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Back in the saddle by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I have permission from my physical therapist to run. 1 mile. I'm going to try tomorrow. The sad thing is, I bet it will be tough. I'm about 3 weeks into PT, which means ... Read on »
Seeking for alternatives by Heather .. Patient Expert 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Today I want to talk about alternative medicine. This is my opinion, obviously, so I'm not speaking for any community at large. Just me. But it's been a bee in my bonne ... Read on »
Learning even more about myself by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I had my PT eval today, and it was pretty much what I expected. The PT said that hamstring injuries can take a while to heal, and I got the feeling that she was hoping she ... Read on »
Linky Goodness by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Here is the story from The Daily Press , our local newspaper, about me and PKD. The print version included a half page picture of me lifting weights. I look lame. The pic ... Read on »
For those who are visual learners by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Here is a shot from my latest MRI scan. A girlfriend of mine calls it "The Money Shot". And it is impressive, if I do say so myself All the white parts are cysts. A ... Read on »
My friend calls it "drunk dialing the blog" by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure That's what she says, anyway, when you find yourself awake at night and sleep is far away and you have the good luck to have a blog. I guess it's the 21st century version o ... Read on »
Tendonitis by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure That's what the doctor thinks. I have a PT appointment on Friday, so we'll see. Monday, I ran 4 miles, and felt great. Monday afternoon, I was wincing from the pain. M ... Read on »
Ragnars, Half Ironmen, and hamstrings by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure In the winter, I get lazy. It's cold. And I'm wussy. I used to be tough. I spent 8 winters of my life in Massachusetts, and boy, they don't mess around with winter ... Read on »
So do you still blog? by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Somebody asked me this. Yes, I still blog, I thought, but then realized this one has been neglected. And since I am once again sitting at Beth Israel for my semi-annual ch ... Read on »
So the big news by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure In one week, I'm going to Haiti. I'm going to teach sq. foot gardening, maybe a little English, maybe love on a few little kids who need some love. I don't know, I'm not ... Read on »
As you can see, now I have birds by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I'm not sure why I have birds, they just sort of appealed to me. I'm kind of lousy with this kind of stuff--colors, style, layouts, picking curtains, picking carpets, findi ... Read on »
A day in the life by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I often get emails that thank me for this blog. That makes me feel super duper great, actually, because it makes me feel like 1) people are reading (wooHOO!) and 2)there is ... Read on »
Still kicking by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I went to my annual check up with my nephrologist this week. Things still look stable, which is great. No changes in creatnine or kidney function. Phew. If things contin ... Read on »
I can't do a side plank by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I've been struggling with this exercise for weeks now, and I've given up. I can do everything else (with a little effort, and not without some resulting soreness) in all of ... Read on »
A strict no baked goods policy by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I went to the Y today for a yoga class I really love. I try to get to class on time, but today, I was 10 minutes behind all day. When I finally forced my toddler, ... Read on »
Swimming by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I've signed up for a new adventure. This summer, I'll be doing a race that is a run-swim-run. It's a 1K run in the sand, a 1K open ocean swim, and a 5K on the beach boardw ... Read on »
Boston by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure Off to Boston again this week to see Dr. Steinman and be tethered to the Beth Israel hospital for them to collect at 24 hour urine sample. It's an odd thing, really, to be ... Read on »
The gospel according to me by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure I get a lot (okay, not a lot, but let's pretend half a dozen is a lot) of emails from people who find my blog who are newly diagnosed that ask me lots of questions. How do I ... Read on »
Done. Now what? by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure 13.1 miles done and done. 2:23:21. I can honestly say I felt great crossing that finish line. I had a big dopey grin on my face, and I was whooping like an idiot. My knees ... Read on »
Crossing the finish line by Heather .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Kidney Failure When I started this whole hare-brained (or is it hair-brained?) idea of running a half marathon, I asked 3 other women to do it with me. Along the way, we've picked up a few ... Read on »