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1/20/2017 Latest post:
20 hours ago
How did we get to where we are today? Caused by a freak situation while in labor Jacob was still born. After 18 minutes of resuscitation, his heart finally began to beat and then he breathed his first breath. While spending 3 months in the NICU unit many times the situation was grave as kidney, brain and other organs battled to function at a limited capacity. With the amount of brain and kidney damage his prognosis was bleak. He would never walk or talk and would lose kidney function within a couple of years. Well Jacob would have none of that, fast forward to a 15 year old young man who not only proved he would walk and talk, but showed he could play soccer, ride a dirt bike and compete with the best of them. With some extra help from the school system through out his life he is at grade level with a 3.6 grade average. His will and drive has always pushed him to be better then anyone would expect. So, here we are as his Chronic Renal Failure that we have battled for 15 years has reached a turning point. Over the past 6 months, Jacobs kidney function has decreased exponentially and the hope we once had that this time would never come has arrived. Within a few months he will most likely be on dialysis while we wait for a suitable donor. Dad and uncle are in the process now to check for compatibility with Jacob as he goes through a battery of tests to determine his eligibility as well as determining what type of donor will work for him. Hoping we can get through all of this within 3 months and beat the dialysis option. As we have many friends and family who have followed our adventures over the years, we thought this would be the best way to keep all in the loop on what is going on. Oh and as for Jacob.......... "I'm Fine" LOL Although he is tired often these days, his spirit is high. To him it is just something that has been coming and now it is here. A real trooper.