In late 2012 I became ill with pneumonia which turned into Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. I was on life support and made it thru a 9.5 month hospital stay. I had to learn to sit, stand, walk talk and eat again. However, the only thing that I have not regained is my kidney function.
I work full time, working days to the best of my ability. I do nocturnal dialysis 3 nights a week after work from 8pm til approx 3am. I have been on dialysis approaching 5 years now.
If you wonder what having kidney failure is like....imagine your first time driving a manual transmission. It's a delicate touchy process and sometimes you just sputter out! It requires constant awareness of your fluid intake and diet and It's on your mind from the minute you wake til you go to sleep. Routine lab work is done and used as a dashboard....but even with constant involvement with my medical team I have been in and out of the hospital a number of times since 2012, sometimes costing me my paycheck. However I was blessed by my company and President Obama for the provisions of uncapped benefits via the ACA.
I am listed on the transplant list at University of Michigan, the hospital that saved my life. I believe one way or another they will save/improve it again.
Seeking a living donation kidney is highly recommended as they typically last longer than deceased donor kidneys. However I would be forever grateful for either! I have already reached out to my family and many friends....many have been precluded from moving further for health or other reasons. UM is very selective for my and your well being. I am not asking for you to donate, however if you wanted to try and qualify you certainly may. (Call [phone redacted], reference my name and dob 2/3/81) I am asking if you would consider spreading the word of my website.... kidney4rob.com either by sharing it on social media, adding it to your personal email signature or placing a bumper sticker on your car rear window.
Although I am in Michigan, a donation could come from anywhere in the country. You would be helping me increase the odds of finding a living donation and greatly improving my quality of life!
My direct email is [email redacted]
Thank you so very much,
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