Just my thoughts...

Just my thoughts...
The randomness that is I

Friday, September 27, 2013

IT'S OFFICIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm on the National Kidney Transplant list!!!!

Just being on the list, the wait will be anywhere from 3-5 years. If I find a good match on my own, it's 1-3 months, depending on the tests they have to run.

I had a few friends who said they'd offer to be tested when the time came and now, nothing. I'm ok with that. Surgery is something big and everyone isn't cut out for it. *giggle*

Seriously though, I understand that it's a HUGE decision and you're entitled to have a change of kidney, I mean heart. (Sorry, I'm just absolutely giddy this afternoon, you just don't understand!).

I can tell you right off, if you're diabetic or if you have high blood pressure, you will not be a good candidate. Let me know if you want to be tested. You do NOT have to be tested in Chicago (where I will have it done), they can send you a packet and you can get your lab work done at your local hospital. It will not cost you a dime. All expenses are covered by the recipient's insurance.

Even if you don't do it now, in life, please consider being a donor after and allow someone else to live.

If you are interested in finding out more about how the transplant process works, you can look at www.transplantliving.org, www.unos.org and www.optn.transplant.hrsa.gov

You can also google Kidney Paired Donation if you're interested in donating even if we aren't a match.

If you are interested in being tested to see if you are a match for me, please email Xenia Lopez, Transplant Coordinator xlopez@uic.edu (CORRECTED)or call her at 312-413-9489 and put D. Newman in the subject line.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wow, ironically, the last time I logged in, I'd had surgery on my graft. Well guess what? Just had another last Wednesday and I haven't been right since. I don't know what's going on with my vascular system, but I'm sick of it. Not sick enough to stop treatment, but truly sick of it.

I'm also sick of people. Why can't people just say hello and keep moving? I'm getting SO comfortable with logging in to FB for about an hour and commenting on the things that move me to do so, overlooking the stuff that gets on my nerves and playing my beloved Bubble Safari and logging right back out. My FB group is 3k+ and I don't have to do anything but pop in every few weeks and make sure I haven't approved a spammer. Folks come in. Post their memories, comment and keep it moving. I love it.

Fortunately I can easily recognize most folks who are on another agenda (FB and otherwise) and I'm quick to dismiss them, sometimes just by simply never responding to them again.

I have a few that I love to talk to every now and then, but honestly, my mind is so jacked up these days, I just can't.

That's really unfortunate because I really am a fun person. I have a very caring heart and for people I love about, the sky is the limit, even if my pockets have limits.

I realize that this is yet another random post, but I felt the need to write, so here I am.