Wednesday, February 20, 2013
My Kidney Journey: Where Are You?
Remember this guy?? ------------------>>>
This guy is Val Kilmer, but in the picture he was portraying Doc Holiday, who was known for many things, one being the famous gunslinger who died from TB.
I'm not dying from TB, but this fellow firearm fanatic and I have the Tuberculosis bacteria in common. I tested positive once again for a Latent TB Infection, which means that I have an inactive strain in my system that is not spreadable and I am not sick. If I were to give my kidney to my friend, however, the infection could become active in his system due to the high immunosuppresants that he will be taking. So we can't take that chance.
For the next twelve weeks, I will be taking a fun cocktail of Rifapentine and Isoniazid with some B6 to battle this invisible foe so it doesn't affect the transplant. Once the treatment is over, we will then be scheduled for transplant.
So we're looking at June for surgery!! And we can't wait to see him feeling better!!
If you have questions about being an organ donor, about LTBI, about, any of this at all, I would be glad to answer them, so please don't hesitate to ask!!
There are so many people out there who may die waiting for a kidney, please consider sharing your spare?? Please spread the word for organ donor awareness?? And one more thing, while you're at it, check out this page http://www.facebook.com/AMillionLikesForAKidneyForMatthew. Matthew is a 7 year old and needs a kidney ASAP. Please "Like" and "Share" his page. One million likes may not get him a kidney, but his chances would sure go up if a million people see his cause. Thanks so much!!!
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