I just saw a story on the TV news about a man in the city who needed a heart transplant. He was on medical leave for about two months, waiting for
Time ran out. He died, waiting for a heart that never came.
Have you all thought about organ donation, when the time comes you don't need your parts anymore? I'm marked on my driver's license as one who has given permission to give a longer or better life to others.
I took care of that a long time ago.
Regards the Bear
Yes, and I regularly give blood too.
Yes, I carry a donor card, and my family and loved ones know my wishes.
For those among us who haven't thought about it, it isn't difficult (at least where I live, it isn't), and it can literally save someone's life, or even the lives of several people (heart, liver, kidneys . . .). It isn't as if I'll need them at that point.
If there is anyone here who hasn't taken the necessary steps, I encourage you. If you do so in advance, no one else will be troubled about making a decision later.
If you wear out all your parts, that's OK too. At least you tried.
Karl had that wish, unfortunately he couldn't fulfil it.
There are more reasons they can't/won't use donated organs, so the more people that carry them the better.
I, too, am "on the list". My last employer would regularly take the entire workforce down to the blood bank and encourage the newbies to sign up. If there was a good reason why they couldn't donate, that was fine. The local Red Cross would ring one of us if they were in need of blood, and eight or nine of us would rock up first thing in the morning and then go out and do everything they warned us not to. i.e. operate heavy machinery, perform heavy manual labour and so on, why? We were tree loppers / landscape gardeners.
It's a matter of personal choice. I'm registered but my daughter is not. In fact, she said to me last night that she would want to be buried rather
than cremated with a fully charged up phone in her hand just in case.............
I'm guessing that she has a real fear about it.
I'm actually going to register next time I'm at the docs for a leaflet. When I'm dead and gone, help yourself!
I'd love to be the sort of person who gives blood, I could have a rare group like my Dad. but last time I had a blood test I fainted. It wasn't so much the blood, which a Butcher's daughter can handle, but the extraction of the blood, WHERE they put the needle, and the achey pain. My brother is the same, but he's squeamish about all blood.
I can feel myself getting giddy now as I type. It's not much of an excuse I guess eh? It's not like I'm scared of needles! (You should see the size of the one they use for my contraceptive injections!)
I get a horrible guilt every time I see my friends go. Lizardboy did a few times at Uni, he came back at sat in lectures looking rather distant.
I can't give blood - my own blood pressure is too low. :}
But whatever organs still work when I go - feel free!
Just to encourage you BG, one of the blokes that used to work with us didn't like the whole blood bank thing, but to give him his due credit, he
still joined us in donating. We'd all give him a hard time, which he took in the good humour intended, but it was entertaining watching him. His jaw
would clench, his eyes would be squeezed shut, his feet would jump up and down as though he were running on the spot, but he still went though it. To
most of us it was a walk in the park, but to him, it took great courage. From my understanding, he has never conquered that fear, but it does not stop
I think that it would really boost your personal esteem, if you could control that "fear". If you faint, the staff there are well trained to deal with that, it's not uncommon. I actually had to go and pick up my Son from the Blood Bank one day because he fainted and they wouldn't let him drive home. This was not his first donation, but it happened only once.
I hope I'm being encouraging as that is my only intent.
I am sure you help in other ways BD, whether it be simple advice or whatever. don't let your fears stop you doing things you can do to help.
We all do what we can how we can