But last month when he went to his monthly appointment with his kidney doctor we got some amazing news.
It has been a long 8 months on dialysis for my husband. He is having a very hard time with the dialysis as it causes him extreme pain when the fluid drains from his peritoneal cavity, it will even wake him from a deep sleep. He can definitely tell the difference if he skips a treatment, which the doctor said was okay for him to do, and gets tired easy and gets a metal taste in his mouth.
So the stubborn man that he is, he decided he was going to eat whatever he wanted to. Fried foods, fast food and even beer, just what ever his little heart desired! And would you believe, his numbers got better and he did not need any additional iron or supplements anymore! The doctor just told him: "Whatever you are doing, keep doing it!"
He went through the screening process to get on the transplant list, and was active as of April 2016. Then last month, due to a change in insurance, they made him inactive. You see, if you are on the transplant list, before you can get a transplant, you must be able to show that you have $5000 available to pay for the first year prescriptions. He was very upset, but as nobody who said they wanted to check to see if they were a match actually followed through, we were at a stand still, and all he knew was he did not want to live the rest of his life hooked up to a dialysis machine.
If you have ESRD, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. There is no cure for ESRD, but many people live long lives while having dialysis or after having a kidney transplant. Once you loose kidney function, it will never come back. (Now if you have acute kidney injury or failure, due to Heart attack, Illegal drug use and drug abuse, Not enough blood flowing to the kidneys or Urinary tract. This type of kidney failure is not always permanent. Your kidneys may go back to normal or almost normal with treatment and if you do not have other serious health problems)
So his doctor looked at him and said: "I can't explain it, I have NEVER seen this happen (and he has been a kidney doctor for probably around 20+ years) but your kidney function IS COMING BACK!!!!!!"
My husband looked at him and said: "I can explain it, it is God".
Now we have very strong religious beliefs, and we have A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE praying for my husband.
So what do you think? Do you think it is Medicine or Miracle? I would love to hear what you think in the comments.
I look forward to continuing to bring great news from our Journey for a Kidney.