Today, in a parking lot I ran into a woman I know who vaguely knows of some of the health challenges I have had these past few years.
She asked very concerned, how I was doing. Usually, I'm fine. Sometimes I'm not though.
Statistically kidney issues are one of the better organ systems to have a problem with- there are more options available, life is sometimes pretty painful and obnoxious- but even still there are a lot worse problems to have.
The biggest problem I have is that I can't commit to things and plan things regularly- I never know if my kidney will be having a bad day, if I will have another infection etc. It can be depressing and isolating. It stinks a lot for the kids because this directly impacts them.
By the same token, rushing around trying to find child care is really hard in the case that I have to go to the hospital- but we manage.
But--- here is that big ole but-- it could be a lot worse. So I'll take it and make the best of it.