I got an Oura ring for my birthday in May. It keeps track of sleep quality and activity levels among other things. It has been interesting to watch it freak out during and post dialysis and it will help me stay objective during my post-op recovery. As an aside, it told when my fever spiked a few weeks ago preceding the trip to the ER My ring told me this morning that I was in a “high state of readiness and that the lighter activity in the previous day has fueled my system”. Indeed; I am in a high state of readiness. Not just physically but mentally as well… not frentic... but a feeling of contentment is a close enough descriptor.
Things are a blur around the house as last-minute prep and packing. Those that know Kenzie know that no need will be left untended for… glad we have a truck. I just reminded Bennett to love on the dogs a bit, next step is taking them to boarding. After that a little cleaning and then drive into OKC. Anna and Dale made it to Tyler Texas last night and we visit with them briefly before going to my folk’s house. I have a Hibiclens bath to do this evening as well as another round of Dulcolax. TMI, I know. Just had some eggs and berries as my last solid meal and will have some bone broth on my drive over on the turnpike then nothing else to Tuesday. Readiness is being proactive as opposed to reactive. This echos Anna’s post from a few days back when she discerned for us the difference between mindfulness and preparedness. Am I ready?
I sense there is a difference between being ready and readiness. Being ready assumes a bit of ownership of the result. You can't really determine if you were ready till after the fact. Where being in a state of readiness is an assessment of your current capability. So, am I ready? Who knows. Am I doing what needs to be done with what I have? Arguably, yes.
Anna Cannington has offered to be part of this program. As a kidney donor with a nephrologist brother (not to mention next level human) she will be able to provide unique insight into "other side" of the transplant process. It is particularly apt for her to join up as she is Dustin's Donor. To schedule a conversation with either of Anna or Dustin just connect with either of us!
Dustin was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy (Berger's Disease) in early 2007. He and his family know well the struggles that come with suffering kidney failure, dialysis and the transplant processes. Born from these fustrations and Dustin's love of strengths-based coaching (centered on what is best in people) comes the Kidney Koach program. This NO FEE program is for Renal patients, their families and nursing staff that want support, understanding and a little help on the path.