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    More: Spiffy, Organ transplant, Advertising, Kidney, Dave Mathers, Comment, Organ donation, Gown, Billboard  
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2021-12-03 11:47:20 PM  
So that's why I woke up in a bathtub full of ice-water with a note taped to my forehead.
 
2021-12-03 11:51:27 PM  
Dave's not here, man.
 
2021-12-03 11:51:47 PM  
That's when his eventual donor, Nancy Langlois, reached out. She signed up to be an anonymous donor after seeing a billboard that said "Dave needs a kidney."

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2021-12-03 11:54:47 PM  
Just out of curiosity what kinds of risk does one put themself in by giving away one kidney. I know you don't die and can function the same but there must be some other risks right? Like if the one that you have fails or gets less optimal?
 
2021-12-03 11:56:06 PM  
Okay, everybody, I've got good news and bad news.  The good news is, Dave no longer needs a kidney!  The bad news...
 
2021-12-03 11:58:54 PM  

Madman drummers bummers: Dave's not here, man.


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2021-12-03 11:59:28 PM  
FTFA: "She said she donated "because I could."

I donated a kidney to a stranger 17 years ago so I'm getting a kick outta these responses. Because I could is a wonderful reason to donate. Love her.
 
2021-12-04 12:02:34 AM  

JRoo: So that's why I woke up in a bathtub full of ice-water with a note taped to my forehead.


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2021-12-04 12:08:28 AM  
Mathers' wife applied to be an organ donor in 2019, but wasn't eligible.

I would like to know more about this. Do they mean "wasn't eligible" as in wasn't compatible to donate directly or "too unhealthy to donate?" Because it it's only the former, she could have done a swap.
 
2021-12-04 12:11:17 AM  

jaivirtualcard: Just out of curiosity what kinds of risk does one put themself in by giving away one kidney. I know you don't die and can function the same but there must be some other risks right? Like if the one that you have fails or gets less optimal?


There are risks, but they're unlikely to happen.
https://weillcornell.org/services/kidney-and-pancreas-transplantation/living-donor-kidney-center/about-the-program/risks-and-benefits-of-living-donation
 
2021-12-04 12:14:30 AM  

jaivirtualcard: Just out of curiosity what kinds of risk does one put themself in by giving away one kidney. I know you don't die and can function the same but there must be some other risks right? Like if the one that you have fails or gets less optimal?


As someone who received a deceased donor kidney, but had two friends getting tested to donate, I can tell you that the testing is VERY thorough; probably the best physical that you will ever get.  Once all of the testing has happened and you have been deemed healthy enough to donate, most likely living on one kidney won't be a bother and you probably won't ever know the difference.

As a recipient, I live on one kidney and other than the handful of pills that I take daily to convince my immune system to ignore that thing in the corner of my abdomen (the donated kidney goes up front in the lower part of your belly), I live a completely normal life now.
 
2021-12-04 12:15:02 AM  
Was it tasty?
 
2021-12-04 12:17:05 AM  

Fear the Clam: Mathers' wife applied to be an organ donor in 2019, but wasn't eligible.

I would like to know more about this. Do they mean "wasn't eligible" as in wasn't compatible to donate directly or "too unhealthy to donate?" Because it it's only the former, she could have done a swap.


To donate, there is the obvious blood type check, but there are a lot of other things that they look at in the donor to see how well they match the biological make up of the recipient.  That is why twins are usually awesome for donor-recipient pairs.  

There is the option of the "pass it down the line" form of donation, but there needs to be someone at the end of the line to donate to the original recipient or it won't work.
 
2021-12-04 12:18:15 AM  
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2021-12-04 12:19:13 AM  

jaivirtualcard: what kind of risk does one put themself in by giving away one kidney?

Like if the one that you have left fails...


With any luck, you'll be able to find a healthy donor who's as blase' over their vital components as you were.
 
2021-12-04 12:24:35 AM  
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Is Canada missing a couple of whales by any chance?
 
2021-12-04 12:29:12 AM  

jaivirtualcard: Just out of curiosity what kinds of risk does one put themself in by giving away one kidney. I know you don't die and can function the same but there must be some other risks right? Like if the one that you have fails or gets less optimal?


No risk. Kidneys are like livers: if you lose one, another simply grows back.
 
2021-12-04 12:37:30 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: Dave's not here, man.


Yeah, I thought it was a sad ending.
 
2021-12-04 12:39:16 AM  
This is not one of the Daves I know.
 
2021-12-04 12:41:10 AM  

Lovesandwich: Fear the Clam: Mathers' wife applied to be an organ donor in 2019, but wasn't eligible.

I would like to know more about this. Do they mean "wasn't eligible" as in wasn't compatible to donate directly or "too unhealthy to donate?" Because it it's only the former, she could have done a swap.

To donate, there is the obvious blood type check, but there are a lot of other things that they look at in the donor to see how well they match the biological make up of the recipient.  That is why twins are usually awesome for donor-recipient pairs.


Yeah, I know about HLA matching. What I meant was they never mentioned why she couldn't contribute to the system, if not her husband.

There is the option of the "pass it down the line" form of donation, but there needs to be someone at the end of the line to donate to the original recipient or it won't work.

