Kidney Infection Symptoms and My Family

Kidney Infection Symptoms and My Family

Kidney Infection Symptoms and My FamilyKidney Disease and My Family was life altering. Looking back, renal failure was much harder than I led others to believe. Not only for me, but for my family, especially.

I was 24 years old and never sick. Never. Suddenly, my life turned on a dime and everybody had to follow because that’s the way we do it in my family. Even my girlfriend left her old life behind.

Amanda quit her job to take care of me, my dad put work on hold so he could cook and prepare the challenging meals that dialysis requires, and my mom juggled the pressures of work while still attending my countless doctors appointments.

They watched me slowly deteriorate. I lost 30 pounds in a matter of weeks. My hair fell out and an uncontrollable rash slowly engulfed my entire body. It’s hard for any family member to watch a loved one go through something tragic, but without my family, I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own.


I remember my mom and dad and the look on their faces. They were in shock and what was supposed to be the waning years of their lives suddenly turned into the most dynamic.

Not only did they push through the kidney transplant process to a near record of 182 days, but they used their own resources and started a non-profit organization so they could help other people to also get a kidney transplant.

Kidney Infection Symptoms and My Family was also hard because we didn’t know anything about kidneys. But each and everyone came through. They were my foundation and structure when I started to become discouraged and lose hope. I can’t even begin to express how fortunate I am to have been blessed with such a great support system. 

Now, we are invested so deeply in the kidney world that we are helping others. Why can’t we get donors and kidney patients together? As a family, we are tackling this challenge. That’s the way we do it in my family!

Without my family, I am not sure I could have made it. Thank you to all the caregivers for everything you do for others. You make the difference in this world.

Michael Machado