Tuesday, January 6, 2009

So my kidneys decided to fail on me lately

The day after this Christmas I started to get real sick. After 4 days of lying in bed with what I thought at time was a Stomach flu, I decided to call Mom and ask for some advice. My mom was a nurse for many years so I thought she could lend me some advice.

She tells me my symptoms sounds strange and that I should go see a doctor. So I decided to go the next morning. Doc checks me out and says I probably just had a stomach flu that had been going around. But she thought my symptoms sounded strange and that a blood test was a good idea. I was thinking, "that is gonna be another 100 bucks" thought about saying no, then decided to text Mom again. She says do it.

I start to feel a little better, work the next day(new years eve). New Years day I feel a little better but still something is wrong in my abdomen. So the day after new years I am chillin with my kids getting ready to go take them to the park, when i get a call.

The doctor with a very stern voice says she got my blood results back and I need to go to the ER immediately. I was stunned to say the least.

Long story short, I get a bizzilion blood and urine tests done and find out for whatever reason my kidneys are working at 15-20%. At 10% they put you on dialysis. No Bueno.

I spend the next 3 days at the hospital taking terrible medicine that gives me diarrhea, headaches, and overall pain.

So now I am home not 100%, my kidneys are at 60%. The doctors are still uncertain of what happened and if what they diagnosed me with is possibly something much worse. I have to be on the worst medicine ever, that makes me feel like crap. I am on a very strict diet for months. I have to go get blood and urine test once a week for months. And I like most Americans have no health insurance, and no idea how this is all getting paid for.(Vote Democratic!)

To say the least the last week and a half has been very surreal and very tough on my family. But through all of this madness I have a weird peace about it all. I know that all of this happened for a reason. Maybe to help put things in perspective. To show me life is short. To help me appreciate how blessed of a life I lead. Or possibly someone I know who sees me going through this needed to. For whatever reason.

I am very healthy, active and 30 and my kidneys are going bad for no reason.

I thought I needed to share this story cause it has made a real impact on my life and my family's. It's amazing how when everything is kinda just busy, busy, work, work, you barely look around and stop to see what you already have.

I hope someone out there gets something out of this cause I know I did.

Cheers,
Jeremy