April 21, 2022 – Newsletter 14

What’s Happening at Garden Court 

When my caregiver JP was coming into the building, the ambulance was there for a tenant. As she came up, she told me that it was the tenant across the hall that was for the tenant. The EMTs were here. When it comes to the need for medical attention, I am grateful for the EMTs. Whatever the reason the tenant needed their help and took her to the hospital, I hope they will be okay. Another tenant was watching from the hallway. I am not fond of gawkers for medical aid helping a tenant, but I’m not sure if this one tenant was curious or was seeing that help came for the tenant. 

Prayer 

Prayers are needed for a couple of tenants. The ambulance and EMTs came for a tenant this morning and was taken to the hospital. I do not know many people here yet, so this tenant is not known by name and face, yet. There is one tenant I do know who does need prayer as well because she is in the hospital. She is a friend’s neighbor next door. Also, please for me as I have one more treatment for the week (Saturday).

Our Daily Bread 

Gratitude on Earth Day 

Gratitude on Earth Day | Our Daily Bread (odb.org) 

My Utmost for His Highest

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Scripture of the Day

Exodus 34:2 9 NIV

29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.

April 20, 2022 – Newsletter 13

What’s Happening at Garden Court 

For the first time tonight, I left my apartment to visit a neighbor and old friend of mine. Her name (initials only) DC. I went down to her place on the first floor, and we visited for a couple of hours while watching TV. I had a wonderful time. I have known DC since we were little girls and going to birthday parties and to camp for the disabled and handicapped at a place called Camp Wawbeek (that is how Easter Seals spells Waubeek for their camp). We watched and listened to the news on channel 5 at 5:30 PM and 6 PM, Wheel of Fortune at 6:30 PM, and a couple of comedies titled Young Rock, and Mr. Mayer, and a show titled This is Us. I left at 8:30 PM to come back up to my place to relax and go to sleep while watching Law & Order SVU. I had a fun tonight.

Magic’s Corner 

Mommy came home from dialysis, and I was sleeping in the bedroom. I did not hear her come home. We had company for a while. First, Mommy’s caregiver came to put groceries away and make sure she had her lunch, then my Auntie JM came to fill her medicine dispenser and visit for a while. Today was a lazy, sleepy day for me. I did not even know mommy left to visit a neighbor for a couple of hours because I was sleeping in my bed in the bedroom. I have a couple of favorite places to sleep. When Mommy comes home from visiting a neighbor, I was right there at the door waiting and meowing for attention. 

Bible Scripture of the Day 

John 13:14 

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 

Our Daily Bread 

Love is Worth the Risk 

Love Is Worth the Risk | Our Daily Bread (odb.org) 

April 18, 2022 – Newsletter 11

Garden Court

What’s Happening

Today, while I was waiting for my ride downstairs, I talked with a couple of neighbors. A neighbor, DC, M, my friend JS, and I spoke for a few minutes. I have known DC since we were younger and went camping at Camp Waubeek. We were not in the same group, but we stayed in the same cabin. Also, when I was younger and attended church with my grandparents, I would see DC while we were taking communion. Anyway, DC and I exchanged numbers and have spoken a couple of times. She wanted to know if I wanted to go down to her place to watch TV with her, but I just sat down to watch more Law & Order: SVU, get online to work on my newsletter and relax. I promised her I would get together with her tomorrow night. 

Even though the lobby is open again, I rarely see tenants sitting down there when I am waiting for my rides to and from dialysis. When I sit and wait for my ride, I see tenants have a cigarette or take trash/recyclables out to the dumpsters or take their dogs out to do their duties.

My Talks with Jesus

Dear Jesus, 

I would like to thank you for your hand in guiding my podiatrist on what to do regarding my right foot. I am glad that it is not a cyst as well; happy that the x-rays showed the doctor that whatever it is, it is not serious. I will keep an eye on it and get back to the doctor to get my toenails on my left foot trimmed in a few weeks. My toenails were long and grotesque; now, they are shorter and do not need to be hidden. 

