As a few group members have asked me to keep them informed in relation to my brother in laws health situation i have decided to post an update. For those who read my previous blog you will be aware how we were recently knocked sideways when my youngest sisters husband and loving dad to their 2 young boys aged 9 & 2 yrs received the news that his kidneys were diseased and as a result were currently functioning at just 10% of their normal capacity necessitating a transplant.
Tony & claire were initially shocked and devastated then humbled and grateful that several family members quickly came forward and offered to act as a donor. Unfortunetly the situation has now deteriorated and we learnt yesterday that contary to what we were first told tony now requires a double organ transplant in order to both survive and thrive. This means he needs two kidneys and a pancreas. Apparently tonys diabetes has contributed to the problems with his kidneys and a new pancreas is needed to ensure his diabetes is controlled and cannot destroy the new kidneys. This treatment would be tonys best shot at a full life but due to issues like suitability, availability, physical & emotional health, costs, etc it remains to be seen if tony will be a suitable candidate.
So what are his other options??? Whilst it was first thought a single transplanted kidney would save his life, further testing has now determined that a single transplant will buy him time but is not a cure; it would comdemn him to a life on dialyis where at the age of 37 he would be confined to bed and plugged in2 a machine for at least 3 days a week.
As you can imagine Tony is very concerned that life on dialyis will limited his ability to work, study, be a proper hubby and daddy and have the energy to play with his boys.
Also he has just discovered that a transplanted organ only has a shelf life of 15 yrs so he will be placed bk into the same situation in a relatively short period of time only this time with the added complication of being older.
So thats the situation at the minute so im asking my fibro family for prayers so if you can spare a min, pls offer up a wee prayer for tony, claire, reece(9) and luis(2)
P.s. thank you for your support Dixie xx