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+ + HaysFreePress.com MIXlN' IT UP Where does the liquor flow fastest locally? - Page 1D March 13, 2013 Page 1C Onion Creek seniors induct new board BUDA BITS fyou missed the 30th annual membership meeting, auctions and lunch last Thursday at the Onion Creek Senior Citizens Center, you missed the best event in town! Members elected Judi Wolfe, Sylvia Steele, Dick Schnieder and Betty Puckett to serve on the board of directors and the amendment to the by- laws was passed. The silent and live auctions were a tremendous success with Leroy Opelia serving as auc- tioneer (he always makes it fun and entertaining). A noon lunch of "homemade fajitas" was served to a filled room. Combining the live and silent auctions with the lunch, $6750 was deposited to the bank account. A big thanks goes out to all our wonderful members who volunteered time and tal- ents to making the event so successful. The Story of the Kuyk- endall family, who had the largest cattle ranch in Hays County from the years 1902 until 1965. is the latest documentary completed by the Hays County Histori- cal Commission. The i01 Ranchwas located just west of Buda and Kyle. A showing of the film will be held at the Kyle Library on Tuesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. The film will also be shown in the Buda area at a future date. A free Amateur Radio Class (Technician Class) will start Monday, March 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the On- ion Creek Senior Center, 420 Bartons Crossing in Buda. There will be five weeks of classes (March 18-April 15). For information contact Frank Sanders by email at kn8kaz@yahoo.com or call 512-786-8443. Hope all you Buda Bulldogs have marked your calendar for 10 a.m., Saturday, April 13 to at- tend the annual Buda High School Reunion at the "old high school." The classes of 1943, 1953 and 1963 will be honored this year. Another beautiful quilt, which was made by Connie (Conner) Armbruster, Janet (Rylander) Cauthen, Karry (Thompson) Matson and Judy (Thompson) Powell, will be raffled with tickets selling for $2 each or six for $10. There will also be a silent auction and catered barbeque lunch. Anniversary wishes go out to Wanda and Vince Geraci who celebrated their 11th wedding date on March 9. Janice and Kenneth Bigham celebrated their I See BUDA BITS, pg. 3C PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Jim Darling, a patient at Satellite Dialysis Center in Kyle, receives a coupon from Cathy Schuler, a registered dietician. Schuler gives out cou- pons in varying amounts to patients who stick to their diets; those coupons can be exchanged for prizes including socks and blankets. Dialysis patient adjusts to lifestyle changes BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com rI~eee days a week, Jim Darling of Kyle s in a lounge chair for four hours. watches T~, sleeps and some- times visits with others sitting on nearby lounge chairs. In a conversation with a woman in a white lab coat and a clipboard, Darling tells her it's difficult to move his hands lately. He demonstrates, showing her how they won't fully close when he makes a fist. The woman, Cathy Shuler, a registered dietician, gives him a coupon printed on pink paper. It shows the number three. "It would be a five if he had followed his diet," she said. The numbers are part of a points system that Shuler uses to encourage folks like Darling to watch what they eat. They cash in those points for gifts such as socks, blankets and books. Kind of like a dialysis frequent flyer program. A machine next to his chair hums and whirs, little instnunents flashing and spinning. Cords and tubes stick out of the machine and into Darling. Yet his warm smile and easy nature be- tray the severity of his curret~t condition. Darling is on a dialysis machine at Sat- ellite Dialysis in Kyle. He's been on dialysis since 2006 when his kidneys could no longer function on their own. It turns out Darling has the top two causes of renal failure. He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1991, which is one of the leading risk factors for kidney disease. Years earlier, at age 17, he was diag- nosed with high blood pressure- the second leading risk for kidney disease. In October 2011, Darling got the phone call he was waiting on for five years- a kidney was waiting for him. Within hours of that call, Darling had a kidney trans- plant. But it was not the outcome he expected. "It never woke up," he explained. In medical vernacular, it means that kidney never began functioning. So doc- tors removed it. He went back on dialysis. "I'm at the top of the list," Darling said. He said he has not asked any of his three grown children to donate one of their kidneys. For the past seven years, Darling has been receiving dialysis treatments- 12 hours each week. It's almost like a part- time job. Indeed, Darling had to retire once he went on dialysis because it took too much of his time. He worked as a registered nurse for the previous 11 years - it was his encore career, having retired from a telephone company where he worked for many years prior. In an odd twist of fate, Darling worked as a dialysis nurse for a year at a facil- ity in Austin. So he knew what patients went through being hooked up to a machine for hours on end, three times a week. How did he end up in the same type of chair as his former patients? 