Lexi Reed kept a positive mindset as she continued to deal with painful consequences of his kidney failure.
On Tuesday, the weight loss influencer, 31, shared a health update on his Instagram Story, revealing that he has had a blood transfusion since specialists diagnosed him with calciphylaxis.
Calciphylaxis is a very rare and serious condition in which calcium builds up in the blood vessels and blocks blood flow to the skin. according to the Cleveland Clinic. This can lead to open sores and a potentially lethal infection.
“I just went to my doctor, got my IV, I had surgery on Friday for my wound so I could get some dead skin off the top which was really scary because y’all know I don’t like surgery,” Reed told reporters. his followers. “But I’m fine. I’m in so much pain every day, I’m crying. Some days are better than others, but I have a very strong support system.”
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She then thanked her husband, fans and everyone else who has supported her and taken care of her health. Reed said he will now have to undergo debridement surgery for open wounds on his body that have “necrotic dead tissue” so he can heal properly.
“I’m fine, I’ll get through this,” he added. “Every day is a good day to keep pushing, keep fighting. And rest assured that it will get better.”
“I’m happy to be here to continue to fight every day for my health no matter what has happened this year & all the setbacks and fears,” Reed wrote above the video.
Since January kidney failure, Reed said he recently had a tracheostomy tube, otherwise known as a tracheal tube, placed in his throat while he was in a coma, which left him with a hoarse voice. She also noted that she lost “a bit” of weight but was only focused on healing.
Last month, Reed revealed he returned to the emergency room after problems with his blood levels.
“Been back here since Saturday when my lab said my blood count was 4.4 and went to the ER,” Reed . said on her Instagram Story from his hospital bed. “They got it normal today but stay again tonight for the procedure in the morning before I can go home.”
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Doctors had to give him four blood transfusions to regulate his levels, Reed said at the time, earning him seven blood transfusions over the year. “This is also the third time I have been hospitalized this year,” he added.
Reed has in and out of the doctor’s office over the past few months to try and find out why she can’t walk on her own and the cause of her ongoing stomach and leg pain. The doctor previously thought he had calcinosis, a rare condition in which “calcium deposits” form in and around joints such as the elbows and knees, often after kidney failure. But after failed calcinosis treatment, he was later diagnosed with calciphylaxis.
Because calciphylaxis is so rare, the Cleveland Clinic says, there is limited research on the best way to treat it and the disease is not considered “curable.” But there are ways to manage it, with wound care, pain management with opioids, dialysis and treatments to regulate mineral levels in the body.
“It’s a rare condition and I’m ready for the long term but ready to keep fighting,” Reed said at the time. “Thank you for all the love and prayers.”