Monday, April 16, 2012

O is for...

ORGAN DONATION


Hey!  Guess what?  April is donate life month!  Go here to sign up.  Single file line please.  No pushing. What? You're scared?  No worries.  You don't make your donation until after you're dead.  (Unless you donate a kidney like one of my friends did.  How rock star is that?) Not feeling like Jagger? I know, I know. It's okay.  I understand. We don't like to think about dying and organ donation kind of makes you think about that, doesn't it?

I'll try to be as gentle with this next statement as I possibly can.  We're all going to die.  Hard to believe, huh? One day you will be gone, but maybe your heart will continue to beat in someone's chest so that they can live.  What a gift.  Think about it.

So, are you a donor?  Do you have a little heart on your driver's license?  Do your family members know of your wishes?  Do you know anyone on a transplant list?  


26 comments:

  1. I've been an organ donor since my teens, it's something I strongly believe in. I want to be able to help someone after my death and know that my life wasn't wasted.

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  2. Absolutely I am an organ donor and , yes, those who need to know, do know. What the hell? I sure don't need the heart or the kidneys or the whatever they want to take when I am dead. My prediction is that I am either going to die of a brain aneurism (b/c I think too much) or as the result of a bike accident (b/c I ride too fast) - I think either of those would potentially allow for plenty of things left over to recycle....

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    1. There are definitely some superstitions regarding organ donation that I addressed in a post last year. I feel the same way, though. Recycle me!

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  3. I am! and am really glad about it. Hoping to outlive the organs usefulness, but we never know! I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at myqualityday.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I'll swing by your sight later tonight.

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  4. I just signed up. I thought I had done this years ago but didn't see the note on my DL. So...it's official! Thanks for this great reminder. My mother in law died waiting for a kidney. I don't need to take my organs with me so hope someone can benefit when I'm gone.

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  5. I just learned you should put your wish to donate organs in your living will in case a family member tries to contest it.
    My SIL donated her organs and saved the lives of at least three people. It's a wonderful gift that sustains her parents through their grief.

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    1. That's good to know. And I never thought of how it could be something that would help with grief, but it makes sense. It's kind of like they are "living" on through someone else. It is a wonderful gift.

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  6. i think organ donation is great. a part of you lives on and is helping someone else live his/ her life even when you're gone.
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com
    Happy A-Zing!

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  7. This is not something that we do in Jamaica in an organized way. I'd say 99.9% of the population is unaware that they can do this.

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    1. Really? I think there is awareness here, but it's not something that people are thinking of a lot. I guess that's why I'm reminding everyone to do it:)

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  8. As Susan said, put it in your medical directives, living will, whatever you call it, otherwise relatives can contest your wishes. Seems wrong but that's the way it is.

    I strongly believe in donating anything from my body that they can use!

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    1. I've always been on the donor list, but I haven't added it to living will. I will make sure and do that.

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  9. What a great topic for O! I've been listed as a donor for years.

    For those of you in the Connecticut area, Yale-New Haven Hospital is attempting to break the donor sign-up record next week.

    http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2012/apr/17/yale-new-haven-seeks-organ-donor-record/

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    1. Hey, nothing motivates like a contest.

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  10. I've thought about being an organ donor, but I'm just not sure. Again...I'm a scaredy cat about this stuff.... ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

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    1. Click on that link up there and read what they have to say. There's a FAQ about organ donation that can answer your questions. I guess I'm kind of passionate about it because my brother-in-law is on the heart transplant list. Plus, like pockets on the clothes we're buried in, we don't need our organs when we're dead.

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  11. I used to be very uncomfortable with the idea of organ donation because of what I'd learned in religious school. You're supposed to be buried with all of your parts so that when the Messiah comes you can come back (with all of your parts) or something like that. That's why more religious Jews who are amputees have the removed limb preserved/frozen until death when it is buried with the body. I've become more comfortable with the idea because so many Jews are donors and I can't imagine G-d would "punish" somebody who is giving the gift of life to somebody in need. G-d and I are working things out. I just couldn't donate anything like my eyes or skin or anything on the outside. For some reason that just gives me the willies. I know already I can't donate bone marrow unless the surgery is paid for privately because I'm considered a risk (and not for the obvious reasons). I don't even know if my bone marrow would be considered good for the obvious reasons. That's another matter all together...who would want my organs??

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    1. Wow, I had no idea about the amputee thing. I'm learning new stuff every day!

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  12. So important! I wish I could, but I have that pesky platelet problem that prohibits me from doing so. I'm thinking of at least donating my body to the local medical school, if they want me, for teaching purposes.

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    1. Have you read "Stiff" by Mary Roach? If you haven't, I suggest you do. It's fantastic!

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  13. I signed a donor card so many years ago, I can't even remember how long ago it was. It's been on my driver license since ages. Now that I live in Jordan though, I need to investigate the procedures here. Thanks for the reminder to get off me arse and get it done. The way Jordanians drive I could be outta here tomorrow!

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