Yes. That's why there are sophisticated algorithms to calculate kidney donor chains, rather than just having randos advertise on billboards.

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2021-12-04 2:07:28 AM  
That is a great story. I guess she dropped the "anonymous ". The donor shortage is a problem. I would think about doing it, but my organs a re no good. I have to take so many meds, anything I've got isn't worth a thing. This lady is a real Hero. On TV, you see families doing donations in the round. They are not a match for their own family so the doctors find others that match and due it all at the same time. I don't know if the can or due this, but it sounds great. I wish more people sign the donor card. It's not like Monty Python, they usually wait till you're dead and don't need them any more.
 
2021-12-04 2:20:26 AM  

Lovesandwich: jaivirtualcard: Just out of curiosity what kinds of risk does one put themself in by giving away one kidney. I know you don't die and can function the same but there must be some other risks right? Like if the one that you have fails or gets less optimal?

As someone who received a deceased donor kidney, but had two friends getting tested to donate, I can tell you that the testing is VERY thorough; probably the best physical that you will ever get.  Once all of the testing has happened and you have been deemed healthy enough to donate, most likely living on one kidney won't be a bother and you probably won't ever know the difference.

As a recipient, I live on one kidney and other than the handful of pills that I take daily to convince my immune system to ignore that thing in the corner of my abdomen (the donated kidney goes up front in the lower part of your belly), I live a completely normal life now.


So happy for you. I was in hospital 20 years ago and met a man doing dialysis, poor guy...it was time consuming and depressing for him. I think of him often and hope he is well. Sadly, my non hodgkins lymphoma makes me poison as a candidate. All the best.
 
2021-12-04 4:19:34 AM  
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2021-12-04 8:19:38 AM  
That is awesome! So happy for him! My fiancée needed one as well and came THISCLOSE to getting one back in March. But they called back and said because of the blood thinner she was on (she had had some mini-strokes in January) they couldn't operate. Sadly I lost her in August after she had contracted sepsis after another operation.
 
2021-12-04 9:01:22 AM  

Richard_The_Clown: That is awesome! So happy for him! My fiancée needed one as well and came THISCLOSE to getting one back in March. But they called back and said because of the blood thinner she was on (she had had some mini-strokes in January) they couldn't operate. Sadly I lost her in August after she had contracted sepsis after another operation.


That sucks! Sorry to hear about your fiancée. My condolences on your loss. I lost my wife to a heart attack in July of 2020. How are you coping?
 
2021-12-04 2:08:34 PM  
Mr.Man:

So happy for you. I was in hospital 20 years ago and met a man doing dialysis, poor guy...it was time consuming and depressing for him. I think of him often and hope he is well. Sadly, my non hodgkins lymphoma makes me poison as a candidate. All the best.

I did home peritoneal dialysis, 8 hours a night while I tried to sleep.  It was only 18 months, but it felt like a lifetime.  If I didn't get my kidney when I did, I was due to switch to partial hemodialysis with a tube stuck into my neck, then full hemodialysis sometime later.

It is a horrible way to exist, and I mean exist as living is much more enjoyable.  When your body spends all of it's time trying to kill you, and it comes to only pure determination to keep going; I was exhausted.
 
2021-12-04 2:58:23 PM  

WhippingBoi: jaivirtualcard: Just out of curiosity what kinds of risk does one put themself in by giving away one kidney. I know you don't die and can function the same but there must be some other risks right? Like if the one that you have fails or gets less optimal?

No risk. Kidneys are like livers: if you lose one, another simply grows back.


This is not true. Kidneys can perform minor repairs/regeneration but they don't grow back. Its more like getting your arm cut.  If its not serious enough, you can get a scar and replace some of the lost tissue and you adjust to one that may not work as well. If the damage is too much, the arm is lost.   If you are to the point you need a transplant, you have too much damage for it to be fixed.  Kidneys are a meeting of leaky tubes analogous to a collander.  If the collander gets damaged too much, either the holes are plugged by attempts to fix it, or the holes start letting the spaghetti/blood cells through. (Yes i know there's no holes but the analogy is still good).
 
2021-12-04 3:15:39 PM  
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2021-12-05 12:20:36 AM  

bedonkadonk: Richard_The_Clown: That is awesome! So happy for him! My fiancée needed one as well and came THISCLOSE to getting one back in March. But they called back and said because of the blood thinner she was on (she had had some mini-strokes in January) they couldn't operate. Sadly I lost her in August after she had contracted sepsis after another operation.

That sucks! Sorry to hear about your fiancée. My condolences on your loss. I lost my wife to a heart attack in July of 2020. How are you coping?


Thanks, I'm well. Sorry to hear about your loss as well. It does suck, but Erin wouldn't want me moping, she'd want me out there living life! Indeed the day of her funeral we buried her in the morning, I'm out entertaining the crowd at the ballpark that night! I just got this last night as a way of honoring her and how she's changed my life. She loved Sailor Moon and Luna was her favorite character. I had her signature from a Valentine's Day card added beneath. Though it originally meant her love for me, I now interpret it as a command. Erin always said "Love like there's no tomorrow," and she did. She melted this cynical old clown's heart and I won't go back to being that guy again!
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