Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Say a prayer, please

My cousin is undergoing a kidney transplant today. She has been on the waiting list for probably two years or more. She is such an energetic go-getter despite being on dialysis for what seems like forever to me. As a hairdresser, she had to close her shop because she couldn't run it anymore while being on dialysis, but she continued fixing hair despite it.

I wanted to be tested to see if I could be a living donor, but Army of Dad asked me not to because the chances of complications are greater for the donors than they are the recipients and he reminded me that I have three children who need me. I'm not sure if all of my cousins were tested or not, but I'm sure they probably were. I know my aunt was and she was not a match.

I'm a very big proponent of transplants and hope that when I die, it is in such a circumstance that my organs, tissues, bones - anything viable - can be transplanted into someone who needs them. It is such a gift for a family to give life to others at the time of a tragedy. I don't know the circumstances of my cousin's donor at this point, but I'm sure it must be from someone who died and not a living donor or we would have known about it in advance. My mom called this morning at 6:45 a.m. and told me that she got the call late last night that she'd be having it done today. Funny, she went to my mom's house yesterday and fixed her hair for her. I guess it is a good thing she did, too, or she'd be waiting a while! I'm going to try and go see her this week, if I can. If I'm still congested I can't do it and don't want to take a chance on exposing her to anything.

I'll try to keep everyone posted on her progress, but keep her in your prayers, please.


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