So, I know I've been MIA lately. Sorry. The past week has been rough. I won't go into all of the gory details, but let's just say I had one heck of a stomach bug. Thanks to my new friend Phenergan, I was finally able to keep fluids and small amounts of food down by Thursday. Now, nine pounds lighter and significantly weaker, I'm just trying to build my strength back up.
In other news, I need all of you wonderful people to do me a favor, ok? I need you all to send up prayers and positive thoughts for my family. My dad's kidney function has dropped pretty low and he's going to need a transplant soon. My step-mom is being tested to see if she's a match. If so, hopefully things will happen pretty quickly and Daddy can be on his way to feeling better by early summer.
I don't think I've ever mentioned it on here, but there's a genetic disease that is pretty prevalent in our family called polycystic kidney disease, or PKD. My grandad had it, and my dad, aunt and cousin Jen all have it. They tell you to stay active and keep your blood pressure under control, but beyond that, there isn't much you can do. (Daddy, AJ, Jen... feel free to comment and tell me if I'm wrong about any of this. Y'all know better than I do.)
I really want to be tested so I can donate if Michelle isn't a match, but I've been told that the hospital won't even consider me because I've yet to be tested for PKD. (There's a 50 percent chance the the child of a PKD parent also carries the disease.) Obviously, if I have it, my kidney wouldn't be of any use to Daddy. Apparently it can lie dormant until your mid-thirties, so even if I'm tested now and the results are negative, I wouldn't be eligible to donate because of the chance of a false-negative test result. It's really frustrating to know that there's nothing I can do to help.
Anyway, if you want to read more about PKD, click here.
I know that things will be okay. My family is strong and faithful, and I know many people are praying for us. This isn't the first tough time we've been through. A little over a year ago, our prayer's were answered when my Aunt Jenny received a healthy kidney from a young man at her church. To read more about that, click here.
The more people we have praying for us, the better shot we'll have - so please, keep Daddy in your thoughts and prayers.