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Introduction => Introduce Yourself => Topic started by: Yumaguy on May 14, 2011, 08:47:49 AM

Title: Introduction
Post by: Yumaguy on May 14, 2011, 08:47:49 AM
My name is Mike, and I'm a male living in Yuma, Arizona.   For years I've been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.   In early 2010, my kidney function dropped to 17% and my kidney doctor  asked me what kind of dialysis I wanted to have.  My reply was "NONE".  She had me visit a dialysis center, which I did with my wife.  We were horrified with what we saw in both the hemo and the peritoneal dialysis.  There was nothing about either one I wanted anything to do with.  I decided to do anything I could think of to avoid it.  I first sought kidney regeneration and to be part of any clinical trial that would grow me a new kidney.  I also sought out living donors for a kidney transplant.  Most of all, I took personal responsibility for my health, changed my nutrition and exercise to something much more kidney friendly.  By August my kidney function was 12 percent.  By January 2011 it was 7 percent and creatinine was nearly 9 percent.  But unlike most people in that condition, my diet and exercise program avoided all of the complications and left me at goal weight for a transplant, and I was stronger than ever.  I walked 7 miles every other day, lifted weights frequently, did yoga, acupuncture, anything I could think of.  One of my firends became a donor.  She was approved in Feb. 2011.  We had our transplant in April 2011.  My transplant is doing just fine.  It was done at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: willowtreewren on May 14, 2011, 10:55:56 AM
Hi, Yuma Mike!

It sounds like you educated yourself and took a proactive role that WORKED! Congratulations.

My husband knew that dialysis was coming for many years and incorporated many delaying measures. He still ended up doing dialysis (at home with NxStage) for a bit more than 2.5 years before getting a kidney.

Welcome to IHD!


PS. I visited Yuma back in the early 80s to teach a course in the middle of the summer. How many ways can you spell "hot"?
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: galvo on May 14, 2011, 04:43:43 PM
G'day, Mike, and  :welcomesign;.  :ausflag;.
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: peleroja on May 15, 2011, 08:53:22 AM
Welcome to the group, Mike.  What a great introduction.  Your friend gave you a real gift.  Keep us posted on how everything is going.  Glad you found us!
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Rerun on May 16, 2011, 10:56:51 AM
Hi Mike and welcome to IHD.  You are hilarious!  You hated dialysis before you even tried it!  Way to go!  I hope your new kidney lasts a lifetime!

I hope you find support here!

Rerun, Moderator       :welcomesign;
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: lmunchkin on May 16, 2011, 04:12:24 PM
Way to go, Yumaguy!  You did the necessary changes to at least prolong it!  Dialysis is not pretty for sure, but for some it is a necessity!  Congrats on your transplant and doing so well with your health!

lmunchkin     :flower;