Organ transplants

My web guy is out of town, and I haven’t figured out yet how to just post an entry. You’d think there’d be a button that says “new entry”, but no. I couldn’t find anything but a reply to my last blog. So I’m just going with that…

I want to talk a bit about organ donation. The word is slowly getting out that people are dying waiting for organs, and that there are ways to donate that encourage others to donate to people they don’t necessarily know. But here’s something they don’t tell you. And since doctors screwed up a perfectly good kidney that was donated to a friend of mine, I never assume that the medical profession is on top of every issue.

I offered a kidney to that friend who needed a second transplant. Fortunately, somebody else got there first, and her kidney was successfully transplanted. I say “fortunately”, because at the time I volunteered, I hadn’t yet been diagnosed with cancer. If my kidney had been transplanted and the cancer hadn’t been detected, it would have been the gift that kept on giving.

My point: if you donate any organ – and I hope that you at least consider doing so – make sure you ask the doctors to check you out for anything that the transplant could transfer to the organ recipient.

I’m no longer eligible for organ donation. Or…let me put it this way: I wouldn’t be comfortable donating any of my organs, no matter what doctors might say. One cancerous stem cell in the body of someone with a compromised immune system?…I wouldn’t want to take the chance.

If anyone out there has donated an organ, I’d really like to hear from you, particularly about the way everything played out after the transplant. Did you meet the recipient? Did the organ “take”? Would you do it again? Hopefully, your experience will encourage others to give the gift of life to someone else.

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