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

Kidney Foundation of Canada

National Kidney Foundation (USA)

National Kidney Foundation (USA)

(I will Post more as I find out more information.)

Here are some great foums and educational sites...

Kidney School
Kidney School
Kidney Friends Forum
Kidney Friends

Also there are some groups on Facebook:
Canadian Kidney Connection
Canadian Kidney Connection

Ontario’s Renal Community
Ontario’s Renal Community

I will add more as they come in. Cora

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bucket List Update

I wanted to update my bucket list to include the following:

8) I would love to meet Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper). I actually would love to go to New York :)

9) I would love to meet Daniel Radcliff, he is so down to earth. Loved him on Anderson :)

10) I would love to own my yarn store especially in our area.


Yet Another update :D

I saw my specialist on Tuesday and all is stable. My kidney function is at 10%, dialysis won't start until I am at 8% and/or I feel soooooooo crappy. I am finding the hardest thing to deal with is the weight gain and the muscle aches. I have a kilo (2.5 lbs) since my last appointment. I can feel it as my hips and knees deal with the weight gain. I am trying to figure out how I have gained the weight as my eating patterns haven't changed...hmm. Could be the swelling and the toxins.

Ia m currently on the hunt for a new doctor. So far not doing well with finding one. As soon as they find out I am a renal patient who is in renal failure they don't want to take me on as a patient. That I am too much work...sigh. Dr. Passani is doing everything with regards to my renal issues, but in order for me to even get on the transplant list I have test that must be completed by a regular doctor.

So other than that all is good :D