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The packages have been ripped open. Under the tree sits the cat enjoying the sunshine, or else looking at the rain we presently have with a very dirty look. The tree looks a little lonely without its pile of presents under it. Christmas Day was fun filled for us. We have our older daughter, her husband, and our granddaughter, who is 3 and a half, over for Christmas lunch on Saturday.
Our Christmas happened early over the weekend before Christmas Day. We had lunch here at our house, along with the ritual present giving. Marilyn and Mom were here, too. Marilyn is a best friend of ours. She is adopted family. Mom is my mother. Our get togethers are always busy and fun.
I gave myself permission to eat what I wanted at the Christmas parties I attended. I am happy to note I continue to lose weight over this holiday season. I am watchful about what I eat. At the two parties I ate what I wanted and was perfectly happy to have one plate. I enjoyed dessert but it was not a pleading necessity in my brain. At the Christmas party we attended on Sunday I had one plate of food and went back for one bite of the delicious cheese they had. Then it did not matter. I was satisfied with what I had to eat. This is way different then other years. Other years I would surf the food table regularly eating the entire time I was at the party. What a relief to not have the worry of food in the back of my mind at a party. Now to collect myself before Tuesday my birthday celebration.
The new year looks bright to me. My book editor sent me the creative editing idea. I am editing and rewriting piece s of it now. I have added a new character into it to add some suspense into it. She is Grey’s counter part and protector. I have to tell her back story, too. It should make for an interesting story.
Have a happy week before New Year’s. Saying goodbye to 2019 is bittersweet. I learned a lot this year and my creativity has been off the charts. I will post some pictures of my art on this post.
I was interviewed by Renee Fisher on her Facebook site and Zoom about writing with a Chronic Illness on Thursday, October 24, 2019. It was great interview and we reached many people.
From Renee FIsher and Co. Renee said: I wanted to thank Katherine Soto once again for talking about Writing with Chronic Illness yesterday with us! My favorite quote from the call was “I’m going to do something worthwhile.” Like Katherine said, “Every day we can make the choice to get out of bed and write one word. One sentence. One page. One…”Today, if all you have the energy or strength to do is get out of bed—you’re not alone! May this be a community where y’all feel welcome no matter what you’re struggling with.Leave a comment and let us know how we can be praying for one another!— with Katherine Soto.
From me: I wanted to say thank you to everyone who attended and watched the replay. Thanks Renee for an informative and interesting interview. You can get a hold of me through Facebook. Other links I mentioned were ihatedialysis.com –
facebook and forums, nadiacolburm.com for meditative writing. Remember you are the work in progress not your chronic illness.
I thoroughly enjoyed doing this interview.
I have a few travel plans on my bucket list. For those of you who have no idea what a bucket list is, it is a list of things you want to accomplish or do before you end up as Stardust in the Universe once again. I have a list I keep in my head of places want to go. It takes time and effort to travel while I am a dialysis patient?
Where do I want to go?
Washington D.C. is a big one on my list. I love the history of our nation so the monuments and Smithsonian Museums would be outrageously fun to visit. I could get my history geek on at the monuments and historical sites. Then the science buff and more history interest, plus the artistic side of me would come out in the museums.
The place I have wanted to since fourth grade is the continent/country of Australia. In spite of the flat world people declaring Australia a hoax recently, I still want to go visit it. Steve Irwin’s Zoo, Urulu Rock, a real live operating sheep station, the Sydney opera house, the great barrier reef, and the outback are a few of the things I want to see. I love the idea of Australia. I headed tomorrow to see the outback area at the San Diego Safari Park- a new part of the park. I have to save a lot of money to do this trip.
How do I travel while on dialysis?
I have to make plans early and share them with the travel coordinators in my center and the company. I tell the travel coordinator where I plan to go and my dates and answer all of their questions about my dialysis. I also tell them I am easy about scheduling unless I have planned something for a certain date. Usually my vacations are loosely tied around the dialysis days and times so I need to know those to make plans. Usually they do not tell me my days so I loosely plan things around the days I asked for. Usually there are small problems, like not getting the information to me at the center level. I call the travel planners at the company level frequently to make sure my request has been seen.
So you have been on dialysis for twenty years, prove you’ve traveled.
I have traveled and what I mean by traveled a week or more to these various place: Oceanside, CA twice, Pismo Beach,CA once, Palm Springs,CA 3 times, Indio,CA once, Clearlake, CA once, Windsor, CA once, San Diego, CA three times, Bellevue, WA once, Tucson, AZ twice, Milwaukee,WI, twice, Oklahoma City, OK three times, Williamsburg, VA once, Lake Tahoe, NV twice, Las Vegas, NV, three times, Hawaii twice and other places I cannot think of right this minute. I have had dialysis treatments in everyone of these places. I find dialysis centers are the same for the most part. Safety precautions are the same. Some techs listen when you explain your preferences, some don’t. Nurses will give meds as needed.
Advice for those traveling while on dialysis?
Your prescription needs to be accurate coming from your home center. Bring what you need to survive a dialysis treatment-your nesting materials. Make your plans early and get them in at least a month or month and a half to your center and to the dialysis company travel people. Have firm dates for your travel. Be flexible in your dialysis schedule while traveling. Tell the new place what your needs are nicely.
Go and have fun!
Remember Dialyze to Live, Don’t Live to Dialyze!
I am making an art journal this weekend and thought I would take you all through my process as I create it. I have discovered that if I am creative in an art journal at least once a week I feel better inside my own head.
This piece I started by taping two pieces of art paper together to make them into a larger piece. I used two pieces of yellow colored paper as my base.
Then I took my acrylic paints and put dots all over the pages in all sort of colors.
I pressed the pages together to make a paint collage all over both pages. I took a plastic card and dragged it on the outside of the pages to help set the paint together.
I have a conglomeration of different colored paint on both pages. Check the pictures out.
Next I need to pick a topic for this art journal page.
I used a black marker to make faces out of the paint on my paper today. They are big ugly faces looking to the side of the pages. I colored in the eye pupil black.
I added black and white tape to the edges.
It has turned into an abstract piece named Faces.