2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people.

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40 down


In September of this year, I decided to do my part to help my health bumps.  Yesterday after dialysis  I weighed out, took that number and subtracted it from the all time high from this year.  I have dropped 40.76 lbs.  I wish I could say I can do cartwheels but my wonky heart has hindered that.  Still it will be good to see how I am after my coming valve replacement.

kidney failure life


things have been hectic and a little nervewracking lately

  • I need my aortic valve replaced, surgery about the second week of January
  • last wee on Monday and Friday my hemodialysis chest line replaced, clotting problems.
  • I resume blood thinners tonight after an angiogram
  • angiogram today showed no artery blockages, my stent wide open as well
  • my aortic valve needs replacement
  • I am experiencing shortness of breath after basic exertion
  • my walkind distance before I have to stop to catch my breath down to about 30 feet
  • this morning to get from the hospital entrance to the cardiac short stay unit for the angiogram, I needed to borrow a wheelchair.

I am working with my limitations of walking distance.  I am hopeful that the valve replacement will improve my quality of life. Better blood flow should mean greater walking range.  i am told a mechanical valve can last up to ten years.  I believe that the valve fix will put me back on the tramsplant list.  I got the call for a donated kidney for transplant at the beginning of October but had to turn it down.  I expect 2015 to be a wonderful year.