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Transplant Athlete
Friday, May 01, 2009
  Little Eddie

I traveled 273 miles in the dead of night to attend my cousin Eddie's wedding in North Carolina. I arrived at the hotel with family in tow at midnight. I had to be up at 5AM to get to dialysis on time. TGL would not go to sleep and I was up about 4 times between 12:30 and 5am.

Dialysis went smoothly, they took me down to 71 Kilos with my shoes on, which is about two kilos lower than my home center could have gotten me. I did pay a price for all that fluid coming off. My blood pressure had dropped and my heart rate was well above my aerobic zone. It was now 11AM and I hadn't eaten anything since last night, so I stopped at a Waffle House for breakfast. I got lost but soon rejoined my family at the hotel.

Walking around was difficult because I was running out of breath and my heart was racing. Standing was worse. I really should have just napped at that point, but I wanted to be around the family. By the time we got to the church, I was dizzy and felt like I was going to pass out.
TGL pointing out the Jacuzzi in the church

I started drinking water, took off my blood pressure patch, and eventually took off my jacket (it was 93 degrees). As the ceremony got under way, it became apparent to me that all that standing was going to make me pass out. I started praying to God to get through it without passing out. I could walk a little bit, but standing in a stationary position was out of the question. In the middle of all this, my son fell asleep.

RJ and Q brought the gifts up to the priest with me following right behind. Laura was beautiful, Eddie looked goofy with that square soul patch.
Joe (Eddie's brother and best man) is getting deployed to Afghanistan in about a week.

Everyone loved my children and I kept hearing how cute they were. The reception was at 6:30 pm and the ceremony was over at around 3ish, so ABL and I took the kids to Red Robin and we got food to go. Once again, I should have went to sleep, but I stayed up and I was paying for it throughout the ceremony. (possibly to be continued).

 

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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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