Dialysis and a New Year

2013 block

It’s a New Year so it’s a good time to make some changes.  I don’t mean some resolutions to make changes.  I mean actual changes.

I began with a new promise to do my best to control my fluids and chemistry (especially Phosphorus and Potassium) because these are so very important for my continued good health.  They are insidious things that can build up over many years and cause me a great deal of trouble.  I did pretty well over most of 2012 but it took a lot of effort.  I’d like to improve those numbers.

So for 2013, I will begin tracking my Phosphorus and Potassium on a regular basis.  My doctor tests weekly and that doesn’t give me much room for letting things go awry.  Most doctors only test once a month.  If you’re in that category, you have even more reason to be careful with these two chemicals because one month’s scores are very little to go on.  I appreciate that I have weekly testing.  It keeps me on track.

I will also do better on my fluids.  I seem to do well with that right now.  After several years, drinking fluids has become easier and easier.  It’s become my habit to avoid much.  I don’t fill a glass.  I get enough to drink with a half or less.  Often I simply drink a couple ounces and that’s enough.  When I dine out, I ask for water and don’t let them refill it.  Less than one glass is enough and drinking water doesn’t temp me to finish it as I would if it was a soda.  In the morning I have my two cups of coffee and that’s it. Two cups is 1/3 of my daily 48 ounces.  On weekends, I try to make it only 1 cup a day.

Now for the hard part… I will do better on my weight.  I always seem to pick up a few extra kilos in the winter.  I am doing my best to avoid it this year.  So far, so good.  I avoided a lot of Holiday eating.  I did very well at Thanksgiving although it was all very tempting because it was a wonderful celebration with some very good friends.  Christmas was quiet and we didn’t go too far on the feasting.  New Years was also quiet and not much feasting.  I believe I made it through the worst of it but somewhere deep inside is a gene that wants me to pack it in for the winter.  If I can get through most of January without too much indulgence, I believe I will be okay.

Have you thought about what you can do to make 2013 better than 2012?

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About DevonTexas

I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I can be hooked up to a machine that will clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I go to a center and have too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passes through a process where it's cleaned and the fluid is removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. I want to advance knowledge about dialysis so that other patients can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them. All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy.
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2 Responses to Dialysis and a New Year

  1. I really, REALLY need to get my teeth fixed as well so I can get on the transplant list. I mean, it’s been almost two years since I started and I am still not on the list for one reason or the other. I suppose I will work harder on getting on the list this year.

    • DevonTexas says:

      The wonderful thing about a New Year is it puts a punctuation mark in time. The period is at the sentence containing 2012. It allows us to start a new one for 2013. Good luck and get on the list if and while you can.

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