REBLOG: Transplant News (Sad & sobering) – Concord Monitor – As overdose deaths increase, so do life-saving organ donations

This is reblogged from my transplant buddy DAP, who has an excellent blog himself. I too came across this news item & feel pretty torn about it.

While it’s good that the organs are being donated & useable, it is hard to accept organs that come to us in this manner when lives are cut short so abruptly.

We are warned as recipients that there are minimal risks to us from overdose donors if we choose to accept those types of organs. Yet it’s encouraging to know even in a worst case scenario that HIV & Hepatitis have good drugs to treat them now, if they should develop down the line or some how slip by the rigorous testing.

I was lucky that my first job was in a local nursing home where I was required to get Hepatitis B shots before I started work, so I have more protection than I generally would have.

If given the choice I would probably choose to accept such an organ if it were offered to me. But it is hard to think about the circumstances sometimes surrounding donor deaths, it’s not always a “natural cause” that leads to the donation.

Yet, I know it was well set into motion before I ever entered the picture. I’m not waiting for someone to die. I’m hoping that someone who died will regift their organs to me so I might live.

No matter what the circumstance, I’ll always be grateful to my future donor & their family for allowing me to keep going.


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Health Tracking Fatigue

I make no secret of how many apps & devices I use to manage my health.  I started out a little over a year ago with a Jawbone to help me drop a few pounds to find out whether my breathing would improve then it lead to more devices & apps.

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Oxygen Roulette Commences Again

I admit this week was frustrating with the weather but today was frustrating for another reason.  Yesterday I noticed that I was going a bit low again with my oxygen levels while I exercised.  I am maxed out on my portable concentrator – it won’t go higher.  So, I decided to run a test today with a tank & see what I need…the result is depressing a bit, I will admit.  I did however, report these changes to my doctor because I know they will affect my score.

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Maybe The Advent Of Drones Isn’t ALL Bad?


I admit watching video of the Phantom 4 drone really creeped me out.   The thought of Amazon dropping random packages by drones on my door step sometime in the future does kind of creep me out too.

But I came across this interesting article where I can see an altruistic & useful purpose for a drone & figured it was worth a share.

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The “Right” To Parent

It’s funny how this video came up in my feed today (5/3).

This subject had been a point of discussion recently between friends & other people I know over the past few months to varying degrees.

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HOT BUTTON: Science Channel – The Unexplained Files

I’m really torn on how I feel about this video clip.  On the one hand, I’m not discounting the possibility that this could happen.  But on the other, I hate how it’s overtly sensationalized with only traumatic events.

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Good Times In Spite of Crap Weather…

It was still cold & rainy today (5/1), but my body seemed to tolerate it a little better than yesterday.

Maybe because it actually rained instead of just sitting there with whatever front or pressure had just been building.

I had some pain today but it was intermittent & bearable.

It did not get in the way of me getting out of the house to enjoy my weekend.

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