April is Donate Life Month!! Make sure you have your license reflect your preference for donation, or make your wishes known to your loved ones. You can also donate while you are still alive, by donating a pint of blood or a kidney. You don't have to wait for someone you know to need it, you can donate altruistically, to a stranger in need! Think about it!
Wow! 72% raised! Y'all are phenomenal! But I have two follow ups in San Antonio this year and have to pay those expenses. Oscar is doing very well and is recovering nicely. His family has become puts and we are so enriched spiritually by their presence in our lives. I want to thank everyone who has helped us, you are our heroes. Have a lovely spring wherever you are.
I want to wish everyone a very happy new year! Tomorrow marks one month since the transplant, and I'm very happy to report that Oscar is doing very well. He is required to stay away from public places because of the immunosuppressants he is taking to prevent rejection of his new kidney. We miss him but we hope he continues to do well with his recovery. Mine has not gone smoothly but I have a wonderful family helping and supporting me all the way. It's wonderful to know people care. I wish all dialysis patients knew someone cared enough to donate a kidney. Please don't forget to make your wishes known to your loved ones if you wish to donate the ultimate gift. We thank you for all your help to us during my convalescence. God bless you all.
Good Friday to you all! Bob and I are home and I am recovering nicely. Oscar is still held up in San Antonio. Nothing alarming, just medication evaluations and rest that he needs. His family is doing well and eager to come home. Our journey is not over though. We need so many more people to step up and donate. You can live a normal life and a normal lifespan with just one kidney. I think it's marvelous that this particular organ is redundant and can be sacrificed to save another persons life!
It's extraordinary! Please share our site, share the Facebook page for the University Transplant Center, and make your preference for organ donation known to your loved ones. Thank you all. And a very Merry Christmas to everyone!
Good Thursday morning! Today is the first week "kidney-versary" of the transplant. Oscar and I have been discharged from the hospital but have not yet been cleared to travel home yet. Consequently we are stuck in hotel rooms away from our homes. I am away from my sweet children, Sterling, Donovan and Stephanie for another week. My heart is heavy from missing them. Oscars lab values have come to more manageable levels and his blood pressure has come down enough for the doctors to know that his new kidney is functioning very well. Of course, I wasn't there for the actual surgery, having been under the knife at the same time, but I have been told the kidney started working before they finished "sewing him up". Hallelujah !!!!
Please continue to share the site and let people know how wonderful it is to give a new lease on life to someone. Thank you all. Love you ---Patricia
Oscar and I went to the OR on Thursday Dec 5. I am we'll, Oscar had a rough time not being able to eat or drink until he was able to "pass gas". However his new kidney is performing admirably. His family is very thankful for your generosity in helping us to get here. We still have two months of bills to pay and need your help. Please share our site. Thank you
Good Morning all. It's day 2 of transplant week and we are moving right along. Bob and I got here Sunday evening (phew, that was a long drive) and saw two doctors and my nurse advocate yesterday. Oscar will be on the road today and have his preps and instructions tomorrow, with one final dialysis session in the afternoon. I want to thank Amigo Kidney Fund for paying for our gas to get here, and the IHG corporation for the discount rates at the hotel. We are truly blessed by all the help. We fell short of our goal but we will get through it anyway. The site will remain open until the follow ups are over or the bills are paid--whichever comes first. Thank you all for the help and support. Have a lovely day.
Today I had the last of my bloodwork done. It's on its way to San Antonio for processing. I want to thank all of you who have given so much to us, but I also want to thank Our friends and family who have continually encouraged us, Oscar and his family for opening their hearts to us, my boss and co workers who are covering for me in my absence, Bob's boss and the other substitute teachers and Aides who will be covering for him, and even Facebook friends whom I've never met who have shown love and support and have shared our site over the last two months. We are not finished yet! Please continue to share this on Facebook and encourage others to do so. And don't forget--you too can be a donor by making it known to your family, and noting it on your drivers license. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
I got my final pre op instructions from UT San Antonio yesterday. My advocate, Carmen, has been an amazing help, answering questions, taking calls at all hours, being very supportive. We are hoping to get together with Oscar and family sometime soon before the surgery so my kids can see him and meet his family. We are still far from our financial goal, but we will continue taking donations until our goal is met or even exceeded. Remember, if we go over, the extra will be given to the Amigo Kidney Fund, to help other families like us. Please keep sharing our link and thank you all for the encouragement .
