MonsterMan's Kidney Fund
so where do i begin... most people know Chris by MonsterMan on the HBIBaja Forum or just Chris from dialysis but he's more than that. He's one of the strongest people ive personally ever met. When chris was 15 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes witch in its self is no big deal. people love with it every day. unfortunatly from gettong sick with high and low blood sugars all the time and being missed diagnosed multipul times chris developed gastoparesis. Having the gastro problems on top of his diabetes led to where he is now. ESRD.. ( end stage renal disease) words no one should ever hear. This came about 7 years ago the doctors immediately put him on dialysis because his kidneys stopped working. For anyone this is devastating news for not only him but his family. Chris has been through a lot in the past years with this, the ups and downs of this disease/diagnosis are horrible. never knowing what if. Fast forward to now 06/16/16 today was a day of new beginnings he went to transplant orientation where he was told he was a candidate for a DUAL transplant!!!!! omg the excitement!!! this means they will give him a new kidney and pancreas. with these 2 new organs he would no longer be hooked to a dialysis machiene 3 days a week or ever have to prick his fingers for blood again! not only that hes at the top of the list!!! even more amazing news because the length of time hes been this sick and needing 2 organs he moved from no where to the top in 1 day.
NOW FOR THE DOWN SIDE!!
chris will have to be in the hospital for up to a week and need constant 24/7 help once he gets home for the first 4-6 weeks post transplant with multipul trips to the city every week for blood work ups med checks and med changes.. this in its self is going to be hard on him. mentall,physically emotionally and financially because as we all know young people on disability dont make a lot of money. the hospital he is going through offers a "hotel" for the patients family and or friends to stay at in the city while hes in the hospital as well as the 1st week out because of the constant need to see and talk to doctors. but its not free.
so here's where i ask for your help..
if chris has ever reached out and helped you in any way shape or form please consider dontating what ever you can and also share this on any page you wish.
also the hospital asks anyone who is willing to just call upmc and talk to them about donating a kidney or blood. with over 100,000 people waiting for kidneslys every year and one about 5, 000 cadaver kidneys avaliable a year it makes the wait abput 4 to 5 years to get a kidney.
and to chris......
we all love you! you are a true inspiration to many people... we cannot wait till you are free of all thoes machienes and meds....
Let's start with that 2weeks ago he broke his femur in half..poor thing has been in so much pain trying to heal from this. He's been making awesome progress since the surgery to fix it tho
Fast forward to this week.. This part is hard to talk about
Chris was put on 3 forms of meds for his blood pressure. The mixture of the 3 cause his heart to stop.....again... Not once not twice but 5 times in one night they had to put a temporary pace maker in threw his neck to keep him alive. Thank god he made it threw again. Unfortunately they think this time something is wrong with the electricl component of his heart so tomorrow he will be transferred from St Margrets hospital to Presby hospital in Pittsburgh for more testing on his heart. Right now all everyone can do is pray for Chris and hope that his transplant comes sooner rather than later.
In the midst of all this when the ambulance was called his phone was dropped and someone stole it so he is without a phone until sprint over nights his phone. Hopefully it will be here tomorrow so in the men time if anyone wants to reach out to him message him on facebook he oils use some cheering up
How do I start...
I received a phone call from chris family stating he had coded and was at the hospital. My initial reaction was to freak out but instead I drove to the hospital where I found out he coded another time.. So scarey... They did some blood work and found out his potassium was 8.6 way too high.
So now he's stable and admitted to the icu receiving dialysis... Needless to say it's going to be a long night
We need prayers and lots of hope.
The dr stated he needs a transplant and fast. Ugh...
So everyone tonight as ur home with ur loved ones hug them kiss them a lil extra because not everyday is a given.
On that note Dr said everything is perfect with his heart and he's as healthy as a horse when it comes to that
He appreciates everything everyone has done thus far.
Hopfully after all this we will get THE CALL
Glad to hear that he has made it this close to the procedure. I'm with you, we don't wish for anyones passing, but Chris deserves this chance to live a life he has not know for Many years. Stay strong brother, and look forward to a life you have dreamed about for a long time !
The last couple of weeks have been crazy, hectic, stressful and rough but I think I managed to get through it all pretty well. I have a great support system in my life which is full of family and friends. I'll get through this on top and now I just need to focus on getting those transplants done! Thank you everyone who has been in touch and helped out with the GFM !!!