Raymer Seeking a Kidney Transplant
All the little boy wanted for Christmas was his two front teeth. Karen Raymer of Hidden Valley Lake, California, would like just one kidney this holiday season. I initially featured her in 2012 and recently telephoned to learn of her progress. Her response moved me to dedicate the next two columns to her and to the plight of other Americans seeking a kidney transplant.
To refresh your memory: Raymer, 48, discovered she had polycystic kidney disease at age 25. Ten years later, she quit working because severe back pain had made driving to work nearly impossible. By 2009, her kidneys were swollen and uncomfortably pinching other internal organs.
"It was like being pregnant all the time," she said four years ago. "My kidney function was deteriorating and I couldn't do hardly anything with my children. After walking down the street to get the mail, I'd have to have my husband come pick me up because I was (physically) wiped out." Doctors had to remove both swollen kidneys. They weighed 10 pounds each.
In addition, a surgeon during the operation nicked a leg nerve, which created numbness, which caused her to stumble and badly damage a knee, causing arthritis in the knee. After starting dialysis treatment, she fought off congestive heart failure.
Of her lifestyle today, she said, "I go to dialysis for three hours, three times a week. I'm supposed to have only 32 ounces of fluid daily. Soup or ice cream counts as fluid. I can't have much potassium because too much will kill me. I take binders when I eat to pull the phosphorus out of food."
Raymer said her brother wants to donate a kidney but can't because of a different genetic disease he has. She said, "I've had a couple people try donating. There's an online questionnaire that can tell you if you're a candidate for the next step. Others trying to donate have even made it through the blood work (step). I have a friend from Kenya. The first time we met 10 years ago, he said God was telling him that he (the friend) was going to give me one of his kidneys. Finally, this July, he said, 'This is the time to get the blood work done and go through all the tests.'"
What Raymer emotionally experienced from then on illustrates the ups and downs kidney transplant seekers often face. You'll have to read more next week.
Sponsored by Blue Valley Sod.
Daniel J. Vance is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor from Vernon Center, Minn. His weekly newspaper column Disabilities has been published in more than 260 newspapers.
Daniel J. Vance may be reached at www.danieljvance.com
Placer County News HeadlinesChicago the TRIBUTE to play Opera House Saloon in Roseville(ROSEVILLE, CA) - Chicago the TRIBUTE, a 9-piece tribute to the band with the horns and hits will be playing the Opera House Saloon Roseville on Thursday, March 30
Roseville Criminal Activity Heats UpRoseville, CA- As the weather heats up, so does Roseville criminal activity. The Roseville police log digest update for the ten-day period covering March 10-20, 2017.
Free STD and STI Testing and Treatment in Roseville(Roseville, CA) - Sierra Pregnancy & Health (SPH) announced they have begun offering free testing and treatment for STD/STIs, including gonorrhea and chlamydia
Placer County Government Center ProposalAUBURN, Calif. -- After considerable analysis, stakeholder engagement, design and planning, the Placer County Board of Supervisors were presented a plan for a re-envisioned Placer County Government
Ghost in the Shell coming to IMAXGhost in the Shell: An IMAX 3D Experience opens at the Esquire IMAX Theatre on March 30 at 7:00 p.m
Auburn Art Walk begins April 7The Auburn Art Walk will take place on the first Friday of April, June, August and October 2017, from 6 pm to 9 pm
Achieve Tahoe to Host Ability Challenge Fundraiser at Squaw ValleyAlpine Meadows, CA - Achieve Tahoe, a leading provider of winter and summer adaptive sports instruction at all ability levels for adults and children with disabilities
Guys and Dolls at William Jessup University in AprilROCKLIN, CA. - William Jessup University's Creative Arts department presents Guys and Dolls for six weekend performances, starting April 7-8-9.
Prenatal Health Services to begin at Auburn Health CenterAUBURN, CA - Chapa-De Indian Health is proud to announce that its Auburn Health Center will begin providing prenatal health services to patients starting this week.
Roseville Skatetown to Host Curling BonspielRoseville, CA -Brand New Barrel Bonspiel Brings 16 California Curling Teams to Roseville on March 24-26.
Placer Valley Tourism to operate Placer County FairgroundsAUBURN, Calif. -- The Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved Placer Valley Tourism, a private nonprofit organization, as the new operator of the Placer County Fairgrounds
Roseville Gas Price Competition StiffensRoseville, CA - Competition has stiffened as Roseville gas prices were mostly flat during this past week.