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  •  Saw that; thank you (6+ / 0-)

    I forwarded it on to my mother and sister as soon as I saw it. It made the rounds of the dialysis boards, like much kidney-related news does. Fortunately for me, there are a lot of dialysis patients out there on the Net and we talk to each other about kidney and dialysis related matters a LOT.

    Living kidney donor needed; type B, O, or incompatible (with paired donation). Drop me a note (see profile).

    by Kitsap River on Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 06:50:54 PM PDT

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    •  I have been talking (3+ / 0-)
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      Kitsap River, blueoasis, 4Freedom

      a lot to myself lately about this, River. I don't know my blood type. It terrifies me that it might be what you need--that my kidney might be what you need, terrifies me to even think about doing this. How do I find out my blood type?

      Mal: "...So then the Shepherd says to the Companion, "Well, a good goat'll do that."

      by crose on Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 09:55:15 PM PDT

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      •  Donating blood is one good way, IIRC (2+ / 0-)
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        Charles CurtisStanley, 4Freedom

        They tell you, I think, if you ask. I can't donate (I've tried); my dialysis clinic says I will never be able to donate again because I will always need all my red blood cells. Right now my hemoglobin is low, too, so right now I really do need them all.

        I found out my blood type in a class in high school, where we learned to type our own. That was decades ago but it doesn't change.

        Now, since finding out tonight from Charles that my sister's kidney function is too low for her to spare one, I need to ask again for those who are willing to get tested to call the transplant program and let them know. So if you are willing, please do, and if you're not the right blood type but are open to paired or chain donation (where, in the simplest case, your kidney goes into someone else who has an incompatible living donor and that living donor's kidney goes into me - you are donating to me in that case, just in a slightly more roundabout fashion, and there have been as many as six kidneys in a chain) then please let them know that when you call. They can probably tell you what sorts of places test your blood type, too.

        If you are considering becoming a living kidney donor for me, call the Living Donor Program at the University of Washington Medical Center at (206) 598-3627. This is the first step in possibly becoming a donor. They'll take it from there. You'll need my name, too; it's River Curtis-Stanley.

        And thank you, more than you know, for considering doing this. I can understand the fear; donating an organ IS a big deal, no doubt about that. But it gives a person her life back, and no amount of thanks suffices to honor that. I can tell you that Charles and I will forever consider my donor, whomever he or she is, to be a member of our family, and I expect the rest of my family would as well.

        Living kidney donor needed; type B, O, or incompatible (with paired donation). Drop me a note (see profile).

        by Kitsap River on Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 10:11:17 PM PDT

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        •  I'll give them a call (0+ / 0-)

          and my own doc too so I can find out the blood type. I'll get back in touch with you with your email.

          Mal: "...So then the Shepherd says to the Companion, "Well, a good goat'll do that."

          by crose on Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 11:40:07 PM PDT

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          •  Thank you, more than you know (1+ / 0-)
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            Charles CurtisStanley

            Truly, this means, if you call the transplant program, a possible chance to get my life back. In no way do I exaggerate, as 20% of dialysis patients die every year.

            I look forward to your email and to getting a chance to know you better. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

            Living kidney donor needed; type B, O, or incompatible (with paired donation). Drop me a note (see profile).

            by Kitsap River on Fri Apr 09, 2010 at 01:57:47 AM PDT

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