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Going through the Donating Process in Southern CA

Crocheting-Cricket
Crocheting-Cricket
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I went through two solid days of tests and seeing medical people from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at USC (in LA) for the kidney donor program (I flew into LA for the 2 days since I'm from out of town), and it will be two weeks before we know if they will accept me for a match for my brother. The process is incredibly intensive - 35 vials of blood; talk with 14 different specialists; have every chamber and square inch of my heart looked at, scans, radiation, warm dye.... It was quite an amazing experience and probably the best checkup I've had in my life! And the place is so huge, I was always running between different buildings and floors. Very interesting and honestly the worst part was a headache I couldn't shake because of caffeine withdrawal! No caffeine for 48 hours. By 4:30 yesterday, I can't begin to tell you how much that cup of coffee helped!

PS - For those who think the 35 vials of blood would put them over the edge, I HATE getting my blood drawn, but honestly, this wasn't bad at all! I just didn't watch! :-)

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EchoMax1012

Good job!!!!!! I know there is a lot of steps to the donation process, but in retrospect, I did find it reassuring that they looked at my body in every way possible before allowing me to donate, instead of rushing me into the operating room the very moment I made my intention to donate clear.

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marcyc
marcycNKF Ambassador

I donated at Ohio State and I felt very safe knowing that they would leave no stone unturned to assure I was healthy enough to safely donate. Thank you for becoming a donor. Welcome to the very exclusive club! Speedy recovery for you both.

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Crocheting-Cricket

Thanks so much! I'd be honored to join the One Kidney Club! Do we have T-shirts? :-)

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marcyc
marcycNKF Ambassador
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Lol OSU did give me a t-shirt. I still wear it proudly! Opens up a lot of opportunities to promote donation.

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vegiedonor

On the day of my surgery my wife surprised me with t-shirts for me and my recipient and her spouse. Made a great photo which made it into the local paper. Living organ donor tees can be found and customized either on google or amazon. I received a pin from Cornell/NYP which I wear proudly at events. Welcome to the group!

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Crocheting-Cricket

Fantastic! Just what I was looking for!

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alimesoda

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the one kidney club! I donated to my husband in NY last year at NY Presbyterian and went though the same screening. It definitely was the best physical I have ever had! You are doing a great thing and your brother is very lucky! Enjoy the journey!

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Crocheting-Cricket

Still have another week or so before I hear but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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alimesoda

It’s exciting right up to day of surgery! Good luck!

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DSKdonor
DSKdonorNKF Ambassador

I think we're all pulling for you! It's obvious to me that you know what you're doing, looking forward to doing it and will be GREAT after you hear that you are able to donate! The rest is actually the easy part - at least from my perspective. I donated to my Dad in 2007 - I'd NEVER been in the hospital before; I had NO idea what to expect from any surgery and it didn't matter to me! All that mattered was that I was ABLE to donate and the rest was in the doctors hands! I can ONLY wish all the same for you! Keep us posted on your progress please! Fingers crossed.

-debi

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Crocheting-Cricket

Thank you SO much for this! This is exactly how I feel about my brother. All the medical staff are completely negative - telling you everything that could go wrong. I asked every single person I had contact with (surgeon, nephralogist, psychiatrist, social worker) whether ANYONE had come back and said "Gee, I wish I hadn't done that" and they said NO! I will be so happy just to see my brother be able to drink more water afterwards!

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DanDisimile

You are an Angel 👼 All the best to you and you brother.

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Crocheting-Cricket

Thanks so much! I am on pins and needles waiting for the results. Today our case goes before the Review Board. We should know next week....

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