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All I did today was some cleaning and walked/ran 4+ miles. Back and biceps and cleaning tomorrow.

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Today's workout-Circuit

Smith Machine Curl

4 sets of 20 repetitions

Smith Machine Pullup

4 sets of 20 repetitions

Decline Situp

4 sets of 20 repetitions

Cable Pullback

4 sets of 15 repetitions at 25 pounds

Flat Bench Dumbbell Press

4 sets of 12 repetitions at 55 pounds

Boxing

4 sets of 60 repetitions

V Pushdown

4 sets of 12 repetitions at 60 pounds

Reverse Dumbbell Curl

4 sets of 12 repetitions at 25 pounds

Dumbbell Military Press

4 sets of 12 repetitions at 30 pounds

Treadmill

3+ miles

Since I blasted my legs yesterday, I took it easy on the treadmill. Four and a half miles per hour. Including my cooldown, it took 45 minutes.

 

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Wednesday-Legs

Yesterday, I did legs. Wow what a workout! I worked with a trainer for about a half hour in the morning on Sumo deadlifts and front squats. As many of you know, I have just started to do squats and deadlifts. I also had done spome cleaning in the morning, as with almost every morning. I finished the day up by working the rest of my leg exercises by myself. In all, I did 32 sets. Since I did not do legs last week, due to our Orchid Society show, I am sure sore this morning and I have circuit today. In any case, here is yesterday's workout:

Stretch Upper Back

3 sets for 30 seconds each

Stretch Lower Back

3 sets for 30 seconds each

Roll Legs

Leg Curl

4 sets of 12 repetitions at 35 pounds

One Legged Press (to warm up)

4 sets of 20 repetitions at 25 pounds

Sumo Deadlift

Sets of 12 repetitions at 65, 75, 75 and 85 pounds

Front Squat

Sets of 12 repetitions at 65, 75, 75 and 85 pounds

Stand on Bosu (for balance)

Sets of 1, 2, 3 and 6 minutes

Leg Press

4 sets of 20 repetitions at 340 pounds

Dumbbell Calf Raise

4 sets of 20 repetitions at 20 pounds (2 20 pound dumbbells)

Kettle Bell Sumo Squat

4 sets of 20 repetitions at 45 pounds

 

 

 

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Salisbury Steak

 

Salisbury steak
1 pound ground venison
1 egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup thinly sliced onion
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup beef broth
2 tsp powdered beef bullion 
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

Directions

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Form into 8 balls, and flatten into patties.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the patties and onion in the oil until patties are nicely browned, about 4 minutes per side. Remove the beef patties to a plate, and keep warm.
Sprinkle flour over the onions and drippings in the skillet. Stir in flour with a fork, scraping bits of beef off of the bottom as you stir. Gradually mix in the beef broth and sherry. Season with seasoned salt. Simmer and stir over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, until the gravy thickens. Turn heat to low, return patties to the gravy, cover, and simmer for another 15 minutes.



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News Article, The State Port Pilot, Southport, NC, February January 30, 2013

(posted on-line February 1, 2013):

 

Anonymous kidney donation creates more than one 'lifetime bond'

By Jason Tyson, Staff Writer | Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 11:47 am

 

It was through an incredible act of generosity that two people’s lives were changed in a hospital last November.

Before the fall of 2012, Melanie Roberts and “Pastor George” were complete strangers, unbeknownst to each other, but soon to be united by a common thread: one was looking to donate a kidney and the other needed one urgently.

Roberts, 34, originally from Lexington, is a UNC-Wilmington graduate with a degree in chemistry. She is also a mother of twins and a resident of Boiling Spring Lakes. While working as an operator at Duke Energy’s Brunswick Plant at Southport last year, she made the decision to become a kidney donor, after careful thought and consultation.

“A lot of people give of their time or money, but at that point I didn’t have much of either and I was looking to do something to help another person in need,” she said.

