A pen and ink drawing of the kidneys from Gray's Anatomy

On Trying to Donate a Kidney: The Fly in the Ointment

Mysterious practices, multiple entrances, confusing requirements, authority figures dressed differently with clothing often suggesting power and authority: hospitals and churches have these in common. Another commonality: Both seek to move people from one level of existence to another. From physical illness to health, from unredeemed sinner to saint. And both encounter much resistance on the…

A kidney stone

On Trying to Donate a Kidney, Part Four

[Note: I am working my way through the process of trying to be approved as a kidney donor for my brother. Part One is here. Part Two is here. Part Three is here.] I have now had my last kidney function test–a contrast dye CT scan. Piece of cake. Afterward, I sat outside on another…

Kidney Tubules

On Trying to Donate a Kidney, Part Three

Note: I am working my way through the process of trying to be approved as a kidney donor for my brother. Part One is here. Part Two is here.] I will be going from labs to meetings to labs and then cap off the day with a visit with a psychiatrist. I will update this…

Vertical section of a kidney, from Gray's Anatomy

On Trying to Donate at Kidney, Part Two

[Note: I am working my way through the process of trying to be approved as a kidney donor for my brother. Part One is here.] It’s 5 am. I’ve been awake for a while, knowing I had to arise early and follow the instructions to the letter for this 24 hour urine collection day. It…

On Trying to Donate a Kidney

A couple of years ago, upon hearing that my brother was in the latter stages of kidney failure, I thought, “I want him to have one of mine.” After my retirement in December, 2013, I figured the time had come to see about making this happen.  My brother had already invited me to spend the…

The Aging Brain: Research Participants Needed

A couple of months ago, I blogged about selling my brain to science. This program, run by the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, is recruiting adults to participate in two different studies which will seek to measure the impact of exercise on cognitive functioning. The photo here shows the glamorous outfit I was given to…