I drove myself to Tim Horton’s in Midland today. First self drive since open heart surgery on Oct. 1. Went well. A real test in recovery.
Normally after a weekend I am a little heavy. It is because of the extra day. Usually I reach my target weight by Friday. This week I left dialysis at precisely my target, 99.0 kg. Good control.
Some 12 weeks since open heart surgery, recovery perhaps slower than anticipated.
Weather this year heading into winter has been mild and snowless. Making my moving around with my walker very easy. Most winters snow comes by early November and stays until April. The forecast is for a green Christmas. When I lived in Toromto, we often had those.
I am positively svelte. I had set a weight loss target of 100 kilograms for Christmas. I met that ten days ago. Yesterday at dialysis I weighed out at 99.0 kilograms. That is about 217 lbs. When I was in university I ran around at 235 lbs,
Following open heart surgery I am up and down like a roller coaster, hopeful and depressed. I try to grit my teeth and carry on moving forward. Bailing the boat as I take a break from rowing.
I am still getting used to being used to being blind from glaucoma in my right eye. Losing depth perception is an every day tricky. Going to pick up full drinking glasses is more of an a adventure.
I am trying to use my tiny social network to fight the big black dog, depression. I have been using the telephone for conversations. Three visitors have called for face to face chin wags. It helps.
Big change this week: reduction in number of treatments per week. Clearances have improved. So no more four treatments of four hours. Now just Monday, Wednesday, Friday. This is huge. It used to feel like with four treatments that all I did was go to dialysis.
Transplant list prep will continue. Possible kidney transplant next summer.