Bryant, aged 28, takes four pills for his blood pressure and works for work. This is a different job than he had before as a NFL defender who was developed by Cleveland Brown in 2013 and recently played for the Detroit Lion in 2016.
He begins his difficult everyday process here, starting with hanging a new bag of diallyl solution at his IV pole. For 50 minutes, he sits in a San Diego bedroom, which he shares with his wife, Kim. He & # 39; unites a solution with a catheter coming out of his stomach. Then he pours the body of an old solution that filters his blood in a step that takes from 1
After four hours, he does it again, a daily fluid cycle, waste and disappointment. above. Dialysis. Breakfast. Clean up. Dialysis. Clear FIFA or NBA2K or read or play. Dialysis. More cleaning, the visitor or anything he can handle. Kim is returning home. Supper. Dialysis. Bed.
While studying dialysis in November, Bryant broke up in tears. He can not work. In essence, he can leave only short jerks and appointments of the doctor. He needs to dial out every four hours to keep the kidneys – or what is left of their function – to work. Kim, who becomes his guardian, allows him to do it at home, not in the center of dialysis.
Bryant was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, more commonly known as FSGS. FSGS has led to renal insufficiency, which is why Bryant retired last summer after parts of the six seasons in the NFL. Now he is waiting, hopefully, for donating a kidney and a transplant that could remove him from dialysis and bring him back to a mostly normal life.
Sometimes he must pause when he describes his life over the phone last month. It's still too raw to handle. Being a football player, he struggled to reach the opposing defenders. Now he is struggling for life. In 6 feet 4 he weighed 270 pounds a year. Bryant dropped to 235. When people ask if he is an athlete, they refer to a broad tuner or basketball player rather than a huge defensive end.
"At first I did not even have an appetite. Eat before the dialysis began: I ate one or two meals a day, not very hungry," Bryant said at a particularly low point last month. "I've lost so much weight and it's so suppresses This is not me, do you know?
"How, when I look in the mirror, I do not see myself. I see a sick person. I see a tube coming out of my stomach. I do not see Armonty Bryant."
Current health problems Bryant began in May 2018. A few weeks before, he signed from Oakland Raiders after three seasons from Cleveland Browns and two more parts from Detroit Lions. Lions reduced Himafter Bryant served as the last of three suspensions for violating NFL policy on drug abuse.  Back in San Diego shortly after signing up with the raiders, he received a telephone call from the doctors of the team Bryant said the doctors were worried that he was going to have a heart attack. He went to EP, blood pressure was almost 200.
Ambulances changed his blood Bryant said, that doctors in Auckland expressed concern about his kidneys and shortly thereafter Bryant met with a kidney specialist – called the nephrologist – to find out if he could still play football.
Bryant was not only forbidden to play, but the doctor said that dialysis should be started immediately. Bryant was shocked. Even now, he is not sure how it happened. He said his suspensions for drugs that increase productivity have nothing to do with kidney disease. He said that the drug he took was Adderall for previously unidentified ADHD.
Football, in his opinion, would have had something to do with the acceleration of his kidney disease, but he was not sure, and science did not confirm this. The National Renal Foundation reports that African Americans suffer from renal insufficiency at least three times higher than that of the Caucasians and represent 35 percent of dialysis patients in the United States, but only 13.2 percent of the population. Patients, according to the National Kidney Foundation, can usually live from 5 to 10 years on a dialysis
FSGS has no known cause or treatment, according to National Institutes of Health. Everything Bryant knows that he did not feel sick – but he was very sick.
"They say the kidney is a quiet killer," Bryant said. "It's true, because I can tell you right now, I have not had anything wrong with me. I had a bit of a problem, but that's all. I never thought it could end with my car, basically. "
After Bryant's diagnosis, Kim heard another former NFL player, John Broccington, who needed a kidney transplant. Brookington and his wife, Diana, accidentally lived in San Diego.
Broccing started the John Broccington Foundation after John received a kidney from Diana, who was then just a friend – November 28, 2001. John and Diana helped others cope with kidney disease.
John explained to Bryant the importance of adhering to any regimen he receives, both before and after a potential transplant. John told Bryant that he could go through it. Diana spoke to Kim through the various steps she should take and the new world in which they live.
