Dallas, TX

Well I’ve been in Dallas, TX  for three weeks now and it looks like I’ll be here 2 more weeks. I’m actually staying in Mckinney, TX with my sisters. They’re a fun bunch. I’ve been downtown Dallas and to the Dallas Museum of Art. They have the Diego River and Frida Khalo exhibit right now. I also went to the Grapevine Mills mall with my nephew. It’s been 15 years since I was there. I took pictures and had fun.

 I had my vp shunt reinstalled not replaced. It was too embedded in my brain to have it replaced.  The doctors didn’t have to shave my head but I do look like I have a worm stapled to my head now.

I went in Thursday because that’s when my surgery was scheduled. As I was packing to stay the night, I got a call informing me that if I got to the hospital sooner than 3 o’clock they could get me into surgery. So my sister and I raced down to Dallas to meet their deadline. 

I got there and everything went so fast. I got stripped and stick with needles asasp. It was as if they were waiting for me. This has been the nicest hospital I’ve stayed in and the staff were amazing. There was only 2 staff members that were either rude or stupid. 

As I was being put to sleep there was a nurse with an amazingly creepy and yet soothing voice that saw me off to La La land and as I was waking up there were 2 very caring male nurse that made sure I didn’t have to wake up by myself; one of them even held my hand as I started to become more coherent. 

As I was waking up, my brother and nephew came to see me. That was nice. The doctors and nurses gave my brother all the important information and he stayed with me until I was fully awake. 

Spring Break!

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Ask me what I did for a Spring Break. ..go on ask me? Anybody?  Anybody?  Ok, here we go.I spent the weekend in 1 of Amarillo, TX ‘s two glorious medical resorts in a beautiful spacious room with a bathroom the size of a handicapped toilet stall and a window overlooking the Amarillo skyline.
The environment was sterile and updated; I loved how comfortable the bed was,the sofa pulled out to make anothet bed which was quite convenient for my sister to stay with me and a recliner with wheels for important people or visitors to sit and discuss vital information.
The staff was beautiful and greeted me with a smile every hour on the hour which prevented me from getting a good night sleep and it was even better how polite they were when sticking me with a needle while giving me mediocre service.
But of course I’m talking about a hospital. Being in the hospital for me is like being in a vacation resort without tipping the service and a swimming pool.In and out of hospitals is just part of life. Like my disability, it’s part of life. I didn’t plan on being in the hospital for Spring Break it just happened. I was just going to sleep, clean and may be do a little shopping but unfortunately it didn’t happen that way. I had to be admitted as an emergency case because of hydronephritis (one kidney becomes swollen due to failure of normal drainage from the kidney to the bladder) which could have lead to renal failure. My kidneys have never gotten this bad before especially with all the stuff I put them through, It’s a miracle I’m not on dialysis yet. With all the poking, proding and medicine I was given I started looking and feeling like a drug addict. I feel a lot better now that I know why I hadn’t been very comfortable the past few months. This little ordeal has taught me a lesson or two. Take better care of my kidneys, go to the bathroom when I have the urge and now be more appreciative of my family because if it wasn’t for them I probably would’ve gotten worse.