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    UPDATE 11-21-2018

    Update 11-21-18 Once again, another great Dr. visit at Vanderbilt last week! (11-15-2018) Kidney function and all levels are remaining stable. I am still ahead of schedule in recovery and now on once monthly follow-ups with the transplant team. All medications are remaining stable as well. I have finally started receiving EOB’s (explanation of benefits) from the insurance company. I want to say praise God for the blessings of a good job and good health insurance. I don’t know what we would do without it. I sat down and added up all the charges for my transplant and we are currently at $295,763.37!! Definitely blessed to have the insurance we…

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    Update 10-22-2018

    Once again, another great Dr. visit at Vanderbilt Monday! (10-22-2018) Kidney function and all levels seem to be remaining stable. They have moved my follow-ups ahead of normal schedule to once every 3 weeks instead of every 2. Things are still going great. Actually, far better than expected. Adjusted a few meds as usual. Definitely blessed!! Thank you all for your prayers and support. God Bless! Joe Tex

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    Update 10-10-2018

    Update 10-10-18 Had another great Dr. visit at Vanderbilt Monday! (10-8-2018) Kidney function is up to nearly 50% and all my other levels are still continually improving! My donor was also at Vanderbilt Monday for his follow-up as well. He is doing great and hopefully returning to work next week. Thank you all for your prayers and support. God Bless! Joe Tex

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    Update 10-3-2018

    Had another great Dr. visit at Vanderbilt Monday! (10-1-2018) All test results coming back good for levels and function. Still adjusting medications and just letting my immune system re-boot. Thank you all again for all the prayers and support. God Bless! Joe Tex

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    Update 9-20-2018

    Had a great Dr. visit at Vanderbilt Thursday! (9-20-2018) Everything is still going according to plan. Still adjusting medications which will be an ongoing thing for months to come. My kidney function is up to 46%!! I have not seen kidney function that good in almost 20 years. All my other numbers are good for the most part or are at least improving to get me where I need to be. Still have a very long road ahead to get my immune system back up and running to even close to where it needs to be. Thank you all again for all the prayers and support. God is good!! Joe…

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    Update First follow up at Vanderbilt!

    First follow up visit at Vanderbilt today (Friday 9-15-18). Everything is going great. All my numbers and kidney function are good. We’re still making med adjustments based on labwork which will be an ongoing process for months to come.  Unfortunately I couldn’t talk them into removing any of the staples that are DRIVING ME CRAZY!! Still on driving restrictions and 5lb weight limit. Praying all continues to keep progressing like I am. Come back next week for next follow up visit. Thank you all again for all your prayers and support. I wouldn’t be where I am without them!!

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    Got to Go Home!

    Hello everyone!! Just wanted to update everyone. We got to come home Thursday!! So far everything is still right on track with recovery and I feel AMAZING!! The Doctors say I am doing far better than most. I honestly feel that this is true because of God’s blessings, a positive attitude, and especially everyone’s prayers. For this, I thank each and every one of you! It’s amazing and a true blessing the support we have received. Have no doubt we have a LONG road ahead. At this point, I basically have no immune system. So for the next several months, I will be very vulnerable to any illness or infection.…

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    Back at it Again

    Back at it again. Another all day infusion. Recovery seems to be on track and everything is going well. Still in some pain but I guess that’s to be expected. Been trying to stay active and walking several miles a day. My donor is also recovering well. Thank you all once again for all the prayers and support. It has been a great help and motivation.

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    Release from Vandy!

    Hello everyone!! I was released from Vanderbilt today!! We are currently in medical housing here close to the hospital for the next few weeks as I stabilize and go to extensive follow up visits. I feel AMAZING!! God has truly blessed us beyond explanation. We still have a long road ahead as we sort out all the medications and anti-rejection drugs and dosages. I have close to 20 medications that have to be taken at exact times and doses throughout the day. I also have to document all activity, blood pressures, temperature, weight, and several other things. Basically a full time job staying alive!! Please continue to pray for my…