Team Colin Meeks - Kidney Transplant
Team Member: Ashli Sanders
Team Meeks wrote -
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 is a night Colin will not soon forget. He had taken his kids, Houston age 7 and Ellie age 5 to church that night. He had a bit of a headache all day but hadn't felt too bad. He even helped his wife Fawn finish a big Valentine's Day cupcake order before the two turned into bed that evening.
A little before midnight Colin started to feel worse. Not wanting to disturb his sleeping wife he thought he was just coming down with something and he would go lay in the bathtub a while. Soon after he was feeling worse, his chest hurt, he was having trouble breathing and he began to moan. Fawn awoke hearing him in the bathroom and with one look at him she knew something was terribly wrong. She said, "You want to go to the hospital?", he immediately said, "yes". They dressed and made a quick call to the parents to have someone stay with the kids and they raced to the hospital.
By this time, his chest pains were increasing and breathing was even more difficult. His wife thought he must be having a heart attack. At the ER they quickly started hooking Colin up to machines and working on him. His heart rate was high. His blood pressure was extremely high. His pain was immense. They were concerned his organs were shutting down. This, of all nights, his good buddy Dr. Davis was not working the ER. His wife could tell the situation was critical as the team was getting larger and many people were in and out of his room.
By 4:00 AM, they had brought his pain down some and were conducting a battery of tests. The following day, in the ICU, the news came, kidney failure. There had been no warning signs. Evidently, Colin had suffered from hypertension (high blood pressure) for a very long time. When this happens other organs begin to be attacked, in Colin's case, his kidneys.
Throughout his two plus weeks in the hospital the doctors had hoped bringing his blood pressure down his kidneys might begin to recover but that wasn't happening. At first his kidney's continued to get worse. Prayers were being lifted on Colin's behalf from all over the country. Colin began dialysis in the hospital. They tried a procedure to remove blockage to the kidney but they didn't find any blockage.
Once he was setup to do outpatient dialysis they finally discharged him from the hospital. Colin first started outpatient dialysis in the evenings, 4-8 PM, not ideal for a young family, but necessary.
Life as Colin had once knew was no longer the same. Most of the free time he had the last 12 years had been spent as a volunteer coach. Giving back to young athletes in sports that made him who is today. Everything from fastpitch softball to little league baseball and basketball. Now his free time would be spent sitting in a dialysis clinic. You might imagine this life change was hard to swallow.
Not long after beginning dialysis he was blessed to be put on the morning schedule and so began a new routine. Dialysis from 6 AM - 10 AM then work the remainder of the day. Most days he had little energy to do much else. Mixed with bi-weekly doctor appointments it certainly wasn't fun but necessary. It was a wonderful blessing to receive the call that day in late March during his dialysis session that his kidneys worked well enough he didn’t have to continue dialysis anymore, this news was an answered prayer. Praise God! So in light of this good news it was a surprise to hear that dreaded word come out of the doctor’s mouth days later…transplant.
While Colin's kidneys functioned enough to not have to go to dialysis they wouldn't sustain his life. It was true, despite the tough exterior, the insides aren’t working well enough anymore to sustain the rest of his life and he needs a new kidney. At 36 years old a transplant now is the best treatment option for him.
Thank you all for supporting Colin, not only financially but also with your prayers. Continue to pray he has a living donor match soon. Pray that when he does receive a kidney his body will accept it. So many have lifted prayers on Colin's behalf, he feels them and knows the power, God has answered them over and over. God delivered him and it is because of tireless petitioning. Because of prayers on his behalf Colin is here still today loving and serving God. Thank you for each one and all the love and support poured out on Colin!