Roberts was no stranger to the procedure of organ donation. She had struck up a friendship with Samara Kuhn, a Southport resident and teacher of Roberts’ children for several years at a private school.

Though Roberts had given blood as a teenager, she was ultimately inspired to donate her kidney, after not only hearing about Kuhn’s similar experience, but going through it with her.

Kuhn had donated her kidney a couple years ago, traveling to Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital to have the procedure done.

Kuhn had heard that her friend’s brother needed a kidney, and it turned out she was a match.

“When I was pregnant with my youngest child, when I lived in Brazil, my brother went into kidney failure,” Kuhn said. “Later when my friend Monica’s brother Jeff went into kidney failure, I felt like it was my turn to lend a helping hand.”

Roberts experienced this with Kuhn first-hand, accompanying her to Chicago to be there on Kuhn’s donation day.

That was a huge influence on her own decision; she felt if she had a healthy kidney and someone needed it, why not look into it?

So nearly a year ago, Roberts began her research. “I know it’s not for everyone, but I just felt in my heart it was the right thing for me to do,” she said.

Roberts was in luck. Duke University Hospital had just started an altruistic kidney donor program. She felt that Duke would provide her with the support and guidance she was looking for. She called and asked if they wanted one of her kidneys.

“The process at Duke University Hospital was amazing,” Roberts said. “The entire procedure was very well organized and the staff treated us wonderfully. They made me feel comfortable throughout.”

She also had to convince her then-boyfriend Eric, a Southport resident, as well as her friends and family that it was the right decision for her. “Eric knew that once I decide to do something, my mind is made up,” she said.

First there was the battery of tests, blood work, consultations and an in-depth physical. Hospitals need to ensure you and your kidney are healthy enough for the transplant.

According to Duke University Hospital, there are currently 90,000 people in the United States in need of a kidney transplant, many of them on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list. UNOS reports there were 23,362 total organ transplants performed from January to October 2012, Melanie’s included.

“So after all the tests had checked out, they called me in March of last year and said, ‘We have found a match for you,’” Roberts said. “But it eventually somehow fell through. That person was no longer a candidate for a transplant. You never know why, and I was kind of disappointed.” Again, Roberts waited. “In September, Duke called me again. The person on the phone said, ‘We found another match for you; are you still able to donate?’”

Roberts’s excitement returned. She traveled to Duke with Eric. Her childhood friend, Apryl Roland, came over from Winston-Salem to meet her and document the event.

The process took three days and two nights. “I just remember the care they showed. The nurses gave me a kidney-shaped pillow they had all signed,” she said. “I was only on pain-killers for a few days and went back to work within a few weeks.”

But there was something else Roberts wanted to do, something she said she felt compelled to do.

Roberts’s recipient, whom she refers to as “Pastor George” in order to protect his privacy, is indeed a real pastor from the Raleigh-Durham area.

Donors can choose to give anonymously, but Roberts said she knew during the process that she wanted to meet the person on the other end, provided it was something the other party agreed to.

A meeting was arranged to coincide with Roberts’s return to Duke for a post-op follow-up. “Eric was signing in for us, and we were supposed to meet in this conference room set up by the transplant coordinator, but when I saw them in the waiting area, I just knew. So I went over to them,” she said. Hugs and tears were exchanged. Gratitude was felt, followed by more tears of joy. Melanie, Eric and Apryl met Pastor George, his wife Viola and his son “Little George.”

The strong bond of a friendship, created by two people who had previously been total strangers, was made.

“This gave Viola and ‘Little George’ their husband and father back,” Roberts said. “No more daily dialysis, no more waiting.”

The effects of Roberts’s gift had been far-reaching, impacting more than just Pastor George’s personal health.

Because Roberts acted as an altruistic living donor and through a paired exchange process, her donation allowed two other people on the UNOS list to receive a kidney through donor exchanges. “I am just in awe about all that has happened,” she said.

