Eric, loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle and wonderful friend to many, has been diagnosed with end stage renal failure. We are now in the process of getting on the list for a kidney transplant.
Eric has had Type I Diabetes since he was 14 years old. His diabetes has been well taken care of, he has never been hospitalized due to his condition. Eric was referred to a nephrologist about 11 years ago to monitor his kidney function. In the last 2 years, his kidney function has drastically declined and is now given the option of starting dialysis or going for a transplant in the near future. Eric’s diabetes is still well controlled and is actually even better since receiving his insulin pump, but unfortunately after years of being diabetic and increased blood pressure, his kidneys are starting to wear out.
September 15, 2020
It has been a while since we have updated, well because there has not been a lot to update. A lot of things have been put on hold for us due to COVID-19, just like for many of you I am sure. Eric finally got the call he had been waiting for and he was able to schedule an appointment with the University of Minnesota. He had not been able to schedule this appointment until COVID-19 restrictions were lifted and the clinics in Minnesota could start seeing patient’s again. We were so thankful during this time of wait that Eric remained healthy! This appointment was set for August 3rd, but we ended up having to reschedule due to Eric having been closely exposed to COVID-19. In spite of having such close exposure, Eric remained healthy and tested negative for the virus, but had to wait a little longer before we could reschedule the appointment with Minnesota.
We made the trip to Minneapolis this week to finally complete the testing needed and meet the surgeon. This puts Eric closer to getting placed on the active transplant list for a kidney and pancreas! We have to wait until all the test results come back and the transplant team reviews everything. We just ask for prayers that everything comes back okay and we can move forward with this journey.
In other news about Eric, he was able to fish the Northern divisional in Tower, MN and place 2nd overall and 1st place on the South Dakota team. This gives him the opportunity to fish at Nationals in Alabama in November! We are all looking forward to this! If you don’t know Eric, you probably have already come to the conclusion that he loves fishing just from reading this page. This is something that he has worked hard to be able to get this opportunity for a long time. We pray that he continues to stay healthy and the perfect kidney and pancreas will come at the right time.
So to recap where things are at. Eric is doing good, no major symptoms of kidney failure. He is still in the process of getting a potential living donor with Sanford in Sioux Falls. The trip to the university of Minnesota was to get the list of tests and appointments done so that Eric can get onto the list for a kidney and pancreas transplant. So far, this seems to be the best option for Eric, but we will await all the results and to hear from the transplant team.
March 6, 2020
Words cannot express how grateful we are for each and every one of you! We are so fortunate to have so much support during this time. We want all of you to know how thankful we are for each and every prayer, for the phone calls and texts, for all the kind words, monetary donations, and sharing Eric’s story. It is because of the wonderful people that we are surrounded by, Sanford Transplant is overwhelmed with phone calls from people wanting to find out if they can help. Transplant staff is working extra hours to keep up and to do the best that they can to find a potential donor for Eric, as well as other people in need at this time. This means so much to us! We were even asked if we had put this out on social media or how we got the word out to so many people. How AMAZING is that?!
Eric is still planning to learn more on kidney/pancreas transplant. We are heading to Mayo in April to meet the team at that facility and learn about the possibilities of a kidney/pancreas transplant for Eric. We do not know much about it at this time, but we do know that they wait list for this kind of transplant is longer, around two years, but could be longer. Eric could be in need of a kidney before there would be a match for a kidney and pancreas, which is why the process to find the living kidney donor is in place. Eric could then receive just a kidney from a living donor. At this time, Eric is doing what he can to prevent his kidney function from worsening. Again, we are so thankful to have such a great support system. Times like these would be a lot more difficult without such kind and generous people in our lives. Every gesture, small to big, puts a sparkle in our day. We cannot thank you enough for being a light in our lives.
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March 17, 2020
Thinking of you all!!!!
Bryan, Melissa & Denver Rinehart
February 24, 2020
Keep strong family. You got this bud
February 15, 2020
My best wishes for you, Eric. You're a great guy, and great to work with.
February 13, 2020
Beautiful Fish Eric. Keep the Faith. I received my Kidney Transplant June 10, 2018 from Duke. Never Give up. Help Hope Live was on the Journey with me. Prayers for you and your family...