Well I never knew today was world kidney day.. raising awareness of kidney disease the urgent need for further research and treatment of the same.
When I was nursing I used to work in a kidney transplant unit. It was very exciting. Surgery being arranged at short notice and patients being called in in the hope that the kidney that had become available would be match for them.
It was quite amazing meeting people who had been having dialysis for just a few months or over 20 years, come in and have their lives transformed. I think the Haemodialysis machines work much quicker now, but back in the late 1980’s most people had to have dialysis 3 times a week for 8 hours each time. That was a huge commitment and meant a lot of disruption to your daily life. Imagine having that for 20 years and then getting a new kidney – how much time you would get back in your life.
Not all kidney transplants work, but even if they work only for a short time it still benefits the patient because their bodies would have had a good ‘spring clean, they will feel better and their bodies will look better.
If you are not already on the organ donor scheme, please think about it, if we are well and fit when we die, we can donate, kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas, corneas… potentially helping 8 or more people live fuller lives than would otherwise have been possible. For some people it means having life itself. What a gift that would be.