A few weeks ago, I heard something from a friend that was one of the best gifts I could get: the news that he's getting a kidney transplant. Paul has been one of my best friends for years. He's also suffered a lot of health issues during that time. For years, he had a lot of odd symptoms that defied a thorough diagnosis.
Two years ago, he was feeling bad enough to make an appointment with his doctor, who promptly sent him to the ER. To make it worse, this was just after he'd been laid off from his job. He was admitted to the hospital and had many medical tests over the course of a few days. Diagnosis: kidney failure. The problem runs in his family.
His first dialysis treatments made him feel better than he'd been in a few years. Unfortunately, between the dialysis schedule and still feeling less than 100%, getting and keeping a regular full-time job was not a viable option. He was able to get disability status and has done some independent part-time work since then.
A mutual friend, Gretchen, got tested and was found to be a compatible donor. She is of German heritage. Paul jokes about learning German and eating sauerkraut to show his appreciation for his new lifeline.
They've both been through a few rounds of pre-op tests, and the big day is set for this Friday. Whatever healing thoughts and prayers you can offer are welcome.
I'd also like to send a big THANK YOU to our friend Gretchen and others like her who choose to be living donors and give others a chance at a longer healthier life.