DIALYSIS NEWS

ImageLIFE WITH DIALYSIS

As I said previously, life is not easy with Dialysis.  You have really got to want to live!  I now have a buttonhole for my fistula.  It scabs up after treatment, so they have to be removed each time.  This can be painful, but suggest that the technician squirt saline water on it.  This helps it to soften.  The needle should not be too uncomfortable, if they can get it in the channel.  My veins roll a lot.  My physical loss of time is more of a problem.  If you are older, you may be tired, & need naps afterward.  Some others spring up & go to work afterwards.  I sleep a lot on my days off.  But then I have other problems, too.  I am still working on my diary with renal cookbook, EAT FOR LIFE!  It is a real challenge balancing sodium, potassium, phosphorus, etc.  BUT, YOU CAN DO IT!

I also found out that it appears that the more fluid you gain, especially weekend, is a problem.  The technician has to adjust the dialysis machine to a cooler temperature, so as your blood pressure does not drop too much.   That causes you to be physically colder.  The days that more fluid is removed, seems when the body temperature drops more.  Sometimes my teeth chatter for the four hours.  If you have have questions, contact me on this blog.

WORDS OF WISDOM

WORDS OF WISDOM- A letter to my children & to all that will be moved by these sage words!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we are all concentrating on the biggie!  At Christmastime, I know all of you will be where you want to be & will have enjoyable times with some family & friends.  Some will experience a less fulfilling time, as in the past, as alternative plans have been made. The alternative celebration includes myself & others in similar circumstances. In fact, an appearance of one individual, would be most welcome, especially for one, who has received little company since before August. Visitations are most important to shut-ins, to keep them in contact with daily life.  My husband was the biggest testimony of that, as he lay dying, he revived to live longer with each visit from someone.  Visits were sparse!  What a difference they would have made if oftener.

I cannot speak enough to the topic of giving yourself, your time, your talents!  It does make a difference!  Did it occur, that when will serve your abundance of food, to offer a platter to a lonely neighbor or someone in need?  Or during this holiday season, to reach out to a shut-in or lonely senior in need of stimulation?  So little is expected, but we live by example. Our children today are so used to entitlements that there needs to be opportunity to serve others. Receiving without the opportunity of giving back, erodes & corrupts the soul, a well known psychologist has noted! So it is my wish this holiday season, that you extend yourself & family to someone less fortunate. It is a season for giving, but giving your heart, yourself, is the most generous, loved gifts! You will not bankrupt your budget for a year either!  This has been my life, giving of self, to others. So I may have chosen a road less traveled sometimes, but it has made all the difference, as Robert Frost once wrote. 

Now is the time to stop looking back & looking to the future.  But most importantly the present, as that is all you have now,  Do not let it pass through your fingers unnoticed, for tomorrow you will weep, for what you had & lost!

Christmas is a time, where we all want to be home again. But no one can truly go home again.  As the song goes, “I’ll be home for Christmas, but only in my dreams!’  I don’t think I can realistically come home again.  It is too bittersweet.  My home is here.

So make merry, enjoy the holidays!  As times are ever changing, so is your life.  It is all ahead of you.  What are you going to REALLY DO WITH IT?

MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH GOD’S BLESSINGS FOR A HAPPY JOYOUS NEW YEAR!

CARPE DIEM!  SEIZE THE DAY!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

THANKFULNESS FOR BLESSINGS IN THIS AMERICAN CELEBRATION, WHERE HOSTILITES, HUNGER & LONELINESS PERMEATS MUCH OF OUR WORLD! KEEP OUR TROOPS WHO FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM SAFE. BRING THEM BACK HOME SAFELY! BRING LIGHT TO THOSE WHO ARE BLINDED BY INTOLERANCE. UNDERSTANDING TO THOSE WITH HATRED IN THEIR HEARTS! OUR MOST URGENT PRAYER IS TO BRING PEACE & PROSPERITY BACK TO A WORLD RENT ASUNDER BY SELF AGENDA! “LET PEACE BEGIN WITH ME!”

TIDBITS FROM THE INTERNET

Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every
conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary.
We know we take responsibility for all we have done and
do not blame others.

HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to
point out that it was
NOT the senior citizens who took:          

The melody out of music,
The pride out of appearance,
The courtesy out of driving,
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of marriage,
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the family,
The learning out of education,
The service out of patriotism,
The Golden Rule from rulers,
The nativity scene out of cities,
The civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending,
The ambition out of achievement or
God out of government and school.

And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance
from personal relationships and interactions with others!!

And, we do understand the meaning of patriotism,
and remember those who have fought and
died for our country.

Does anyone under the age of 50 know the lyrics
to the Star Spangled Banner?

What about the last verse of My Country ’tis of Thee?

“Our father’s God to thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s Holy light.
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.”

Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and
pride in their hearts as they stand at attention with
their hand over their hearts!

YES, I’M A SENIOR CITIZEN!                      
I’m the life of the party……
even if it lasts until 8 p.m.
I’m very good at opening childproof caps….
with a hammer.
I’m awake many hours before my body
allows me to get up.
I’m smiling all the time because I can’t
hear a thing you’re saying.
I’m sure everything I can’t find
is in a safe secure place, somewhere.
I’m wrinkled, saggy, lumpy,
and that’s just my left leg.
I’m beginning to realize that
aging is not for wimps.
I’m a walking storeroom of facts…..
I’ve just lost the key to the storeroom door.

Yes, I’m a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am
having the time of my life!

TIDBITS FROM THE INTERNET

Washington-Monument

 This is very interestingA History lesson for sure .. . ..

LAUS DEO One detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington , D.C.

there can never be a building of greater height than the

Washington Monument.

With all the uproar about removing the ten commandments, etc.,

this is worth a moment or two of your time.  I was not aware of this amazing historical information.

On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington , D.C , are displayed two words: Laus Deo. 

No one can see these words.  In fact, most visitors to the

monument are totally unaware they are even there and for

that matter, probably couldn’t care less.

Once you know Laus Deo ‘s history , you will want to share this with everyone you know. 

These words have been there for many years;

they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the

Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia,

capital of the United States of America ..

Laus Deo!  Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words. Out of sight and, one might think,

out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful

city in the most successful nation in the world.

So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four

syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean?  Very simply,

they say ‘ Praise be to God!’

Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848,

when James Polk was President of the United States ,

it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated

and opened to the public.  It took twenty-five years to finally

cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation,

Laus Deo ‘Praise be to God!’

From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure,

visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city

with its division into four major segments.  From that vantage

point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer,

Pierre Charles l’Enfant ..a perfect cross imposed upon the

landscape, with the White House to the north. 

The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east

and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.

A cross you ask?  Why a cross?  What about separation of

church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state

was not, is not, in the Constitution.  So, read on. How interesting

and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those

who bother to notice.

Praise be to God!  Within the monument itself are 898 steps and

50 landings.  As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings

the memorial stones share a message..

On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore ;

on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians;

on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!

When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God!  Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy ‘One Nation, Under God.’

 I am awed by Washington ‘s prayer for America  Have you ever read it? Well, now is your unique opportunity, so read on!

  ‘ Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large.. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation.  Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.’

  Laus Deo !When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation’s capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the width and height of ‘ Laus Deo ‘, its location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget its meaning, or these words: ‘Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.’  (Psalm 127: 1)

 

HAPPY ST. VALENTINE’S DAY!

GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY!