A hemodialysis machine, used to physiologicall...

A hemodialysis machine, used to physiologically aid or replace the kidneys in renal failure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well it is a strange day here, I have lost 3/4 of my kids. Last week, my 6 year old started Kindergarten. While I didn’t think it was a big deal, it was.  Now I don’t mean it wasn’t a big deal for Amelia, it was. I didn’t think that it would be for me.  But it was a little strange not having her around.

If you didn’t know, she is my “One Kidney Princess.”  She is the one who spent 2 years on dialysis starting at 1 and culminating in a birthday present that will never be equaled, a kidney transplant.  I don’t want to go into that today, but, It was me who spent most of that time on dialysis with her because Mom had the insurance and had to work.  I didn’t miss many of the 4 day a week sessions in that 2 years.  I have also been the one constantly home with her, and taking her to the clinic and blood draws for the past 3 years.

I was really excited to have her go to school, I think it is a wonderful thing for the kids to go out and learn.  It was just hard to let this little girl out of the bubble we keep her in to go to school.  We have to be careful with her because she takes medication every day that lowers her immune system so that she will not reject her kidney.  That leaves her susceptible to about anything that is being passed around.  We hope that through good hand washing and liberal use of sanitizer we can keep her relatively healthy.

I know she will get sick.  I know that she need to get sick so that her body can get stronger and fight off things, but she will always be able to get sick better than the other kids.

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