scurrying early


three days a week I get up before 6 AM and start the process of getting ready for dialysis, which is to say, I get showered, more about that in a moment, and dressed, eat a little and take my medications and sometimes get the dog out for a morning pee break up by the beach road.  slmetiems he  has to wait a little later in the morning for my sister to take him out. he gets a longer walk from her so that is a benefit. About the shower, I am not supposed to get my access lines in my chest, two little tubes, wet in the shower, so I take the shower head in hand and do sort of a half shower with some additional stick handling to get the old carcass bright and clean.  Several times this winter I have had to dsolve the frozen car door problem.  This means a trip back to the kitchen for a jug full of hot water to pour along the top crack of the driver door before I can begin to start the car and head over to the dialysis clinic at the hospital in Penetanguishene.  I ussually pack along my camera and a few books and my little notebook. Sometimes I bring my laptop and a dvd of a movie to watch. At the clinic there are TVs for us to watch.  Unfortunately I dont find much to watch iin the mornings. Although I do like to follow  the adventures of Max and Ruby, two whit e rabbits, I even watch them in French. It is now 6:10 AM and I should go and pass through the car wash, showr that is.   See you later.   In the second floor of the dialysis unit in Orillia there is a slogan on a wal in a nicely framed picture, Every day is a gift.  I try to unwrap each one and smile.  some days that works out just fine.

Author: William J. Gibson

62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged

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