So in Ireland, about 100 living donors and their recipients are sitting around waiting to have transplant surgery scheduled because of a lack of availability of doctors and operating rooms. It could take up to three years for their surgeries to take place, says The Herald.

Now, this just makes Kidney Mama mad. So mad that she is talking about herself in the third person, which she really hates.

The Toledo, Ohio, hospital that accidentally threw away the kidney of 17-year-old Paul Fudacz, who was donating it to his sick sister, wants the family’s negligence lawsuit dismissed. Really?

I don’t know what kind of settlement they’ve offered, if any, but this looks really bad.

End-stage renal disease makes people really sick. So does dialysis. In fact, a 10-year study mentioned in this article found that 75% of people in need of a kidney are unemployed for at least part of their illness.

But unemployed people are less-than-half as likely to be put on the transplant list as employed people. What? Yeah.

The study says that it may be because they don’t seek medical care as early, or it may be because they are viewed as higher-risk candidates because they may not be able to afford anti-rejection meds.

Today’s Kidney Mama Lecture

There are a few factors that determine when you get a kidney from the UNOS list, but the biggest one is how long you have been on the list. Not how ill you are, how long you have been waiting.

Be proactive. If one center won’t put you on the list “yet,” try another. You do not need to be in complete kidney failure to be listed.

Consider Medicaid if you are out of work. It will pay for your transplant and drugs for three years. Forget your pride and think about the effect on your family if you continue to be this sick.

And eat your vegetables.

George Franklin III got a kidney transplant when he was 21, and he just turned 59 with the same kidney still doing its thing.

So if you’re on the kidney list, you may know that where you live affects how long it takes to get a kidney by quite a lot. Sometimes that’s because the official zones are not drawn to reflect the amount of need.

A new service called OrganJet can help you figure out where your chances are best and help you get yourself registered there.

Antonio’s Kitchen makes some amazing cakes. The Gift of Life cake is a tribute to everyone who has strugged with kidney disease. Amazing. If you have a Facebook account, you can see a full gallery of the cake here.

Two artists at a South Wales tattoo shop are affected by kidney disease and are doing a monthly fundraiser where you get get a kidney bean or other small tattoo for a low, low price, and the money all goes the Kidney Wales Foundation. Fun!

Adorable. Longtime friends from Cherokee, Iowa, describe themselves as brothers, like Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Twins.” The little one gives the big one a kidney, and then they punch each other in the arm. OK, I simplified, but that’s the basic deal.

China says it’s phasing out the use of executed prisoners’ organs in transplants. That’s a good thing, because there was some evidence that they were executing particular prisoners to get the organs. The story says they’re now relying on non-prisoner deceased donors. No word on living donors.

Today I got to talk with my co-worker’s sister, who just had someone offer to test for her so that she can have a transplant. Nice gal. I really hope it all comes together for her.

She found a crazy stranger, just like I was. I always tell people in need of a kidney that you just need one crazy stranger.

It’s been four years and two months since I gave my spare to a stranger in Brooklyn, NY. He posts photos on his Facebook page of himself doing what he loves, and it makes me really happy.

Was it a good idea to have a major organ removed from my body and given to someone I didn’t know? It was the best idea.

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