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Why Should I Be An Organ Donor?

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Our Kidneys and Why We Need Them?

Each day in the United States the National Kidney Foundation reports more than one million persons on the kidney transplant list.

A whopping 660,000 with kidney failure, 37 million with chronic kidney disease and 1 in 3 Americans are at risk for kidney disease!

Sadly many people will never get the call informing them that a donor organ is available for their use. An estimated 20 persons die each day for lack of donor organs. 

Our Kidneys and Why We Need Them?

The Human kidneys, shaped like two kidney beans lie against the back muscles of in the upper abdomen. They are located on the left and right sides of the back (flank) muscles with the right kidney ‘sitting’ a little lower than the left due the the size and shape of the liver.

Combined our kidneys contain about 1.2 million renal corpuscles that filter up to 1500 liters (400 US gallons) of blood daily. What a powerhouse!

It purifies the blood and removes toxins from the body. They control the water balance, regulates our electrolytes like, sodium and potassium and maintains homeostasis thus keep us alive.

The renal system aids in the breakdown some medications such as NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) making it available for use by our bodies. One such example is advil. The kidneys excretes all these waste products in the form of urine.

What happens when our kidneys malfunction?

If our kidneys are not functioning at their optimum or not working at all, then the toxins from the break down of the various chemical process involved in keeping us alive will not be removed.

The toxins will remain in the body causing illness and death in a relatively short period of time.

When this happens the blood must be cleansed by artificial means.

Dialysis, using an external machine to ‘cleanse’ the blood is the next step. This process requires the creation of a ‘shunt’ which is created connecting an artery and a vein to be used for access to the circulatory system.

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The process of dialysis greatly restricts a person’s activities of daily living. It’s a time consuming process that generally requires you to go to a dialysis center three days a week, up to eight hours at a time.  The toxins are removed by spending an average six to eight hours at a time.

After dialysis patients often report they felt like they had the stuffing knocked out of them. The body has been depleted and unfortunately no man-made processes will ever work as well as God’s, so it takes time to return to your norm. Then by the time you begin to feel better it’s time to repeat the process again.

Am I Too Young to donate?

Many states allow people who are younger than 18 to register as organ donors.

You are legally able to decide from the age of 18, but some final input may be required from your parent or legal guardian.

So discuss your wish to become an organ donor with your family, and ask for their advice. Keep in mind that many children too, are in need of organ transplants.

Am I Too Old to Donate?

You are not too old to donate, just inform of your desire to do so and let the medical professionals make the decision whether or not you are able to do so.

Do not discount organ donation because you think you are too old as there is no defined cutoff age for donating organs. The decision to use your donation is based on strict medical criteria, not age.

The idea of donating your organs may be an unpleasant one to grapple with. I must admit that I was not enamored with the idea myself. As humans we do not want to contemplate our own demise and the connotations that this idea brings to mind are not pleasant ones. But the truth is that organ donation saves lives.

If they know I’m a donor, will they just let me die so they can have my organs?

Some people are under the misconception that their medical treatment may no longer be a priority if they become donors, the medical staff will make every effort to save your life as is within their power to do so.

When you are ill medical personnel are required by moral and legal code of ethics to make every available effort to save your life first.

You will be seen by a doctor whose expertise most closely matches your particular condition and who can and will give you the best care possible.

If you are unsure of, or uncomfortable with your faith’s position on organ donation, ask a member of your clergy.

Even if your organs are not used for living recipients, they can be used in science to further medical understanding of many disease processes thereby making a greater impact.

Don’t deny yourself from the chance to help someone else. Let the doctors decide at the time of your death whether your organs and tissues are suitable for transplantation.

Being a Living Donor

If you decide to become a living donor, i.e. giving one of your kidneys to someone while you are still living you will have to undergo extensive psychological testing to ensure you are not being coerced into doing so.

This ensures that you are aware of the risks associated with your decision. Doctors will also test to see if your kidneys are in good shape and whether you can live a healthy life with just one kidney.

It’s critically important to consider becoming an organ donor if you belong to an ethnic minority. Minorities like African Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and Hispanics are more likely than Caucasians to have certain chronic conditions that affect the kidneys, heart, lung, pancreas and liver. Some examples of such diseases are; alcoholism, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Certain blood types are more prevalent in ethnic minority populations. Because matching blood type is usually necessary for transplants, the need for minority organ donors is a ‘dire need’.