Two weeks to go! We are almost halfway to our goal. I will be posting from my bed after the surgery and when I'm home recovering. We still need a lot of help to reach our goal, but we are so very grateful we've come so far so fast with your help! Family, friends, and even strangers have been so very generous. Won't you share our link one more time to help out? Thank you all so much. I'm tense, excited, scared, happy all at once! It's hard to know how I feel at any given moment. I do feel a bit lonely too. After all, it's not every day you have an organ removed. Pray for us both my friends.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Tuesday. I'm so blessed to be working for the IHG corporation. How wonderful to be part of this team of wonderful, loving, giving people. From the team I work with at the Hotel, my fantastic, supportive boss to the people giving o our fund to help us out, who've never met me or Oscar but still have love in their hearts for someone in need. May everyone be as blessed as I! Have a lovely day my friends!
Hello, friends! We are rapidly approaching the day we have all been waiting for. I do admit to some fear, trepidation and stress regarding not only the surgery but all the preparations we have to make. For the time being, Oscar is feeling better and trucking along in court. He has a big case coming up and needs our prayers for continued health. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to our fund and ask that you share our site with everyone you can. Have a lovely Sunday.
Dear friends....Oscar is feeling so much better after his transfusion for his anemia. He had a great day yesterday and rested with family today. What a blessing it is to know he is back to feeling healthy. We still have a long way to go and only a month to get there. Please continue to share, pray and donate to our fund. Any and all contributions are welcome. Thank you and Bless you always.
We can't thank Harmony School's staff's generosity enough. They have challenged each other and encouraged each other to help us in our time of need. One of the parents is even going to care for Donovan during our absence. We are so blessed! Please continue to share our site and spread the word about the need for donors. If only one more donates, we will feel we have helped. If you have O Negative blood you can become a donor for almost anyone, so don't be shy, or frightened. It only takes a blood test to see if you are compatible with someone who needs you in order to live!
A little over a month to go before we leave for San Antonio. In the meantime we have two birthdays here at our house. My two youngest boys turn 14 and 12! So much of life ahead of them. I hope I can set an example of love and strength for them to carry on into adulthood. Please continue to share our story with others.
What a great day it is today! Barring any unforeseeable difficulty, the surgery has been scheduled for Dec 5!!!!! Our prayers are answered!
Please continue to share so we can be finished with fundraising and concentrate on getting Oscar well. Thank you all for all you've done! It really is going to be a merry Christmas!
Oscar has been in the hospital this week because one of his kidney cysts burst and he became toxic and his blood pressure went way up. Please be in prayer for him and that we can get this surgery scheduled and done so he can be better. I'm so sad for him, but I have hope we can do this soon. Keep sharing and spreading the word and praying. Thank you friends.
Good day to you all. I want to take this time to thank Bonnie Thompson for her donation. So generous of her to give to our fund. Oscar saw the Drs last week and when he's feeling better he will share with us his news. It was a hard trip for him to make. I'm so looking forward to a time when trips like this are just fun for him and his family. Please continue to share our site and lift us all up in prayer.
Until next time......
Mr Jorge Sanchez was kind enough to tell us his story. It is touching and informative. I am so happy one of our own town heroes was able to find a new lease on life through this program at UT San Antonio.
"I was diagnosed with ESKD and began dialysis. I had been listed for about 1year and during a clinic visit I was called from University Transplant Center in San Antonio in March of this year. I had retired from EPFD and 10 days later is the moment I got the call. My wife and I flew the same day to the center and 7 hours later I woke up in the ICU with my new lease on life! I could not have been more blessed of this GOD given gift although a young person was the donor. My family and I are so indebted to that family but their loved one lives through me. I feel as though I was being rewarded for my service as a Firefighter for 36 years to the people I have helped. Hope this makes sense. Thank you for listening."
Please Continue to share this site. We are already so close but we still need more help. Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Yesterday was exciting, but we can't stop now. We still have a few weeks before the surgery is to take place. I know together we can accomplish our goal . If youre like me, you think back on how many times you've wasted $1 here, $5 there, and didn't think anything about it. Today, think about donating it to help someone in need and know for a fact, it won't be wasted. Have a wonderful weekend!
