Hello! It has been a while since I have written an update. Mike has now had his kidney for one year. Today we are one year out from the day of his lung lobe removal. It has been quite a year. We have been able to work together as a team and explore new interests. We have become leaders of a small group with our church. Mike was involved again with Feed My Starving Children. He has also been able to start mentoring at our local homeless shelter. He is working on putting together a bike giveaway and repair program for single moms. Our family has been so blessed by this wonderful gift of a kidney. He can take the kids on bike rides and throw the football with Luke. It has been so fun for our family to enjoy all these fun firsts. We would like to thank you all for your love, prayers, and support this past year. We would not be where we are without them.
Thank you, The Stetzels
May 26, 2015
Hello! It has been a while since my last update. I have been posting most things on Facebook. Mike received his transplant 7 1/2 months ago. Things started off a bit rocky for him. Things are going quite well now. Just yesterday he was able to walk in the Tracey Yeager memorial 5K. He is a bit sore after so much activity, but I am so proud of his willingness to try new things and push his limits. We have returned to a "normal" life and we are working to figure out what that means. We have more time to serve and spend together as a family. Looking forward to seeing what God does with this. Thank you for all your love and support.
Feb 01, 2015
Sorry it has been awhile since I have updated this page. I have done most of the updates through Facebook. Mikde has been home from the hospital for about 6 weeks. Life has been so much better...
Dec 10, 2014
Mike's surgery entry well on Monday. He is recovering well. He took a walk today and sat up in a chair. He hasn't eaten yet but did have a protein shake today. They are thinking the chest tube will...
Dec 03, 2014
They have started on Mike's Indium test. They came this morning and drew blood. They will look at this under a microscope and separate out good white blood cells. They will infuse them with indium...
Dec 01, 2014
Mike is back in the hospital. He has another infection. They have now determined it's coming from the piece left in his lung during central line placement when he received his transplant. This...
Nov 18, 2014
It has been one month since the transplant. We were able to travel to Muncie this past weekend to see Courtney ' s scholarship brunch speech. That was the first time we have been able to go because...
Nov 08, 2014
Mike had his transplant 4 weeks ago today. He is recovering nicely. He has overcome his first infection. He went with me to the grocery today. Pretty exciting to watch him progress each day. Thank...
Nov 05, 2014
Today Mike's infection cultures are still negative. He will be going home. YEAH:) He will continue a course of outpatient IV antibiotics for two weeks at KCH. Please help us pray the infection...
Nov 04, 2014
Mike is still at Lutheran and continues to improve. His heart valves are free of infection. His latest blood culture is also negative for infection. If it is still negative tomorrow we will be...
Nov 03, 2014
Mike has been in the hospital since Friday. He has an infection from somewhere in his body. They haven't been able to identify how he got it but it is internal and not something you get from others...
Oct 29, 2014
Mike got his catheter removed yesterday. Such a blessing. It definitely helps him feel more "normal." We will get a scope of his bladder on Friday to see if it is working normally. His labs are...
Oct 25, 2014
Mike has been home for one week today. It has been a week of mostly ups and a few downs. Mike still has the catheter, but his JP drain has been removed. He is getting around well. His labs on...
Oct 19, 2014
Mike is home now and recovering well for the most part. He was released late Friday afternoon. Once we got home he had trouble making a stream of urine. We went back to Lutheran yesterday and he...
Oct 16, 2014
Mike is doing even better today. He is moving around and not even using tylenol. They were unable to remove the metal shaving from his lung. It was too far down and the tool could not pull it out....
Oct 15, 2014
Today Mike got his catheter out and is moving around well. He is off of the pain meds and only taking Tylenol for pain. He is a trooper. He is going to need surgery to remove a metal shaving in his...
Oct 13, 2014
Thanks to everyone for your prayers and support. We truly appreciate them. Mike is having a bit of a tough day today but they said today is often the toughest. In spite of that he has been setting...
Oct 11, 2014
Mike has successfully come through his transplant. we are so blessed to be surrounded with loved ones and prayers. Thank you for all the support.
Oct 11, 2014
We are looking at a surgery time of 3 today at Lutheran
Oct 11, 2014
Hello! Today is the day. We are checking in at 10:30 at Lutheran hospital. They will do a chest X ray and EKG and some labs on Mike and prep him for surgery early this afternoon. Praise God!
Sep 30, 2014
The kidney on Sunday evening that Mike was offered did not work out.We now know we are approaching the top of the list. We also have living donors that have been calling. We really appreciate all...
Sep 28, 2014
Need some fast prayers! I am SO excited! I have had a donor offer from Lutheran just 30 minutes ago. We are getting ready to leave to go to Lutheran for a chest xray, EKG, and blood work. My...
Sep 25, 2014
As of this morning my change to Lutheran Hospital from IU Health is complete. I got the call this morning to say it is official.
Sep 24, 2014
Hi all. This is Mike. I just wanted to clarify that I do not have a transplant scheduled at this point. We are just trying to be prepared for the (soon to come hopefully) event. I have been on...
Sep 23, 2014
If you are interested in being a living donor please contact Melissa Skalicky at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Her phone number is 260-435-7208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All calls are...
Sep 14, 2014
Mike has been on the national list for kidney donation since June of 2010. We have had the support of our family and friends for the past four years, for which we are extremely blessed. Mike is...