Hello, 2 people who still come here. My bad. All me :(
Thinking, composing, committing is just getting to be a struggle. Whine, whine, whine. Sorry... Depression is, as well. But, I am trying.
We have some options here at the house that may help relieve some tension, stress, burdens, etc, so as we know- I will promise now to do my best to let you know.
Kati decided to be a "Super Senior", taking an extra year to graduate and get in some extra work on her GPA in case college is a next step. Her prime focus is on being a dance instructor, Ballroom is her passion, so college may not be the best option in her long-term plan. And I have actually come to be the cheerleader for that option- the No-College one. Me. I never, ever thought those words would come out of my mouth. So. She home schools 2 days a week, works 6-7 days at one FT, one PT job to pay for all. those. dance. classes. I am proud of her, though rarely see her. Tonight she flopped on the floor while John was picking Jonathan is up Jazz Band practice, and we watched the opening episode of Charlie's Angels on DVR. Cheesy as it was then, and I am proud to say I was glued to the screen every time it was on as a child. The new one? The jury is out.
Jonathan: Is passionate beyond words about his music. He is in, ahem- IB Musc, sings in the HS Chorale, plays piano for The Dynamics (the HS Jazz Ensemble), plays piano for the HS Jazz Band (pretty good group I must say), plays piano for some paying gigs in town (Coffee shops, Bookstores kindof thing, a Festival now and again) with his Jazz Quartet "The New Side", and plays piano in the Jazz Band at t he Cascade School of Music. And practices 2-3 hours a night when he get home. Every night.
Yeah- we are currently talking about pacing and burnout.
Otherwise he, too, is a Senior though opting for the Super Senior program and will take 2 classes at the HS next year, and the rest at the community college. He wants to get his General Ed out of the way there since it is all free him being a Senior still and all. Thank you, Lord.
And we rarely see him either. Except at the piano when he get home at 10 or so. Oh- he ballroom dances with his sister as well....
John and I get through each day.That is all ...
We are training next week for 4 weeks to do hemodialysis in home starting November 1. I do not have to go to the center three times a week. Thank goodness. But, it will be alot more on John as he has to be here the whole time I am dialyzing, which will be a total of about 36 hrs/wk over 5 days roughly. Not sitting with me, but within calling in case of emergencies, which do happen but rarely.
And now? The update on transplant.
I talked to my coordinator at Cedar Sinai. Seems that since 2009, when 2600 fewer kidney transplants nationwide were done, there has been a continuing decrease in the number of cadaver kidney-provided transplant done in the US. In the last 4 months, the decrease has escalated.
This proves even more the need for Living Donor kidney provided transplant donors. A person can live a long, full life with... just one kidney.
A person in kidney failure cannot live life without the miracle of a transplant. Statistically, the longer you are on dialysis, the *less* your chance of survival is. The avg. decline in life-span is -25% per year That means in 4 years you are living on more than borrowed time. You need that transplant.
I beg you to consider being that miracle. Consider being a kidney donor while you are here to greet the person whose life you saved when they wake up. Celebrate those anniversaries with them. 1 month, 3 months, 1 year, 5 years.
Let their family shake your hug, hug you, tell you what you have done for their family unit. They need every single. person.
If not, consider being an organ donor when you are gone. Give the gift of life. In a day and age where less and less people are willing to do so, for whatever reason, be that one person that does want to make a difference.
Please, I am begging you. Because I pray you are never on the other side of the equation, waiting for the phone to ring. Wondering of you will see that next birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, anniversary, graduation, wedding, grandchild.
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Thanks. Thanks so much.
So. I know I say I will try to write more, but I do mean it. And I will.
Thank you for your ongoing encouragement.