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More eyes by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I saw my eye doctor last week.  I am officially scheduled for cataract surgery---hoo--friggin'--ray.  It consists of large amounts of office visits, prep visits, pre visits, ... Read on »
Liver update by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I don't have gallstones.  My gallbladder is just as pretty as can be, which is nice.  My liver, however, has an 8 cm cyst on the right lobe, which I kinda knew, but didn't k ... Read on »
Liver cysts by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure My stomach hurts.  A lot.  It hurts right under my breastbone, and when I press on it, it feels tender.  But I'm not sure if it's tender because there is an infection/ulcer/ ... Read on »
Liza Lou by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure One of my favorite books as a kid was Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp. It's written by Mercer Mayer, who also wrote such classics as There's a Nightmare in My C ... Read on »
Hope, Inspiration, and Wisdom: A Treasury of Thoughts on Coping with Kidney Disease by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure This showed up on my doorstep today.  It's a book from the Renal Support Network, a treasury of essays generated from their annual essay contest.  Remember that co ... Read on »
In one so young by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I saw the eye doctor yesterday.  It was a good visit, one where we talked seriously about surgery for my cataracts.  I liked her--she was direct, efficient, asked good q ... Read on »
Kale makes you poop and other stories by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I'm trying to revamp my other blog, mormonmommywars.com , and I'm getting into serious code/server/Yeti territory.  I have no idea what I'm doing, so mainly I'm just clickin ... Read on »
Having big kidneys by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I got a wild idea last summer, and tried on my wedding dress.  I've been married for almost 14 years, and am only about 5 pounds heavier than I was when I got married.  I fi ... Read on »
More eye stuff by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure In January, I made an appointment with an eye surgeon, just to get a baseline for my cataracts, and see what we're dealing with.  I told the nice appointment lady that I did ... Read on »
Take two lisinopril and call me in the morning by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure The blood pressure, it is bad.  Well, not super bad, but not super good.  It could be that I'm officially lazy, having never quite recovered from my forced exercise hiatus l ... Read on »
More about juice, with some stuff about beets thrown in by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I promised my sister I wouldn't put daily updates on Facebook about what I'm juicing.  But I made no such promises for my blog---bwahahahahaha! The juicer came this week, ... Read on »
The juicer should have been my carry on. by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I got my juicer for Christmas.  My awesome mother-in-law gave it to me.  She has one from the 80s that is slow and cumbersome and not worth the trouble, so she got me one to ... Read on »
Cycles by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I feel like garbage today.  I know why, though. Last night was a bad kidney night.  Lots of pain, especially in my left kidney, that was sharper than it normally is.  It ... Read on »
Parenthood by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure It's making me cry. Not the actual parenting of my children (although that sometimes makes me cry, too, and folks, it doesn't get easier, just higher stakes with better s ... Read on »
Adventures with kale with a little TMI on the side by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I've been following Drew Canole on Facebook.  His page is called Juicing Vegetables , and it's all about how juicing can change your life. (I'd like to take this oppo ... Read on »
Outies and stuff by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I don't know if I've blogged about my belly button or not.  Probably.  But I'm going to blog about it again.  Just because I can. Maybe most people don't think about thei ... Read on »
On Writing and Being Alone by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure The Renal Support Network hosts an annual essay contest , and this year I entered.  I didn't tell anybody about it, in case I lost.  I mean, how embarrassing would that be? ... Read on »
I love Boston by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I'm sitting in the airport terminal, waiting for my flight to take off back to Virginia.  I woke up at 4:30 this morning to get here by 8:30, and my flight back to VA leaves ... Read on »
Summer update because I'm not sick, just busy by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Somebody commented that they hoped I was okay, because they missed my posts.  That totally made my day. Generally speaking, I've been blogging for a long time now, and s ... Read on »
Adventures in hypochondria by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I've already established that I'm a hypochondriac.  The story I always tell about PKD is that for months before my diagnosis, I was convinced that I had a tumor on my liver. ... Read on »