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In January 2010, Kay decided to donate a kidney and began a life-changing journey. She chronicled her experience in detailed journals, which she is now sharing here.
Feb. 7, 2010
Waiting for the verdict following the two days of tests in San Diego was a bit nerve-racking, but the results arrived pretty quickly and I was pronounced ready for the next level of tests. I think they do them in stages, so that if I flunk one set, they have not wasted (the recipient's) money on expensive tests.
So one week after my first trip, I was on the road for the second trip. The mission? An MRI/MRA and blood samples for the genetic markers. The double MRI/MRA included a better look at the kidneys and a circulation study (I think) as an added check on the well being of the kidneys.
The drawing of the blood was a bit problematic, as they had a hard time finding a good vein. Three people made a stab at it before we were able to strike gold. A lot was needed, as the determination of the genetic markers is complicated (it takes four weeks, I was told) and crucial to finding a match for my kidney.
Again, I was expedited quickly, and was able to head back home late morning. It was a day of torrential rains in southern California, with flooding in many areas. Indeed, the area I traveled suffered a blinding rain. I was lucky to outrun the worst part and arrive in the desert before the worst hit home.
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