I’m probably a pretty unlikely kidney donor. I hate needles, have really poor veins, have never been in the hospital (other than to visit folks) and avoid pain at all costs.
Yet, I found myself earlier in 2010 with a friend in kidney failure (see About Lisa) as a result of giving birth to twins. My part of this blog is about the journey from finding out about someone in need, through the decision processes (there are many), through the evaluation and donation approval process, to surgery and then the aftermath. My hope is that folks considering living donation will learn something, have more resources to make their decision, and basically alleviate the stress around this whole process (that’s the selfish part of me)!
I have a lot to be thankful for – good health, supportive family and friends, a houseful of pets, living in beautiful New Mexico and a great job. I think I’m 42, but find that hard to accept – when people indicate I’m an expert in something – I check to see who they are talking about. Still feel like a kid! I’m originally from Sylvania, Ohio – but have gradually spread my wings to experience Columbus and Lakewood, Ohio; Atlanta Georiga; Washington DC/Alexandria, VA; Mountainbrook, Alabama; Santa Fe and now Rio Rancho, New Mexico. My professional life has been dedicated to health care quality and most specifically to the quality of care delivered to members of health plans (yep! the “villians” of the health care system). We spend millions in health care quality (no – that’s not my salary!) We get a pretty bad rap – I’m proud of what I do for a living and giving a kidney is an extension of my professional life.
You’ll find me outside daily – whether walking my dogs (Brin and Gabby), or playing fetch with them (sometimes they even return the thrown item), or gardening. I grow a mean tomato! I also enjoy some indoor activites: cooking and baking would be top of the list. Reading – I can do that outside in New Mexico!
I hope you find this blog informative, useful and possibly inspiring. And if you are considering living donation (whether as a recipient or a donor), I’m glad to be a resource to you.