Monday Listicles are back!
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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- …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?
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.
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)
- 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!)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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