Hey lovely! I am so glad that you are HERE!! Today on the blog we have a story from a friend of mine name Raleigh Woods. She is sharing her story on how her dad needed a kindey transplant and she was the donor. Enjoy and leave her a comment!
-Why dad needed a transplant
When my dad was a kid he really bad chicken pocks. Sometimes the illness can settle in your kidneys and years later can cause renal failure. Many many years ago his first go around with renal failure began. 26 years ago he received his first transplant from my aunt, his older sister. That transplanted kidney has lasted all those years; he’s lived an extremely healthy life with it. Most transplant patinates don’t live that long so clearly he has done incredible. However, eventually your organs weaken again and that was his case. In recent years his numbers were decreasing leading to him to need another transplant again if he were to continue to live. The past year his numbers began decreasing more rapidly and the prospect of needing another transplant was necessary!
-How did you know you were supposed to give your kidney
I’ve grown up in the home on a transplant patient. My mom cooks everything with less salt, my dad wears a lot of sunscreen and takes tons of meds each morning. The fact that he is a transplant patent was never shoved into our lives but always there. Knowing that even transplanted kidneys fail I have always said that if dad needed another transplant and I was able to I would donate.
That time had come. Last March he went up to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for his yearly checkup. The results were not promising. My dads kidney function was down. His kratining, the thing used to measure kidney function was 3.2, an extremely high level. The doctors told him that by looking at the results if nothing changed he would probable live another year there was not a transplant. No one wants to hear that news, but even worse no one wants to share that news with their family.
That news, however intimidating it was, reached me last march. Dad was still at the Mayo and he gave me a call. I had previously told him if he needed a new kidney call me.
The call came.
I was driving down Maple St in Fayetteville, AR when I go the news. I first thing I said is “dad when can I get tested” the conversation moved to my dad crying saying he hated to put me through this, then me crying because I said it was ok. I’ve know this day would come. He’s my dad. He has given me my entire life both physical and metaphorical. A small organ and another chance at life is the least I could do to say thank you for all he has done for me.
The process moved from there. A few weeks later I received a blood kit from the Mayo clinic. I had my blood drawn, it back to the mayo, and waited for the results. The first step to seeing howif you can be a donor is to check to see if blood type matches along with antibodies. We got those results back and my dad and I matched perfectly! After that step if you are approved the Mayo schedules you a three day extensive check up.
At the check up they do various test: blood test, blood pressure test, endocardiac exam, ct scan, doctor visits, ect… All those test are to make sure you are physical and mentally ok to donate and are a match for your donor. God bless and week after all the test I was approved to donor!
During the whole process the doctors continue to ask you are you sure you want to donate, why are you considering this. The whole time my answer was yes, I want to donate. It’s the least I can do. He’s given me my whole life I can give up this little bit of me.
All this came with lots of prayer though.
-What was the scarcest and most exciting part about the surgery?
As strange as it sounds I was kind of excited for the surgery. I got a hecka cool scar! And I’ve never under gone anything worse that having my wisdom teeth out so I was curious see how it went.
The most scary part, also a strange story. Never once before or after the surgery was I nervous. Not once. I’ve been more nervous watching my favorite sport teams play in a tight game. I can only attribute that to the power of prayer and peach that the lord instilled in my heart. So many people were praying for us I could feel it in the peace I had.
I was concerned prior to the surgery that there could be complications on my dads end. Sometimes (rarely) with a transplant the new body that the organ is placed in rejects the organ and the transplant doesn’t work. Sometime this is immediate. The body totally rejects the new organ and it doesn’t work. Or it could happen a little while late. I was still all in wither it worked or not but I hoped a prayed it did work. Rejection is not overly common due to the extensive testing they do to make sure you are a good match but it can still happen.
-How has it and may it change your life and relationship with God?
No matter what I do God is always at the center of it. Now that is easier said than done. Sometimes I forget and try to do things on my own or don’t give certain areas of my life to him immediately. I knew all the months leading up to the transplant that I would not be able to go through it on my own. I prayed consistently that I would be an approved donor and all would go well. I learned to rely more on God in prayer and knowing whatever happened his hand was in it all. Before the surgery I was never nervous. I can only attribute this to the massive amount of prayer from friends and family that was coving me. If anything I’ve been assured over and over that God give peace and strength. Rely on him for everything, no matter how big or small. It makes everything easier.
I think it also changed my life in a great way for better healthy. I consider myself a pretty heath conscious person already but now even more than ever. I will be more consciousabout what I eat. I will be drinking more water (I am already a big water drinker so not really a problem) and I will continue to work out a lot. I only have one kidney left so I need to make sure I take care of it so it last too!
-How it will change my relationship with my dad
My dad and I have always been pretty tight. I would definitely consider him one my best friends! He has taught me so much in so many areas of life. If anything I think we will grow even closer through it. What was once part of me is now part of him, supporting his everyday life! Now, if I need anything I have a ploy… just kidding! He has always been a huge part of my life and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
- Raleigh Woods
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