By Nik Pinchbeck.
Life is full of ups and downs, always moving like a rollercoaster. Normally the ups and downs don’t happen at the same time, but for me, that’s kind of how it worked out.
My name is Nik. I’m 33 and I have Stage Four Chronic Kidney Disease.
Two years ago, I was three weeks out from my wedding and was out on my bucks night with my friends. After an unfortunate slip on some stairs and a whack of the head, the next morning my fiance, Brianna, and my Dad decided to take me to the emergency room to check for concussion.
Sitting in the ER, I felt dizzy, nauseous, and just horrible all over. They assumed I’d just had a big night out, and left me to wait for a doctor. I knew it wasn’t a normal hangover, or any kind of hangover I’d experienced before, but they had already made up their minds about my condition. As the minutes passed, I was feeling worse and worse. Brianna saw how I was deteriorating and pleaded with the nurse to re-examine me. Luckily, he agreed, and within 5 minutes I was lying on a bed with an IV in my arm.
That afternoon they took routine blood and urine samples, and came to me a little while later to tell me my kidneys were failing. They figured it was acute and scheduled me in to see the renal specialist the next morning. At some point they realised there was something bigger going on, and I was officially admitted to the hospital.
I was in hospital for seven days, with catheters, cannulas and tubes going in and out everywhere. Brianna and I were now two weeks away from our wedding, with no indication as to when I would be released. At some point during those seven days they gave us the full diagnosis. Stage Four Chronic Kidney Disease.
It was a lot to swallow, but we had to keep moving on. I guess with a wedding in two weeks, it kind of gave us something else to focus on so it wasn’t all bad news. So I had a huge, life-changing diagnosis, but very swiftly followed by the most incredible day of my life. Our wedding was beautiful, fun, and followed up by an amazing holiday in Bora Bora. We were so lucky I was diagnosed and released from hospital in time to enjoy it all and be with my beautiful wife.