It’s not surprising that the transplant was not the end of the connection between Roberts and Pastor George. Going through the process had brought Eric and Melanie’s relationship closer. It had elevated it to a new level.

They felt they were supposed to be together. So they decided to get married. Actually, they decided to elope.

“We had picked out this spot in Durham we liked, and we eloped there, on November 23, 2012,” she said.

The officiator of the small ceremony was none other than Pastor George.

“It was actually Eric’s idea. He said, ‘How wonderful would it be to have Pastor George marry us?” she recalled. “(Pastor George) said it would be an honor to do it, after we had counseling sessions.”

Roberts said she hoped she could help raise awareness of the process and procedure of becoming a donor, provided it’s right for the person considering it. “Obviously, we didn’t do this for the notoriety. Its just something that you feel in your heart to do. It was just the right type of thing for me personally.”

“The more people that know that you can have a normal lifestyle, that you can make a difference in someone’s

life ... it’s an opportunity to do something important with something you have,” Kuhn said.

Roberts has long since returned to her job at the Brunswick Plant, and she talks to Pastor George and his family regularly. “We talk or send messages every few weeks,” she said. “We have this strong bond now that will never go away.”

You can view Melanie Roberts’s transplant journey on YouTube, under “A Journey Through Kidney Donation.” To learn more about organ donation, or visit

http://www.kidney.org/ http://www.unos.org/

 

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Monday-Chest, Shoulders and Triceps

Today's Workout:

BB Bench Press

1 set of 12 repetitions at 90 pounds (warm up)

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 120 pounds

BB Incline Bench Press

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 120 pounds

Dumbbell Flat Fly

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 45 pounds

Dumbbell Decline Fly

Sets of 10, 11 and 12 repetitions at 45 pounds

Dumbbell Military Press

1 set of 12 repetitions at 35 pounds

2 sets of 12 repetitions at 30 pounds

Dumbbell Front Raise

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 25 pounds

Dumbbell Lateral Raise

3 sets of 15 repetitions at 15 pounds

Cable Pullback

3 seets of 15 repetitions at 25 pounds

Inside Rotator Cuff Stretch

3 sets of 20 repetitions

Outside Rotator Cuff Stetch

3 sets of 20 repetitions

Dip

3 sets of 20 repetitions

One Arm Rope Triceps Extension

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 30 pounds

Overhead Triceps Extension

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 120 pounds

V Pushdown

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 125 pounds

Treadmill

3+ miles @ 6.5 mph

Swim

30 minutes

 

 

 

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Surgery and blood clots

My heart mate 2 has developed a clot they cannot get rid of. After tring bivaruden,heprine,integrilin, and a TPA treatment, my LDH remains today at 1305. The plan is to remove the heart mate 2 and put in a heart ware device on the left and another on the right. It was surgery they did not want to do but I am at the edge. A new heart would stop it and I am always hopeful. I will update all after surgery. Rudy
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Moving onto the List

Met with main Doctor over Lung transplants at UK today.....Dr. Hoopes was very nice and informative, as I suspected all along my disease is considered Idiopathic, for those of you who do not know what that means, it basically means that they cannot determine the cause of the Fibrosis, and typically Idiopathic does move quicker. On a different note the Cytoxan may be completely discontinued within 2 weeks, since there is no sign of it helping, also the predisone is being decreased immediately....YAY!! This will help me shed the weight I need to. Right now the Doc wants me to loose 15 pounds which isn't alot, but when you are on steroids almost impossible. Dr. Hoopes said they would present me to the transplant team this week and put me on the list tentative based on the finished dental work and me shedding the 15lbs. The latest the dental work will be done is March 11th, so anytime after my next clinic visit, I should be completely listed!!! This is HUGE!! That mean anytime after March 18th I could get the call for new lungs!!!! Please pray the weight comes off easily I want to really loose 30 lbs to help me recover better after surgery, the stronger I am before the easier it is for my recovery. Thanks for your support and prayers!!

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Next Week Will Be Hectic!

