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Would You Donate Your Kidney?

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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Dec 14, 2013 15:25
  • Would You Donate Your Kidney?

    Organ Donation

    Most of you know – I’m a big public radio listener – one of my many favourites is White Coat Black Arts with Dr. Brian Goldman  – a ½ hour segment – where the listener gets the inside story – that is understandable to the non-medical/technical  brain oriented person like myself.   It opens up my eyes to things that I would never perhaps know about.   Sometimes, the stories I hear each week – makes me want to write about it – and this one did – with the interview with Dr. Phil Fischer who has come public about himself becoming a living organ donor after he received a letter from the recipient of his kidney.

     “ a few weeks of recovery ”

    Dr. Fischer was saying that it took him 6 weeks to recover from the surgery and not the 3 weeks that he thought he could recover (he’s not a youngster anymore he was saying <lol>).  He actually could have taken medical leave from the Mayo Clinic where he works – but he decided instead to use his holiday time.   He did this as well with NO monetary gain!

    it was the right thing to do

    Why would someone do this for a person that they don’t even know?  I had sort of skirted the issue with my brother many years ago (he probably doesn’t remember) – about whether I ever needed a kidney transplant due to my long term diabetes perhaps shutting it down would he consider losing one to me .  He didn’t seem to be too receptive to the idea (and a relative doesn’t always mean you are matches).  

    You can listen to the full pod cast here – it’s only 28 minutes long – and may open up your eyes abit of organ donation (Dr. Fischer’s full interview comes during the last 15 minutes to the episode – and he does some small snippets in the beginning with the debate about  organ transplants).

    CURRENTLY 1 IN 500

    Canadians receive organ donations from a deceased person – and the low number is often due to the hospitals that handle the organs that can be donated – to the person who is in dire need of them to save their life.  Canada is at the bottom ½ of organ donations in the Western nations as well with Spain at the top.  If you listen to the pod cast link below – you’ll understand the system of how organ donations are done in our country – it’s not perfect – but maybe in time it will be.  Perhaps people will will also reconsider donating their organs in whatever method they feel comfortable with.

    I know for myself – that if I was not a diabetic – I would donate a kidney – even with the risk to myself – knowing I could save someone’s life.   I hope that when I do die – that if any of my organs can be used they will be put to good use (having visions of Dr. Lecter Hannibal below - shiver!!!) – and if not - at least my body can help aid medical research!

    Dr. Lecter Hannibal

    Would you?

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