Author Archives: charmarie221

About charmarie221

I'm married, have more children than is environmentally conscious and a herd of dachshunds. These things keep me busy.

Searching For Normal and Unremarkable….

We are in the final countdown to the nephrectomy.  3 days to kidney removal. 3 days to surgery and a hospital stay and all the unknowns that all of that will bring. How long Michael will be in hospital depends … Continue reading

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Kidney Status: It’s Getting Real

You know, it’s been so long since I blogged, and I’ve had so many conversations of varying length and depth with so many people… I don’t know what anyone knows anymore.  So I’ll just pretend nobody knows much of anything … Continue reading

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Sometimes They Do Say Yes

We got the call yesterday. “It’s UT Southwest, It’s UT Southwest! Answer it!” Riley screamed, running down the stairs after seeing the Caller ID post flash on the TV screen.  I didn’t correct her pronunciation because Mike had already picked up … Continue reading

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Transplant: It’s Not Like In The Movies

I’m discovering that so many things we’ve faced in real life lately have had zero relate-ability in my real life prior to this.  Things like kidney failure and dialysis and transplant. We all know the words.  We all know these … Continue reading

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Round 2

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged on anything.  And by anything, of course I mean dialysis.  What else is there?  I mean yeah, we still have other components in our lives, like school and work and Operation Kindness … Continue reading

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100 Times in 6 Months

When I last blogged about Michael and our journey with him through dialysis, we had just gotten into the rhythm of doing home hemodialysis.  In that blog, I outlined the process that we go through each time we administer dialysis–the … Continue reading

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On Cousins

I grew up as one of 4 siblings.  I’m the 2nd in that set, with an older sister and 2 younger brothers.  Our parents grew up in Indiana. They spent their whole lives in small towns in close proximity to each other. … Continue reading

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