July 19th, 2013


Wow! A public entry!

I haven't been writing many public entries lately, so I'll just explain that I was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease, which has been making me nauseated, eliminated my appetite, increasing my anxiety, and added other problems such as fatigue and decreased mental sharpness. I also seem to have developed renal anemia as a result, which makes me even more tired, plus making me feel cold all the time (especially hands and feet), have difficulty concentrating, experience occasional dizziness, etc.

I've been making most of my journal entries friends-only lately, just because I'm feeling really rotten, which in turn makes me feel vulnerable.

Anyway … on with the journal entry.

I slept almost all day today, just absolutely exhausted. The plumber came and spent 3 hours fixing various stuff -- including some pipes under the house and some valves for our washing machine, but mainly finishing getting our new fridge set up -- while I dozed semi-consciously on the couch in case he needed me for anything. When he left, I promptly fell deeply asleep until Shannon woke me for dinner. I still hope all this sleeping is the anemia, so that we can do something about it. If it's just the kidney damage, then I'm stuck with it, which would suck.

In the evening, I went to the Sock Shop, which I've been wanting to do for ages. When things are looking dark and dreary, crazy socks cheer me up. This is especially true now that I'm always cold and so not wearing my flip-flops anywhere. I'm wearing socks in the house, socks when I go out, and socks when I go to bed. Socks are a big part of my life right now. Socks rock.