On this Memorial Day let us not only remember those who gave their lives in service to our country...but all those who gave the gift of life....those of us who receive a transplant will not forget them.
A hero is someone who is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to defend or save another person's life!!
ORGAN DONATIONS SAVE LIVES....ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY SIGN UP TO BE AN ORGAN DONOR!!!
I had a clinic appointment on Wed of this week. They did an echo the pics were not that great and one doc wanted to shoot me up with contrast to get a better look. So the came and put an IV in my hand....and then the tech comes back the nurse asked if we were ready for the contrast. "No, I showed pics to another doc and he said we are god to go."
That really sucked I got poked when I did not need to get poked.
I was supposed to have my annual rt/left full heart cath....but canceled it because It was a rough few days before as my son, had a stent put in to relieve the blockage of a kidney stone on Monday. (he will have surgery to remove that stone and the ones in his right Kidney of the 3rd of June...lucky his graduation is the 2nd)
After ECHO I met with my Coordinator and the Docs....Everything looks great and there is no need to play with anything at this time. I will have my heart cath at the beginning of June...blood work at end of June and Blood work at the end of July where they will look for rejection and finally a clinic visit the first week of AUGUST.
My weight was up to 215 but no one is concerned at this point. The weather has not been that great to go out and walk..If I had a row boat I would get some exercise because it has been raining so much. My plan is to start walking even in the rain as long as it is not severe storms and start watching more the things I put in my mouth.
I need your help to spread the word....pass this on to everyone you know!!!!
Just found out that the 2012 Transplant Games will be happening. The sad part is the games are used to educate folks about the importance of Organ Donation and the lives that are changed by it. for those who receive these life saving surgeries and the families whose love ones have made a great sacrifice by choosing to be an organ donor.
here is a quote from the National Kidney Foundation:
NKF SUSPENDS U.S. TRANSPLANT GAMES IN 2012
Will Re-Examine Model in Light of Economic Conditions,
Programs to Encourage Organ Donation Continue
The National Kidney Foundation will not be hosting the U.S. Transplant Games in 2012.
"For 20 years," says NKF CEO John Davis, "the NKF U.S. Transplant Games have educated the public about the life-saving power of organ donation and dramatically demonstrated that those with transplants can and do lead normal and active lives. But the Games represent a multi-million dollar expense for the foundation," he explains, "that also requires a significant commitment of staff resources."
"Now," Davis says, "when most Americans view transplantation as almost routine surgery that restores life, we will re-examine the format and financial structure of the Games, to achieve maximum impact and to ensure sustainability going forward. As always, we will work with a range of constituents and supporters to accomplish this."
AS A PERSON WHO RECEIVED A TRANSPLANT AND HAVE MANY FRIENDS WHO HAVE HAD TRANSPLANTS...I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THE QUOTE:
Now," Davis says, "when most Americans view transplantation as almost routine surgery that restores life.
I don't know if this is true but if you ask me or any one else who is alive today if they or their families and friends view this as routine I think we would all say NO!!!