Dialysis can be draining, both emotionally and physically. And after five years of waiting for a kidney, Andres was at a tipping point. With his health deteriorating and morale declining, the MJHS renal transplant team was asked to intervene.
This began a pioneering collaboration between a university medical center, its team of transplant physicians and MJHS Home Care. Their one goal; to keep Andres alive while he waited for his new kidney.
Using every available resource, MJHS nurses motivated Andres to better manage his diabetes and other chronic conditions. After time, his body became healthier, producing a wonderful side effect… optimism. By the time his life-saving kidney arrived, Andres was truly ready—physically, mentally, emotionally—for the operation that changed his life.
Before the surgery, MJHS Home Care nurses monitored Andres’ health and visited him at the local clinic. MJHS social workers connected Andres with community services that he would need. And members of the MJHS renal transplant team taught Andres and his wife the vital dos and don’ts of post-procedure care.
By the time Andres went home, MJHS had everything in place. Andres and his wife were given easy-to-follow daily living instructions. Round-trip transportation to critical doctor appointments was pre-arranged. And a high-tech pillbox was delivered to his home. (It flashes when he needs to take life-preserving medicine and calls his wife when he forgets.)
“I’ve been on a physical and emotional rollercoaster for years,” says Andres. Today, my body is stronger, my mind is more confident and my heart is really happy. With MJHS Home Care, I’m surrounded by people who know me, encourage me and treat me with dignity,” adds Andres. “My team has given me the best gift in the world…the support I need to stay healthy!”