I am going to continue to work out with my trainer on session days, but we are getting ready for our Orchid Society show and sale. It is next weekend. On Wedesday, I am supposed to help pot plants. On Friday, I have to go to help set up by putting up decorations. The sale is on Saturday and Sunday afer which  am supposed to help tear everything down. In addition, I am busy Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday doing some cleaning. I will be dragging by Sunday night

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All kinds of running around tomorrow

I have to get ready for company tomorrow evening. The wife said she needed some stuff from the store and so do I. I have to get the rest of the ingredients to make a mop sauce for the elk loin that is going on the grill with the red salmon. I have many of them like dry mustard, vinegar and garlic, but I need ginger and lemons. I will also need a little bit of tarragon to mix with other ingredients for the fish. I am also putting my homemade rub on it (contains no salt). This has paprika, dry mustard, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, ancho chile powder (for some smokiness) and fresh ground black pepper. I put it on pork and it is almost like putting barbeque sauce on it, except there is no salt involved.I have to bring the salmon in and put it in the refrigerator, cut the elk loin in strips about 1 inch thick and put on the rub. She is making fresh bread. We'll have a salad and we will have a vegetable--maybe canned green beans that we canned ourselves. I don't know if she planned on doing a dessert, but it really does not matter to me. Bon Appetit!

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Today's Workout-Back/Biceps

My workout today is as follows:

Close Grip Pulldown

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 115 pounds

Seated Pulley Row

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 120 pounds

Criss Cross

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 30 pounds

Dumbbell Bent Row

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 50 pounds

Back Extension

3 sets of 10 repetitions

Mop The Floor

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 60 pounds

EZ Curl (wide grip)

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 65 pounds

Barbell Curl

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 70 pounds

Dumbbell Concentration Curl

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 20 pounds

High Pulley Curl

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 35 pounds

Dumbbell Wrist Curl

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 15 pounds

Reverse Dumbbell Wrist Curl

3 sets of 12 repetitions at 10 pounds

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A lazy day today

Went to three grocery stores to stock up. Did some cleaning this afternoon for about two and a half or three hours. Getting some things together for Sunday dinner with some friends. We are grilling salmon and cooking some elk. I will probably make up some mop sauce for the elk to help keep it moist while grilling. I will have a pretty full day then because I will be watering orchids in the morning. Still have about the same kind of stuff going on tomorrow--clean, back and biceps and maybe some housework to get ready for Sunday. We are going to talk about the garden when we have company. They want to make the garden bigger, so it should prove to be some interesting conversation. I think they wanted to make it 5-10 feet wider and 20 feet longer. Let's hope the weather this year is not like it was last year during the summer.

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Thursday Workout

Today was a circuit day, my favorite day to work out. Here is my workout:

Smith Bar Curl

4 sets of 20 repetitions

Smith Bar Pullup

4 sets of 20 repetitions

Decline Situp

4 sets of 20 repetitions

Dumbbell Flat Bench

4 sets of 12 repetitions at 55 pounds

Cable Pullback

4 sets of 15 repetitions at 25 pounds

Boxing

4 sets of 60 reptitions

V Pushdown

4 sets of 12 repetitions at 60 pounds

Reverse EZ Curl

4 sets of 12 repetitions at 25 pounds

Dumbbell Military Press

4 sets of 12 repetitions at 30 pounds

Treadmill

5+ miles (52 minutes, including cool down)

 

 

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Today's Workout

Today's workout is Legs. Here is my routine today:

Walking Lunge

4 sets of 20 repetitions at 15 pounds

Leg Press

4 sets of 20 repetitions at 340 pounds

Calf Raise

4 sets of 20 repetitions at 20 pounds (each hand)

One Legged Press (warm up for squats and  deadlifts)

4 sets of 20 repetitions at 25 pounds

Ball Squats (legs together, ball low on wall)

4 sets of 20 repetitions at 25 pounds

Sumo Deadlift

Sets of 12 repetitions at 55, 65, 75 and 85 pounds

Front Squat

Sets of 12 repetitions at 65, 75, 75 and 85 pounds

Leg Curl

4 sets of 12 repetitions at 40 pounds

I also did some stretching of my upper and lower back and rolled my legs to prepare for the sqats and deadlifts. I have just began to do squats and deadlifts, and it is important to be very careful with these exercises.

