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.
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.
February 7, 2020
Eric has officially been listed on the transplant list as inactive. That means his kidney function is above 20 and stable, he will gain seniority on the transplant list even being listed as inactive. If he was to find a match for a live kidney donor we could still proceed with that route.
We are so thankful for everyone involved in Erics care. They have been so helpful and kind.
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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...