My Morning Routine

My morning routine is usually very languid. I sleep until I wake up and decide I don’t need to sleep anymore. Unless we have something scheduled, that’s usually around 9-ish. Then I say a “good morning, God” prayer, get out of bed, and shuffle to the bathroom for my morning relief. Usually, while I’m in there, I’ll brush my teeth and wash the sleep sweat from myself, and wet and fluff my hair. Then it’s back to my bedroom to weigh in for the day and get dressed. This usually takes from fifteen to twenty minutes, give or take. By half past getting up time, I’m usually ready for my half-an-hour-before-food pills.

Then, for that half hour I have to wait for my pills to kick in before I can eat, I get my breakfast ready (usually coffee mixed 50/50 with milk, with a side of fruit juice; my stomach rebels at solids first thing in the morning). I bring that back into my room and read my scriptures while taking my morning dose of nebulizer Albuterol. The Albuterol and my scripture chapters usually run out about at the same time, which is time for me to check my blood sugars and then have my breakfast.

After breakfast, I have to straighten my bed (which shifts away from the wall every single night), sift the litter box, sweep the floor, and wash my breakfast glasses, then set up the rest of my daily fluid allowance: two 14 ounce flasks that have to take me through to the next morning. It’s about enough fluid to take all my pills, with a little extra left over for a treat!

Then, my housekeeping done for my room, I can settle in to write, read my emails, and be sociable online. Or, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I can put on my numbing cream and think about what to bring for lunch to dialysis.

Tomorrow morning, however, my routine is going to be tossed aside for the opportunity to go for a walk with my sister-in-law in the very pretty park we have. It’ll still be dark and cold, though, but I’m looking forward to it anyway. 🙂 I’ll be bringing my portable oxygen tank, of course, and my cane to help me keep my balance, but I’m still looking forward to making this a regular part of my routine.

Ask me tomorrow if I’m still looking forward to doing it on Tuesday ….