I’m from Rhode Island.
I was born in 1950. My wife and I have been married for 34 years. We have 4 grown children and 2 well-behaved dogs. (Make that one well behaved dog and one yellow lab who finds himself in one misadventure after another. He even has his own blog: JacksonTales.com )
I have been a Type 2 (adult onset) diabetic for over 25 years. My diabetes is controlled by diet and exercise.
When my creatinine level started climbing, I was sent to a local nephrologist (kidney specialist). Six months later (September, 2010) he determined that it was only a matter of weeks before I would have to start dialysis. No other options were discussed with me.
Always being a second opinion kind of guy, I sought a referral from my Joslin Diabetes Center doctor for a Joslin (Boston) kidney specialist. He referred me to Dr. Bijan Roshan who I saw the following month.
I was listed on the Beth Israel Deaconess/Boston waiting list in May, 2011. I also applied to Florida Hospital (Orlando) to be on their kidney waiting list in October, 2011. (I was allowed to transfer my Beth Israel waiting list time to Florida. Why would I do this? Florida is a region which does not require you to be on dialysis before receiving a kidney.
In June, 2012 I received my kidney transplant at Florida Hospital (Orlando). Fortunately, our son lives less than 7 miles away from the hospital so we were able to stay with him during the months of follow up visits to the Florida Hospital’s transplant center.
My pre-emptive kidney transplant was successful. And the care I received at Florida Hospital and their transplant team was superlative. The only sadness I now feel is that we had to leave our Florida Hospital transplant team family to return home.
If you want to consider Florida Hospital for your transplant, visit their website for full information. (For out-of-towners there’s a hotel right next to the transplant center, I believe it’s a Comfort Inn, where you can stay during your recuperative period.)