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Further Recovery from Kidney Donation

I am sitting just about four weeks after my Kidney donation to my daughter. Although my recovery has been pretty good so far I am always wanting to push harder and it is my wife and duaghter that are holding me back, well until last Monday that is.

On Monday I went for a follow up with the surgeons that do the kidney surgeries and the doctor said I was healing well. So I started thinking of when I would start exercising again. It didn’t go as well as I had hoped.

I wanted to ride my bike – No

I want to start going to the gym – No

I want to start running – No

So the story is that although I am feeling good and healing well, the stitches on the inside still need to heal. I can not feel the healing but if I push too hard I can tear the stitches. So better safe than sorry for sure.

The doctor in fact says that the best thing I can do is getting some walking in and be very careful not to put any stress against my core muscles

So What Can I Do Now?

So here I am trying to get healthy and heal. I have only walking to give me exercise which is fine. I have been finding that I can walk for 30 to 45 minutes at a time. Trouble is that if I walk too far I feel really tired and have to rest for a while.

Just as I expected in the first place the healing is going to take some time but as the same time I know that I have a bit of an insight on limitations.

I don’t often feel like I have limits, but right now I seem to have a lot of limits. I will just be taking my time to heal, doing my best over the next few weeks to walk a lot and then slowly ease back into my exercise routine as my stitches heal.

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Epley Maneuver for Vertigo and Balance Problems

A few months back my wife Michelle had to go to urgent care with my daughter. This tended to be a fairly regular occurrence for us pre-transplant for my daughter and hopefully not much in the future.

On this visit though Michelle made a comment offhand to the ER doctor that she was getting a lot of dizzy spells and she might be back as well.

The doctor perked up, asked a few questions, did a couple of quick tests and then told Michelle how there was likely something in her ear causing a couple of the bones from moving correctly.

inner ear bones


The problem that Michelle was happening was that she was feeling dizzy a bit all the time but especially when using her phone.

When scrolling through Instagram or Facebook do you get dizzy? This may be a problem that can easily be fixed

Then we got to learn about something called the Epley Maneuver

How To Do the Epley Maneuver

This video is a great example of how to do the Epley Maneuver

This is a great video. These guys are kinda funny but we can learn so much from this method.

If you are suffering from dizzyness like Michelle was, then doing this for a few minutes at a time for a few days can really unlock those bones and make you feel better.

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Stress Management In Easy Steps

Some level of stress is unavoidable in life, but we don’t have to feel stressed all of the time. We can often prevent stressful incidents and decrease our negative reactions to stress. In fact, many times all we have to do to reduce our stress is to acknowledge that it is there. But in many areas of our lives, there are certain steps we can and should take in order to manage stress effectively.

Managing time

Time management skills can allow you more time with your family and friends and possibly increase your performance and productivity. This will help reduce your stress.

To improve your time management:

  • Save time by focusing and concentrating, delegating, and scheduling time for yourself.
  • Keep a record of how you spend your time, including work, family, and leisure time.
  • Prioritize your time by rating tasks by importance and urgency. Redirect your time to those activities that are important and meaningful to you.
  • Manage your commitments by not over- or undercommitting. Don’t commit to what is not important to you.
  • Deal with procrastination by using a day planner, breaking large projects into smaller ones, and setting short-term deadlines.
  • Examine your beliefs to reduce conflict between what you believe and what your life is like.

Build healthy coping strategies

It is important that you identify your coping strategies. One way to do this is by recording stressful events, your reaction, and how you cope in a stress journal. With this information, you can work to change unhealthy coping strategies into healthy ones – those that help you focus on the positive and what you can change or control in your life.


Some behaviors and lifestyle choices affect your stress level. They may not cause stress directly, but they can interfere with the ways your body seeks relief from stress. Try to:

  • Balance personal, work, and family needs and obligations.
  • Have a sense of purpose in life.
  • Get enough sleep, since your body recovers from the stresses of the day while you are sleeping.
  • Eat a balanced diet for a nutritional defense against stress.
  • Get moderate exercise throughout the week.
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol.
  • Don’t smoke.

Social support

Social support is a major factor in how we experience stress. Social support is the positive support you receive from family, friends, and the community. It affirms to you that you are cared for, loved, esteemed, and valued. More and more research indicates a strong relationship between social support and better mental and physical health.

Ways of thinking

When an event triggers negative thoughts, you may experience fear, insecurity, anxiety, depression, rage, guilt, and a sense of worthlessness or powerlessness. These emotions trigger the body’s stress, just as an actual threat does. Dealing with your negative thoughts and how you see things can help reduce stress.

  • Thought-stopping helps you stop a negative thought to help eliminate stress.
  • Disproving irrational thoughts helps you to avoid exaggerating the negative thought, anticipating the worst, and interpreting an event incorrectly.
  • Problem solving helps you identify all aspects of a stressful event and find ways to deal with it.
  • Changing your communication style helps you communicate in a way that makes your views known without making others feel put down, hostile, or intimidated. This reduces the stress that comes from poor communication.
  • Use the assertiveness ladder to improve your communication style.

Anybody can get stressed. You don’t have to have a high powered job or any job at all. In fact, being unemployed is stressful in itself. Whether you’re the mail guy, the CEO, or the average parent, stress is going to affect you from time to time. How you deal with it is what counts.

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