March 13, 2021
We are at the beginning of a new chapter in this journey with kidney disease.
So today is day 2 post op and Monty is talking and has a brand new functioning kidney that is doing a great job. His creatinine (indicator for kidney function) is almost back to a normal range. I mean just saying that is almost enough to cause eyes to leak. His other labs are leveling out and looking really good as well.
Have I said we are blessed?
His sister (donor) is also doing wonderfully. Thank goodness for that.
Pain is the main thing right now and that is being monitored closely. The transplant team is on it and has been top notch.
He has begun the immunosuppressant drugs so if we aren't out and about for a few months, please know it isn't because we don't love you all. He just has to be extra safe for a few months.
Next is the road to getting meds straight and finding a way back to a new normal with NO DIALYSIS!
He will take 2 drugs for life, always, no exceptions. These drugs cost in excess of $400/month, from what I understand, after insurance. I do not even know what to expect if we were to lose insurance. Yikes. We also have very regular doc appointments and tests to be sure this precious kidney continues to function well.
Thank you SO MUCH for all of your help. Rest assured any contribution you make will be used exclusively for kidney expenses and that we appreciate it so very much.
Keep the prayers and positive thoughts coming. We appreciate them so much!
Transplant Type: Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Monty Lee is awaiting a new lease on life. In August 2019, he was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD). His diagnosis came as quite the shock as he had never suffered from kidney issues. Now doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary. While awaiting his transplant, he endures regular dialysis treatments, which leave him exhausted, and take a toll on his quality of life.
During such a challenging time, Monty is thankful to be surrounded by a strong support system who have been by his side every step of the way providing much needed love and encouragement. While it’s been very hard for Monty and his family, these circumstances have given them perspective on what matters most in life.
Before his health began to decline, Monty loved his career as a law enforcement officer. Sadly, he will never be able to wear that uniform in the same capacity again, and he must figure out his new identity without the full career he loved.
Monty looks forward to the transplant that will allow him to spend many more years making memories with his loved ones, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Monty’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average kidney transplant costs approximately $442,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
Monty incurs substantial expenses each time he visits for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When he receives his transplant, they will need to stay near the hospital, during recovery, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Monty.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Texas Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Monty Lee” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston