I finally got the news Friday afternoon that my blood was a match to the recipient to donate my kidney. I started crying at my desk instantly. I’d been waiting for over a week to find out and I was just so relieved.
Now, the real testing starts. I’ve got to get a CAT scan on my kidneys, a mammogram, a pap smear and a few others. I’ve never had a CAT scan. Isn’t that the one where you have to lie still for awhile? How the Hell am I gonna do that?????
I’ve written a few friends who have media connections. I met a girl at a gig last week who is young, about 20 (I think) and needs a lung transplant. She’s on state aid and the governor cut benefits so that they don’t cover a transplant. What??????? Does that even make sense? It doesn’t. I am doing a benefit for her next month to try to help raise funds to get her better. She’s at 25% of her lung capacity and on a wait list that is years long. It’s just not fair.
My friend Kirti’s mom is getting my kidney. Luckily, they have full health insurance. I think, though, that people need to be aware of how easy it is to be a live donor. Yeah, the tests will be somewhat time-consuming, but that’s about it. The recovery time in the hospital is two days. Medicine has changed a LOT over the past two decades and with lasers, things heal much more quickly. I’m not worried at all. I’m anxious for it to finally happen, but I know it will take time and I just have to be patient.