We've had a wonderful outpouring of love and support from the school the kids go to and where my husband works, harmony School of Innovation! I also had an interview with a terrific reporter, Chrisdyann Uribe, from Kfox news here in El Paso. She read my blogs and came to talk with me. I thank God for all the love, the giving, the sharing all of you have done! Oscar is in San Antonio talking with the transplant team an I wish him well and pray he makes it home safe. Keep sharing!
We are reaching far and wide to achieve our goals. Money is not the goal. Making Oscar well, giving other kidney patients hope, getting the truth out there so others will donate are the ultimate goals. Money is merely a means to an end. It's what makes the others possible. Please keep sharing and praying. And if you've a mind to, become an Organ donor. All it takes is a willingness to give hope to someone in need. Have your drivers license reflect your wishes, find a website with a printable card you can carry in your wallet or donate while you still live. It's a hard decision but it feels so good! Have a lovely day!
Many of us come on tough times, and we survive them. My sister had breast cancer, she wasn't a victim, she was a survivor. I've been homeless and felt hopeless, but I'm not a victim, I'm a survivor. My hope is that by Christmas Oscar can say, I'm not a victim, I'm a survivor! Share our story and our need and spread the hope!
Hello again! Many of you have shared our story with others to spread the word about Oscar and our wish to help him. Today I want to talk about you. Did you know that you an live a fairly normal life with only one kidney? I have been seeing surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, lab techs, etc and tho worst part is that I have to give up table salt. To save a friends life, I can do that. I believe I am strong enough, loving enough to do so. All I ask today, is that you think about it. What are you willing to do to save someone's life?
Good evening everyone. Wow, this has been a day to remember. Congress notwithstanding, our pledge to work towards healing for Oscar has never been stronger. Any amount helps, $1, $5, $10.....anything. And you can remain anonymous, all you have to do is request it and I will make it so. No one need know but you and I. Thank you for your support!
Heard from Oscar this morning that he had his dialysis today. I want so much to hear he never has to do that again. Please continue to share our link with everyone you know, so we can make this happen. You have done so much, don't stop now! We love and appreciate you. Thanks!
Lovely dinner with friends yesterday lasted three hours. We all have such busy lives, so I'm glad it only takes a moment to share Oscars story and help us achieve th goal of giving him a new kidney without going deep into debt. Thank yo to everyone who has helped so far. If we raise over our goal, the excess will go to the Amigo Kidney Fund to help others give.
We are having dinner tonight with Oscar and his lovely wife to connect with them about the upcoming procedure. He will be meeting the doctors at UTSA next week. It's scary, exciting, wonderful, all at the same time! Keep sharing and spreading the word!
I spoke with my awesome boss today. She is giving me all the time off I need and giving me my job back when I'm ready to return to work. Unfortunately, I've only earned one weeks paid time off. I need help with the rest. Thanks to all of you who shared and/or contributed!
Please understand that Oscar's expenses are covered by his insurance. We are raising money to pay our expenses while away from home for the transplant. We have received such an outpouring of support, love and friendship it's almost overwhelming, and very humbling. Thank you all.
I'm touched by your generosity and the love that has been shown to us this week. Our prayers are being answered and our hopes realized. Please continue to share around and encourage others to donate to someone in need.
It's official! My files were presented to the transplant committee and they okayed me for kidney donation. A date is tentatively set we are just waiting final approval for that from the recipient. This is happening!
Thanks everyone who shared our site. We have faith this will happen with everyone's help. We may have to get our friend a whole box of thank you cards !!!!!!! Keep sharing the site and letting others know our story.
Our dear friend of 40 years is in end stage renal failure due to PKD, or poly cystic kidney disease. He has been waiting for a kidney for over 1 1/2 years. His family did not match, his friends were not compatible. I am compatible as an O negative, universal donor. I have undergone extensive testing to verify my health is good enough to undergo the procedure. I feel as if I have given a gallon of blood, gallon of urine and a lot of free time for X-rays, ekgs, CTs, etc. all this has been paid for by the recipient's insurance. The procedure, however, must take place 500 miles from home. We will have to arrive early for final testing, and classes in nutrition and post op care. The majority of our time will be spent in a hotel room prior to surgery and for 7 days after. We applied for assistance only to be turned down. We need your help to cover expenses in the hotel, the food we need to eat and the transportation costs to get there and back. I will also be out of work for more than a month after for recovery. The lost wages will be covered by donation only. Bills still must be paid, house payments are still due. Please, we need your help to make this happen for our dear friend.
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