This shawl was made with a yarn cake that is 50% Acrylic and 50% Cotton. The yarn cake itself was made in Germany. The cake was made by a small home business owner. Her “company” name is Little Favorites By Rea. She does have a Facebook page, and a website you can order yarn cakes from.
When my nana was told to begin dialysis, I found 1 person who reached out to me. I met her on a Facebook group. She helped me with EVERYTHING I needed to know in beginning the new lifestyle my grandmother needed. When I had any questions about anything, she was the only one who was straight forward with me and didn’t sugar coat anything.
There is one specific moment that I recall every time I think of her. My grandmother was cramping during treatments for several treatments. We had not been doing it at home more than 4 months at this point. I had questions about how to help my grandmother. It wasn’t the pulling of fluid that caused it. Her blood pressure was above average (normal for her). So I knew I wasn’t pulling off too much, which could have caused dehydration. (Bottomed out blood pressure or a pulse difference of 20 when standing vs. when sitting; is a symptom of dehydration.) This new friend of mine suggested maybe turning up the heat on the dialysate solution. I hadn’t thought about that, but I figured I might as well attempt it to see if it worked. The nurses at clinic suggested a saline push. Which adds extra fluid, and makes her blood pressure even higher. I couldn’t let her blood pressure get higher. It would have ended up very, very badly.
It worked. My grandmother was cramping because she was cold. That was one of the things, I would have never thought to check. We didn’t turn it up completely, but just enough.
The words I can say, will never be enough to thank her for all that she has done.
Green is the color of the Kidney Disease Awareness Ribbon. Kidney disease is what connects her and I. I hope that she will wear it to dialysis to keep her shoulders warm. If she doesn’t, I understand. I just enjoy the thought of her wearing it and knowing she has some one who thinks of her. She was put into my life for a reason. I dearly appreciate all of her help through the journey.
I hope you all have a good night/ day. 🙂