It was Wednesday morning, 05:30, The house phone rang with a caller ID that I did not recognize. I did not answer which is my usual response. 10 minutes later it’s rang again same caller ID. A quiet whisper said “ answer this as it is important “. The call was from the Transplant clinic. My son’s 5 year wait was about to end. He received 5 more calls before everything was in place and we headed to the hospital.
With the COVID-19 pandemic surrounding us we were only aloud on visitor for the entire stay, my wife was not happy. Upon arrival to the hospital it was like attempting to enter a Top Secret classified site. This was frustrating, but understandable. Our journey was almost done. He was taken to surgery, received the kidney, recovered and taken to his room. Everything went very well and the precious gift was already working exceptionally well.
The next journey is now starting, keeping the Transplant from being rejected. This will be a very disciplined task. Taking anti-rejection meds on time and consistently, eating healthy, and following the process laid out by the transplant team.
Had I not answered that phone, we would have missed receiving this blessing. Kidney Transplantation affects more than just the recipient. The family of the donor, in my sons procedure, has lost a loved one, and must be thanked, supported, and prayed for just as we pray for my son to heal and maintain this gift. In this case I wish to give thanks and pray for the family that chose to share this gift of life. Maybe some day we will meet and share our story together, may God comfort you and keep you.
Remember, “When the phone rings”, answer it as it may god calling to bless you.
Once every 4 years February Adds one day.I will not bore you with the scientific reasoning, I will just state the facts. EVery Child born on February 29th , While thier Physical and Mental ages are a constant, their chronological age skewed. A baby born at 00:01 on February 29th 2020, has to wait til 2024 to have thier first birthday. Can you just imagine that person graduating from High School at the age of 3.
It is just an amusing tid bit for today….. Happy Birthday to all that were born on February 29th.
It was the week before Christmas and all through the state, not a moment went by that anyone could hate.
Christmas is a time of love, hope, and giving. It is not about all the commercialism that has become so prevalent. It is sad to see Christmas decorations being put out before Halloween. Last year we waited until after Thanksgiving to decorate the yard and this year I am getting ready to decorate the week before Christmas.
The real meaning of Christmas is more simplistic. We celebrate the birth of Jesus, God’s gift to man, he sent him to give us hope and to forgive us of our Sin’s. To quote the Bible; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
From the middle of April when the Meteorologist in the different Local stations begin to talk about the need to be prepared for severe weather. Personally, I stay with News9 with David Payne and his staff of meteorologist and Storm trackers. They are a committed group of people that work hard to keep the viewing audience informed. Val and Amy Castor are some of the bravest trackers out their and they have experience that makes them a vital part of the weather team. His new Truck is a custom rig that is basically a moving weather station with all the different equipment and computers. While it is an asset, he (Val) has a unique voice that. When he see’s a rotation in the clouds his adrenalin kicks in and it cause his vocal pitch to go higher and when he see’s one on the ground he is at a pitch of extreme Alarm. By that I mean, in my opinion, he is excited yet very concerned to get the word out and help save lives. I want to give the owners of KWTV 9, The Griffin family, a huge thank you. They have put together a great team in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. They have provided their team with the State-of-the-Art equipment and has given the chief Meteorologists’ the go ahead to go wall to wall with the coverage. It is important to them to help keep the people safe. I have recently seen some memes on social media depicting David Payne Pointing to the Storm trackers video that is projected on the Green wall the he stands in front of saying “Look right here, a tornado on the ground” and behind him in a photo-shopped add-in of a Women with thick gasses bending over as if to be trying to see what he is pointing at. It is supposed to be humor and a satire of how David gets excited when they get a shot of a tornado. Yes, in Oklahoma it is funny to watch and listen to them as they are covering storms, But I would rather watch their so called “humorous” antics then to be caught unaware of a dangerous situation. You come to realize that it is Dead Serious reporting and they are trying to keep us safe and prepared. They do not go Wall-To-Wall unless it is a serious threat. Yesterday, May 25th,2019, they were on air almost all day with chaser traveling all over the state, he had been warning us for a few days that the system of storms approaching us were a threat to produce Large Hail, Damaging winds and the possibility of