I am Brody Black, Non-Directed Kidney Donor and Library Enthusiast, a week ago I donated my kidney to a stranger through UCLA and the National Kidney Registry, ask me anything.
Hi there, I am Brody Black, Non-Directed Kidney Donor and Library Enthusiast, and I am here to discuss non-directed kidney donation, public libraries and how we can make the world a better place. I'd love to talk to you about all that and so much more.
The username is from Joe Hill's novel The Fireman, she is the incredible heroine that I am not quite, but we both have a good dose of Poppins in us.
A week ago I gave my kidney to a stranger, it was the end to a long process that lasted a bit less than a year, and realistically began long before that. I first considered kidney donation as I watched posts come up on Reddit's front page for people asking for kidneys. It spoke to a part of me that said, "I can do that", but it took awhile to take root, and it was Dylan Matthews' video on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7EglP5A2Hg) in which he discussed his experiences donating a kidney to stranger through non-directed donation that spoke to me. It was like lightning striking, I felt it in my bones, that's what I wanted to do. So, I went through the National Kidney Registry (https://www.kidneyregistry.org/?cookie=1), did tests for them, got approved and they asked me which hospital I wished to proceed forward with, it was an easy choice. From there I did the rest of my work-up, surgery and recovery with the UCLA Transplant Program (https://www.uclahealth.org/transplants/kidney). That is the short story.
I am a week out of surgery and I look, act, and live a fairly normal life. I can't lift 10 pounds or over, or exercise. It is a good time to loaf, guilt free. In this time of goofing off I am watching horror movies, playing Fallout 4, reading novels, going on long walks, doing crosswords, and trying to perfect making onigiri. I am on a grand total of two medications, Tylenol and docusate sodium, and have been on only that since my second day out of the hospital. My grand total stay in the hospital recovery unit (TRU) was about 24 hours.
During my many, many trips to UCLA for work-ups, I started to kill time by heading to the closest public library, a suggestion of an old friend. It was an immediate crush, and as I learned about all the programs and services they offer to their communities I fell in absolute, overwhelming love with the LAPL system. As a way to get to know the library system and Los Angeles better I decided to start visiting every library branch they have. I have seen 18 of 74 of them, I have attended 3 events (and am set to visit another 2 very soon), and I have taken the tour of Central Library. Through them I have learned that a library is nothing is without its staff, and if you want to accomplish anything in the entire world, please start at the library. They can make absolutely anything happen, and know where to find the resources that will get you to where you need to be. They are one of the last, greatest institutions that exist solely for the benefit of humankind, I hope we get to keep them forever.
Beyond that, I am a platelet donor, blood donor, library supporter (they need that sweet funding), food bank supporter, a good friend and kind to service workers. I have doubts about this dubious world we live in and I think the only way it will get better is if we put in the work, the time, and the money. Together this can get better, but we can't do it alone. The more we bring attention to these causes, the more we can get done. Let's do this, together. I need you.
Ask me anything.
Proof: https://www.instagram.com/p/BzGb1nenywb/ (Same as posted at top)
https://imgur.com/fgzkz1B (Also still me)
This show is over, 13 hours is about all I think I have in me, it has been an honor. Take care and have good days, and nights. Love, Brody