I’m a 20 year old full-time nursing student in my junior semester of nursing school.
My dad was diagnosed in the hospital with stage 5 kidney disease with a 4% renal function on Christmas Day 2016 and his health has only been declining. He is currently undergoing peritoneal dialysis which is drastically effecting his quality of life. I wake up morning and night to him on the floor throwing up, going into convulsions, trembling, and even seeing things that aren’t there. Because of his condition he has gotten into 3 fender bender car accidents in the past month just driving to doctor appointments. Even though he is hanging on by a thread, he still attends work as a mechanic every day and even weekends to pay bills. However, he is not doing well. He continues to get weaker each day and was recently admitted back to the hospital because he was unable to breath. My mom is planning on donating her kidney once we find out if she is a match for my dad or not. Unfortunately, life happens and the wait time for surgery and lab results has only become longer and has postponed my parent’s kidney transplant surgery. This means my parents are no longer able to undergo surgery this 2018 summer and being a college student, I will have limited time to care for them during their rehabilitation after surgery due to studying full-time and attending clinicals away from home. This puts a huge strain on both of my parents work life as well as my journey on successfully graduating and becoming a registered nurse. Not only will I be less available during and after my parent’s surgery, they too will be out of work for an extended period of time to recover. My family will essentially have no income to help pay the numerous medical bills and tuition costs. I have attempted to save up as much money as I could while trying not to jeopardize my GPA and academic opportunities and I have sacrificed all social life and healthy living just to work for my family.
We are deep in debt from medical bills, medications, dialysis equipment, numerous doctor appointments and consultations, lab testings, and care for my dad (not to mention my outstanding college tuition debt). Being thousands of dollars in debt just in tuition while also caring for a family member whose kidneys have failed, and preparing for two transplant surgeries for months has been mentally and physically exhausting for my family and I. I’m extremely worried for both of my parent’s health and well-being during this process and want nothing but a stress-free environment before they have to endure a costly surgery. I want my dad to be able to have quality of life again and be free from dialysis. My parents have been working nonstop for the past several months to accommodate for this, however, the bills keep coming and we simply can not afford to keep up.
I feel guilty knowing I am costing my parents thousands of dollars in debt from tuition that they simply cannot afford since my dad’s life changing diagnosis. I have three more semesters until I get my degree as a registered nurse and I need my dad at my graduation alive and living a quality life for many more years. I am just not ready to lose him to kidney disease. We are doing everything we can to support and care for him through end stage renal failure.
Please consider donating to help me graduate from nursing school and pursue my career as a registered nurse and to save my dad’s life. I have worked so hard to get where I am and all I want is to help my parents through surgery, graduate, pay off my parent’s debt, and watch my dad fight and survive kidney disease. Donations, no matter how small, would mean the world to my family and I during this time. If you’ve made it this far in this post, I appreciate and thank you for even caring enough to read this page full of my financial situation and stresses.