I’ll make this as short as I can.. I have been traveling down a journey that has opened my eyes, it has been educational, heartwarming, heartbreaking and something I would do again in a heart beat! Someone very close to me is in need of a kidney transplant. I without question, stood up and said this would be the biggest honor of my life! It fills my soul with happiness and I am 100% without any doubt want to do this for you!! It requires many test and travel to San Antonio.. each test felt like a milestone we have overcome! It came down to our last visit to San Antonio, our last few test and then everything would be a go!! I am allergic to contrast dye and with miscommunication the pills I needed to prevent complete body swelling wasn’t given to me so I had to take it every 4 hrs til the final test the following morning!! Besides this one test everything else was perfect! As we both sat in doctors office with kidney doctors and transplant surgeons, we were reassured that I was in the best health, we can do this next month! Leaving San Antonio with such positive feedback and high Hope’s we head back to Midland feeling great!! The next day I get a call from my coordinator, which I love and has been absolutely amazing throughout this , tells me that the transplant committee met this morning and we have discovered on ur 3D renial/ct scan that you have kidney stones in both kidneys. They are not obstructive at the moment but this makes you not a candidate. My heart sunk. The last hurdle, the last test that would give me the ok to do something I wanted to do more than anything for the most deserving person I know, someone who has dedicated her life to give happiness to others. Now 14 yrs ago when I was pregnant with Brody I had a kidney stone the size of a golf ball and had to have surgery to remove it. And I did notify them before the test were to begin. With hope’s it was just such a random thing because I have never had a problem or inclination that I had ever had an other one. Fyi If u have had a kidney stone before the age of 25 you are more likely to continuously get them. And both my kidneys have them! This has been a bullet to my heart. The last and final test took away something I wanted to do more than words could explain . Now I know from words of my coordinator that just stepping forward and going that far was such a heroic and incredible thing. And I should never place blame on myself for this uncontrollable thing that happened. And all I can do now is be a advocate for this person and not be scared to ask!! So I will try my hardest to spread the word about living kidney donors and all the facts I’ve learned from this experience!! I’ve hopefully educated myself as well as learned throughout this process many details of being a living kidney donor!! I hope and would be so lucky to have everyone share my story and please message me and ask me all the questions that come to mind!
One person stepping up to give a kidney can cause a chain reaction that could save 5, 6, or 7 lives!!
Living kidney donors have a higher life expectancy than someone who is not , not only because you are chosen because you are in great health but because most donors have a sense to live a healthier lifestyle do to their donation!
If you are not a exact match to the person who you wish to donate to, you may do a paired donation in which they match you to someone who has a willing donor that matches your recipient.
Most kidney failure patients have insurance that covers all test requirements as well as surgery and 30 days after for donor.
You must have a BMI under 30. There are many different things for qualifying to be a kidney donor but the first step is to ask the big question!!!