Post 1713: moving slowly…

I’ve had a busy week. Dialysis two days, of course, and two doctor appointments. It may seem no big deal, yet it left me knackered! To give you an idea, yesterday was a birthday lunch with friends. I got home around 10:30 AM, sat down, and fell asleep! I woke up at 7 PM, having missed lunch. I watched a little news, then promptly fell asleep again till 3 AM!

(That’s me sitting in the doctor’s examination room. Dougy’s curious about when he will get kitty food.)

I hope I’m back on track by tomorrow! 

37 thoughts on “Post 1713: moving slowly…

  1. Hopefully missing a meal or two didn’t hurt any of you. Xena would never have let me sleep through her mealtime (definitely a schnauzer thing), but Lucy would have just curled up next to me.

  2. Sometimes meals come quicker when the tail switches! Wow, Mr. Doug, maybe you’re turning into a cat! I think humans would feel better all the time if they slept as much as we cats did!

    • I think there is something to that. As a university student with classes in the morning or at night, I got in the habit of a nap in the afternoon many days. For years after (even now!), I feel like a nap in the afternoon. Now that I’m retired, I can take that napo, and I feel much better for it!

    • I generally feel pretty good, regardless of the medical issues I face. Of course, I have some of the usual old people issues – nasty knees in particular, but not so bad I have to take pain medication. That’s a plus. I refuse to take opioids, and any pain if have can be handled with a one time couple Tylenol tablets!

  3. I can understand your problems Doug.
    Especially the sleep farce, I’m a member of the Nottingham Farical-sleep Appreciation Society, you know! Hahaha!
    Good luck Sir. Cheers.

    • They pump at the rate of 400-450ml per minute. The average human has 4.7 to 5.5l of blood. They have me on dialysis for four hours straight. If it weren’t math at 2:52 AM, I’d figure out how many times the blood is circulated through the machine in the four hours! It is exhausting!

        • Mostly I watch the telec=vision. I prefer to tune in the movie channel or news, but sill settle for the food channel if there’s nothing of interest on the other two, or the animal channel if the programming isn’t about abused animals. I’ve tried reading, but it puts me to sleep. The recliners are comfortable and the sedat and back have electric heating. Plus, I have a blanket to put over me. The unit is kept coolish for the benefit of the nurses and aides since their smocks are made from an unwoven fabric that causes them to overheat otherwise – it doesn’t “breathe”! Sooooo,,, I get pretty sleepy in all that warmth and comfort, not a problem when I’m watching something I don’t particularly care about as a way to pass time. I sometimes nod off, though that isn’t a good thing since it is important to have awareness of what’s going on while in treatment. Plus, if I accidentally pulled a line out…bloody hell!

  4. No wonder you’re tired ! Unfortunately the part you slept through was the fun part ! Take care of yourself and the Kitty Boys .
    (WordPress is insiting I create a username, but I’ve been here often , commenting as Mary McNeil.)

    • Interesting. It’s been years since I created my blog – right around nine – and I don’t recall that requirement back then. The unfortunate “weggieboy” is what I used then and am stuck with now. That was how I learned people mistook it for “wedgieboy” because they are ignorant of the origins of the former (Wegener’s granulomatosis, a vascular disease I have) and think only of “wedgies” (where you yank someone’s underwear from behind, causing distress to the bullied victim, something I’d NEVER do!). It’s too late for me to change it without losing 97% of the followers of this blog, I suppose, besides the tagline “surviving retirement with two cats” serves to clarify the purpose and thrust of the blog!

      You are right about the fun part. I especially am upset l=missing this one because we were celebrating yet another one of our group hitting the magic milestone age of 70. One thing good about getting together as a group (other than good food and company) is that we truly love and enjoy each others company! It is a great joy having friends who go back (for me) as much as 69 years, but “only” 58 at the least. Lots to celebrate there1

  5. Don’t worry about it! My only advice would be to make sure that you don’t put any excess weight on, a mistake I made when I was taking painkillers that made me sleepy all the time.

  6. Doug I think the long winter has worn down a lot of people. I’ve been knackered myself since last Saturday, sleeping much more than usual. People don’t realize how doctor appointments especially can take a lot out of you. So I wouldn’t feel like a slacker I made appointments for next week, I’ll probably get tired all over again, especially after chasing Milk to get her into the carrier for the vet. That alone would do it LOL.

    • No kidding! Sometimes I just lean over and pick them up, other times they go into hiding and I end up chasing them around the place. Yes, it amazes me how tired things like doctor’s appointments wear you down. They tell me a dialysis session is like running a marathon. Having never run a marathon, I can’t say, yet sitting for four hours hooked up to a dialysis machine does leave you worn out even though you spend it in a comfortable recliner with a heated seat and back and have a television that swings into place for your amusment and to spend the time!

      • Thankfully your dialysis center sounds much nicer than some I’ve encountered, but yes your body is getting a workout, even though not with arms and legs. Lucky for us the frequency of cats purrs has been shown to promote healing.

        • I’ve experienced dialysis in three hospitals and two dialysis centers. I live in a town of roughly 9000. The dialysis unit at the local general hospital is better staffed and more pleasant than any other four others! (One includes a university hospital in another state…) I was very pleased when I first arrived back in town for my first dialysis session at the local unit and learned how nice it is and how the staff to patient ratio is nearly 1:1. In the others, it was more like 1:4, but nearly all the others were commercial operations supporting hospitals’ or care centers’ patients’ needs.

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