In a Nutshell….

I’m a visual person.  Pictures are always more fun to look at in general, and let’s face it, kidney disease doesn’t exactly scream “OH! How exciting!”  So I drew up a few pictures of my current kidney situation:

kidney diagram
What the kidney does.
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A million nephrons act as filters to clean out the blood, and secrete of any extra waste substances.
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When the nephrons become damaged, they stop working. Healthy nephrons can take on the extra work, but over time more and more nephrons shut down, and soon there is not enough to filter the blood to keep a person healthy.

Kidney function is measured by what is called GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate).  There is an equation that is used based on your creatinine level, your age, gender and ethnicity.  The higher your creatinine level, the more build up of waste that is in your body.  So my kidney function is at 13%.  But please, do not be sad… I was told that I would have to have a transplant 5 years ago, and I’ve lasted this long without having to go that route.  So I really have been lucky to not have had a transplant yet.  Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end at some point, but I’m staying positive and am hopeful that things will always be okay.  My journey through the kidney transplant process has just begun and I am filled with a number of emotions.  Be grateful for what you have, what you are able to do, and the opportunities that are given to you. Remember, things could always be worse. 😉

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden

P.S. Nephrons don’t really look like that.

“What About Lunch?”

Where to begin…  I started a nail art blog but realized that there are so many other things to write about.  I will be writing about a range of topics, whether it be nail art and my favorite nail polishes of the moment, my love for basketball and the Golden State Warriors, or my journey going through Chronic Kidney Failure.  Basically, I wanted this to be a positive blog, filled with interesting stories, beautiful and creative creations/findings, and a blog that can be inspirational to others.  But for now, I’ll leave you with a creation of my own that I did this past week.  As you can see, I got a little impatient with the ring finger to dry.

China Glaze Polishes
China Glaze Nail Polish

For all of my nail art you can search for MissBeadyBabe on Instagram.

I’ll keep this short for now because Winnie the Pooh said it best:

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”