Please Help With Carter's Kidney Transplant

Hi everyone. Thank you for taking the time to hear my story. My name is Carter Miller, a 51 year old Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and hardworking construction operating engineer.

Endeavoring to be the perfect husband, brother and contributing member of society took a sudden and drastic turn about 12 years ago, when I started to feel lethargic and thirsty. I initially thought by drinking more water and getting to bed a little earlier that I would regain my energy and return back to my normal activities but unfortunately, that would not be the case. After continued days of fatigue, dizziness and feeling that there was something seriously wrong, I scheduled an appointment for my GPD. Doctor Winston asked me the standard questions, administered the standard tests and then ordered a set of blood tests that would change my life forever.

The hemoglobin test came back elevated and my urine had high amounts of sugar. It indeed was the confirmation of diabetes.  A sentence that I had feared to hear, a sentence that would entail endless doctor visits, a robust regime of pills(10 to be exact) and an insidious attack on almost all my organs and bodily functions.

My eyesight was first to be affected and while I am not technically blind, I struggle to read, write and drive, especially at night. Other organs became targets as well. My liver and pancreas were constantly stressed and my blood pressure continued to rise. With an elevated blood pressure, the walls of my veins soon became damaged and my kidneys started to fail.

With the progression of my diabetes, I am currently on dialysis. My daily treatment entails about an hour of sanitary prep which then leads to 8 hours of sugar water being pumped in and out of my stomach. The pain I experience during this process is something I don't wish on my worse enemy. The hard pressure exacted on my stomach and the restricting tubes inserted into my body makes it almost impossible to sleep which in turn, impedes my body's ability to heal itself and exacerbates my blood pressure.

Learning to swallow horse size pills for survival is my new normal. I have a pill to lower my blood pressure, a pill to thin out my blood, a pill to help my eyes, a pill for my toxins, a pill for water build-up, to name a few. As mentioned before, I take a total of 10 pills everyday and the doctor doesn't anticipate that will change unless I get a kidney transplant.

Getting on the kidney transplant list is just the first hurdle for my recovery. Finding someone that is compatible and then examining pre/post surgery protocols(based on my current health and body fitness), has limited my options to a mechanical one. 

The mechanical kidney shows great promise. My doctor and I reviewed my options - which included surgery time, anti-rejecting medication, recovery time and organ function longevity and we are hopeful that if I amass enough money in time, that I will have a good chance of recovery and a prolonged life. The big questions being, "IF I can get the money in time?"

Currently the kidney is under development and is slated for human trials later this year. With the huge price tag, I am hoping to raise enough money to meet my 2021 operation deadline. If I do not get this operations by next year, my prognosis does not look good. With my current toxin and blood pressure levels where they are now, I am scheduled to start hemo-dialysis by early November of this year and I will most certainly have to consider inpatient care. 

Yes, my wife, children and nuclear family have been amazing during my medical odyssey. They have helped me confront all the ups and downs with strength, hope and optimism.  Even though I will soon have to go out on work disability, I am hopeful that with a little luck,  generosity and prayers, I will be able to reach my financial goals and continue to live the american dream!

Thank you!

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  • Laura morales  
    • $50 
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Carter Miller 
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Gilbert, AZ
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