May 26, 2011
We have recently tried something new with our dialysis treatment schedule. John dialyses 5 times a week for about 3 hours. Add another hour for prep and clean up. We usually do treatments three days on, one off, two on, one off out of seven days and it works well. If we have something going on in the evening, we start in the morning, if we have something in the morning, we start in the afternoon. But one thing we’ve never done is dialyze in the evening. I’m not really sure why, but our thinking was that we would be tired in the evening, and we are used to kicking back. About a month ago, it dawned on me that we did absolutely nothing in the evening but sit around. It’s too late to start projects or go anywhere. John generally dozes off and on and after sitting for 4 hours in one position in a recliner . . . . who wouldn’t?! So we now start between 4:00 and 5:00 and are done by 9:00 or so and go to bed. Now if that doesn’t make more sense!!!! The first few treatments were a little strange – we didn’t know what to do with ourselves, waiting until 5:00 to start. It didn’t take long though, and we feel as though our days have been liberated. We still have the option of starting late or early based on our schedule, but it’s opened up a whole new world of daytime activities.
My days of working all night as an artist have long past. When I was in business for myself, I didn’t get much sleep. Working nights was my most creative time! But now, even though I am working for fun, I like working during the daytime hours. The photo is my latest production of what I call my “Dawls”. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and yarn. They become little people and take on a life of their own. I name them and adopt them out. It’s been fun. I wish I would have counted how many babies I’ve made (not what you think) . . . . . but it is probably well over 100 in the last 3 years. What woman in her right mind would do that?! It’s easy, they don’t talk back, they are cuddly and sweet and never grow up. So this is how I will spend some of my new found day time hours.
John loves the computer and reading about just about anything. He’s a curious man with a very sharp mind. He easily fills his day satisfying his curiosities and learning on the internet. We both love being home and feel every day as though it is a “bit of paradise” on earth. We languish over coffee and breakfast in the morning, let the dog swim a few laps (Riley loves the water!) and finally go back into the house and begin our day. It’s easy to spend 2 or 3 hours on the patio in nice weather – it’s usually the heat that chases us into the house. And we still have a full day to do as we please. Why did it take us nearly four years to figure this out?!