Captain Ed's wife needs a new kidney, and all of our prayers. She had both a kidney and a pancreas transplanted last year, but has been suffering from a viral infection for several weeks.
The doctors informed us today that the FM will need a new kidney and that we probably can't expect too much more function from the current transplant. The average wait for a cadaver donor in this part of the country is four to five years, which means that she'll need to go back on dialysis if the treatment can't recover at least some part of the current transplant's function.
Fortunately at this point, it doesn't appear that she has a problem with the pancreas transplant, so she doesn't have to go back on insulin. She will have to continue with the IV treatments this week, and then she will have to follow up once a week with extra anti-virals for a while. After that, we're hoping that she can stop with the IV treatments and take oral medication in its place. She's exhausted and pretty dispirited about the developments today, but we're hoping that we can get lucky in finding another donor.
Ed and Marsha are wonderful people and they need our prayers. Please, keep them in your hearts.