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- "We will find a donor because you are siblings." Since four of us were available to donate (my youngest sister was pregnant with her last child, so she was off the hook), Alan was virtually guaranteed a match. As stated in the last post, siblings offer the best chances for a match.
- " Blood type is the first eliminator." Alan was A positive. Anyone not A positive or the universal donor would be eliminated.
- "After a donor is chosen, the surgery can be performed within three weeks." Three weeks! We gasped collectively. We agreed to matching with the probability of donating within five years. Little did we know, how soon the surgery could be completed.
- Have you ever done drugs?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you drink?
- Have you had cancer?
- Do you have safe sex?
- Ever have hepatitis? HIV? TB?
Once the initial screening was over, the phlebotomist drew five vials of blood for testing. It turned out she needed more than five--but that's another day's blog.
Are you considering donating a kidney? Do you have questions or comments? Feel free to add them in the comment box.