So, I didn’t get Job X that I really wanted, I’ll practice more on my interview skills for the next one”.
We cannot change the past, change our actions, fix our regrets, and such, but we can change the present and the future and that's where we should be focusing on and that is a quick way to snap out of a rut.
2. Know Your Comfort Zone
This quote is true, we do not truly gain new experiences, new understandings, and growth if we stay in our comfort zone. Staying “safe” in our zone is usually the real reason why people feel they’re in a rut.
Analyzing and understanding why you’re in that certain comfort zone is key to getting out of your mental rut. Admittedly this is probably the hardest step to overcome and you may not want to do it alone.
To help you work your way out of that comfort zone and work out what's holding you back may require a therapist or a psychologist. Learn the difference between the two and find local help.
Whether it’s a childhood event or something more recent, getting help stepping out of your boundaries is so freeing and opens the door to so many opportunities you didn’t want to even consider before.
3. Set Realistic Goals
Another easy way to get out of a rut is to set realistic goals. Sometimes we set goals so high that we just quit before we start and wallow in the same spot.
Here’s how to remedy that:
No matter the reason behind your feelings of being in a rut - you need to overcome it in order to move on with your life. Feeling lost and miserable is an awful place to be, I've been there, so if you feel that you're in too deep to even start climbing out - please seek help.
The great majority of parents strive for their children to grow up as happy, healthy, productive members of society.
In order to meet these goals, we as parents are told that everything must be sacrificed. If we don’t give it all that we have there is a chance that are kids will never move out of our basement, will end up unemployment, and we will turn the blame on ourselves.
This is what we at InnerParents refer to as the “parenting myth”. This myth is completely ruining the beautifully, messy, and unique experience parenting really is.
When parents strive for an impossible level of perfection, their energy and resources a drained and their children deprived of vital growing experiences.
The Myth of the "Perfect Parent"
Perfect parenting expectations begin with a natural, drug-free birth, and stigmatisms surrounding breast-feeding too little, too long, or not at all. That we must make our own baby food and store everything in BPA containers.
The truth is, you’ll go crazy trying to keep up with all of the things that “make” you a perfect parent in the eyes of society. And even if you do manage to achieve all of these things you’ll burn yourself out and miss out on the one thing that your child really needs – you.
Renowned psychoanalyst and pediatrician Donald Winnicott believed that there was a huge contrast in real parenting and these high-achieving ideals. Perfect parenting isn’t just unattainable - it isn’t desirable either. As children grow, he discovered that parents that let their child forge ahead independently were a lot better off than those that tried to meet every one of their child’s desires and wants.
Getting Out of Your Own Way
In fact, the single thing that stands in the way of most parents is striving for an impossible level of perfection. Attempting to attend to your child’s every want and need causes them miss out on a valuable life lesson: life is full of struggles and disappointments. Hiding this fact from your child doesn’t help them learn the necessary skills to cope with the trials of life.
In fact, Winnicott believes that the best way to teach your child these skills is by simply being yourself.
So what can you do to be the “good enough” parent?
The truth is, there is no one right way to parent. All you can do is be yourself and show your child the love that they deserve.
Now, the results of having children, especially with the first one, and the stress of trying to be the perfect parent may certainly cause stress on your relationship and marriage. Your marriage and relationship should take precedent over your children being perfect. Nothing good comes from being negative towards your loved ones and you should seek peaceful resolutions.
If you enjoyed this article, please like and share! Don’t forget to share your experience and the one thing you believe stands in the way of being a parent.