Kandid Katie

Katie Holland Contributing columnist

October 17, 2013

I hope everyone has gotten that chance to see Gravity by now. I know I did, and I loved it. I actually saw it twice, once in Clinton and once in Columbia, S.C. I had to see it in 3D and Imax, too; it was just too good to pass up. It was almost as good as getting to meet George Clooney, himself. Of course, I could go on and on about that wonderful day in the life of Katie Holland, but I think most can assume it was a pretty good day.

Now, getting to see Gravity was so neat, not only because it was George Clooney up on the big screen, but this was the first film with my favorite star that I had seen with my new kidney. When I was on dialysis, I didn’t let that stop me from going to the movies, particularly with “you know who” on the screen. I saw Ides of March and The Descendants while I was on dialysis, but this time, I had even more to enjoy. Most probably don’t know this, but when you are on dialysis, you have to have extreme control of your fluid count. You have to remember to stay within your limits, which can be as little as 32 ounces a day.

It was a little bit miserable to go enjoy a movie and popcorn when you are limited to a kiddie size cup of soda. Of course, I made the best of it. That is what you are supposed to do, but I have to admit I was a bit jealous of all those who could sit back and enjoy a real soda or bottled water while I was limited due to the fear of drowning over a weekend — seriously, you will have a hard time breathing and possibly face a trip to the emergency room if you don’t control that darn thirst.

But, I didn’t have that problem when I went to go see Gravity. Thanks to my new kidney, I could enjoy myself just a little bit more.

Having my new kidney has opened up a new life to me. You wouldn’t believe what a difference it has made. It is like I have been awakened from a deep sleep. Getting to do these things that most take for granted has been wonderful. In fact, just knowing that I can drink more than 32 ounces a day has been a great challenge. For the first time in forever, I actually have to force myself, at times, to drink more water or fluids to stay hydrated.

Since I am approaching my one year anniversary with my new kidney, I thought I would look back on some things I have really enjoyed this year. I could have reflected on my time away at school, my time with my family and my dog. I could also talk about how many times my mom served my favorite, French onion soup, this year. With my kidney, I really enjoyed that too. I even get to enjoy that big gulp size drink with Mr. Clooney in 3D on an Imax screen. That is what having a new kidney is all about — getting to live.

Thanks to my donor, Felesia, some really smart doctors and, of course, God, I got a miracle.

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