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Home from the hospital...again

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I spent the last week in the hospital due to my kidneys failing and I'm now on dialysis...again. I'm definitely not happy about it, but what can I do? All I can think about is the horrible fatigue that I'll feel most of the time and how hard it was to function the first time around. I can only hope that my kidneys make a come back like they did last time and I won't need dialysis long term.

My niece was so excited to have me home. She's now holding a Youtube concert for me singing all of her favorite songs when all I want to do is rest in peace in my own bed. I suppose I'll get to that later. For now, I think I will relax for the rest of the month as I settle back into dialysis and then hit the pavement December 1st to try to get back on track. Hopefully my health will improve with positive thinking and taking good care of myself. I hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving!

  
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SBHPATRICK 12/1/2014 5:21PM

    I hope you had a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving!

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NEVERORNOW 11/26/2014 7:44PM

    Praying for your speedy recovery!

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ICECUB 11/26/2014 6:27PM

    I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS. I PRAY YOUR KIDNEYS WILL MAKE A COMEBACK. TAKE CARE AND GET SOME REST. HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

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PRESBESS 11/26/2014 6:15PM

    I pray your healing is speedy. God is for you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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SOOZIEQUE55 11/26/2014 5:26PM

    Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way as you continue to rest and heal. emoticon

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Dialysis

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hi everyone,

I've been a little quiet lately because a lot of weird things have been going on with my body. Lately, I'd been experiencing a lot of unexplained cramping and now my kidneys have failed again. I had to do dialysis today and now I feel so drained from it!



So now I'm in the hospital and having to figure out a new plan of action. Hopefully I will get better soon rather than later. The only thing i can do is keep my head up and be positive!

  
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PRESBESS 11/21/2014 3:49PM

    and pray.

I will do the same for you. You are more than a conqueror.
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NEVERORNOW 11/21/2014 10:47AM

    So sorry to hear that! emoticon emoticon

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ZOYAS_WORTH_IT 11/21/2014 7:30AM

    I'm sorry to hear that. Just do your best to keep your spirits up and don't give up on your goals and dreams. We are all here to support you. Get well soon. We are all sending healing thoughts your way!

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DAKARISAH430 11/20/2014 9:31PM

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ICECUB 11/20/2014 9:15PM

    emoticon hope you feel better soon. do you have to have dialysis from now on? keep ing you in my prayers.

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Slight setback

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hi everyone,

The last few days have been very painful for me. Apparently, my calves would cramp severely whenever I am in bed trying to sleep. It ONLY happens when I'm laying down. Sometimes I have to get up out of my sleep to dangle my legs on the side of my bed to stop the cramping. It's led to a lot of sleepless, painful nights. I've been to the ER and all of my electrolytes are balanced. Nothing is too high or too low. They did an ultrasound on my leg that was cramping the most and found that new clots are forming. This is frustrating because I have to take a blood thinner injection (Lovenox) twice a day and apparently I'm still clotting.

It seems like every time I try to get on the right path, my body betrays me. It's as if my body wants to stay toxic. When I'm lazy and eating junk, I feel fine. But the moment I want to work toward a better quality of life, everything goes downhill. It's a bit discouraging, but all I can do is dust myself off and try again to the best of my ability.

  
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COSMICWATCHER 10/15/2014 9:12AM

    That's unfortunate. But you have to work with what you have... Does your doctor know that you're trying to lose weight? Maybe he could show you what exercises are right for you, that they won't cause you any problems.
Please don't say that. Your body's working with you, it's not betraying you. It reacts to everything you do, trying to communicate with you. It's not your fault that its reactions are so severe, you just have to deal with a body more sensitive than usual. Maybe you need to adjust your exercise recovery time? I can't really give you any advice on what to do, your doctor is the only one that can guide you with this. But I can assure you that your body isn't betraying you, and that everything will resolve in the end. You just have to re-learn your body. What you went through was very stressful and even brutal to it; it's only rational that there'll be some changes in time. Be patience and make peace with your body. It's not working against you, it's working with you.
For everything you need, I am right here.
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KBEAR9963 10/14/2014 7:52PM

    I'm so sorry that you're hurting. Clots are scary. I pray they find a way to make them go away. Hope it will pass soon so you can get to where you want to be. Sending you prayers and hugs.

