Compassion for Cliff
Organized by: kimberly Denny
What if today was your last day?
July 17, 2016
Hello. My name is Kimberly. This is my husband Cliff.
Cliff has End Stage Renal Disease, is on dialysis, has high blood pressure, sleep apnea, ulcerative colitis,anxiety disorder, panic attacks and diabetes. He has dialysis 3 days a week for 4 1/2 hours a day. He is on a strict diet and tons of medicines, because he is a diabetic, and also has to cut out sodium, phosphorus, potassium and other minerals because his dialysis cannot get them all out of his system. He is also on a fluid restriction and can't drink as much as he would like. Due to the anxiety, he has never learned to drive, so i have to be available to take him to all his doctor appointments and dialysis sessions.
His health startedbottoming out in the middle of 2014, we found out his kidneys were shutting down. We started prepping for dialysis. We initally tried peritoneal dialysis, because it was less hard on your whole body than hemodialysis. We had to hook him up for 10 hours a night to a machine that cycled in fluid, and cycled out the toxins. We thought it was working, but one day his heart was racing one minute and barely beating the next. He was passing out and I wasnt sure we were going to make it to the ER in time. His potassium was deadly high. The peritoneal dialysis wasn't doing the job well, he had developed a heart arrythymia and we were going to have to start hemodialysis ASAP. October 2015 we started the hemodialysis.
We still continue to go 3 days a week, 4 1/2 hours a day.
There are currently 121,678 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the U.S. Of these, 100,791 await kidney transplants. The median wait time for an individual’s first kidney transplant is 3.6 years and can vary depending on health, compatibility and availability of organs. Over 3000 people are added to the waiting list for kidneys each month. 13 people a day die while waiting for a kidney. In 2014, over 4000 patients died while waiting to recieve one and over 3000 people got too sick to be approved to have one.
There are the normal day to day expenses of living that cause stress. He has no vision or dental coverage, and needs to have both due to his diabetes. As the teeth can get infected and the eyes deteriorate with diabetes. Dialysis and kidney meds also pull the calcium from your body causing teeth to go bad.
I want to try to make Cliff's remaining time here on earth as fun and fulfilling as I can. There's no way to know when he will be able to get a kidney or if he will get one before his health deteriorates and he's not eligible.
We currently only have 500$ in monthly income which comes from Cliff's disability for his ESRD. We barely make our car payment and insurance, which we have to keep in order to get him to clinic and appointments. Just having money for gas and food for dialysis and other dr appointments would be a blessing.
His schedule, my school and other things i have to take care of prevent me from getting a job. As much as I want to take care of him, I can't do it alone. You can make a huge difference with just a small gift!
We appreciate anything you can donate. God Bless you for reading all of this. Thank you.