Wow, what a long week this has been. I just got home from my library job after my first full week of working 32 hrs there and as many hrs as I can at our insurance agency (I think I got about 20 this week). I’m exhausted, but I feel great. I’ve started working out in the morning because my new work schedule doesn’t give me much time in the evenings most nights. I have always hated getting up early, but I’ve been doing it for about three weeks now, and it is getting a little easier. I still feel a bit grumpy when the alarm goes off at 5:30, but by the time I’m up, I feel great. So I started my day today with a great run, and then spent 8 hrs at the library. It was a crazy busy day, so it flew by. Just this week, I earned $112 for my new retirement account. Whoo hoo!
My parents were also staying with us this week. My father has Wegener’s Granulomatosis, a rare autoimmune disease that caused complete kidney failure in his case. He has been on dialysis for almost 6 years. His Wegener’s is in remission, but unfortunately his kidney function has not returned. Recently, my parents were approved to begin a new pilot program of home hemodialysis. They will have a dilaysis machine in their house, and my mother will be the tech. This means that they will not have to go to the dialysis clinic three times a week, and even better, it means that my father will be able to have dialysis 6 days a week instead of 3. This will keep his toxin levels lower and his fluid levels will be stable instead of peaking every other day. The training for this program is near where we live, but about 2 hours from my parents’ house, so they are staying with us during the training.
When we decided that we could stay in our current house forever (or for a long time anyway), we knew that we would have to do some remodeling in order to have an office and still have a bedroom for a child – since we do plan to have one or two someday. Our plan was to build a wall in one of our living rooms to create a smaller living room and an separate office. My parents love remodeling. They’ve been buying and remodeling decrepit houses for 30 years, and are quite good at it. So they were excited to help us with our little project this week. My husband and my parents started on the wall yesterday afternoon, and by the time I got home they had several studs in place. We now have a completed stud wall with framing for a door… it makes me happy just looking at it. My parents went home for the weekend, but they’ll be back on Sunday (their training lasts 3 weeks), and we’re all excited to keep working on our new office. We’re thrilled that our plan to be able to keep the house we love (and can afford) is falling into place. And I’m very thankful for my parents!