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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Ups and Downs

Ups and downs.  That is what I have been experiencing this week.  I am thrilled that I lost 2.6 pounds on my first week of Weight Watchers.  Not so thrilled that I lost control and ate like a pig yesterday.
I Googled the kidney diet and found I have been eating really badly.  So, one day I lament, then start up with cooking from scratch and leaving the frozen foods, the processed foods behind, or at least to a minimum.
The fatigue I have been experiencing makes me feel down, or am I fatigued because I am down?  The weather has been gloomy with much needed rain.
Went to a garage sale and also the thrift store.  Found scrapbooking supplies.  "I have too much paper said no scrapbooker ever!" I  found some cute supplies for my camping scrapbook!
I am  not sure what I am doing this weekend.  I suppose I should visit my Mom.  I hate the weekends.  We have little to talk about and she can't see the TV well.  Still, if I don't go today, will go tomorrow with some homemade kidney friendly soup.
The Salvation Army made inquiries about my character and said it was all good.  Now I just have to wait and see if they want me as a volunteer for working in their free clinics.


Linda said...

Life is always full of ups and downs, this was just a bad week for you. It's a new day, you can learn to cook & eater better....for weight loss and kidney disease. You do it a day at a time. I understand how hard it is to have an extended visit with your mom...but if you don't go you will beat yourself up over it. I don't know how long you stay. I am sure the Salvation army will want you for the clinic - your recommendations were good, you know medical stuff, you care about people, and you're on the ball. Blessings to you!

Carolee said...

Congratulations on the weight loss. Good job!
Best wishes for the job! See you Tuesday.