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In 2010, just after a brain surgery to remove a blood clot that was sitting on his brain, our dad, Jamie Warnock, was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease called FSGS (Focal segmental GlomeruloSclerosis). Most patients, when reacting positively to the steroids given as treatment, can have anywhere from ten to fifteen years before needing a transplant. Our father, however, reacted negatively. Through healthy eating and lifestyle changes he has been able to get four and half years out of his kidneys. Those four and a half years have been an upward battle for him. The steroids had him putting on upwards of eighty pounds of water weight at times. He has days where he can’t even get out of bed. He has no longer been able to work since the diagnosis, so saving for this impending surgery has been impossible for our parents.
June 1, 2015
I have an overwhelming feeling of gratitude when I see what has been donated and the kind words left in the “guest book”. We would not be able to do this without all of you.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
Jamie continues to improve. He travels to Billings 3 times a week for his treatments. They are doing a great job! We have no idea how long that may last. It depends on lab results as to what the Doctors feel is necessary.
I have recovered well. I just need to build up my strength again. And, exercise is NOT my favorite thing to do:)
March 18, 2015
From Dad’s Facebook Page…
“It has been a while since I have posted my status, and some friends keep asking me too, so here goes…
I have been very sick for the last month. Dialysis is not cleaning my system like it should be, and the toxins are building up in my body. I went about ten days, where I couldn’t even get out of bed. Phosphorus seems to be the biggest problem, right now. It has the potential of being deadly to me, but for the moment is just causing me horrible itching. (like when I tangled with the poison ivy, in Branson) The Dr. is going to try changing my dialysis again, in hopes that it will help me more. We shall see. If it doesn’t, I will have to do hemodialysis. This means more surgery, to place a port into my jugglers vein, which means more risk for infection.
On a good note, Sandi has been approved to give me a kidney. She is amazing, and how do you ever show gratitude for such a gift? It was difficult for me to agree to taking a kidney from her. Not only because i am worried about causing her pain, but now she will be able to use her kidney donation as a weapon, when we get into arguments. She already has enough ammunition against me, now she will have so much more!!!
We are scheduled for June 2nd, but are trying to move it forward, because of what the toxins are doing to me. I am very nervous for the surgery. There is a 50/50 chance that the new kidney will contract the disease i have. We will be praying for the best results, of course. I am also hoping that the rejection drugs, that I will have to be on, will not cause me more problems. My body did not like Prednisone, when they were trying to heal my kidneys with it. That drug gave me some real bad arthritis, and I went from 170 pounds to 240. I hate being FAT!!! I will have to be on Prednisone for the rest of my life. Hopefully it will eventually be a small dose, and I won’t gain all the weight back. H O P E F U L L Y!!!
Meanwhile, I am slowly starting to feel a little better, other than the itching. I feel like I am getting some strength back, and am feeling a little more positive about things. Just so people know…I am so grateful for my family. It is growing constantly now, and that is wonderful. They are wonderful, all of them. I have a beautiful, kind, sexy, wife! Gorgeous daughters, who are giving me wonderful grand babies! Oh yeah, son in laws…I have those too. Really though, I do appreciate them, they are good men, doing their best to provide for my daughters, and give them happy homes. My Heavenly Father has blessed me well! I may not have good health, but He has given me so much more to me thankful for, than I can ever show true gratitude for.”
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February 25, 2015
You always have a smile on your face. What an example of courage you are for all those around you!!! I feel an awesome love for you and your family. May God be with you at all times through your trials!
November 10, 2014
So awesome to see that the fundraising is going well! Michelle- U of U Kidney Transplant Financial Coordinator
November 6, 2014
You are one of the best people I know and value your friendship greatly. You are a great example for me and I thank you. Wish you the best. Your still uglier than me.
October 29, 2014
Continued prayers for a happy ending to your story! May God Bless you all!
Peggy and Dale Fowler