Jan Reaman has an unusual gift at the top of her Christmas wish list.
The retired teacher is searching for a kidney donor that would enable her to no longer need the dialysis she must undergo every day.
Each evening, Reaman hooks herself up to a portable dialysis machine in her home to begin the nine-hour process. While she’s grateful to be able to have treatment from the comfort of her home, the New Hampton woman is hoping to find a more permanent solution and help raise awareness of organ donation.
Asked how she would feel if a donor came forward, Reaman was nearly speechless.
“It would be very, very humbling,” she answered quietly.
Reaman’s kidney issues began in the 1990s, when a medication she was taking caused damage. Eight years ago, a kidney specialist began talking about the possibility of a transplant and one year ago Reaman began peritoneal dialysis.
She said she noticed quickly feeling more energized after beginning the treatment.
“Now that we see how she is now, we see how much she needed the dialysis,” explained her daughter, Lanette Pint of New Hampton.
Reaman had a port surgically placed last fall and took classes in Waterloo to learn how to operate the dialysis machine. While at first she was nervous to do the process herself, now it takes her just 10 minutes to set it up each evening.
“I have to make sure to go to bed early enough because it takes nine hours,” she explained. “I am very thankful I can do this for now.”
For the complete story, please see the Nov. 27 Tribune.