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On August 18th, I went into the hospital thinking I had pneumonia.

On August 31st, I was finally released from Critical Care (14 days) and allowed to go home. It turned out I had developed a disease called Goodpasture's Syndrome. One in a million people get this disease, and to make odds even more astronomical, it affects six times more men than women. Lucky me - I should have bought a lottery ticket instead!

I came home with:
  • almost complete kidney failure
  • drug induced diabetes
I am now on dialysis and am trying to lose enough weight to be eligible for a kidney transplant.

So...

Hug your loved ones, because you never know what will happen from one day to the next.

and

Please support your local Kidney Foundation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm so sorry to hear this. I knew you hadn't been around, but knew you had a busy life. I hope that you can get that transplant soon, but I know dialysis can work for a long time. Good luck. My thoughts are with you. m
Oh, that's terrible news! *hugs you tight* I'll be keeping you in my thoughts, as well. Let me know if there's anything I can do.
I'm so sorry. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. *hugs*
I don't know what to say. Stay strong. My thoughts will be with you.
*hugs you tightly* My thoughts and prayers are with you. And I know how precious life really is. *hugs some more*
I'm so very sorry. *hugs*
Good God! And I was feeling bad because of a
kidney stone.

Good luck and hang in there --
Oh dear! *hug* I thought you were just terribly busy! I'm so sorry to hear that things aren't going so well. You know I think of you often-and I'll be praying for the best for you.
Sorry to hear about everything you went through. :( *lots of hugs and good wishes/thoughts*
Oh, that's scary! I hope the road to a transplant is a short one, and that you'll soon be on the mend. (Aand as long as you defy the odds, that you'll win the lottery;)
That is a giant ball of suck, BUT! glad you were able to come home! *hugs*
I'm so incredibly sorry... and am thinking of you, hard!
HUGS
I am so sorry to hear this. *Hugs* I'm sending good thoughts your way.
I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.