My Diary

My Life in Words

My Foot Diagnosis 

I am not a doctor, and I cannot make a diagnosis about the bump on my right foot, so I went to my podiatrist at SSM Health/Dean Clinic today to have an official diagnosis. I will not deny that I have been a little scared and have had thoughts of losing my foot, and on Saturday, I saw a dialysis patient’s left foot that looked normal with only two toes, and that made me think of my foot and what will my podiatrist’s diagnosis be.  

The doctor did look at my foot and said it was not a cyst. He told me what he was planning on doing while he looked at my toenails on the left foot and trimmed and filed them. The doctor ordered x-rays of the right foot, and when they were viewed, I was told that there was nothing serious, but he wanted to keep an eye on things. I will make an appointment to have him look again and trim and file my toenails in a few weeks. 

April 16, 2022 – Newsletter 9

Jesus with a lamb

9 AM 

Dear Jesus, 

A lot has happened this week. I do not remember the last time I prayed and asked for your help. I am guilty of not praying enough. I do not want to be like Cain and his descendants. I do not want it to be too late for me. I’m already freaking out about my right foot having that bump on it, and my appointment is at 2 PM Monday. Anyway, to get back to Cain and his descendants, I must admit that a lot has gone on this week. I have been hurting emotionally about what happened Thursday afternoon. I need to talk to you about it, but I want to finish with Cain and his descendants first. I have read that if anyone killed him, the curse you put on him would be seven times more. Even his son Lamech killed a man, and he was as angry as his dad and yet boasted. 

I hope I am not like that to you, nor do I want to be like Lamech. I will turn away people like him, and I do not need that in my life. I do not want it in my life. If I am like Cain or his descendants, please guide me in the right direction, and I will listen and see. 

A few minutes ago, I said I have been hurting. I have had one of those weeks. I cannot tell a friend the truth without her going off on me. Then she  texts me that I do not understand her being sick, and we cannot be friends because of that. She wanted her key back, so she did, then I got my key back. My boyfriend’s mom has told me that I was being used and did not need a friend like that. It is the words my now ex-friend used that hurt. I will admit that I am glad that we are not friends anymore. It is her anger that frightens me.  

I will talk more later. Love, Kristi

Praying Hands

Prayers

I have an appointment on Monday about a possible cyst on my right foot. Because I am not a doctor, I will see my podiatrist at 2 PM to have him look at it, see what it is, and get an official diagnosis. Thank you. 

Bible

Scripture of the Day

Psalm 23:1-6

1 The Lord is my shepherd; shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. 

Our Daily Bread

Not So

Not So | Our Daily Bread (odb.org) 

Hello and good evening. What a wonderful day today despite the cooler weather of what we can say is a mixture of winter and spring. I believe that Mother Nature does not know what she wants to do quite yet. I currently feel impatient for warmer weather, even though it is only April. I sure do not want any more snow, but I believe we could still get snow because I live in Wisconsin. It is only April.  

Today, after dialysis treatment, I got home and relaxed by watching a sermon and listening to kids singing their choice songs praising God. My friend JM came over after work, and then KB and his mom came over after church to have worship with me and sit and chat. JM was in Louisiana this past week and talked about her trip and other topics of interest. I do remember it has something to do with prejudices in the lives of us all. 

My Tuesday

My Diary

Today was a good and fair day. I cannot argue how my day went because it was not bad. I do not usually have trouble getting up early, but this morning was a little rough. I got to where I needed to be for a while and back home at a reasonable time to do what I enjoy doing, loving on my Magic Kitty because I know he missed me, and I sure missed him. I do not like leaving him, either. 

A black cat paw that is not Magic’s

Magic’s Corner

Magic Speaks

I am always happy to have mommy home from dialysis. I did not jump on the walker right away, but as soon as she sat down chair, I was giving her kisses, and she was giving me kisses. Mommy and I have time together, and we focus on each other. I love mommy, and she loves me. My birthday is in May, and I will be two years old. 

Mommy Speaks 

Magic is learning not to scratch furniture, not bite, and let me into the apartment when I get in from being out at an appointment. I rarely leave my apartment outside appointments. I get out at least one or two times a month. Magic loves me, and I love him.

