Grace and Remington dance


This afternoon I took Grace down the street to play with her pals, Rufus and puppy Remington. They have a fenced in backyard and after the heavy rains it dried out enough today to go wrestling without becoming chocolate labs.

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Dialysis time change


they came around and asked us all which “shift” we would want if we could have our choice when to have dialysis.

My choice was 1. Mon Wed Fri  afternoons or 2. Tues, Thurs, Sat afternoon. I am currently doing Tues. Thurs. Sat. mornings

That was on Saturday, any changes would be on the basis of “seniority”.

Today I got the word, and a lot of people decided to stand pat.   I got my second choice.  I start afternoons this Thursday.

BTW, the spot that came open, as I suspected, was because a dialysis patient died.  She had been on dialysis about 6 years and was about 84 years of age.  She was widely known in the community and an article about her life and passing appeared in the local newspaper.  Not the best way I can think of to get my choice.  This winter I will be much happier not to get out on the road by 6:25 AM, sometimes beating the snow plow or worse getting stuck on the highway behind one going just 40 KPH.  84 is a good long life. Rest in peace.

Angioplasty procedure went well


I am out of hospital this morning following an angioplasty and placement of a stent in a cardiac artery that was 90 per cent blocked.  The blockage was discovered through some tests to qualify me for a kidney transplant.  After  the stent was put in via a cardiac catheter inserted in my groin into my femerol artery the flow was 100 per cent open.  The procedure took about an hour.  The tough part was keeping still during recover for about 8 hours.  My back ached a lot and my restless legs kept twitching and clenching but I got through it and was allowed to move finally at around 10 PM last night. I slept in the hospital and was released at 6:30 AM this morning.  This was all done in Newmarket at the South Lake Regional Health Centre.  The staff were all great.  I have to take it a little easy for two days and then after about a week I am back to full duty.  My dialysis, normally doen on Thursday morning is switched to the afternoon.  Newmarket is about 90 minutes away from my home.  My sister drove me down and brought me home.  My interview with the transplant people is Oct. 18th in Toronto.  the normal wait for a cadaverous donor organ is about 8 years.

There were some stories on the kidney transplant situation in Ontario in the Toronto Star this week. For some dumb reason, Ontario is the only province without a central registry for transplant coordination.  There are instead five regional transplant registry.  My town is assigned to the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), which has the longest wait for kidney donations, and not surprisingly the lowest number of donor consent cards in the province.  One of the highest places is North Bay with 43 per cent.  GTA is 13 per cent.  So if you live in the GTA please consider signing your donor card.

bumped into


interesting day, I bumped into

  1. a young man who used to be in my dialysis shift but who received a transplant a while back and is doing well,
  2. while he and I were yakking inside McDonalds, I spotted him going in and I pulled over and parked and went in, then in walked my new family doctor who was on a run to buy a chocolate shake to pay back one of her colleagues who did her a special favour

Of course I hassled her about why she of all people was in the BAD FOOD ZONE

I introduced her to my old big D colleague

And then the rain pounded on for the rest of the day pretty much.

Belgians in line for judge, Fall Fair Orillia


Visited the Orillia Fall Fair before noon today and despite some dark clouds found no rain, not too big a crowd, and lots of horses.

Orillia Fall Fair, September 12, 2010, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Orillia Fall Fair, September 12, 2010, Orillia, Ontario, Canada

Eating Lunch at the Orilla Fall Fair