My name is Luke and I am 41 years of age residing in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex (Lewisville). I have Stage 4 Renal disease and was diagnosed in November 2014. I had no idea that my kidneys were failing but always found it odd as to why I could not lose weight.....no matter how hard I tried. However, I did this to myself due to the fact that I did not take my BP pills and was operating on blood pressure that was always about 190 or 200/100! I didn't make anything better by drinking about 3-4 energy drinks a day! I had it made up in my mind that if I didn't drown myself in energy drinks, I would not be able to function.
I knew something was wrong when I started feeling real lethargic and had trouble breathing. I stayed sick for 8 days before I finally decided to go to the hospital around the Thanksgiving holiday. Every step I took was difficult because of my breathing. I went into a very deep slumber one evening and my wife had the police kick the door down because I would not answer. Since she did not have the key to the front door, she became very concerned when her loud knocking went unanswered. The police arrived and they knocked on the front and the back door with their flashlights and I still didn't hear all that commotion. So they had no choice but to kick the door in and I was shocked when I saw 3 firefighters and 2 police officers standing in the living room where I was sleeping asking if I was okay. My wife was crying her head off because she thought I was dead. It was at that point I figured that something was wrong.
The nephrologists at the hospital never made it seem like I would walk out alive.....but of course I did. Thank you, Jesus! After having horrible moments with PD dialysis for a couple of months, I'm now on in-center Hemo. I am on the kidney transplant list and that will take 3-5 years! I work for an awesome finance company and my boss is very understanding and changed my hours a few days out of the week so I can get to the clinic that is less than 5 miles from here.
But anyway.....glad to be in this community and look forward to getting to know everyone....and I do mean EVERYONE!!