12-31-12/A New Year with a New Kidney

Reflecting on 2012, it had to be one of the longest years of my life.


In April was the kidney transplant, June the ureter revision, followed by continued turmoil as my body, my family, and I, adjusted to having a new organ, new meds, and a new lease on life.


It was tough on me and my family, as well as the doctors and those who followed my story either personally, or via blog.


I am still exhausted much of the time and am not sure what to do about that. I am “supposed” to have adjusted to everything by now, but if that’s the case, it paints a fairly bleak picture in terms of living a normal life.


As I’ve said in the past, this sure beats the alternative, but I still wish things were easier.


I have some resolutions regarding my health:


1. The steroids and lack of exercise combined to help me put on 25 pounds. My goal is to take that off and then some. I am currently about 215 pounds, and want to be 180-185.


I have started lifting weights again and plan to lift 3 days a week and cardio 2-3 as well. I am giving myself until mid-January to be up to speed with that.


I also plan to start dieting – likely weight watchers again, which has been very successful for me in the past, starting by the end of next week. I usually give myself a week to transition and am pretty good once I am in the swing of things.


2. Try to be more available to my wife. Frankly, I have been a drag. I am tired all the time and don’t have much energy to do fun things. I plan on having more date nights and more weekend time with her.


3. Try to make the best of it. If this is how I am going to feel indefinitely; tired much of the time, I need to focus on maximizing the time I am able to work and play. I also need to keep from feeling sorry for myself and work on keeping my chin up and a positive outlook. Of late, that has been difficult, but I will re-committ to that in the new year.


For those who have followed my story along the way, thank you, and I hope you continue to do so.


For everyone, I wish you a happy and healthy new year with all the joy life can bring.



One Response to “12-31-12/A New Year with a New Kidney”
  1. gini wentz berry says:

    Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year. One life lesson I have personally learned…for major changes it takes a least 6 months to a year for your body to adjust. So give yourself a break. These are great goals that all of us should aspire to. Best for 2013.

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