Monday Listicles: Are You “Kidney” Me?

Say it Rah-shay By Oct 09, 2017 13 Comments

Monday Listicles are back!


Monday Listicles: Are You "Kidney" Me?

I used to regularly do a list of things on Monday but stopped because…reasons. I feel like I want to start again and here is the return to Monday Listicles!

What is a Listicle?

A list of anything you feel like sharing!

I like this article from Stir Up Media which explains the types of listicles out there. It’s few years old but sums it up quite nicely!


Now here goes my Monday Listicles about Renal Disease.

The last two weekends have found a woman down. Tired, sore, achy…this new normal is a pain in the tuchus! I was trying to take a light approach to having a “CHRONIC ILLNESS” but after two weeks of early evenings, canceling plans, and discovering new ways to be sore…light is not a word I can use to describe my feelings.

  1. Where is my hair?
    At the beginning of summer I realized that I had not had to shave my legs for a few weeks. Groovy! With the exception of about ten hairs on my knee caps, my legs were smooth as butter! The meds I am taking have removed this step from my routine!
  2. However…there is hair WHERE?
    So the flip side of no hair is fuzzy face. I’m going to stop there because I need to find my razor.
  3. I’m so tired…
    Fatigue takes over the whole being and yawn…! My energy level is all screwy! In the morning I am all “Eye of the the Tiger!” but by 3pm I am struggling to keep my head up. I’ve been trying to keep my mornings full so afternoons can be lighter however I have found me loving that I have sick time so that I can slide out of work earlier to get home and nap.
  4. …but I try to nap sparingly because the flip side (there seems to ALWAYS be a flip side) is me up and at ’em at 3/4 am everyday.
    The first few times I was up in the middle of the night I tossed and turned until I drifted back off to sleep. Then I decided to make these middle of the night wake ups work for me and made was so excited to get a little something “for me” done but now…bah! Now it’s a crapshoot. Some days I get things done, some days I am watching Netflix and wondering why Stan Smith is a jerk. I have been downloading audiobooks to listen to while I am up so I have been able to catch up with some reading and knitting but middle of the night..let’s not meet like this, m’kay?
  5. Bruising.
    The combination of medication that I am taking causes me to bruise and then causes those bruises to take their sweet time healing…Hooray! I look like I do MMA in some underground ring on weekends.
  6. So.Many.Freaking.Pills.
    Yes, yes, yes…it could be worse but I reserve the right to fuss.
    I am fussing about the chipmunk cheeks, the mood swings, being SO DAMNED HYPED!!
    Did I mention that I am hungry all of the time? When I am up in the middle of the night one thought I usually have is what is a socially acceptable time to eat and is it ok to be frying an egg at 4am? (Yes. The answer is yes)
  7. I’m salty
    Well, not really as I have had to limit the amount of salt in my diet. I have mixed feelings. I love that I discovered ways to use the spices in my cabinet bt sometimes I miss the decadence of a salty piece of meat, a sprinkle of salt on my food and the crunch when I bite down into something that has those crystals of salt…(Hmm…salty goodness!)
  8. Aches and pains and pains and aches
    I really don’t want to become that person but here I am. My knee hurts, my back hurts. I really did;t think I was a vain woman but Sweet Baby Back Ribs…I am icing and elevating like it’s my job.
  9. Cramps and Charley!
    So did you know that you can get a Charley horse on your shin? Like the front of your shin so that if you flex your leg or try to put pressure on it you collapse into a heap?
    Now you do.
    I get cramps in my hand from the electrolyte imbalance. I get cramps in my foot. I get cramps in legs. arms. neck. So yeah, if I staring at you and doing weird breathing, I am not some creeper. I am trying to get my body to knock it off.
  10. It’s not easy but made so much better with support from my family.
    When my mom was going through this, I was so angry with her. It wasn’t her fault that she was sick but for some reason I needed to be angry at something and Mom was it. I can’t go back and change the past but I can acknowledge that my reaction was messy, wrong and not helpful and try to be helpful going forward.

And that’s it!
Whew! I suppose I had a lot to say!
Share your listicles with me.


I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.


  1. dawnwairimu says:

    you are dealing with a lot, that’s for sure. it sounds like you’ve got a lot of support from loved ones, which is incredibly important.

  2. kemkem says:

    I love your attitude and you cracked me up with the listicle. Salty goodness :-). It’s wonderful that you have family support, which counts for a lot. Keep fighting the good fight!.

  3. Wow I had no idea you could get a Charlie horse on your shin. That has to hurt like the Dickens.

  4. Kita says:

    I wish you well. You have a great spirit and your humor is good. A great laugh definitely helps on those tough days.

  5. Kiwi says:

    At first I was like what is a dang listicle? Well I dont have any because clearly I am a rebel and I hate list lol!

  6. mimicutelips says:

    You got a lot going on, I hope it gets better.

    My listicle is all already related. I suffer all year long. My nose is both runny and stopped upl. I sneeze a lot my throat is raw and I have a headache. Also why is it 80+ in DC in October. Do we even need ragweed?

    1. Rachee says:

      Mother Nature needs to get her whole entire life! I’m over the allergies, humidity and wait…let me hush before the snow starts!

  7. I’m sorry that you feel that way. I wish I could find a product that actually gets rid of hair.

  8. Tiffany H. says:

    So sorry, prayer for healing. Is this genetic, did your mother have renal disease as well? My listicle would be I wish I was on a vacation, wish my life was a vacation, vacation should be more than 2 weeks.

  9. Darlene says:

    So sorry to hear that you are coping with chronic illness…that can be a major source of stress for even the most stress resilient person. Having a supportive network of families and friends is essential in keeping the right perspective.

  10. So sorry to hear about all you have going on, but if there is one thing that I try to keep in mind is that pain is mental. If you have a positive attitude and continue to stride and don’t let your pain dictate or influence who you are, it can not steal your joy.

    As for me, my nose has been running and I’ve been sneezing for about a MONTH! My edges are not laid, nor is my hair, I often wanna sleep and watch tv all day, and sometimes I’m too emotional to function. I don’t wanna be bother with myself. lol

  11. Olivia says:

    Sorry you’re feeling down! Hope you feel better! Check out this story for inspiration!

  12. MUAKimPorter says:

    Thank you for sharing this list. I used to get charlie horses frequently when I was pregnant. They are no joke, especially when you are sleeping.

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