There is still no news from either of the transplant teams. Hopefully they get back to us soon but I guess this is good practice in being patient. I will need a lot of this in the months to come. I have been home for a little over a week now. I am still have trouble (anxiety wise) going places with my oxygen but it is getting easier! With nothing new going on lately I thought I would take this opportunity to talk to all you wonderful people out there about the precious gift you have the opportunity of giving to your fellow human.
Yup on todays episode of new windows we're talking about organ donation! (audience applauses :P ) For some reason people do not seem to like to think about their demise, but the truth is that every single one of us will die someday. When that day occurs we will no longer be using the body that we have here on earth and that presents us with the perfect opportunity to give it to someone else. Enter organ donation! With the increase in medical knowledge and technology doctors are able to reuse many different organs from a deceased person to save the lives of others.
I had never given a lot of thought to the world of organ donation and how it worked until very recently, but I have been a donor for years. I felt that it was the right thing to do and pretty cool too! When you chose to become a donor all you are saying is that when you die, (which again happens to all of us!) doctors can use your organs to provide a new life to other people who have not died yet. In a lot of cases, like mine, this gift of an organ provides a new and better quality of life! The best part is, it takes no sacrifice of your own, unlike when you give to others in your life. How sweet is that! You are gone so you aren't going to miss any of your "parts". I hope that all of you reading this will consider becoming a donor if you currently are not. After all you are getting to see what an organ donation can do first hand! (or at least the hope of it so far) If you have questions I can try to answer them but I am no expert. You can also check out organ donation for yourself and register at donatelife.net If you live in Colorado you can go to donatelifecolorado.org
Well thats it for today folks. Hopefully we will get more news soon and I can get back to my novel posts! (I know you are really missing them but hang in there :P )
Until next time!
As Anna and Karen know, Bekah has a good friend on life support whose parents are working to make the best decisions regarding organ donation. Here is a post from her CaringBridge.com journal.ReplyDelete
Libby writes, "We are Lutheran and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) actually has a doctrine encouraging organ donation as an "act of stewardship and as an appropriate means for contributing to the health and well being of other persons" because of the belief that God's promise to resurrect the dead is not compromised by organ donation. The ELCA also recognizes the donation of live organs (e.g., a kidney) as an expression of sacrificial love for a neighbor in need. No better way to say it than that."
The disparity between available organ donations and those waiting is quite large. More donations means more people have a chance at longer life.
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Hey Sweet Anna!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for sharing this journey from your perspective! You are an amazing writer! Keep sharing, I know it helps to know so many people are electronically by your side.
We love you!!
Aunt Nancy and Uncle Norman