Dialysis and DevonTexas.com

Well, it’s official!

Plunge1I finally took the plunge and registered my website name! http://www.DevonTexas.com  I’m so pleased with myself and I’m appreciative of the readers that visit here and read my posts.

In the first post on this blog site I wrote about my intentions.  That was June 11, 2012!  Happy Anniversary to me and to my readers!  You can read that post HERE. 

I spent the last year writing and evolving.  It’s been a wonderful experience.  Initially I figured I could blend both my creative writing efforts and my posts about dialysis into one single blog (this one) but I discovered that it got a bit confusing so I created another blog called LegacyTales where I could ramble about my memories of over six decades of life.  Alas, I couldn’t combine both my creative writing and my dialysis blog in one place.  So, this blog is principally about dialysis (unless I digress for an occasional moment as I am prone to do).

In the brief 12 months, I’ve been to Washington, D, C. and my state capitol  to lobby Legislators  on behalf of dialysis and kidney transplant patients.  I’ve participated in dozens of conference calls about dialysis issues.  I’ve attended gatherings in Dallas and Houston to work on dialysis-related projects and plans with Medicare and the ESRD Network of Texas.   It’s been a very busy year. 

In the last year, I’ve written over fourteen thousand tweets as @DevonTexas on Twitter.  I’ve written nearly 120 posts on this blog and several others on LegacyTales.  I even wrote an essay about my school days experience for my high school’s alumni magazine.

Writing has never been my conscious passion.  I wrote because I had to over the many years I was in school or working.  But now I can write because I want to and I have a passion for writing about all things associated with dialysis.  It occupies many hours of my week but as long as I get the support and encouragement from my readers, I know I’m doing the right thing.  As long as I know other dialysis patients benefit from my posts, I’m driven to write another and another.  In fact, I have a few dozen notes for topics on this website and in my table computer that I take to my dialysis sessions.  I’m always getting ideas from my experiences with in-center hemodialysis and from reader comments.

I’m currently working on something near and dear to my heart, the design of the the dialysis center and treatment station.  I’m trying to figure out how to present that.  It’s far too long for one post.  It’ll probably be multiple posts starting with my recent visit to a Dialyspa center and having an eye-opening experience of how a good center should look!  I can’t wait to share that with you!

So, long story short, if you want to come here, you can simply type in DevonTexas.com now!  Yay!  It works!  I googled it myself and it worked. I’m a WEBSITE!  Thank you all, readers, for making that possible!

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 could be hooked up to a machine that would clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I went to a dialysis center and had too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passed through a process where it was cleaned and the fluid was removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. In November 2017, I received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. My life went into overdrive. With a "new" functioning kidney, I no longer had to go to a dialysis center and my days were not open to be lived rather than recovering from dialysis which meant dialyzing for three days and resting for 4 days a week. I work full-time and often 50 hours per week. It is something I never imagined. I highly recommend it! HeeHee I want to advance knowledge about dialysis and transplant so that others 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 in www.DevonTexas.com 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. I also blog in LegacyTales in WordPress if you are interested in the ramblings of a Old Man. Give a peek and let me know what you think. https://legacytales.wordpress.com/ Enjoy.
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4 Responses to Dialysis and DevonTexas.com

  1. Sara says:

    Sounds like you have found several ways to express your creativity and keep you motivated ‘in spite of’ our mutual disability (i.e. kidney disease); I also am going in that direction, but, for me, writing is a long known passion which just needs rekindling! Thanks again for your efforts.

  2. Devon, I am just giddy about your getting your own website up and running. You know I will be keeping up with you as you go along and will visit your site often. I am very proud of all you have been able to achieve since we first met in 2011 in Washington DC for the DPC Fly-In. That was such a jumping off spot for you and your writing to reemerge. Have a blessed weekend coming up and remember to take a 24-hour break to rest once a week to take care of Devon and Sons and especially Devon.

    • DevonTexas says:

      I know that kind of advice, Harriet, comes from a few decades of experience so I take it very seriously. I will actually put that on my calendar so I don’t forget to do it! Yes, you’re right. Often these activities can be overwhelming and will supplant the important things in life. I will have a great weekend just for you… and me, too. LOL Thanks for the comment! I hope to see you soon.

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