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Requiem 12-09-2008 09:53 AM

Off-Topic: Requiem Health Update
Hey everyone,

I know I have some good friends here and while I spend more time at other forums, I figured I'd keep some of you up to date with issues regarding my health. Over the past few months I haven't been able to urinate and digest my fluids and food as well as I would have liked to. I also had signs of peripheral edema (in my legs, and it's pitting edema -- which means tight clothes or anything touching my legs cause indentations, etc.) -- and after a long battle of not being able to move around as much as I'd like and function properly, I went in this past Friday and yesterday to get some tests done.

After a CBC, multiple UA's (doing another 24 hour one today -- urine analysis), a metabolic panel, X-Ray's and a THS -- preliminary results showed that I suffer from Nephrotic Syndrome, which is the cause of all the aforementioned symptoms and is usually associated with kidney failure and disease.

Tomorrow I will complete my 24 hour urine analysis; and see the kidney specialist. Pending the results and further findings from the test, I may undergo a renal biopsy to help further diagnose which disease in my kidney's I'm suffering from. Diabetes has been ruled out, because my blood sugar levels are very good. The X-Ray's showed no swelling in my heart and lungs, and my thyroid is just fine too. That is the good news.

I just have to wait for further tests and results to understand the direct cause of my Nephrotic Syndrome; before I can be given any medicine to start treatment. The NP and Doctor said that they didn't want to put me on anything until they knew exactly what is wrong with me.

I have a lot of strength right now mentally, through the support of family and friends. I broke down yesterday, but after getting the love and care I needed from everyone, my spirits are up -- and I'm confident after a final diagnosis that I will be able to beat whatever is hurting me and live the most normal life I can.

Any well wishes my way would be greatly appreciated. This isn't going to stop me at all. I will finish my college career and I will continue giving my insight on the NFL Draft here at the Orange Mane!

Yes, it stinks to be 21 and have some crazy health disorder come up in me when I've been a healthy individual all my life -- but that's the breaks. A lot of people have it worse, and I'm lucky to have all the people I have in my life. I am blessed.

Just thought I'd let some of my friends here know.

Take care and go Broncos.

BlaK-Argentina 12-09-2008 10:00 AM

Wow, it sucks to hear that but I'm glad you're handling it like a man. Keep your spirit up, I'm sure you'll be just fine. I was actually wondering why you hadn't been around much.

Keep us updated and get well soon!

24champ 12-09-2008 10:02 AM

Hope the doctors can find out what it is and you can get better.

Also are you dealing with this and doing finals? I'm on about 8 Hours of sleep the last three days...

PRBronco 12-09-2008 10:06 AM

Sorry to hear that you're sick Req, glad to hear you've got a good support network though, good luck I know you'll pull through!

Requiem 12-09-2008 10:09 AM


Originally Posted by A.L.F. (Post 2196258)
Hope the doctors can find out what it is and you can get better.

Also are you dealing with this and doing finals? I'm on about 8 Hours of sleep the last three days...

Yes, I have two final tests and two final papers due by Wednesday of next week. I got an extension on one final to next week; but my goal is to keep doing the rest of the work and be done on time. I'm actually gonna finish one of my final papers today and just have it out the way.

Thanks guys, it means a lot.

Garcia Bronco 12-09-2008 10:10 AM

Take it easy bro. Don't let the BS get to you and good luck

theAPAOps5 12-09-2008 10:12 AM

Hang in there bro at least you are on track to get it resolved. That must be terrifying. Don't feel to down for feeling that way at age 21.

I found out a year ago my best friend from High School whom I had lost touch with had to have a Kidney donated from a family friend. He was 21 years old. He woke up one morning and couldn't stand on his right leg it hurt so bad. Now he is married and quite happy.

Not bringing up the transplant to scare you just pointing out that it happens to people at all ages.

The Joker 12-09-2008 10:28 AM

Damn, really sorry to hear.

Was your posts over at Broncomania that brought the Mane to my attention, so I thank you for that. Always love reading your takes on the draft and the Broncos, hope to see them again more regularly one day.

Get well soon man, and keep your spirits up. :strong:

Dr. Broncenstein 12-09-2008 10:30 AM


PM me if you have any questions. I'll be as much or as little help as you want. Get well.

HILife 12-09-2008 10:34 AM

Take care. And keep your spirits up. I'll make sure to make a prayer for you.

cmhargrove 12-09-2008 10:34 AM

I hope things get better, you always have some friends here.

My prayers with you and your family.

HILife 12-09-2008 10:37 AM

prayer done. :thumbs:

JCMElway 12-09-2008 10:38 AM


Take care, and I'll definitely be sending positive thoughts and energy your way to get this thing figured out!

ND Bronco Fan 12-09-2008 10:39 AM

Way to stand up and take it like and man and kick whatever in the ass is keeping you down. It sounds like you have all kinds of strength and a great support is hoping for a complete and quick diagnosis so you can have a happy holiday season.

SoDak Bronco 12-09-2008 10:41 AM

Hey Req, Keep on keeping on, we love your insight and what you bring to the Mane. Best of luck :)

Spider 12-09-2008 10:43 AM

sorry to hear that req ......... best wishes from me to you

BroncoInferno 12-09-2008 10:47 AM

Sorry to hear this. What is the long term prognosis of someone with Nephrotic Syndrome? I am not a praying man, but you will certainly be in my thoughts, and I hope you have a speedy recovery.

hades 12-09-2008 10:50 AM

Good luck and best wishes on a full and speedy recovery!

rugbythug 12-09-2008 10:53 AM

I will pray for you.

chaz 12-09-2008 11:24 AM

sorry to hear it req, keep your head up and believe. I'll say a prayer for you

SouthStndJunkie 12-09-2008 12:15 PM

Best of luck....keep a positive attitude.

Meck77 12-09-2008 12:19 PM

I wish you the best Req.

backup qb 12-09-2008 12:22 PM

Good luck with everything. Keep your spirits and faith up.

ludo21 12-09-2008 12:30 PM

best of luck Req, on Finals too.

My Finals week will be tough, but nothing compared to what you are going to have to do.

Paladin 12-09-2008 12:32 PM

Best wishes, Req. Hope they can get a handle on it and get the therapy going for you.....

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