SeniorDoodle853 karma2020-09-14 21:15:34 UTC
There have been stories of donors harassing the recipient for money or if the donor thinks the recipient isn't living a healthy lifestyle.
Also goes both ways though, some recipients will harass the donor with their thanks when the donor just wants to do a good deed without the praise.
Personally, I want to meet my person but I respect the rules and that's that.
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SeniorDoodle224 karma2020-09-14 22:45:25 UTC
I'm sorry to hear about your health :(
I genuinely don't know what prompted me, I don't know anyone personally with kidney disease. I've been donating blood for years (more than 30 times) and I just never felt it was enough, so I looked for bigger ways to help and found this.
I'm 100% committed to donating after death and am excited to help even more people.
SeniorDoodle185 karma2020-09-15 00:02:14 UTC
That's cool! Most people can live a regular life with only 1 kidney.
My expenses were basically nothing, I think I paid maybe $15 for parking and a couple of coffees from trips to the hospital.
Insurance paid for 6 weeks of paid leave with a cap of $5k. The hospital works with you to deal with all of it, it's really easy.
SeniorDoodle160 karma2020-09-14 21:45:39 UTC
I definitely think that's a big part of it.
Not gloomy, they probably have a suite of health issues, that's just the reality.
SeniorDoodle52 karma2020-09-15 01:52:53 UTC
I spent over a year mentally preparing for this, from when I decided to do this to when it actually happened. Physically, I'm already in relatively healthy shape so that was no problem.
Diet and lifestyle are almost no longterm changes, I can't play contact sports and but never did anyways. I also have to be careful of what drugs/medication I take since some do stuff in the kidney and that can be an issue, but I have friends who are pharmacists and they're happy to help.
Recovery was fine, The first 2 days were constant pain and the pain-killers really helped but after that I was able to walk and 2 weeks later I can do anything except exercise.
No surprises, the staff was annoying thorough. They would tell me everything 3 times to make sure I understood. Only thing, I handled the pain a lot better than I expected which I'm proud of.
Nothing I wish I knew before committing, they were unbelievably thorough.
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