December 18, 2007
George Hartman: Husband, father of 5, outdoorsman
George Hartman is a father of 5, a grandfather of 19 and a great grandfather of 2. Peritoneal dialysis (PD) gives him the energy to spend time with his family and do the things he loves. This is his story:
Before I got sick, I was very active. My wife and I had a house up in the mountains…We went hunting. We had a lake I kept for swimming. It was great. Then, it got to be too much for me to keep up so we sold it. I still did the landscaping and gardening at our home. I love working outdoors. I even built my own birdhouses.
As I got sicker, I was tired all of the time. I was always taking naps. It was getting close to Thanksgiving. My family loves this holiday. We all get together and just really enjoy each other. I was feeling so bad I didn’t even want to go to dinner. My granddaughter was getting married on New Year’s Eve. The whole family was looking forward to it. My granddaughter was upset, thinking I wouldn’t be able to attend.
On November 15, I started my PD training. I could not believe that after just one week I could feel so much better. I started raking my lawn. It felt good to be back out working in my yard. I went to Thanksgiving, and everyone kept saying how healthy I looked. The best part was I felt good. My wife and I enjoyed getting ready for the holidays.
The next best thing that happened was I was able to attend my granddaughter’s wedding, and I even danced with the bride.
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