Help Save Mike’s Life!
In January of 2016, my husband Mike Feltner fell extremely ill. At first, we thought it was just a cold; but we quickly learned that he was facing end-stage-renal disease, or kidney failure. Since his diagnosis, our lives have centered around doctor appointments, clinic visits with the nurse and extensive medical testing. Mike has been told that his only chance at survival and a healthy future is to undergo a lifesaving kidney transplant. Hopefully, once all of his evaluations are complete, Mike will be placed on the active transplant waiting list.
March 15, 2017
Well it sure has been awhile since I have posted here! We have had quite a year so far and we are only towards the middle of March! Mike has had three hospital visits this year. His first stay this year was due to his blood pressure. Doctors have had a difficult time getting his blood pressure under control.
His second visit/stay was a difficult one! While Mike was at dialysis on a Monday morning, Mike went unresponsive. After a lot of tests including an MRI we found out that Mike had suffered multiple strokes all over his brain. This has been difficult for Mike to come back from. He has suffered some memory issues as well as his sleeping has been severely off. He spends anywhere between 12-18 hours in bed. He will get up and he is still tired. This has been so difficult for him.
During this stay in the hospital I received a phone call that at this time because of his health he no longer qualifies for transplant referral right now. He has to go 3-6 months without going into the hospital. At that time after being considered “stable” they will reconsider his referral and we will finish the process. This all happened at the end of January beginning of February.
A month later Mike ended up back in the hospital! This time due to an infection in his blood and the perm cath that he has for dialysis. He has a fistula but they still aren’t able to use it because it has to mature. So they use a perm cath in his chest to receive dialysis. We also found out that Mike has a blood disorder that could be a cause to some of his issues that he has. It is incurable.
So to date he has had many diagnosis as well as many setbacks including:
Diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, Renal failure, congestive heart failure, broken ankle on both sides of one foot (not healing), multiple TIAs (mini strokes), and the newest diagnosis is Homocysteine and MTHFR Mutation (hyperhomocysteinemia)
January 18, 2017
Mike has been home since last Friday after another week in the hospital. His levels were high and he was having episodes of shaking again. After a week of adjusting meds they have finally been able to help bring his blood pressure down. He is taking so many meds every day I just can’t believe it. We are still waiting for his foot to heal after the fall and surgery. Because of his diabetes and the neuropathy the doctors say that it could take a lot longer to heal than normal. At this time the doctors for his transplant will not put him on the active transplant list because they say that he is not stable enough. Which is difficult for me to understand because he isn’t healthy because he needs a transplant! So it seems like it is a never ending circle right now. So we are continuing to hang in there and he is doing the best he can. We want the best for him and he wants to be with his family!
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September 14, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mike.
September 14, 2016
MIKE, I JUST NOW FOUND OUT ABOUT YOUR CONDITION AND WANT YOU TO KNOW I'M SUPPORTING YOU WITH PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS OF YOU EVERYDAY. I TRUST GOD TO HANDLE THIS AS HE DOES ALL THINGS. IF I COULD HIT A HOME RUN TO CURE THIS FOR YOU I WOULD BE SWINGING ALL DAY HITTING TONS OF THEM FOR YOU. IF I CAN DO ANYTHING MIKE TO HELP (AND IT'S WITH IN MY ABILITIES) I'M HERE FOR YOU JUST LET ME KNOW. GOD BE WITH YOU AND BLESS YOU MY FRIEND. KEVIN
KEVIN W. WORTHINGTON
June 29, 2016
I love you Mike. We will get through this! Love you,