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The push for Obama Care and recent scandal in New Jersey has led me to post a thing or two about organ transplants.

Why?

I am the receipient of a kidney transplant.  Just over a year ago, I received a kidney from a cadaver donar.  I waited on dialysis three years for a kidney.  Many wait even longer.

Dialysis is treatment that prolongs life by filtering the blood and helping maintain a balance in body chemicals.  While it prolongs life, it also shortens life.  It’s rough on the body.  A patient on dialysis often feels irratable, cranky, and tired.  There are two options at this point.  Get a Kidney Transplant, or die on dialysis.

To get a transplant, a patient must complete several tests.  There is blood work, antigen matching, general physical assessments, and doctor interviews.  All of these steps must be completed before a patient can be on the transplant list.

As of now, a patient goes on one of several regional lists.  There are obligations that one must keep to maintain status on the list.  These include many of the same tests that were taken to get on the transplant list.

Then there is the waiting.  The waiting is what kills most people, both figuratively and literally.  Dialysis is an imperfect treatment.  The waste eventually builds up.  The body can only be artificially cleaned for so long.

A Kidney transplant not only extends the life of the patient, it improves quality of life.  Foods that were once off limits become part of the normal diet.  One feels less tired, and even is in a better mood most of the time.

The National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 is the law that governs transplant activities.  It forbids the buying or selling of Organs.  I’m not going to get into a discussion of if that’s good or not here.

The point of this little blog was to give the RS bloggers and lurkers an idea of why people would pay $160,000 for a kidney, with however much of that going to crooked Jersey Politicians.

If the wait is years now, and roughly 4,000 people die each year waiting for a transplant, what will it be like when the government gets even more involved?  I shudder at the thought.

Should any of you have any questions, I’ll be glad to answer them in this blog.

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