'I have a real bad problem with denial," he quipped. He also acknowledged the old adage that nurses make the worst pa- tients is true. Yet Darling did lose about 15 pounds since he started dialysis. "That helped re- solve my blood sugar issues," he said. But Daring knows he has more changes to make and habits to break. In talking with Shuler, he mentioned the cookies he bought atWhole Foods. She suggested he bring them to the staff at Satellite. He laughed, his bright blue eyes sparkling behind his glasses. His easy rapport with the staff at Satel- lite is apparent. Light banter and friendly conversation set the tone, even while they take his condition and treatment seriously. "I love the staff. I'm friends with all the nurses and the techs. You really get at- tached to your techs," Darling said. "Your life depends on them." At that moment, Melissa, Darling's tech- nician, stopped by his chair. He explained to her how he gets attached to his techs. She smiled. "We love him. He's mine," she said. "I know a well-run unit," Darling said. "These guys are totally professional. I don't have any problem letting them take care of me." Compared to the center where he worked as a dialysis nurse, Darling said the staff at Satellite gets a lot of support from management. He also said he knows he has to "get with it." "I'm at the point where I can't func- tion. My feet are fine, but my hands are killing me," he said. Does he have any advice for those with diabetes? The typical answers - watch the "1 love the staff. I'm friends with all the nurses and the techs. You really get attached to your techs. Your life depends on them." -Jim Darling, dialysis patient weight, diet, exercise - all the things Dar- ling hasn't been able to make himself do as well as he knows he should. "It's time to get out and start walk- ing," he said of his own situation. Except making that happen isn't as easy as he would like it to be. "I get home and I feel washed out, just low energy," Darling said. Darling said his own three grown children are con- cemed about him. "They encourage me to eat healthy. They cook healthy," he said. He paused. "Sometimes it's difficult." Yet he knows how important the stakes are. "I want to be here for my grandldds," Darling said. He is on the list for a second trans- plant kidney. Of course, getting a kidney requires someone to donate one, either through an organ transplant program or through an organ donation program. Darling's last kidney came from a 26-year old man who perished in an accident. That's all he knows. And so he waits. Darling lives with his significant other, Becky, and she is very supportive. But he is also her primary caregiver. "I do the cooking, the dishes, house- work, shopping- she doesn't drive. Doc- tors appointments..." A loud siren blares from Darling's ma- chine, signifying his time is up for today. "That's a really welcome sign," he said. canna lilies IT'S ABOUT THYME Thpe canna lily, once a opular landscape plant, as returned this season as a garden favorite with the Introduction of new, exotic leaf colors and flowers. Cannas are not true lilies, but are closely related to the family of gingers and bananas. Con- sidered tropical and subtropi- cal, they perform well in Hays Countylandscapes, providing a dramatic touch to our gardens. Flower colors range from red to yellow and orange. Modem varieties exhibit larger flowers than older culfivars. Breeders have also added striking leaf colors that contrast well with the flowers. Cannas need at least 6 hours of sun to perform well.Asleep in the winter months, they return with the warmth of spring and flower throughout the smnmer. They are traditionally cut back in the fall af- ter the first freeze or frost. Alayer of mulch will keep their roots warm throughout the winter. Some newvariefies to look for:. Australia: deep burgtmdy, black foliage with magnifi- cent, large scarlet flowers. This cultivar can grow to 4 to 6 feet in height and doesn't fade with the Texas sun. Pretoria-also known as Ben- gal Tiger, this cultivar has green and white striped variegated foliage with hot orange flowers. Popular with the hummingbirds! Average height - 4 to 6 feet Pink Sunburm - this dwarf canna grows to 3 feet and has red, green, and white variegated foliage with large, pink flowers. Cannas also work great as container or potted plants, a great way to add color and ac- cent to patios and entryways. For those who grow water gardens, cannas easily adapt to an aquatic environment. Question: Do you know of a safe way to get rid of snails and slugs in my garden? One of the oldest techniques is to leave out a few saucers of beer. Slugs and snails love beer so much that they wind up drowning in it. Snail and slug bait with metaldehyde has been used for years but is unsafe for children and pets. The good news is that there's a new snail and slug bait on the market that contains iron phosphate. This is safe for kids and pets, and sim- ply becomes plant food when all the slugs have been killed. Question: Any suggestions for heat tolerant summer annuals? Top of the pops on mylist are purslane, moss rose, and vinca. The first two are called 'chismes' in Spanish, which means gossip.., and it's true that purslane and moss rose do indeed spread like gossip. They also tolerate a lot of heat and drought. V'mca grows a little bit taller and comes in a world of colors.Vinca also has the added attribute of being deer resistant. Happy gardening everyone! If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to iathymeCQ/a- boo.com. Or mail a postcard to lfs About Thyme: 11726Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 umav. itsaboutthyme.com HEALTHCARE DIALYSIS WELLBOUND Meeting the individualized needs of kidney patients since 1974 LLIT LE and Accepting New Patients Hours of operation: 5:00 am to 6:30 pm M-F Call us for a tour: 512.268.3100 Located at: 134 Elmhurst Suite 100, Kyle, TX 78640 www.satellitehealth.com