Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
"While at Mayo, they sent us to an organ transplant class, specifically re: the liver. We learned there is no age limit in a transplant candidate. A 90 yo man can get one. As long as the criteria are met. Criteria includes ensuring everything else is healthy to withstand such a major surgery. For a transplant, it is HEIGHT that determines suitability. If a person is 5'4" & the height of the available organ donor is also the same, that organ is considered. If a person is 6', the donor would also have to be 6', & so on. CHILDREN are more priority than anyone else. Also the severity of the illness is also top priority. The person must have less than 2 years to surivive. The wait-time for an organ is about 1 year. The liver weighs about 3 lbs & is the size of a football.
Mayo has a team of doctors, clergy, social workers, psychologists, etc., who meet every Weds for a selection conference where they decide on a weekly basis who is & not suitable for an organ transplant based on their criteria. It is not easy to get a transplant. Their goal is that the patient will be successfully thrive post-transplant. Mayo's 1st liver transplant was in 1985.
For more extremely interesting data, go to UNOS on the web that provdes data, UNOS sites for transplants [there are only 11 centers in the U.S.] as well as their donor awareness directives.
Mayo requires 8-10 hours once called for an organ to get from home to their site for transplantation.'"
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
"My laptop crashed yesterday. my friend's brother lent me his so I will have limited access. I am on the guest pc at the hotel. unfortunately, i left the power cords home so i will not be able to use the laptops much at all nor reconfigure mine. it's been a long day. I will be keeping in touch providing updates via facebook because it's the easiest way."
"On the shuttle from the airport to here we met a guy 44 yrs old from boston who had cholangiocarcinoma & received a liver transplant but is coming here for checkups. he gave us very valuable information. His wife & I exchanged email addresses because they now are part of the 'fan club' of my mom's, but we all agree we probably will run into them throughout the week at Mayo."
We should hear more once Carole's test results start to provide more insight into Carole's future prognosis in regards to a Liver Transplant.
Cows on skis?
I asked Cindy what she could tell us about visiting MN and Mayo and she responded with:
"I noticed people ski all over to get to locations. I can only imagine if we were home (outside of Philadelphia) what that would be like all of us skiiing to get to locations. We'd probably be put away! So, besides Mayo, which is a very huge place, a sort of city within a city that you can traverse underground, I didn't see anything but the twin cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul, grazing cows, & people on skis!"
I'm so glad that Carole and Cindy are able to keep their spirits high, sounds like they had some laughs together! I would love to see the cows skiing...oops I mean the people skiing to get around, that sounds much better then filling up at the gas tank in Philadelphia!
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Monday, February 9, 2009
Donations are accepted "in honor of Carole Stitles-Luka"