tornadoes. Unfortunately, at 10:28 PM El Reno was hit with a Tornado that damaged several mobile homes and destroyed a small Motel. It was only on the ground for a few minutes and only for approximately 2.5 miles, but at least 2 people lost their lives and 16 or more people were injured. That same system then dropped another Tornado in Oklahoma City which went through The UPTOWN and Paseo districts cause damage. The Paseo District is hosting “The Paseo Arts Festival” and one of the restaurants had a Patio full of Patrons enjoying the festival, the management was watching the continuous coverage and a manager informed all the patrons to move inside and guided them to the basement of the establishment. That saved lives and prevented injuries. It caused minimal damage and the festival will go on. At the time of my creating this post those are the numbers. Garth Brooks had a hit Song “Thunder Road” I thank him for the title. Oklahoma has been called “Tornado Alley” and we are just leaving the month where we have the most Tornado’s, but the danger doesn’t end on May 31st. With the weather system that is in place and all the factors are taking into consideration (i.e. Movement of the Jet stream, Moisture coming up from the Gulf) we will more than likely continue to have more severe weather. That same pattern happens every year some years worse than others. The weather this year has been resupplying the state with copious amounts of precipitation, so much so that we are having flooding all over the state. This “Memorial Day “weekend, we are thankful for those that have died in service of our country, in the defense of our freedom. We must also pray for those that suffered a loss yesterday from the weather. We continue to Pray for those that are involved in the search and rescue efforts on going in El Reno. I hope that all that take the time to read this will continue to pray for all of us. God Bless Oklahoma, and God Bless America!
Spring is here and I love to take a little extra time to admire the beautiful canvas that God has provided. To look out across a field of tulips in a vast array of colors is something to behold. Feel the peace and tranquility as you imagine yourself standing amongst the beautiful and fragrant flowers. Listen closely to the birds singing the welcome to spring and the elegant sent of the landscape is a little piece of heaven. We are so busy with our lives that we sometimes forget to just stop and admire the beauty that surrounds us.
Please take a moment and place yourself in the picture use your imagination to drink in the peaceful beauty all about you. Enjoy…
It is now April 7th and many are already planting thier gardens and flowers. I continue to wait for mine as we always have a late freeze around Easter. when asked my wife stated “The grass turns green and makes the earth look new again. Rain cleans the air. The sun shines to light our days. In a few weeks is Easter. It is the time of year for reflecting and giving thanks to God for giving his only son that died on the cross for our sins.” I respect her point of view and add to it that Spring is the renewal of life, WInter is that period of the life cycle where death occurs, the freeze and snow helps life by killing the weeds and many of the active pesty insects but not completely. The seeds of the weeds and the eggs of the insects survive just as the seeds of the grass and the trees survive as do the healthy plants, trees, and animals. Then just as God raised Jesus to show the world that there is renewal of life, spring comes. God looks down and smiles, sends the rains and warms the temperature so that life can begin anew. For those that chose to not believe in God, they do believe in Spring and the renewal of life. So again I ask , What excites you about spring?
April Showers bring May Flowers… This is the rhyme we learned in grade school. Yes it is that time of year. Here in Oklahoma we love to see the spring except for the Pollen, Severe Weather, Hail Tornadoes… Wait, this is a positive post! Nature sometimes brings us a surprise in the weather patterns. This year we watched several systems come in lined up one after the other bringing artic air and freezing temperatures and a very cold winter. The positive take from this is we had a very hard freeze that will helped in the reduction of insects and pest. It also will help with the weeds. When March roared in with a snow storm, again weather systems lined up this time a mix of winter weather and rain. We had a very wet March. Was this bad? In Oklahoma, No. We really needed the moisture. We are heading into April and as I type this post we have a line of heavy thunderstorms heading into the state. Some may have severe weather with strong winds, Hail and maybe tornadoes. Still not a bad thing as western Oklahoma is going to receive much needed moisture. I have learned over the years that I will not put out my tender plants until Easter has past as in Oklahoma at least we have one last freeze around easter. It goes along with what the famous Oklahoma Humorist Will Rogers said. “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma just wait a minute, It will change.” Thank you Will Rogers, a truer statement could not have been made.
