Today was a great day for me! My Dialysis Solutions that I have been using now for one and a half years, appears to no longer be giving me the same results as the previous year. I am getting some bad cramping in my Neck, hands, feet, and even just under my rib cage! My energy levels have also gone down compared to prior months. We (my kidney doctor and myself ) are hopeful that these new changes (tweaks) will help. There are trace minerals in one of the bags of solution, the Nutrineal. The second bag has less sugar than the third solution. So I have three bags to hook up to at night now, over an eight hour span, instead of only two bags, as was the case prior to this visit. My blood pressure medication was also lowered again. I an hopeful that my energy, I have been experiencing this past couple of days will continue. Mike and I met some friends of ours out at the Spit in Comox, who are up from Mexico, visiting their families. It was a beautiful sunny day and evening and I wanted to go swimming! How wonderful this felt! Swimming is something Mike and I love to do and of course with having a catheter, this along with having baths are…. usually out, which I have missed very much the passed twelve months. I was given some opsite Bandage (a very sticky cling wrap bandage) to put over my catheter so I could enjoy a swim once in a while. I am only allowed in the Ocean and Swimming pools with the bandage on though, no fresh water unfortunately . The risk of bacterial infections are too great! The Ocean was freezing! I almost wasn’t going to go in until I reminded my-self that I had on the opsite Bandage and I was not about to waste one. So I ran in fast, so I couldn’t chicken out! It felt wonderful! Cold! but wonderful no less. My Kidney failure has taught me to make the best of each day that I feel good. I am grateful for the good day’s that I am able to enjoy. It would be a lot harder to endure the very difficult days one can experience with Renal failure, If it were not for the good day’s that are in between these long stretches I would go crazy I’m sure of it! How I look at my situation is… I compare it to our long rainy stretches we can have living in B.C. ‘s Rain forest. These can be challenging to many! The sunny breaks in between can most certainly help to take the edge off a long stretch of rainy winter weeks and we all welcome these sunny breaks! This out look helps me to appreciate my situation. So my last swim, out side any ways, for the year was today. Summer is over now ( in my mind any ways)….officially over. Soon winter will be upon us. I am grateful for this last plunge into the ocean to entertain my thoughts over the winter until next summer! This was a very good Summer and I now look forward to a wonderful Fall and Winter!
Mike took a picture of me with the opsite bandage applied so that I could post a picture to show what the bandage looks like. I am grateful for the bandages provided to me by the Kidney foundation and the freedom to swim that they afford me. I look forward to taking my grand kids to the pool over the winter because of these bandages!