Being a Potential Donor

It has been well over a year now since I found out about my Dad’s Kidneys. They have deteriorated to the point where they’ve just about lost all their function. In about two weeks time, Rob will already have the tube put in and started the Dialysis treatment. This process will help him feel better and potentially reduce the assortment of drugs he currently takes on a daily basis.

Returning from Canada early this season was good because it allowed me to spend quality time with my Sister Rosie and of course Mum (Janey) & Dad. Lots of trips to visit were great because it meant I could bounce thoughts to them and of course get the hugs. The support from them along with friends has been amazing. It only takes a few moments to listen, but it certainly means a lot.

Last week I had a Radioactive fluid injected into my arm. Blood was taken at two hour intervals throughout the day to measure my bodies effectiveness of removing the radiation. The tests will continue, including a psychological assessment, CT Scan an numerous Doctor visits to Dunedin. If this all goes to plan then the operation may take place in October/November. To see my Dad healthy again, dancing Ceroc & Tango, walking up Mt Iron, cycling his cruiser, selling goods at the Farmers Market among many other things will make me and everyone around him very happy.

If you or anyone else you know is affected by Kidney disease, I Would love to hear from you. I hope the few photos i’ve posted share some insight on this whole process and perhaps make it easier for someone considering being a donor themselves. If you have any thoughts or questions I would love to hear from you.

Thank you,

Richie

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2 thoughts on “Being a Potential Donor”

  1. Hi Richie

    Great to see what your doing for your Dad. A brave thing. I’ve several friends who have donated organs to family. I’ve been invited to a party next year of the 30th Anniversary of a brother to sister transplant. 30 years- amazing!
    As for me i’m 33. I’ve spent the last 9 years on Dialysis, after losing a TX after just 2 years. Luckily 6 mths ago I got “the Call”. All going well so far. You seem very active and you’ll get back to that full fitness again pretty quick. I ran a mini-marathon 4 months after my op so recovery for you will be quick as your fit too.
    I do a lot of speeches in schools etc promoting Donor Awareness (I joking call myself the “Fastest Sick Person in Europe” as I won the 100m in the European Tx & Dialysis Games) so If I can help out or you need a sounding board for you or your Dad- just ask.

    Best of Luck

    Darren J.

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