I know I’ve been heavy & introspective lately again, as usual for me when I’m tossing things around. My next lung transplant follow-up appointment is tomorrow. Admittedly before any doctor’s appointment (regardless of news or lack thereof) I get a little amped. This is always the case & has been since 2004. I’ve been doing a good job taking my mind off of it for the first few days this week, but then also trying to do some preparing yesterday & today (if I have any lingering questions that popped into my head that I need to discuss).
I recently was introduced to someone in my local area, close in age to me, with some similar issues. He had his double lung transplant in May & is doing well. So for the past few days, as I’ve thought of different questions in relation to his journey & experiences that have come up that I’ve been asking as he’s reached out to me. Having him as an ear & sounding board has helped me process a few things that I wasn’t quite grasping before & I see that as a good thing.
Yet, today I had a bevy of things I could write about. I felt something else was in order. So low and behold I found this on my friend Leslie Franklin‘s Twitter feed recently & thought it was unique enough to share.
Let me preface this by saying Tinder gets a bad rap, sometimes for valid reasons.
Admittedly, my younger improv teammates got a good chuckle when they asked me if I knew what Tinder was a few months ago. I replied with, “I don’t know, firewood…? kindling…?”
Not quite. It’s actually classified as a dating site but if you talk to different people they classify it differently.
I guess there’s even a few parts of me (as savvy as I am) where I am still a digital luddite at points. This is in spite of my zest for digital health & apps in general. I take it in stride though in the rare event it happens where my naiveté is shown in full bloom.
That said, who knew there was a potential new use for this app/website?
Check out this news article from The Tampa Bay Times & you’ll see what I mean. Actually though, in the end run, there is a charming novelty & uniqueness to this story if it’s read in its entirety. (I by no means mean to minimize the extensive process it takes to get a match for people even in living donors by putting up this article).
To me it shows that sometimes important & meaningful coincidences happen when you least expect them to. Sometimes in places where they are least expected to take place.
I also feel a few moments of levity & lightheartedness within what can be a rather serious space never hurts either.
Update 12/15/15: Just found this really cool feature on how in the UK, Tinder & the NHS are teaming up to raise organ donor awareness. Worth a share!