Desperately Seeking Kidney!
May 5th, 2019 is a day that I’ll never forget. My wife, Dionne, and I had gone to the plant nursery the day before and I was tired. Significantly more than usual. But, it was Cinco de Mayo so I decided that I’d make the effort and wake up early because the plan for the day was to get the new shrubs planted before joining in on the holiday festivities. We were heading out to get some dirt when my cell phone rang. My wife’s doctor was calling me (which was weird, especially on a Sunday morning). She had made an appointment with her doctor because I hadn’t been feeling well. He asked all the normal questions and performed a physical along with a complete blood work-up. To my surprise, he called and urged me to quickly get to an emergency room because my creatine levels were more than he’d ever seen, and he was afraid that I wouldn’t wake up the next day. In that moment, my life changed. I had no idea what creatinine levels were, but it scared me so badly that I couldn’t finish speaking to Dr. Gardner. I handed the phone to my wife and she took all the information down that he instructed for her to take and give to the nearest ER. I was immediately admitted to the hospital, diagnosed with stage 4 kidney disease and had my first surgery so that I could begin peritoneal dialysis a few days after I was admitted.
March 16, 2020
So many people have reached out to me individually for encouragement, donations and possible donor matches since I shared my story on Face Book. I am blessed beyond measures.