I am chronicling my journey as a Renal Patient. I hope to hear from others as I walk this new path.
Welcome One and All!
I started this blog to chronicle the my life as a renal patient. I started having issues back in 1983. I had an infection that hadn't been treated as an infection; it had been treated as pulled muscle as I had been working as a nanny at the time. Life went on and then I dealt with a series of infections of infections which resulted in 4 minor surgeries from 1985 to 87. Than I had 3 kids; dealing with minor infections along the way. This culminated in discovering in 1998 that I was in what the call Chronic Renal Failure, my right kidney was imploding, the left was starting to go as well.
I finally had the right kidney removed in 1999, which resulted in complications. I almost didn't make it. When I moved back to Edmonton from BC, I started seeing a nephorogist, Dr. Caldwell, from the U of A. In 2007 I had 75% renal function, fast-forward to today I have 13% and it is getting worse.
I decided I needed a place to share what I am going through for a variety of reasons:
1) to get out of my head and work through the anxiety and fear that I am feeling.
2) that somehow my ramblings can be of help to others.
3) most of all to share my journey with others and to help me share with my own family.
Great Sites for Information
Kidney Foundation of Canada
National Kidney Foundation (USA)
(I will Post more as I find out more information.)
Here are some great foums and educational sites...
Kidney Friends Forum
Also there are some groups on Facebook:
Canadian Kidney Connection
World Kidney Day is Happening March 10, 2011. I am planning to write and produce an amigurumi pattern to for this day. I hope to have it available in the next week or so. I would love it if people donated an amount to their local kidney foundation in lieu of paying me for the pattern. As I am planning on developing a knit and a crochet pattern, the cost for the pattern would have been 3 dollars for either of the patterns or 4 dollars for both. I will post the pattern here and on my Ravelry store.