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Dave Lavinder suffers from diabetes and is now in end stage renal disease. His doctors at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center have told him that he is desperately in need of a life-saving kidney transplant. The good news is that Dave has a good match and is waiting for the surgery to be scheduled.

Dave was a lawyer for 37 years, most of that time in private practice, and 5 years at Mountain States Employers Council. He was not ready to retire, but was forced to take medical disability retirement due to his illness. He is a founding member of Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church and Prairie’s first President. He is a loving father to Kristen and David, and grandfather of Zachary (3) and Jaycee (2). He is looking forward to spending more time with family and friends and having energy to play with his grandchildren.

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February 29, 2016

Dave was released today around 5:00 p.m. He’d been very anxious and ready to get out all day, but there were still some medications he had to be given and more education and instructions about medications once he got home. We also learned today that Josh was such a close match as a donor that he and Dave could have been father and son. As one of the nurses said, “It was meant to be.”

Now we need to be careful about germs. He’ll be watched very closely for the next 3-6 months, and we’ve learned that we’ll need to ask visitors to take off their shoes and wash their hands if they want to come over. He’ll also need to avoid large crowds for awhile, although he may be able to come to church in the next few weeks, depending on lab tests and how he’s feeling. And when we’re given permission, we want to have a big party!

More news will continue to come through this blog as things develop, but feel free to text or call him if you wish. He’s now in more of a position to talk to people. We’ll ask visitors to hold off until later next week, after he’s had his first couple of clinic visits.

Josh continues to do well. We visited the 16th Street Mall today so he could get souvenirs for family and friends in Ohio.

Check out the latest pictures.

Thanks everyone!

February 26, 2016

No new pictures today. Nothing major to report either, just continued rest and healing. It was an almost pain-free day, even with getting up out of bed and walking. The main goal for today was more education about medication and what to expect after discharge (hopefully tomorrow!).

The goal for tomorrow (other than possible discharge) is to get rid of the catheter. He’s really looking forward to getting home, and continues to feel better every day.

Josh is doing well. He felt well enough to wander around the Botanic Gardens for an hour or so this morning, but he was definitely tired afterwards and needed a nap. We’re hoping he’ll feel good enough over the weekend for a short outing to Red Rocks.

Thank you to everyone who has brought us such wonderful food! We’re all gaining weight here. We look forward to sharing with you when Dave is feeling better.

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February 29, 2016

Wow, thanks for the updates! And love the pictures. Very heart-warming, or should I say kidney-warming! So glad to hear that everything went so well and I look forward to seeing Dave at church in the near future!

Margaux Jones

February 29, 2016

Diane, you too are a hero! Love and hugs to you too!

Jerri and Charles

February 29, 2016

We'll be playing bridge again soon!!!

Jerri and Charles

February 29, 2016

So happy to hear! Josh, you did something so awesome that it is impossible to put into words, Beautiful expression of love.