It’s been a week since I donated my kidney to my best friend Jimmie Briggs and I can report that all went well. We’re both out of the hospital and walking around. If you donated to our fundraiser http://www.gofundme.com/TeamJimmieBriggs I want to thank you for your support.
Before the surgery people asked me why I was doing it. Well if you’ve never visited a dialysis unit I HIGHLY encourage you to do so. Then my choice will become more clear. Three times a week for four hours or more my friend had to endure having his blood cleaned by machines. It kept him alive but in the most difficult and painful way I can imagine. He did this for nearly four years. I can’t imagine the strength it took for him to endure this week in and week out. I had to do something, anything. As it turned out I was a match. Knowing that I could stop his pain and change his life how could I not? What baffles me is that not one other person in his large circle of friends got tested. These are all good people but none of them stepped up. All these people would jump into a lake to save Jimmie if he were drowning (which is far more risky than donating a kidney) but there’s something about the process that frightens people. I’m working on figuring out what it can be.
Having done it I can report it is a lot less scary than imagined. There is a recovery process believe you me! But all the post surgical pain I’ve experienced is a drop in the bucket compared to what Jimmie has gone through and what he will avoid in the years to come. I encourage you to learn more about becoming a living donor: http://www.organdonor.gov/index.html