Health Care for Kidney Transplant

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Raised by 112 people in 6 months
I am a match to donate a kidney to my wife, Jeanne.  I asked my employer for 6 weeks off so I could donate a kidney.  The employer decided to terminate my position so I could focus on taking care of my wife.  The loss of income and healthcare before such a major event is devastating.   

Funds raised will be used 100% for healthcare -- the cost of healthcare insurance, payments for out-of-pocket maximum for insurance, and prescription anti-rejection drugs after transplant that are not covered by Medicare or our insurance. 

Currently, we do dialysis at home with the Next Stage System as shown in the picture.  I am so thankful for trained volunteers who donate a few hours a week to sit with my wife during dialysis.   

Dialysis keeps the body alive, but over time toxins that the machine cannot remove build up and cause permanent damage.  The National Kidney Foundation recommends a transplant with less than 24 months of dialysis yields the best results.  Jeanne is at 20 months on dialysis and is on the transplant list at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. 

I want to give my kidney to her soon so the kidney has the best chance of long-term (hopefully 15 - 20 years) of service.
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The kidney donation has been a success! Both Jeanne and Matt are urinating large amounts each day.
The incisions wounds are healing well for Jeanne and Matt with no sign of any infection.
Both Jeanne and Matt are off the prescription painkilling drugs and can focus again.

Matt is expected to make a full recovery in 6-8 weeks with no change in lifestyle.
Jeanne will spend the next 3-months in home isolation since her immune system is compromised by anti-rejection drugs.

Kidney rejection is 10% within the first 3-months after surgery. Pray her body does not reject the kidney.

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Transplant is schedule on Monday, July 23rd. Gave blood this morning as part of the ongoing pre-testing. It has been a long wait, but I have faith it is actually going to happen.
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I just signed the petition, “U.S. House of Representatives: Support legislation to keep dialysis patients insured. Pass H. R. 3976 today..” I think this is important. Will you sign it too?

Here’s the link:
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Yesterday the UMC hospital committee met and approved to be a kidney donor. Yeah! No more testing for Matt. Stay the course on diet and exercise to maintain health according to blood-work tests.

Unfortunately, Jeanne just turned 50, so she is required to have a colonoscopy before surgery can be scheduled. Per health insurance, Jeanne must be 50 to request a colonoscopy. This example is the classic which comes first a chick or egg or in the military a Catch-22 scenario. Based on my own recent experience getting a colonoscopy this will be a 3-4 month process between initial appointment that scheduling surgery. I was a low priority because I had no symptoms or problems suggesting a need to get one sooner. It would have taken longer if I was not a kidney donor. After the colonoscopy, it will be 1-2 month process to schedule the transplant when the Operating Room is available.

Medically transplants in the first two years of doing dialysis have the best results according to the National Kidney Foundation. The existing kidney will eventually shut-down and all urine production stop. Then toxins build up rapidly causing permanent damage. Even if a kidney is donated later, the functionality and performance are statistically less. Jeanne is still producing urine, but it is measurably decreasing. This potential 6-month delay puts Jeanne past the 2-year mark and increases the likelihood that a donated will not function as well. One could argue that this known kidney damage is much more likely to occur than the risk of having colon cancer a 50-year old with no symptoms or problems. This a requirement of all kidney donation centers that is mandatory and is not open to scientific risk management of an individual.

Everyone is pointing fingers at someone else as the person to fix this. Pray for a path that will shorten this time.

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