Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Lalala, life goes on

I haven't added a great deal to Nitey Nite lately. because it's pretty much been the "same old same old."  Well, with the exception that I've had a bout of sudden-onset vertigo-- of unknown origin.  And it looks like our dialysis days will be changing from MWF to Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday-- but when, I'm not sure.

Not a lot has changed with my dialysis care. My needles still hurt for most of my 8-hour treatment.  I don't sleep well in the center.  I still have cramps after I nap when I get home after dialysis. 

Well, one thing has changed-- my husband is driving me to dialysis now that I have the vertigo and haven't been cleared to drive yet.  It is nice to have hubby drive me-- but I do kinda miss my independence. I hope I'm never so decrepit that I can't drive myself to dialysis on a regular basis.  I hate waiting, and people who squire dialysis patients around are notoriously late. There's no way I could deal with that.

The vertigo is a nice diversion, in a way. It keeps me from obsessing about new treatments-- like the wearable kidney and stem-cell research.  I guess I'm ready to move on to the next big thing-- because what I'm doing now is just keeping me alive (which is a good thing-- considering the alternative)-- but I want to be healthy again!  There is so much I want to do-- and I just can't manage it-- tied to a dialysis machine-- even one like the NxStage, that travels.

Well, I have to go now and see use my Wii.  I'm hoping that the balancing exercise in Wii Fit help me get my equilibrium back from the vertigo. I'll keep you posted.

Nite nite...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Recupe Roundup

Well, my lovelies, it's been awhile because I have been in and out of the hospital, and recuperating away from home.

Boy am I bored! I'm not back to my usual snarky self because I'm still dizzy as all get-out. I suffered a sudden onset vertigo attack, and more than 10 days later, I'm still spinning a bit. I can walk about, but it's like riding a roller coaster through a fun house. I'd much rather be back at work, getting things done, instead of convalescing at my husband's house, which is 2 hours away from my home (I was visiting him for the holiday when the attack happened).

I'm not sure how long this condition will hang on. I'm not sure what role my dialysis plays in it, either. Having both conditions to worry about at once is a bit much. And I haven't even been home to get the results of my biopsy-- I could have cancer on top of all this other shit. UGH!

For now, though, I'm going to try to relax my little head and not worry about things, for the time being. I can always make a worrying appointment for a later time.

Ta! Michelle/Treasure

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Where have I been?

In the hospital, of course! See, a funny thing happened on my way to an orgasm-- I developed a crippling case of vertigo, resulting in extreme nausea and vomiting. Last Tuesday I had to go to the emergency room because things were just that bad. In the ER they hypothesized that I had had a mini-stroke or a TIA. I had a CT scan that night, that was clear.

Wednesday and Thursday were two typical days in the hospital-- with the exception of having a crazy cocaine-addle roommate who was talking to herself all night about people coming into her room, touching her and leaving stray hairs between her legs *yikes*

Friday they did a MRI, which came back negative for stroke, and I was released Friday evening. I ended up having conventional dialysis twice in the hospital. I can't help but wonder if I would feel a little better now if I had had two long dialysis sessions, instead of the 7 hours I got in the hospital.

I'm going to be recuperating at home in Berkeley for the next several days, and hope things will improve enough for me to drive myself back home to Monterey Bay. This isn 't quite what I had in mind for an extended vacation!

Subdued and dizzy...