WEARING OF THE GREEN - NOT WHAT YOU THINK
Monday, March 03, 2014
No I don’t mean wearing of the green for St Pat’s day.
March is National Kidney Disease Awareness month and the color for Kidney Disease is green. Thus I will be wearing as much green this month as I can. I would be very happy if the world would devote as much, or at least half, the attention to Kidney Disease as is given to the cancer researches. Oh, don’t take me wrong, I do have a special place for cancer research as I lost my grandmother, mother, and aunt all to colon cancer and my dad had a malignant tumor behind his right eye.
In 1977, my daughter lost her first kidney. The other one was very weak and she had to live a delicate life to aid it as much as possible. Her one big desire was to have children, but the doctors told her it would be detrimental to her health and do way too much to her one kidney. She heeded their directions for a few years, but in 1980, they were bless with beautiful baby girl twins. Yes, it was hard on her but they were very happy with their blessing.
Over the next few years, her kidney became weaker and weaker giving her more and more problems. She finally went on a transplant list and in 1995, she got her first kidney transplant. Her body had already been weakened to the point that it was a daily battle with the transplanted kidney. In 2000, the kidney finally quit functioning and she went on dialyses 3x a week.
I don’t know how much you know about dialyses but a lot of people respond by thinking that everything is hunky dory because a kidney patient can be kept alive on dialyses. Yes, it does help to drain the poisons from the body through the exchange of the blood by the same means that the kidney should. Dialyses is an ugly treatment and so very hard on the patient going through it - leaves the patient weak and sometimes very ill. The treatment drains the patient more and more with each process.
There are so many breakdowns within the body that are related to kidney disease and the patient has to be so careful about so many things. A person with kidney disease cannot live a normal life at all.
In 2016, my daughter lost 15 feet of her intestine and colon. We thought for sure that we had lost her then. But her fighting spirit brought her through. Regardless of her illness, she was high spirited and a real fighter. In 2008, she had another transplant, but it never did function and had to be removed. We were all very disappointed. The medical people did everything they could think of to make the kidney do what it was supposed to do, but with no success.
She had other difficulties that I don’t have room to talk about here. She was deemed a surgical risk and not eligible for another transplant. We finally lost her the day after Thanksgiving in 2009. I was with her all day just for a visit. She was sick, but we didn’t know what was wrong. Around 3PM, I decided to take her to the hospital and called her girls. When they got home, we called an ambulance, but she didn’t make it.
I plead with you, that if you have something green to wear or have a green ribbon to wear, let all that your friends and acquaintances know that you support Kidney Disease research. You never hear of marches, or walks, or special events for the raising of funds for Kidney Disease Research. You don’t see people painting signs green, or football players wearing green or everybody wearing green ribbons or even being aware of what the color green means or what the month of March is, except that it is St Patrick’s day.
I hope that you will learn more about this killer disease and see it in your heart to support it as much as you would other diseases that already receive so much attention. Pray that you never have to witness a member of your family be a kidney disease patient.
Let’s see more green that is not just for supporting St. Patrick’s Day.