Archive for September, 2013

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.