I have been diagnosed with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) that has caused many complications, surguries, treatments, rehabilitations and set backs since April 12, 2014. During that time I have been diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease, Acute Right Kidney Cancer, Epilepsy, Spinal Cord Abscess, Mitral Regurgitation, Caveola Vesicle Complexes, Sickle Cell Anemia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Gout, Factor V Liden, Vertigo, and Anxiety Disorder. These diagnoses have led to a Right Nephrectomy (Removal of Kidney), Chemo Thearary and Radiation, Dilaysis 3 times a week (5 hours a treatment), 24 Blood Transfusions, 11 scars, 8 Catheters, Spine Surgery, Bone Fragment Removal of Left Hip for insertion between 5th/6th Spine Vertabrae, 2 Permanet Screws in Spine, Blood Clots throughtout chest, lungs and arms, Fevers, Fainting, Urinating Blood, Hallucinations, Temporaray Paralysis, Uncontrollable Vommiting, Swelling, Seizures, Hives, Physical's, MRI's, CT Scans, Ultrasounds, a Gastroscopy & a Colonoscopy.
All of these adversities forced numerous 911 Calls, Ambulance Transports, ER, ICU, Hospital visits and weekly or monthly stays. During this time I have been with or surrounded by Specialist's, Orderlies, RN's, Resident's and Doctors that have poked, prodded, strapped in and down, given a cane, crutches and walker to walk, wheelchair, drugs, opioids, medications, medications for my medications and more medications for my medications. I have 9 lives + 9 more which each time become more daunting and scary but obtainable. Extremely fortunate to say the least, today is a new battle that is much of the same but a battle that I fight so that today's challenges are tomorrow's answers. I am blessed with all of your friendships, your love and support and thank you more then you ever know. It is difficult to ask for help and need help when for so long I never required or needed so much assistance and aid. I am forever grateful and will continue to give back and give thanks daily. One day at at a time and only one day at at a time...
Many of you are not aware, but our good friend DHALL has been in UCLA Medical Center for the past 2 weeks suffering from complications from his kidney failure. He began to feel ill back around the first week of October but just continued pushing forward with his busy work and dialysis schedule. Complications continued to arise though and after being taken to the ER for dehydration and fatigue, Doctors ran a bunch of tests finding out that many of the cysts on D's left kidney were exploding causing serious pain and infetious fluid to spread through his blood stream and clot targeted areas of his body. This also caused serious vomiting and bleeding which lead to his rapid weight loss.
This past weekend he underwent emergency surgery to install a new catheter, his 8th one, and have the infected lymph nods in his stomach cavity removed. On top of this, he was suffering from a blood infection which caused clotting across his lungs and in his neck. Unfortunately, D's Doctors have shut him down from any activity for awhile forcing him to relax and recover. All of this has taken a toll on our dear friend, especially since he was keeping his declinig health private not wanting to bother any of you. (He just said this is where his best bud Brad B would call him "Stubborn" and asked me to make a note of that for #13.)
He has many medical bills piling up and really needs your love and support at this time. Also, his Doctors out here are very concerned about his ability to receive a kidney in time from the list he is on back East and have asked that we reach out to all of you that might be interested in donating a kidney through the live donor program. He has had 8 different people come forward over the past 3 years, but each were unsuccessful in reaching the % needed to qualify as a match.
Anything anyone can do to assist would help a great deal. Thank you for caring and please feel free to drop a get well message to D. He is resting comfortablly back home and could use the pick me up right now!
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