Kidney for Katie
She was diagnosed with kidney disease. Since her initial diagnoses, she has under went 2 surgies to have a port placed in her stomach, the first failed. The 2nd was a success and has allowed her to do daily home dialysis, starting at 6:00 AM everyday. She places the medicated fluids into her port, where it sits for 4 hours. She then drains, and redoes this process several times a day; 12 hours each day.
Recently, Katie was matched for a kidney transplant with her cousin, Willie VonFrick. With just 3 months out from the transplant, Willie lost his life in a terrible car accident. With several medical complications, including but not limited to lack of oxygen and the guidelines set by the organ donation association, the family was unsuccessful in retrieving the kidney before he passed. This was a hard family tragedy, but an even harder pill to swallow for our loved one still here. This put her back on the transplant waiting list.
Katie, returned home to Minnesota from Alabama from Willies memorial to extreme pain. After several days in the hospital and a lot of unanswered reasons she was told she was looking at HEMO dialysis. Though Katie will still maintain life, she will loose a lot independence she has fought to keep. Katie has 2 small children, Mariah is 6 and Aiden is 5. Home dialysis has allowed her to work, as well as be home with her children every day. When she starts HEMO dialysis she will then have go to a clinic every other day 6/8hours a day to have her blood cleansed. This will also make her exteremly sick and fatigued the days she is not required to sit in a chair for this process, and unable to keep a full time job.
We are seeking help to aid Katie in this time prior to her kidney transplant, and to get her back on her feet again. We were so close to saving her life already, please help us finish this.
We will never be able to verbally express our gratitude in helping save this Beauty's life, but each and every dollar is appreciated.
We know many people who love Katie or her family may not be able to donate, and we are just as thankful for prayers and healing thoughts on this journey.
Hey I had a really ruff night last night. My anxiety started to set in and I was beginning to feel as if I was not ever going home again. My Chest started to hurt and so they did a EKG and my heart was beating out of rhythm. So I got put on a heart monitor and the watched me for the rest of the night. I only had one other episode while I was sleeping. But they said they really are not worried about it being that it corrected it self right away each time. Even though it was very concerning to me. yikes!!! I had some tests done and my heart is fine . So I'm happy to report that I got sent home today. By surprise! So I'm home now resting. They are going to try and move my dialysis catheter with out surgery by doing different things.I have two doctor appointments. This week so they can still keep a close eye on me. I still need all the prayer and support because this is a long road. That i still have to follow and nothing is for sure. I still cant go back to work for while. So we can make sure that my dialysis is truly working formally again. I feel so very blessed for everyones kind words, support and prayers. You all will never know how much you have touched my heart an life. as well as my family. With love Katie
hey well they were going to let me go home today. and see how i do because i have had one successful fill and drain but I had to do one more and that one was not so successful. I'm just so frustrated and broken. I just want to go home and be with my babies I miss them something awful. Also last night my IV blew while i was getting my last round of IV antibiotics and of course the antibiotic is toxic to your skin so then they had to watch my arm for signs of reactions as if i don't have enough to worry about. So my options at this point. is to try and keep filling to move the catheter away from my right side and get it back in the middle or have them surgical move it but that comes with even greater risks and complications and there is no gaurnte that it wont go right back. or I can have it taken out and start Hemo. We are lighting so hard to keep me from having to do HEMO. I Have had six IV since I have been here. I got a Iron infusion today and also got a EPO shot. Because my hemoglobin is at 7.5 which is super low and I also found out that my creaantine is 8.8 which is way to high and worry some to the doctors. I will keep fighting and you guys keep praying.
Jon and I would like to personally thank everyone who is helping Katie; those who have donated if you would please send us your address via messenger to Jon of myself we would greatly appreciate it. ❤️