How to Register to Become a Donor

Becoming a donor is easy. Here are a few ways to indicate your wishes:

  • By registering on your State’s website.
  • Have it placed on your driver’s license. 
  • Inform your close family members.

If you have a loved one who will make decisions in the event you cannot make them for yourself, discuss your expectations with them and ensure that they understand and will honor your wishes.

So now that you have some of the facts, can you see that being an organ donor can make a big difference? and not just to one person? Organ and tissue from one donor can save or at best improve as many as 75 lives. Also knowing that your loved one helped save or improve the lives of many others may bring you some comfort.

What are your thoughts, please comment below. I would really love to know.

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Well It’s Ma Birthday

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Another birth anniversary is upon me. I don’t know where the time went. Just yesterday I was a child and now–age keeps nipping at my heels.

The gray hairs are rapidly increasing and the joys/pain of small lines are becoming ever more visible.

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On a serious note, I am rejoicing in another birthday that God has kept me here alive to see and participate in.

I am grateful for the chance to grow old. I continue to learn and grow and reach forward continuously.

My life is richer, fuller than I could ever have imagined. I am loved and blessed and I am forever grateful for the love of Christ.

Today I am off work, I will check out some of your posts on WP, relax around the house, have some indoor time with the fam and tomorrow we resume work on the battlefield.

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Me continuing to do the do.

 

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Please know that I appreciate all of you and I am always appreciative and grateful for your prayers and sweet thoughts.

Do continue to remain safe out there.

All the best and lots of love from me.

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Forward Fridays

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Where we continue to look ahead

Hello my WP family.

How is everyone doing?

Have you all started getting your COVID vaccinations? If so how are you feeling? If you are not considering getting the vaccine, why not?

I had the opportunity to be vaccinated, but I still had antibodies from my battle in the ring with COVID, so I opted to wait and ponder some more. I would really like some more data as to the timeline for antibodies, but we will see.

I do vacillate between taking it or not.

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Yesterday I was off so I went to my local produce store to purchase some fish and herbs.

The store boasts a food section and I noticed the two ladies tending to the food had their masks under their chins while keeping up a robust conversation.

I was shocked …

I think these incidences happen a lot, especially behind closed doors. Folks are tired of the masks and voila — airborne and droplets on our produce.

I usually take my items to the house and wash or wipe everything down with a chlorine wash.

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I have been rolling with life’s punches and will update you all later. A few challenges have made an entrance so I am praying about them.

I appreciate you all and I try to sneak on and read as much as I can.

Do be vigilant and be safe.

God bless you all!

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Serendipitous Sunday

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Hello my friends, it is the second Sunday of the new year. Though our battle continues and all hell continues to break loose — we remain with our eyes fixed on God and we shall not be moved!

I have decided that I do not want to dwell on all the negatives happening at this time and to keep my eyes lifted up to Him from whence cometh my help.

A few days ago I was on my way home, I saw this image,  2 planes had apparently formed a cross in their wake, so I strained out of my window to catch what appeared to me to be a great sign of hope.

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A little flurrying in my current times. I love the cold and snow.

We get excited in Texas with flurries … lol.

See video below.

 

 

 

 

So much is happening in our world right now.

God is still on His throne and we continue to trust Him while remaining sensible in our doings.

Be well, be safe, be blessed!

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There Is Always a Reason To Hope — We Welcome 2021

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Goodbye 2020 —Welcome 2021

Today is the final day of the year 2020. The year herald with such hope, joy, and promise.

Instead, we have ALL been challenged beyond what many of us thought we were capable of overcoming.

We have fought and continue to fight the good fight. We have won some and we have lost some. We are more resilient than we know and we continue to stand firm in the fight for our lives.

Those of us who trust God, continue to look to him as the author and finisher of our faith. I trust God implicitly and in Him, I move and breathe and have my being.

I trust Him with ALL that is within me and I know He has only our best interests at heart, and all things will work for the good of them that love Him.

My WordPress family you have become so much to me. I come to WP as my home away from home and a place of rest. I have found such love and acceptance here and I love you all.

