I have done the reading. Not just of the piles of paper the transplant center gives you, but pages upon pages of ‘net derived text and statistics. Hell, I even asked the nephrologist about any professional journals I could peruse through (And really? Who voluntarily and without threat of death would seek out painfully dry, academic journal articles? They are not heart-pounding romps, I assure you)
Here are a couple of tidbits I couldn’t find anywhere (and please bear in mind that these numbers *might* vary based on the transplant center. I don’t know that for a fact, but it’s a possibility)
To be a living kidney donor:
-Cholesterol should be under 200.
-GFR (aka that kidney filtering test where they nuke you with the radiated iodine) should be at least 80.
Here’s an odd little piece of medical trivia – apparently about 70% of folks in my area (whether that means Ohio, NEO or what, I’m not certain) will test positive for exposure to Epstein-Barr. That doesn’t mean you have it, or you’ll get it, of course; just that you’re showing anti-bodies for it.
The little creepy-crawlers we have floating around in our bodies and we just don’t have a clue….