It’s rare that I get to say this but, some good news came out of Washington today. The House Of Representatives passed the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act(H.R. 5534), which to summarize, will guarantee coverage for immunosupression drugs for the life of the transplanted organ. This will still need to pass through the Senate so while we haven’t crossed the finish line yet, this is a great first step.Continue reading
This is a great animation I found on Youtube that details how a kidney transplant is performed. While a lot of the jargon is over my head, it’s fascinating how they pull this off and the care involved. I never thought I’d be so fascinated watching veins get sewn together but it really is amazing how they do this.
It’s not a long video, so it’s a good seven minutes well invested.
I’ll be honest, as a child growing up in New England, I never did get over the thrashing our Patriots took at the hands of the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. I don’t want to say I’m a bitter person, and after six championships later, you’d think I’d be over it. But no, I’m still sour. They should have let us win.
So on that note, I’ve never associated the Bears with anything positive. But then along comes this guy:
No doubt you’ve seen more and more people put signs on their cars advertising their need for an organ donor. It’s one more tool in our arsenal when it comes to getting the word out about the importance of live organ donation.
If you’ve ever wondered if this approach works, well you can check off at least one incident where it led to a donor match and from an unexpected donor.
This comes from nbcdfw.com:
“I think some people feel like they are called to be a donor and others may feel like they want to donate time,” Newsom said. “There is something we can all do to make everything better for everyone.”