By Starrla Cray
HOWARD LAKE, MN Crist Robinson of Howard Lake has made it through some tough days since August 2015.
That’s when he got news that his kidneys were functioning at 9 percent, and that he’d need a transplant.
His first symptom was blurry vision, and he went to the eye doctor for a routine exam. Concerned about the findings, the eye doctor sent Robinson to an eye center in St. Cloud. From there, he was admitted to St. Cloud Hospital, due to extremely swollen blood vessels in the back of his eyes.
“They said my blood pressure was 280/180,” Robinson recalled.
Robinson started dialysis in Litchfield, while continuing to work full-time as a machine operator in Cokato.
For 1.5 years, Robinson’s days revolved around hours of dialysis, work, and sleep.
Robinson received a kidney transplant at the University of Minnesota Medical Center Jan. 3, and has been in recovery since then.
“Yesterday was my first day back at work,” he said Tuesday. “Everybody was happy to see me back.”
Robinson was glad to be back, as well, and bought pizza for all his coworkers.
How to help
A benefit to help Robinson and his wife, Bobbie Jo, pay for medical expenses will take place Saturday, April 15 at the Howard Lake Legion.
The event will start with an “all-you-can-eat” spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, and $5 for children.
Homemade baked goods will be for sale, and a silent auction will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. A meat raffle will be provided by Glenn’s SuperValu in Winsted.
Music by “Crimson Edge” will be from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Donations can be delivered to the Howard Lake Legion the day of the benefit, or can be arranged ahead of time by calling (320) 241-4625.