Time is absolutely flying by! I don't know where it disappears to and I certainly don't know how I had time to fit in dialysis before!
I can't pin point all the things I've done recently, spent time with friends and family being the main thing that sticks out. It's just so lovely to not have to watch the clock on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening, last summer I missed out on sitting out in the garden on the light nights something which I am looking forward to this year!
I love looking back on old blogs to see what I was up to this time last year... and if your wondering... I was kind of stressed as I was on work placement, having to juggle that and dialysis and had to have an operation on my arm! I had an anyerism in my fistula and so I it was necessary for me to have a fistulaplasty! A balloon inserted to enlarge the vein! A very painful but quick procedure.
If your wondering... I still have my fistula, it is still a bit lumpy and it certainly continues to buzz! Fistulas aren't normally removed after transplant as it was completed during a surgical procedure and of course I may need to use it in the future as I am more than likely going to need dialysis again in the future.
Anyway sorry to take you back there (trip down memory lane), its just interesting to see the contrast from my life back then to my life now!
Today I spent the day with my neice and we went to a play barn called crackpots! It was great and Abigail had such fun and was laughing away! This evening I am spending time planning some talks I am doing in July I have 4 planned, 1 for Battlefront and 3 from Live Life Then Give Life. The Battlefront one I will be doing with my good friend Sally, I think it will be interesting for her to talk about what she has learnt from me about Organ donation and Transplantation but also how seeing me go through dialysis and a transplant affected her and her view of how I coped etc. This will be done at a school in Bolton in front of 40 year 12 students. The 3 for LLTGL are all at the same school on consecutive days! This will be in front 200 students each day (3 different year groups) year 8,9 and 10 I think! I will be doing these with a fellow LLTGL advocate Carol Beckett, who you can read more about here.
It will be interesting to see how the different talks go and how they differ as I am doing them with different people (different ages) in front of students from different year groups! Will let you know how my plans come together! I'm really nervous about presenting but it will be good practice for me, and I know that if I want to continue campaigning then it is something I will have to get used to and have to be more confident at!
I have lots of things to look forward to over the next couple of months.... will fill you in next time!