Archive | December, 2013

Finally We Can Breathe

29 Dec

Hi folks,

Been a while since I have written, sorry about that. We had so much happening here with Charlie’s finishing the semester and Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Sure seems like time has just flown by and I was just standing still.  Let’s see if I can back up a bit and fill  y’all in.

I think when I last wrote Charlie had gotten his award for Honors at school.  Let me pick it up from there. First we celebrated Thanksgiving.  That was amazing. Charlie and I had been on TV in an interview regarding the sidewalks in San Antonio and how they are so badly maintained. The gist of the story was that the sidewalks really are not disable friendly.  Well, there was a man who owns a BBQ place, he saw the story and contacted the news station and wanted to cater our Thanksgiving meal. What a blessing that was.  He got in touch with us right before Thanksgiving and we told him we would be going to our daughter’s home.  He asked how many people, we told him, and on Thanksgiving day he brought us a BBQ turkey, mashed potatoes and green beans. It was absolutely delicious.

The first week of December was finals for Charlie. We had 3 papers and and exam to complete and then we were done.  It was a very long semester and we both were definitely ready for a break!  Charlie ended the semester with an A and 2 B’s.  We are now on break until January 22nd.  Next semester will bring with it a whole new set of challenges, so we are resting up and gearing up for it.  Charlie will be taking English Comp 2, Speech, and Humanities.  We will definitely be getting the books early so we can start reading chapters and seeing what will be coming up!

On December 8th we had our first official fundraiser for Charlie’s kidney transplant. I made about 15 dozen meatballs, and I don’t even know how many gallons of sauce, garlic butter, salad and two cakes.  I had a ton of help with serving and decorating and manning different stations. It was wonderful.  It was also a success. We fed what felt like a zillion people! My feet and back let me know that we really did WORK that day. Now we are in the process of collecting recipes to try and create a cookbook with diabetic, heart and kidney friendly recipes. These will be put together to make a cookbook to sell as a fundraiser. If any of you have a recipe you would be willing to share I would more than welcome it. Please email the recipe to

On December 11th we finally started receiving my Social Security.  PRAISE GOD, now we can pay bills and buy food and we have finally reached the light at the end of the tunnel….and it wasn’t a train!!!!   It’s good to be able to have a bill collector call and be able to tell them we can set up a payment plan.  I look forward to when all of them are finally paid off and we don’t get anymore calls.  We have been incredibly blessed over the last two and a half years and are thankful for all of the love and support that all have given us.  We will also finally be able to repay all of those who helped us out during our journey. I can honestly say that I am glad that we will no longer need the assistance of Food Stamps – now someone else in need will have the assistance available.  Another PRAISE was that I also became eligible for Medicare.  I had originally been told it would be 2 years from now, but because my case took two and a half years I qualified on November 1st.  I now have a Medicare Advantage plan which will begin on Jan 1st and I will be able to have a real doctor to follow my heart and kidney problems.  This will be so much better than going to the ER when I get so bad I can’t deal with things anymore.  The really great thing about it is that Charlie’s nephrologist and cardiologist have agreed to take me on as a patient. We are both thankful for that as we both like those doctors a lot. They have been great with Charlie’s care.

Next was Christmas.  Oh my, it was wonderful to be able to get the grandchildren gifts this year.  We spent the day with family and friends at our daughter’s home.   Three of our grandchildren were there with us. I so wish there was a way to get them all together for a holiday. Maybe some day!  I cooked a turkey, some dressing and made Charlie his giblet gravy.  There was so much other food there one didn’t know what to eat first.  There were also goodies galore: cake, cookies, candy, dips, chips, soda.  It was a feast.   Everyone ate and opened gifts, the children had a ball together.  It’s such fun to watch them play, they all get along so well together.  I love gatherings with family.

In between all of these things we had doctor’s appointments and the usual dialysis days.  It’s been a long year, but a good one and we are ending on a positive note.    Even though we are ending on a positive, we do have to honestly say that we are a bit disappointed.  At the beginning of the year everyone assured Charlie that this would be the year for the kidney, needless to say that hasn’t happened.  It’s hard because this year we have seen 3 other people get kidneys.  We are very happy for all of them, but each time someone gets one it saddens Charlie a bit more.  It’s been 9 years now since he went on the kidney transplant list and 9 years on dialysis.  Each dialysis day exhausts his body more.  We so want to travel and see our grandchildren and siblings but there is just so much that has to be done to do that.  We have to schedule dialysis everywhere we go, and that entails contacting the clinic on the other end and making sure his dialysis unit communicates with that one so that they have all the information they need to be able to do his treatment.  It also means having to have someone willing to take him to and bring him home from dialysis.  Then you have to have time for him to rest so that we can have a decent visit with everyone. It’s not an easy lifestyle.  We are going to try and make it to see everyone this year.  We have a grandchild that is about to turn 1 and we haven’t even met him yet.  There is another granddaughter due to be born in March, hopefully we will be able to see her too.

Well, that’s about it for now.  Please continue to pray for the kidney….maybe 2014 will finally be the year.

Blessings to all,

Charlie & Sherrie


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