Did I yawn when I was young?

It’s amazing how one’s body changes as it ages.   I used to be able to do laundry, hike eight miles, do grocery shopping and clean my house all in one day.  Yesterday, I did one load of laundry, picked up a few items from the grocery store, made dog food, took a shower, made my bed and I slept two extra hours this morning. I’m still tired.

I know some of the exhaustion comes from having a low hematocrit, hemoglobin and red blood cell count from my kidney disease but this is ridiculous!  Some days are better than others. Continue reading

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Be kind to your kidneys

3DScience_urinary_posterior_viewTo be honest I thought I was invincible when I was younger.  I almost never caught a cold or got the flu.  I loved to hike and when I developed degenerative arthritis in my lower spine I was determined to still walk in the woods.  I discovered that taking Ibuprofen really helped the pain.  I took four sometimes as many as six Ibuprofen a day and it worked.  I solo-hiked 500 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 1995, thanks to the over-the-counter inflammatory.

I also had acid reflux and starting taking omeprazole, 20 mg, twice a day. Hooray. I thought I had conquered both irritating physical abnormalities. Continue reading