Monday, June 25, 2018

32 Days to go till New York!

You know life is good when you're struggling to find time to blog! It's all systems go for Nationals and after that New York. My fitness is really improving and my body really coming to the party! I had a check up a week ago, and my kidneys are behaving!!! Creatinine is down to 130, from over 300 when I had my diarrhea. Normal is roughly less than 100. So we're almost back to normal thanks to switching meds. Everything else was also great, in my Dr's words, "I don't think I've ever seen you look this well". Unfortunately hubby has been really sick with a cold/flu and I'm SO SCARED of getting it. Trying to live separate lives in one house at the moment... my nerves!

I also ended up having a spur of the moment eye test.... realised when I was playing squash that I need to play with contact lenses... So I wanted to go and buy some lenses, but apparently you have to do a new eye test before you can do so. Long story short... My latest transplant has affected my eyesight negatively, and prescription has changed quite a bit. I also need to wear an eye patch on my right eye for about an hour a day to try and improve my very bad left eye! Haven't gotten the eye patch yet, but will hopefully do so today. At least I got to pick really cool new frames...

We also had a great Father's Day last Sunday, with little Adriaan stealing the show and crawling even deeper into our hearts as usual. The day before that Fawn and I had a catch-up lunch with Aviva at a Vietnamese restaurant, which was also really nice.

Other than that things have just been pretty busy with Love Life; Gift Life, and of course preparations for Nationals. I also need to go to the dentist this week as I suspect an old filling is loose :-( I am really not a fan of the dentist! Rather give me any other type of Dr!

Have a great weekend and don't wait for Friday!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Happy birthday to my mom and National Transplant Games

In a month and 2 days' time it's the start of the National Games!!! So nervous!!! My month of diarrhea set me back so much in terms of fitness, but I'm working hard at getting ready! I've gained back more than 3kg of the 6kg that I'd lost, and been exercising regularly and hard. I can only do my best and hope that it will be enough! My biggest fear right now is getting flu or something, so doing my utmost best NOT to get sick. But it's so hard with winter and sick people everywhere :-(

Life's been back to normal since Mauritius. My kidneys are a lot better than before the trip. Will have them tested again on Friday. Yay for the new anti-rejection medication combo! Celebrated 2 birthdays this weekend... Fawn and my mom's.

On Thursday we attended "Dinner in the Dark" in Pretoria. It was a Round Table event to raise money for vision-related stuff (my scientific explanation!). It was very nice and felt like we were eating food from Masterchef! There were glasses that we could wear to simulate various eye diseases... it kind of freaked me out and I think I need to go see an optometrist soon!! I thought not being able to breathe is hard... but not being able to see properly was HORRIBLE.

On Friday morning Talia (lung transplant friend) and I missioned through to Vereeniging for a hospital awareness session at the Medi-Clinic. Always a very feel-good activity. It was so cold in the morning though... really not a fan of winter!!!!

The week ahead will consist of some meetings, work-outs, medical stuff... may they all be successful. Have a great week.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Mauritius Part 3.

On the Friday we headed for Port Louis, the capital city of the island. It's quite a sizable city, and definitely had some Durban vibes. First we shopped at the Waterfront for a bit, and then our guide took us to the Citadel. The views were great, but the rain started coming down hard so we ended up running back to the van.

After that we went to the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens. I had really been looking forward to it a lot, as I'd read great things about it. It was stunning. The gardens were really amazing. We were caught by the rain again, and this time it was quite hard. We were completely soaked, but managed to see the highlights of the gardens. We were cold and starving by that point, so we drove up to Grand-Baie to get some lunch.I've never had a more yummy hot-dog and chips! We also stopped at a supermarket for some sweets and cheap souvenirs!

As you can see from the Apple maps pic, we basically saw the west side of the Island. I had a really great time, and would have loved to explore a bit more. Maybe one day we'll be back there. It's a really special place.