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A Blessed, Healthy, and Happy New Year To Us ALL

Let us continue to support each other and keep the faith as we continue to trudge towards the mark …

Hope springs eternal and now there is a vaccine. Though the current development is not a panacea for all that ails us. We must continue the current practices so that we can keep each other safe.

Health professionals are exhausted so let us all continue to do our part.

Remember, nothing can occur with the permission of the Most High God and always know … Jesus Christ is Lord!

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Checking In With My WP Family

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Good morning to my family on WordPress.

This season finds me quite hectic and trusting God for a breakthrough. I will be back with a testimony soon as to God’s faithfulness.

I hope you ALL are keeping well. I miss you all so much. I have been sneaking on here for a read every now and again but am not able to spend nearly as much time here as I would like to.

Work is so so busy as this is the 4th quarter and with the other unmentionable circumstance/s and the vaccine administrations, we are busy, busy, busy!!!

Some agree to be vaccinated, others (like myself) am not ready for this vaccine as yet. So we wait! The necessity of wearing masks continue to be a challenge.

I am muzzled so much I sometimes find it difficult to remember a time when I was not wearing a muzzle!

Still homeschooling with the challenges therein.

A young boy child with a Christmas hat on.
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Snooky was gifted this hat by his teachers last Thursday and it has become a fixture upon his head. I’m not sure what his plan is when Xmas is over.

I have put up a few meager Christmas decorations in my backyard and in the house for the children’s sake. I am not feeling the spirit this year at all!

At least we can look at the lights from inside our home as we do not have a street view.

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May the grace and peace of God continue to keep us safe.

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A Mother — A Nurse Is there really a difference?

If I weren’t a nurse who would I be?

I’ll have to look inside and try to see.

The qualities that make me care

Were not just grasped out of the air.

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Feelings of love that I gratefully savor

puts my patients at ease and rarely wavers.

Looking inside to see who I’d be

if the nurse I am was just not me!

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I’d search the skills that I possess

empathy, caring, teaching, loving, and all of the rest.

These skills I have that I always employ

bring my patients comfort and much much joy!

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If I looked in the mirror and not a nurse I’d see

a mother for sure is who I’d have to be!

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This poem was written for me by my love, Gabe. I think is is beautiful and am sharing with you all. I hope you enjoy!

Stay well and be blessed!

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A View From Up High

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If I were not afraid of heights

I’d sample more of the world’s delights

And see much more from places high

The hills and valleys, sun and sky.

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I look up from a place below

Where sunlight paints the world aglow

If I were brave enough to be

Atop a mountain, hill, or tree

Oh, how wondrous that would be

As from my vantage point, I’d see

More of this earth God gave to me!

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Alas, I sit now, here with thee

And dream of being a lot more…

Free!

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I am not a poet, but I decided to play around with a few words. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for reading!

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Thanksgiving 2020 — What Are You Grateful For?

 
 
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I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

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COVID-19 Vaccines — Will You Be First In Line?


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What are your thoughts on getting the vaccine?

Hello my WP family!!

Now that we are getting closer than ever to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, what are your thoughts?

Tentative plans are to get it out to “front-liners”, then the elderly and those with pressing co-morbidities. Though many people are a bit leery of being inoculated with the vaccine, many others have stated their willingness to be first-in-line.

Since I recovered from COVID in July, I recently did an antibody test and I still have antibodies. I am not sure what the decisions will be concerning inoculating those who had COVID with the first doses.


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The number of COVID cases rising rapidly everywhere even among our children. According to DR, Hawse, a Pediatrician speaking on NPR radio, the symptoms increase in severity the closer a child is to young adulthood.

This is the time to remain diligent on the social distancing, hygiene practices, and wearing our masks. Wear our masks the correct way, to cover our nose and our mouths, please.

Be mindful this Thanksgiving of the number of persons in a closed environment and if you are able the experts advise us to celebrate outdoors while still social distancing.


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My boss and I plan to keep doing our own little experiment and will be checking my antibodies every 2 months to see where it stands.

So what are your thoughts?

Will you take the vaccine as soon as you are able or, will you play the game of wait and see…?

Be safe, be well, be blessed.