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The gift by Rudy Szady

The giftAs I lay here in my hospital bed on the line of life-and-deathWaiting for heart transplant that I hope I will getEvery time the helicopter comes in, I say there goes my heartSad it is that somebody had to die on that hospital cart.A nurse came in and I told her of my plightThat someone had to cross the line on that Hospital flightShe said not to think of it as a loss of lifeBut someone who has given you a gift, the precious gift of life.Someone who has given you a life with family and friendsWith graduations and weddings that now you can attendAnd great grandchildren who will be sitting on your kneeAll because of a gift that was given from someone you could not seeAnd when it comes time as it must for you to cross that lineYou may meet the one who gave you the gift that made your life so fineI am sure he would say he was glad you could use his heartAnd made his life more meaningful as he died on the hospital cart.1/23/2013Tufts Medical Center, heart transplant center
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Only Cardio today

I have cleaning to do today, which should take about 3 to 4 hours, and I am going to do treadmill and I might even get on the elliptical for awhile.

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my post transplant follow-up

My post transplant followup went great! My surgeon said it's a great kidney and I couldn't agree more! My creatnine can range from 1.21 to 1.58, I couldn't ask for anything more! We are still going to do the twice a week blood work until further notice do to my body obsorbing the surpressent quickly, it seems we lower a dose we end up lowing it even more because of my bodies response to them. I told him I can also tell when the levels are too high because I start having some sideaffects. Again, I thank the donor family but most importantly I thank god for giving me such a great gift of life. This Wednesday I'm going to fill out an application to become an ambasitor for life line of ohio which is a donor support group that we have.

In closing I just want to say Please please please become a donor and save a life! because you never know when yours will need to be saved! When my kidneys failed I didn't become a donor because I didn't think they would let me, but I've learned recipiants can become donors too so I became one!

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Today's Exercise

Today is chest, shoulders and triceps day. The following exercises are on the slate: (they are in sets of 12 unless otherwise noted)

Dumbbell Decline Bench Press

1 set at 40 pounds

3 sets at 55 pounds

Dumbbell Incline Press

3 sets at 50 pounds

Dumbbell Decline Fly

3 sets at 40 pounds

Dumbbell Incline Fly

3 sets at 40 pounds

Dumbbell Military Press

3 sets at 35 pounds

Dumbbell Front Raise

3 sets at 25 pounds

Dumbbell Lateral Raise

3 sets at 15 pounds

Cable Pullback

3 sets of 15 repetitions at 25 pounds

Inside Rotator Cuff Stretch

3 sets of 20 repetitions

Outside Rotator Cuff Stretch

3 sets of 20 repetitions

V Pushdown

3 sets at 125 pounds

Overhead Triceps Extension

3 sets at 120 pounds

Dips

3 sets of 20 repetitions

One Arm Rope Extension

3 sets at 30 pounds

 

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my journey with kidney disease

First of all, welcome to my blog! I'm going to try to write often about my journey with kidney disease, Today I'd like to start with a story I wrote starting from when I first found out, through today. These are real events as I remember them. I hope you will enjoy and find it inspiring!

     All 25 years of my life I was very healthy. I hardly ever went to the doctor, in fact I can't tell you the last time I even went to the doctor because it was so long ago. May 20, 2009 will be a forever day change in my life. I'm here to tell you all about it!