Garden Court

What’s Happening

I got home from dialysis, and there were a couple of people in the lobby, a tenant, and L the maintenance man. I asked L if he could help me with the elevator. He did help. Thanks, L (even though you will not read my newsletter or blog). I got in just fine with a black kitty cat waiting by the door, and I could get in without getting caught by the doorknob. 😊 

My life at Garden Court has been better than at Burbank Plaza for the past three to five years. I do not mean to talk ill of my former apartment living, but it is true. My apartment at Garden Court feels like a home more than a one-bedroom apartment. Whenever I use my bedroom 😀. 

Garden Court has opened the lobby. It was closed because we had tenants who were either suspected or confirmed cases in the building. It is nice to see tenants coming and going again because the lobby is quiet otherwise. Also, because of how the apartment building was built, voices echo while out in the hallway. While in my apartment, I cannot hear any voices or noise from the lobby. I do not hear tenants and other people walk in the hallway. I remember that last week we did have an emergency cord pulled, and that was on the seventh floor, and I heard that at 3 AM. I hope the tenant will be okay. 

Since I moved in, I have seen a couple of tenants move out. I have learned that happiness needs to be found again, which is what these former tenants did. I had to move in to be happy again myself.😊

April 7, 2022 – Newsletter 5

Diaries

My Diary 

My Life in Words 

Today the weather was cloudy when I had awakened. When I left for dialysis, it was sprinkling, and when I left the clinic, it was still yucky out and still sprinkling. At least it was doing that instead of pouring down rain. The chance of it raining was a 20% chance. I manage with the rain, but it can be a challenge because the wetness of the rain and chilly weather, (seasonal) make them ache, and I deal with pain at times at a threshold of 0. Today was one of those days. 

With that said, I have to say I am looking forward to warmer weather. With the seasons changing, it still feels like winter in the morning. In fact, remembering how Saturday’s weather turned out, you would think it was winter in Wisconsin, not spring at all. We had a light snowfall for a while that later turned into large snowflakes, and the sidewalks and streets were full of slush and very wet snow. On my way to my nail appointment Monday morning, I saw a snowman in someone’s front yard with little snow around it. It looked like the snow around the snowman was used to make it. It is time for the weather to warm up. I want to say goodbye to winter for the year. 

Two days ago, was my dad’s birthday. He is 80 years old now. I texted him a happy birthday. I get a text back from him saying thank you, and on top of that, he said that he was getting to the point where he does not want to be reminded of his birthday. As we get older, we wake up to another day and that is it. I am going to be 52 this July, and I do not expect much from family or friends myself. If I get something, I do, or do not get anything, it works for me. I can see my dad’s point. 

After getting done with dialysis, I got home to relax and watch Law & Order. Today my balance is off for some reason, so I am doing my best with what balance I have. My body aches a little bit because of the chill and rain as well, and I feel drained. I do not feel energetic at all this evening. Tomorrow looks more promising to be a better day. I think, also, that dialysis wiped me out as well. 

Bible

Scripture of the Day 

Genesis 24:12-14 

Then he prayed, “Lord God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See I am standing beside this spring, and my daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that I say to a young woman, “Please let down your jar that I may drink”, and she says “Drink, and I will water your camels, too”–let her be the one chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know you have shown kindness to my master.” 

Prayers 

Please continue to pray for MK and her family, my upcoming appointment on the 13th of April. Please pray for an upcoming benefit on the 23rd of April. I also have a foot appointment on the 18th of April. Please pray for a friend of friend’s family who just lost their son yesterday at 5. My caregiver told me this. An ambulance took a dialysis patient to the hospital this morning.

​Our Daily Bread 

Real Hospitality

Real Hospitality | Our Daily Bread (odb.org) 

Magic look-a-like

I do not like it when mommy leaves to go to dialysis. I want to go with her to protect her. Because I love her, I want to be with her.  

I still have my box mommy calls a ‘fort’ in the living room. I love it. I even made a window by chewing on the box. The other day mommy was trying to throw treats in the window but failed. The important thing is that she tried.