I have been procrastinating about this. I keep thinking I’ll have to plan some elegant post, researching the proper etiquette to make such a request.
Life is short. There’s not always time for elegance or etiquette.
The best treatment for my polycystic kidney disease is a kidney from a living donor. A donor’s blood-type needs to be B. (Positive or negative, it doesn’t matter). If you’re thinking, “Gee, I’d love to give you a kidney, but I’m not B,” well, let me know what you are, and maybe cross-matching can be done. You give random person X with your blood-type a kidney, X’s friend/relative with blood-type B gives me a kidney.
Yes, it’s all more complicated than this. I may have touched on the specifics before, and I’m sure I will again. But for now, I just wanted to be crystal clear…I do need a kidney. I will probably get a less-desirable cadaver kidney eventually, but that may be six or seven years from now, and that will mean six or seven years on dialysis.
Maybe I should throw in a few specifics. In the U.S., we don’t exchange organs for money. There’s really not a whole lot in it for you. I’ll probably send you an annual calendar featuring my pets.
Got questions? This may help. (It’s Duke living donor evaluation form).
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