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ZOYAS_WORTH_IT 10/13/2014 11:43PM

    I understand your frustration. Take it slow. I know it's hard but it can be done. Don't give up. I have a friend that uses only the arm part of a Schwinn stationary bike. It really gets her sweating and it doesn't cause issues with her knees and legs. So don't give up there is a workout out there for you. Be brave and know you are not alone in your journey.

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LADYGSC 10/13/2014 9:52PM

    emoticon If you have a relationship with God, you know that prayer changes things. I still have things that go wrong in my body, but I have God and He is able to fix anything! Have faith and pray. Be blessed and spark on!!

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Day 2 Consistency Streak--Check!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Hi everyone!

It's day 2 of my consistency streak and I survived! My legs were already super sore from the squats I did yesterday, so I only did about half of the squats I was supposed to do. Some is better than none in my opinion! I also walked on my treadmill for 20 minutes. I had to text my friend to have her motivate me to get off of my butt! I'm wearing my oxygen tonight because I've been a bit out of breath all day today, but I'm glad I still managed to get something done. Thanks to Sia's song "Chandelier", it helped me get through those 20 minutes. I had it on repeat the entire song. Although the song is about her getting drunk and swinging from chandeliers, the line "I'm going to live like tomorrow doesn't exist" means something to me personally. I realize I should stop worrying so much about tomorrow and focus on today. And today I focused on my workout. BahBAM!!



On another note, day was pretty awesome. I had an interview at a hospital and was told that if I received my credentialing that I need before the end of the month, I'll have the job! Because walking is a part of my job, it gives me even more reason to condition my body so that I'll be prepared. I'm a bit stressed on how I'll be able to afford it in such a short time (as I only have a week and a half to enroll to finish on time), so I started a fundraiser online to help with it. If you'd like to help me with my goal, feel free to here: www.gofundme.com/fduljk . I'm so excited to see the direction that my life is going. I know my life will never be what I consider "normal" since I have Lupus and a ton of other junk going on, but I hope I can live a semi-normal life as a 23-year-old. I'm definitely glad I came back to spark!

Another side note: The season premiere of American Horror Story comes on tonight! I'm so excited!

  
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ICECUB 10/8/2014 9:19PM

    emoticon emoticon IT WILL GET EASIER.

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Day 1 Consistency Streak

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

So I figured I should document my streak of being consistent. I feel like I have to do SOMETHING, even if it's a set of strength training. I need to get in the habit of moving around again, so I started off today by doing day 1 of my Arms and Squats challenge that I have from a 30 Day App on my phone. I completed 15 push ups and 30 squats. I definitely feel like I'm starting ALL the way over, but there's always room for progress!

  
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PRETTYPITHY 10/8/2014 2:01PM

    You have a lot to motivate you and a lot to live for. Good for you -- consistency is the most important piece of the puzzle!

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ICECUB 10/7/2014 7:03PM

    GOOD FOR YOU. THE HARDEST PART IS ALWAYS GETTING STARTED. WAY TO GO WITH PUSH UPS AND SQUATS. emoticon

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ZOYAS_WORTH_IT 10/7/2014 3:49PM

    No matter how small the accomplishment it is still an accomplishment and should be celebrated. I know it's hard to get excited about the little steps forward but those are the ones that make the biggest difference. Keep up the good work work and be proud of what you have accomplished because your spark family is proud of you emoticon

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COSMICWATCHER 10/7/2014 2:45PM

    good for you!
15 push ups is a good start, don't make your efforts seem small. some walking here, some strength training there... it shall work. your body will react because it longs to move and it longs to get stronger after the long fight it just gave. just go easy and give yourself some credit from time to time, it won't hurt! emoticon


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