(September 19, 2019) Dave, it’s hard to believe that just one year ago today was your first day of dialysis. You were one of those whose life was saved by your dear friend Greg, who gave one of his own kidneys in the Paired Donor Exchange.
Greg gave his kidney to a stranger as he wasn’t a match for you. Another living donor gave their kidney to you on April 24, 2019. What a gift and truly the gift of life. People die while waiting for a transplant. Dave is blessed and so are we. (written by my dear wife Susan)
Her Facebook post written one year ago follows below:
(September 19, 2018) Today was a difficult day as Dave started hemodialysis.
It wasn’t planned for today but was planned soon. It became necessary as his GFR was at 6 and his body was failing him. Normal GFR is above 60.
Although we’ve been through this a long time ago, it was still heart wrenching. The two hour dialysis took 2.3 litres of fluid off his body today.
Tomorrow he will be there three hours and they will take 3 litres off.
Then on Saturday four hours of dialysis and maybe 2 litres or more until they find his “dry” weight.
Four hours of dialysis three times a week will be his new normal.
In all 10 litres of fluid or more needs to come off his body.
We are hoping and praying he gets on the transplant list in October.
From August on Dave has been struggling to live as his body has been failing him. It occurred to me that his body was killing him a little more every day.
We also hold on to the hope of better days ahead.
There were tears today of letting go and giving in but not giving up. We’re both just tired today.
Dialysis will keep Dave alive while we wait for a transplant to go ahead. Please keep Dave in your prayers.
Canada has a low rate of organ donation and I hope by sharing this that it raises awareness.
Dave has lived over 30 years on one kidney.
If a living donor donates a kidney in a paired exchange and they ever get sick they immediately rise to the top of the transplant list because of their donation.
You are welcome to please share this post to raise awareness.
Dave’s note: Most lives have some bumps in them, and have times when the future looks bleak. I know that is exactly how I felt a year ago. My wish is that someone will read this post and realize if they are going through a tough period, that the future is unknown to us, so try to hang in there and not lose hope. Everything can change in a year.