Dear Friends and Family,
As many of you know, Steven was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at age two. He has always known that he would one day need a kidney transplant, as he faced the symptoms and complications related to his disease and the need for an intense medical regime since he was a toddler. Fortunately, he has not required treatment.
Through this all, Steven has been the unwavering voice of optimism, the constant source of a smile and a sense of humor. He served a two-year mission with his church, will graduate with an engineering degree next May, and most of all, is a loving husband and devoted friend to many.
July 5, 2012
On 7/3/12, Steven went in for his re-biopsy to see if the rejection has been reversed. It is kind of fun to see familiar faces with the nurses in IRU, and even the transport workers. I really, truly enjoy getting to know people in the transplant community. There are some really inspiring people. There was an elderly couple there. The wife was getting her routine 3-month biopsy right before Steven’s. I got to learn a lot about them, showing them which floors to go to and waiting during the procedures. It’s about a 9 hour day, going to 3 different floors. I got a good amount of a book read, and Steven finished an entire level of Sudoku.
We are SO excited to report that the biopsy results from 7/3/12 show no signs of acute rejection! We were really anxious, because Steven’s creatinine levels shot up a couple days prior. The team said that was concerning, and Steven was a little worried, too. He told me that he hoped this kidney wouldn’t be rejected, because he didn’t have time for another transplant. It was hard waiting for an extra day- since the holiday was the day after the biopsy- but I think the extra prayers really helped! Boy are we so grateful! The lady from the transplant team who called to give us the results stated that the transplant team will still meet next Tuesday to discuss the results, as they like to be extremely cautious when there has been rejection. However, she stated that the physician who performed the biopsy has already talk with the pathologist herself. We’ll hear next week if there are any changes, but I think that it’s safe to say that this has been a great day! I know I said a silent prayer as soon as I heard those words “no rejection” over the phone.
Steven’s been feeling great (now that his anxiety is relieved after getting the results), and full of energy. I need to get used to Steven planning things to do, because before the transplant he just didn’t have the energy to do a lot of extra things. We’ve gone to movies, the zoo, the OMSI museum, and most of all lots of walks. Of course, his mask, clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer accompany us everywhere. 🙂 It’s really been great to see him doing so well!
June 19, 2012
Steven’s next biopsy is scheduled for July 3. We’ll know then what the rejection looks like. Steven is definitely feeling much better. Better color, has an appetite, and more energy! It’s really SO great to see him looking and feeling so well. We have been out for many walks with the weather being nice at least a few days out of the week here. It’s hard to believe that we won’t have better news at the next biopsy, when he’s feeling so much better. At any rate, we are grateful for Steven’s health right now!
Steven’s been very productive too with his activity/lifting restrictions. He has updated our budget spread sheets, created graph charts for his daily vital signs and lab stats, and updated his resume. He has even started studying for the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering)exam in October, which is a credential/certification that elevates your status in the engineering field. What a great guy!
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July 23, 2012
Steven, I talked to Kathy and she brought me up to speed. Good news!!! Now that you are okayed to start doing more...remember, baby-steps. Little at a time. Love to you both
July 7, 2012
Steven, you continue to be blessed and loved by all of your family, friends, and Heavenly Father! Keep up the faith and positive attitude!
June 18, 2012
Steven and Raime: Positive thoughts and daily prayers are sent in your direction. Look forward to seeing you next July at the reunion. Brush up on your Soades skills---I think there may be a game or two. Keep smiling
June 16, 2012
Hey Steven!! Get better already so you can come to Reno!! We are keeping you in our prayers and hoping that this next biopsy will be a positive one. It has to be!!
Tiona, Trent, Carter & Aubrey