Amado Rodriguez Jr
Hello, my name is Amado and I am one of the Mentors with the ReMend Mentoring Program for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients in the San Diego County area.
KIDNEY PATIENT EXPERIENCE
In the summer of 2013, while riding our mountain bikes in Mission Trails with my wife we received a call from the doctor regarding labs taken earlier that morning. We were told to return to urgent care immediately for a follow up. I have been a diabetic for over 20 years and knew my kidneys were failing but I had no idea how close to dialysis I actually was. My wife and I were still walking, hiking and biking a lot and I felt good so when I first met my kidney doctor and he told me that I needed a transplant I was in disbelief. He explained my treatment options and our journey began.
Within three months I felt the effects of my kidney disease, I was not walking, hiking or biking any longer. I was not doing anything except going to work and was feeling so unwell. But soon after I started PD (Peritoneal Dialysis) I began to feel better. Currently, we are back to walking, hiking and riding our bikes and living a “Normal Life” at least our new normal.It can still be a struggle from day to day and it is definitely much harder on my wife. PD dialysis was a good choice for our lifestyle and we started living again!
I am more than willing to travel anywhere in San Diego County to provide mentoring support for those that want/need a mentor.
English and Spanish