I wanted to add a few words to Scott’s report about our visit to the Kidney Institute this morning. As Scott was being examined/tested, I waited in the reception area and observed and listened to the patients as they talked. First of all, there was a wide spectrum of ages, and ethnicity and, of course, both men and women. Kidney disease is not a respector of persons. I saw a teenage boy and a young sorority-looking girl and everything in between. I also heard the many stories of patients spending months and years on dialysis as they awaited a kidney. Some made as many as five trips to Dallas for a kidney only to be disappointed by failure to match, a “poor” kidney donation or something else. So, for the thousandth time, I breathed a prayer of gratitude for Scott’s donor, Keith. We never experienced the trauma of waiting for a kidney.
Although I have wondered many times about this “random” kidney disease (IGA — an autoimmune disease), that struck Scott, I cannot help but count all the ways in which we are blessed. The doctors have been great and have taken a special interest in Scott. I think it may be because he takes good care of himself and is eager to comply with every instruction. (one of the really upsetting things I saw today was a young man who was rejecting his donor kidney because he quit taking his medicine……he will not receive another one.)
Thank you again for your countless messages of concern and your continued prayers. We really believe that Scott is on his way to restored health and a normal life again. We will never take good health for granted nor the gift he has been given. Kay (Scott’s mom)