"The stress of the unknown which encompasses all aspects of one's life is the most difficult part of waiting for a transplant. However, I just take each issue as it comes day by day. "
Charlie— POtential kidney Transplant Recipient
I co-own a two man Toyota repair shop which I work at Monday through Friday and, when I am not doing that, I am working on my own odd collection of cars, going to a car show or helping friends with theirs.
We have had 8 cattle dogs to date (and currently have 3 - Ginger, Hydee and Hank) because we always adopt those no one else seems to want either because of their age or disease.
I have been on peritoneal dialysis for over 2 years now, 10 hours a day. I have issues off and on with needing to adjust medications to keep everything in balance as much as possible, however I am currently doing fairly well. I am hoping to get a kidney before the side effects of kidney failure and of being on dialysis start causing more serious issues. While I am still able to work thanks to peritoneal dialysis, it does present challenges in that I am often extremely tired. Further, given I am on fluid restrictions it can be tough to sweat out a day (no air conditioning) while not drinking too many fluids. I still enjoy what I do despite those challenges. My customers are very supportive and understanding of my situation.
I want to eat a Freddy's burger. I want to drink a huge amount of ice water when I am thirsty. I want to live without a tube coming out of my gut (which can limit my mobility). I want to go to car shows and cookouts without having to worry about the heat kicking my butt. I want to enjoy what it was not to have kidney failure.
To Become My Living Donor:
Please contact my transplant coordinator below if you would like to be tested to become my donor. You will need my name: Charlie B.
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