 

It started with the winter of 2009. I started to get tired all the time, no matter how much sleep I got on some days I felt I got no sleep at all and all I wanted to do was sleep some more. It was blah weather as winters are, stressful at the work place, etc. so I just assumed that my tiredness was normal, especially since I had no other symptems at the time. The only thing that kept me going was a pack of 20 ounce bottles of mountainDu, in fact that’s all I drank it seemed like, that and iced tea.

 

In February I started having occasional itching and burning in the urine but played that off as basically whatever it was it will go away. It did go away but came back again. Also that month I started getting a weird taste in my mouth which I just thought it was from things that I was eating and drinking. I would also get heartburn real easily too which I never had, but just thought I was getting heartburn and that was that, it would get really bad too like someone was stabbing me in the chest. All of this went on until April when more symptoms came one of them being wrestless legs, it was the weirdest feeling.

 

In April 2009 which is the same month that the swine flue was introduced I started missing work do to feeling ill, I had wrestless legs, really bad to severe cramps all over my body, and my heart would beat rapidly at times. I would even have periods where I’d just pass out, one of them being while I was  in the shower, so crash bang I went and found myself on the bottom of the tub, this actually happened several times and I didn’t tell anyone, shame on me right? I ignored all of this because I didn't have a family doctor and really didn't want one. I also thought it was all swine flue or some type of flue I was getting. I just lived with the symptoms and still went to work accept on days I was feeling really bad, I would leave work early or just plain call off, go home and sleep, I know what you all are thinking, this guy is crazy! Well it gets worse.

 

The month of May was even worse. I started getting shortness of breath and didn't have the energy to even walk up and down my steps but I still did it but very slowly, I even struggled unloading my dishwasher. It got so bad one Saturday I was taking out the trash and I couldn’t take but 2 steps before I had to rest, it was a warm humid day so that didn’t help matters any. On the morning of May 13, I was having shortness of breath at work and I was not even up and moving, I was just sitting at my cube taking calls. I decided to go down to the nurse who checked my vitals and all were fine, however she suggested that I go get checked out. I left work about noon that day and went to the closest urgent care. They took my vidles which were fine, did a chest x-ray which was fine then they drew some blood and said they would call me back with the results, I actually started feeling better that afternoon.

 

That evening I started getting nauseated and called off work the next day. The urgent care called me back and said they wanted me to come in for another blood test because it appeared I had anemia because my red bloodcell count was low. I thought man this is more than anemia, so I asked for a doctor referral and they gave me one and I liked her so I kept her as my family doctor but ended up leaving her do to no longer accepting medicare. The nausea did go away for a couple of days but I was getting to where I couldn't fall a sleep at all.

 

On May 17, 2009 I felt ok for the most part of the day, even went to my birthday party that afternoon until evening when I passed out in the shower again, and started to get even more nauseated then before and didn't feel like eating nothing but liquids and sleeping. Monday morning I felt so sick I wanted to go to the hospital but was afraid for some reason to call 911. I couldn’t even  stand up without gasping for air but somehow I managed to and go down stairs to get something to eat. Then  I made an appointment with my family doctor and just tolerated the symptems until she could get me in which included gasping for air, could hardly walk, etc.

 

On May 19 I went to my family doctor where she determined I had a significant amount of blood loss and gave me some possible causes of where it might of been coming from. She would call me back when she got the results and sent me on my way with antibiotics for the nausea which didn’t help, again all I could do is ly around, could bairley walk, I was the sickest I’ve ever been in my whole entire life, the cramps were so bad, I cried out for help knowing that no one lived with me so no one could hear me, I guess I was crying out to god to call me an ambulance or something.

 

On the morning of May 20, 2009 I was lying there in my bed when my phone rings. "Troy we got your test results and I'm afraid the news isn't good. Your kidneys have stopped working, I have a kidney specialist who is admitting you to the hospital, you may have to start dialysis today. The nausea you've been experiencing and the bad taste in your mouth is because you have a lot of toxins that have built up inside of you, If you  wait too long it will be to late,” so yes basically in other words she was telling me if I wait too much longer I was going to die. Let me tell you after that call I felt releaf and at peace with god. I heard god tell me "Troy you are going to be alright, we will get through this." I believed him because I know god isn’t going to give a person anymore than they can handle. I wasn’t even scared even though my life was on the edge! Now that is faith!

