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Update information: April 2, 2019
We have a lovely family member who is willing to give her Uncle a kidney. The University of Utah is dragging their heels for some unknown reason. Honestly, we do not understand and they have put him on the inactive list for some reason. Mike is feeling so awful, is not wanting to eat and energy level has dropped to very little. One of the medications they put him on to raise his red blood cells nearly killed him as he had an extremely bad reaction to it. The doctor made us do it again to prove it was the medication. Go figure. It’s horrible to watch your spouse suffer.
To top off the problems, Mike is in need of a new shoulder. A complete shoulder replacement as it is now bone on bone rubbing together and causing him enormous pain. They can repair his shoulder but going under general anesthesia can cause his kidneys to finish going out and no kidney function at all. Therefore Mike has opted to start peritoneal dialysis asap. This is where a surgeon puts a tube in the area behind your stomach called the peritoneum. It acts as a “strainer” filter to get rid of the “bad things” or toxins that the kidney can’t do anymore. It’s very smart and knows which things are good to keep and which ones aren’t. He can do this at home. He will hang a bag of fluid that will go into the abdomen and as it “washes ” out the toxins it drains into another bag and resembles urine. When the process is done he just empties the bad fluid into the toilet just like urine. It’s a 30 minute process that he does 4xs a day which is about how many time most people go to the bathroom anyway. So we are waiting for the surgeon to call with a time for this surgery, then it takes two weeks to heal. He will then go to the dialysis center in Ogden and be taught what to do and we will be able to do it at home. He also has sleep apnea and we are waiting on a machine for that. Seems like all they have us do is wait and wait and wait. As a wife I am very anxious. I know Mike is too. He keeps to himself as he doesn’t want to worry me but I worry anyway. About what I know and what I don’t know. Your prayers are appreciated and if you are financially able to donate to HELP HOPE LIVE in his name at this website for him we will be gratefully thankful for your caring assistance. Our love to all our family and friends.

November 2018
Michael is in need of a Kidney Transplant as soon as possible. Michael needs a donated kidney and donations to cover the expenses of post-transplant medications and recovery. This includes housing near the University of Utah for 6 weeks following the transplant because he has to see the team on a regular basis daily then weekly till he is released to go home, and transportation to and from the University for appointments before and after that amounts to approximately 100 miles round trip, that are not normally covered by insurance companies.

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September 28, 2019

Mike has been in the hospital with some issues regarding possible blood clots which has been resolved that there were none found. We are struggling to find out what the problems is. He has been sick, weak and shaky. We ask for your continued prayers and faith and if possible, a donation to his Help Hope Live fundraising campaign. It will help us pay for his recent hospitalization and tests. He started out in Brigham City ER and ended up transferred to Ogden Regional . It was a scary time for us and still is even though I have him home and am on 24 hour watch. We thank those who have contributed in the past as it is greatly appreciated and sincerely welcome and are grateful to those of you who feel you can donate again as we need it for the transplant as well as for this recent hospitalization. We love all of you and are thankful for your love and care.

June 4, 2019

June 4, 2019
Mike has started peritoneal dialysis. We had a week of training and then for the past 2 weeks we have been doing it on our own here at home, 4 times a day. We are hoping this will get him back into the university to be able to get a kidney transplant. We appreciate all the prayers that have been sent our way. The dialysis has helped him some. We hope he improves more. Please continue to pray for his success if you will. Thank you so much.

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October 15, 2019

I was just thinking about your family today - love you guys and hope you're doing well!

Sharon Smith

June 19, 2019

Thinking of you all.

Amy Rasmussen

April 9, 2019

Prayer sent.

Carl Walker

April 5, 2019

Mike & LuAnn You know of our love for both of you We think the world of both of you. We pray for Mike and your whole family Continually. May angels attend you! Biggest hugs and prayers.

Charlie & Susan Parkhurst