It's been a while since I've posted... During the past fall I was in the hospital for a month and a half, and other than posting my progress on IG I haven't been online much while I've been recovering over the last 6 months.
It was a pretty crazy experience but I am very grateful that I will make a full recovery.
I had collapsed on the street late at night, thankfully a good samaritan called an ambulance and I was taken to the hospital as a Jane Doe. I'm also thankful that my friend Lindsay sounded the alarm since I didn't show up to work and I wasn't answering phone calls and texts. She got in touch with my family and my boss who called the police and drove all over until I was found.
I spent 5 days in a hospital in Queens before a surgeon from Montefiore hospital in the Bronx came down to prepare me for transport. I had double pneumonia, sepsis, and my kidneys completely shut down. Fluid was drained from my lungs and I was treated with antibiotics. I was also kept sedated while I was placed on a ventilator, receiving dialysis and put on an ECMO machine that acted as my heart and lungs.
I had been non responsive and unconscious since I first collapsed, they were not sure if I would wake up or if there would be brain damage. It was a very scary time for my family and friends. My wonderful parents were there every day in the Surgical/Neurological Critical Care ICU and had the support of so many friends and colleagues. Everyone was very happy when I finally woke up :)
After 6 weeks in the hospital I went home with my parents and started working on getting better.
Being on dialysis required me to be on a very strict diet and once I had enough strength I started working on physical therapy. Other than having kidney stones once, I hadn't thought about my kidneys much but after having an Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), that all changed!! I am so thankful that I regained kidney function and was able to get off of dialysis. I'm still eating a very low sodium and sugar diet, don't drink, and have been working on doing everything I can to keep my kidneys happy and functioning.
Right now I'm still doing physical therapy and working on building up stamina and endurance so I can return home and back to work...
I am very lucky to be here and I’m very thankful to be on my way to a full recovery…
One last thing.... I'm participating in the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and asking people to sponsor me by donating to KIDNEYNATION.
Dialysis saved my life, and I want to support the thousands of patients still in need. As a huge Star Wars fan, and since I need to do a lot of walking for PT, I'm excited I can combine both while also raising money for a fantastic organization.
If you're interested, you can donate on my KIDNEYNATION fundraising page.