 

When I went into the hospital I was so near death in fact they told me I should  of been in a coma, but I never told family and friends that because I didn't want to scare them anymore then they probably were. My hemoglobin was at 5, yes as low as 5! They told me that they have never heard of anyone that has survived with numbers so low like that. They had to start an i v right away. I also started dialysis that day like the doctor said. After a couple of dialysis sessions and blood transfusions, I felt way better and was able to sleep a lot better and was feeling more like myself again.

 

I had several tests while I was there including a kidney biopsy which determined that I did indeed have a kidney disease. When I was told this I still stayed myself, nothing changed because I knew god was in control and he was going to see me through.

 

I continued  on dialysis 3 times a week and still lived my life to the fullest as god would  want me to, in fact I was told that do to me being so young with no other health issues, that I actually had a life expectancy of a normal person if you can believe that one considering the shape I was in predialysis. I was accepted and put as an active statis on the transplant waiting list on April 5, 2010.

 

On the Evening of Dec 8, 2012 after dialysis, I had went to a Christmas party with some friends, it was so loud in there it was hard to hear my phone, and yes I should of put it on vibrate. Finally I did hear a my sister calling me so I answered. “Did you get a hold of OSU?” she asked, “No, why?” “I believe they have a kidney for you, you need to call so and so.” And gave me the number. At that time though I had a lot of missed calls, so I called the number back. “Can you make it here in an hour?” the nurse asked. “There’s a possible kidney for you and the surgery will take place in the morning.” “Yes, I said, I’m on my way.” It turns out that I was the backup call for someone else who was to get the kidney which I must admit I was a bit disappointed but was ok with it if it was meant to be it was meant to be and if it wasn’t it wasn’t. They did the pretesting, took my blood, etc. It was about midnight that night when my nurse came in and I was talking to my mom when she asked me if I was the backup so I asked my nurse “I’m the backup right?” “No she said, we have bumped you to the top of the list, you are getting the kidney!” I was so excited I hardly got any sleep that night. That morning one of the doctors came in and installed a central line so that they could draw my blood and pass meds without having to stick me. I also got a chest x-ray, I passed the preop and was ready to receive my new gift! Soon after I was taken to the operating room where they hooked me up to blood pressure cuffs, monitors, etc, I was on my way!

 

The surgery which only seemed like 10 minutes to me, took 2 hours and went very well! When I woke up my throat was all dry and very sore but other than that I was feeling great! The first thing I asked was “Is it working?” “Yes you had a successful surgery.” The nurse said.

 

I had Minimal pain from the surgery and what pain I did have was very well controlled by the hospital staff.

 

I spent about 6 days in the hospital under the care of the wonderful OSU staff. My numbers got better and better each day! My surgeon told me that I had the best kidney on the transplant floor which made me very happy!

 

I’m currently a month and a half post transplant and things are going very well! I get my blood drawn twice a week and have my first hospital followup on 1/28 which is coming up very soon!

 

I must say and no I’m not bragging, throughout this jerny I consider myself a very blessed person, without support of my friends, family and god I don’t think I would have been where I am today if it wasn’t for them. I also want to thank my donor family, even if we never meet I want to thank you for the choice that you made to save my life and know that I will cherish my gift of life for ever and ever and promise to take good care of it.

 

 

Even with a transplant I still have kidney disease and always will, hopefully their will be a cure someday, but until then I will live my life to the fullest and cherish my new kidney day in and day out!

 

In closing, I strongly encourage everyone to become a registered donor, all you have to do is say yes at the BMV, and save a life! As we all know organs don’t grow on trees so saying no to organ donation is not accepted! I myself have become a registered donor and I’m darn proud of it!

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