This is a difficult conversation, but in which Brockington is well versed.
"We tried to instill hope, because this is the only thing most needed for them at this stage, and this is not a false hope," said Diana. "So I think we continued to say that we would say:" Believe that there is a kidney transplant in your future. There is a kidney for you, this is a matter of its location. "
Shortly after he retired in July 2018, Bryant and Kim moved from San Diego to Austin, Texas, where they opened the AstroKids, a children's gym that uses the movement to help stimulate academic learning. pregnant. Everything they hoped for in their personal lives came true, except that Bryant became more painful.
Kim took control. She helped control the health and diet of Bryant, learning to cook differently due to dietary constraints due to his blood pressure and renal insufficiency. She spent most of the gym. Everything, carrying your child. Bryant had little energy and could not do much.
"I can not even help her, do you know?" – said Bryant. "And then she tries to take care of me and my illness. I do not want to add to her anymore. You know and emphasize my baby." 19659003] Pregnancy means that Kim could not sacrifice, and probably can not, until they decide that they are doing children.This may lead to higher incidences of preeclampsia, according to many studies.
Thus, Kim, who should be in March, began to look for a kidney for Bryant, turning to his family and friends, as well as doing everything possible to keep his life afloat. She started the GoFundMe page to Explaining the awareness of her husband's condition, and while Bryant is covered by his NFLPA insurance for care, their cost of living is increasing as he can not work, making ends meet, becoming increasingly difficult.
Realizing their position, they moved to San – Diego last month to be closer to friends and family, and to feel more comfortable with Bryant's help. John BROCHINGTON's Foundation recommended a dialysis clinic, a transplant center, and a San Diego nephrologist.
"One of the things Diana told me was that I had to be a defender for him and get him – the kidney and everything," said Kim. "I created GoFundMe and all these things. I tried hard to try to be a lawyer. "
Diana told them that finding a kidney would take time.There are steps and not everyone can be appropriate, especially with the negative group of O. Bryant.
Bryanty also had another sound card Kate Hillman – Close friend – Kim was once the nurse of Hilman's daughter in San Diego. When Bryantz told her about Armont's condition, Hillman joked: "If you need a kidney, let me know."
It turns out they did it. thought that Hillman would be the answer.Bryant and Hillman share one and two the same liquid group of blood, but testing in Austin caused what Hillman and Kim called "subjective issues."
They are in the process of re-testing in New Orleans and San Diego in hopes of Hillman may be His donor: When they thought they could be the beginning of the match, Bryant and Hillman planned to get the tattoo.
"This is mental and it's a disappointment," Hillman said. "That's why everyone reminds me:" Would you give a kidney? " I like: "Yes, I would give a kidney." I do not want to see him knowing with the car and eventually he th quality of life will decrease.
Then her voice goes away.
"This is … so."
This is a disappointment for all of them, seeing how once a healthy NFL player has become so sick and unable to do much of what he once could – most of which the transplant could eventually fix. was in the third grade. He said he could not watch – his only football came from the Madden game between the dialysis treatments. It's too hard.
"It totally depresses him," said Kim. "He's like any other footballer who stops playing football, it's hard to try to move into a new life or a new passion or new career or new job, but he does not even have that choice because he can" 19659003] "Even if he wants to go, he wants to go out and pursue something or find a new passion or find a new job, and he can not."
Everything he can do – everything that he can do – wait, wait until the living donor is appropriate, or that he will rise on the list of transplants of the donors of the dead.
Or wait for someone to agree to give him a kidney in any case, forming what is called a chain of kidney donors, in which he will get a match from someone else, and his donor gives the kidney to someone with whom he or she is appropriate. Until then, Bryant hopes that someone will donate a kidney to help save his life.
"I need a kidney," Bryant said. o Be the answer to me to donate a kidney. Why not save someone else's life and mine at the same time?
"… People are so free," Oh, I do not coincide with you, I just do not want to sacrifice my kidney. " You can potentially save someone's life. How, yes, you saved a friend, but yes, you saved two people. Two is better than one, is not it?
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