Everyday a patient on the active transplant List waits for “The Phone To Ring” calling them to the hospital to receive the “Gift of Life” in the form of an organ transplant. For patients with Chronic Kidney Disease that do not have an identified living donor must continue to wait. Depending upon their blood type, it can be a minimum of four to five years. To even be considered to receive a transplant, a patient must meet several different criteria. for a kidney patient they must have reached CKD Stage 4 and thier GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate) must be below 30. It is sad that They could not be worked up when they were Stage 3. maybe not active on the list but at least have all the testing completed. When your kidneys start declining from Stage 3 down, depending on the cause of your disease, it can continue on for a few years, a few months, or not even a month. So much depends on the overall health of the individual. I have monitored a patient with Renal failure from birth to date (21 Years) I watch them do well up until they turned 16, Then the decline started a little more quickly. In February of 2015 the patient dropped suddenly to a GFR of 15 down from 30. They were then worked up to be placed on the active list. The GFR rebounded above 15 for a few months which caused the patient to be placed on Hold till after thier 18th birthday. This caused a major issue as the patient was being seen as a Pediatric patient, and would still be able to until they were 21. The on problem was if they went down suddenly again and need to be put on Dialysis the Only Pediatric clinic was Full. The Nephrologist decided that with this problem in mind the Patient should be transferred to adult from Pediatric Nephrology. Working with the family the Doctor referred the patient to a Nephrologist at another Facility. The patient stayed listed at the Transplant center for Pediatrics. After many issues with the patients commercial insurance company the Patients listing was transferred to the Facility that the Adult Nephrologists worked with. The patient did receive thier accrued time form the when they were made active. The family hoped and prayed to hear the Phone Ring with the call for them to go to the hospital. When the patient had thier 21st Birthday Their GFR was still hovering around 15. Then 5 days later they ended up in the ER acutely Uremic and had to be started on Hemodialysis. Not what the patient wanted… They had prefered to do Peritoneal dialysis but thier lab was not “Bad Enough ” to justify placement of a catheter per the insurance and the Guidelines… They are now converted to PD (Peritoneal Dialysis) and doing their therapy at home. Still they wait for the “Phone to Ring”.
Do you know of some one that is on the “list”? are you and organ donor? Is it on your Drivers License? Being a donor is not a piece of cake. You are going to have a major surgery to give the “gift of Life” to another. Many times the Donor has more Post-op issues in the hospital than the recipient. But that is easily managed. While I have focused on Kidney Transplantation, There are other types of transplants that a living donor can offer. Liver, they remove a portion of the donors liver and graft it to the patients. The Donors liver will regenerate it self. Stem Cells, Can be a life saving gift for some patients, Bone Marrow can help Hemophiliacs. Both do not require a hospital stay for the donor. Unfortunately the Heart and Lungs come from a Cadaver. Unless you make it known that if something were to happen to you your organs would be available to be donated, It would come down to a family member to choose. Please make it know on your position for organ donations. Help those on the list ‘ know that they are blessed “When The Phone Rings” and it is for them to receive the Gift of Life.
After Thanksgiving my Post about “Christmas Yard Decorations in Oklahoma” was mainly about how I loved to decorate for christmas each year and promised to bring pictures of my process back to you. What a difference a few days make. After waiting for the weather to cooperate and then cleaning out the front yard of the leaves of a Neighboring Oak tree, the set up began. The thought process was to be creative yet not outrageously Luminous that would cause the ISS (International Space Station) take notice
Now while it is not a professional display, it is my way of saying “Merry Christmas” to all from our family