One of San Antonio’s finest jazz musicians, trombonist/bandleader Ron Wilkins, returned home last week after a harrowing, but ultimately encouraging, stay at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital.
Extremely high blood-pressure readings initially led Wilkins’ pathologist to believe that the musician had rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis, a disease which quickly leads to a loss of kidney function.
Fortunately, further tests enabled doctors to determine that while Wilkins has experienced considerable kidney damage, he does not have the disease. With medication, exercise, and a carefully managed diet, he should be able to maintain a healthy life, although he’ll surely need to cut back on his always-demanding calendar of gigs, recording sessions, and teaching commitments.
The consistently affable Wilkins does not have health insurance, so his many musician friends are organizing a benefit concert for him on Sunday, January 27 at Luna Fine Music Club. In the meantime, check donations to Wilkins (for deposit only) can be sent to: Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 2097, Universal City, TX 78148.