You Can Make the Difference!
My name is Terry Rondel Carpenter and I need a lifesaving kidney transplant at Oklahoma University and I could use your help. The journey I have been on began when I was only 4 years old. I was diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes, which affects several different organs in the human body. As time progressed, that diagnosis changed my life tremendously. I loved spending time with friends and loved ones around a campfire and working on and restoring old vehicles. I can manage sometimes to a degree, but it is hard to handle the inability to pursue my passion of mechanics.
June 14, 2017
Now things have slowed down for a TINY bit at the moment I thought I would update everyone on the appointment we went Monday at the transplant center, it was for an appointment with the other transplant surgeon. We had to meet with him because depending on when the call comes in both surgeons are prepared and up to date on his case.
If the call comes in during the week both doctors will be in there, if the call for Rondel comes on the weekend the "on call doctor" will be the one performing the surgery. Just a kinda covering all basis thing.
This is the LAST step away from the final decision. When the transplant coordinator went before the transplant committee the first time we thought it was the final decision, but Rondel had to go and have some procedures done to better the chances so to speak, now all the testing and procedures are done and Rondel has been cleared the coordinators are very optimistic that he will pass the final committee meeting on Friday yes this Friday.
Also, not that anything is wrong but the coordinator and surgeons suggest he have 1 more EKG to make sure all is good. (scheduled later this month). He had one about a year ago but being this close being on the UNOs list they want cover all the necessary basis since he is on a moderate risk level due to him being a previous heart patient. But they told its not nothing to worry about.
Once he gets on the list they suggest to all their patients to try to find a living donor. Kidney's are the most needed organ in America.
He has come a long way in the last 5 years when we started this process. No he don't get credit (points) for the first 2.5 yrs but he does for the rest. What I mean by that is you get credit (points) for every year you are on dialysis, for making ALL appointments(not cancelling and rescduling, missing appointments). By making all the appointments scheduled that only shows the transplanation team that the patient is really serious about this process.
I have come to realize that posting these updates has been really good therapy for me at times. I will close for now, and will keep ya'll updated
April 11, 2017
On April 8, 2017 we had the 1st Annual Benefit Golf Tournament and it was a success. We had 16 4-man teams participate. We also were able to get 23 hole sponsors. We would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who participated, volunteered, and donated. We are looking forward to having another one next year.
November 16, 2016
I am praying for you Rondel. Keep the faith and God will see you through it all. Love, your cousin, Alberta
November 15, 2016
I'm praying for you guys. I'll make a donation at the end of the week when my husband gets paid. OK I hope you don't mind I share this page. Hopeful if more people know what's going on they'll help. Love you guys.
November 15, 2016
You are my soul mate, my best friend, and MY HERO. At times life makes you go through some very hard moments but remember never to give up..things WILL get better and you will overcome it all!! And I will be right by your side all the way. Love you