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Chopped Liver – Drive

May 9, 2011

In the comments of my previous post I tempted fate by proudly boasting that I survived both B’s and wee D’s colds unscathed. Well I got my comeuppance. I now have a streaming cold… or is it hay fever? Could be. I don’t feel ill. Let’s call it hay fever.

It was a good weekend. Got out lots and felt less and less discomfort – it’s all coming together now. So much so that I decided to get my car jump-started and take it for a spin to charge the completely flat battery and to see how I felt behind the wheel.

I felt ok. Trouble is, my car, a Rav4, has quite heavy steering. It’s surprising really as Toyota are usually very refined but this seemed especially heavy after such a long time not driving.

As I was driving home I thought I’d stop off at a local chippy and pick up some dinner for B and I. I wondered if it was risky stopping the car engine away from home. Would it start up again? Yeah should be ok, after all I’ve just driven it for the best part of an hour on some pretty fast roads. So, it’ll be fine.

It wasn’t.

It wouldn’t restart.

So, I had to call out recovery and get them to jump start me again so I could drive to the local garage where I parked it overnight and went round first thing in the morning to get them to sort it out.

This they are still doing.

While they were doing this I went to the hospital to give more blood and have an assessment of my INR prior to my ERCP on Wednesday. Everything was fine.

So, hopefully this will be a turning point week. Wound fully healed week. Bile Bag removed week. Car starts week.

Then I can start thinking doing some more constructive things.


Chopped Liver – Losing My Religion

January 7, 2011

You will have heard of the recent tragic accident that took the life former Liverpool and Rangers footballer, Avi Cohen.

Well, a storm has erupted over the the use of his organs.

Y’see, Avi carried a donor card. Avi’s family were in support of his organs being used to help save the lives of others.

However, religious ministers put the kybosh on it all. The reason? Well, medical science has advanced, as it is bound to, where religious dictat has stayed in the dark ages.

We are now able to keep bodies alive by the use of life support machines to give the patient the greatest chance of survival whilst there is still the minutest possibility of hope. It is the advancement of medical science that has enabled us to do this – however, as a result of this, we can prolong the “life” of patients by maintaining blood flow through the vital organs – even though scientific knowledge tells us when the body is clinically dead and cannot be reversed – in short, switch off the machine and the patient dies.

But our religious leaders seem happy to accept the fact that science can intervene to keep bodies “alive” but do not accept it when science informs us that the body is clinically dead – when scientific evidence declares a body clinically dead – they are, for all intents and purposes, dead.

However, the act of switching off the machine, thereby stopping the blood flow, has been likened by religious leaders as akin to murder. These are ignorant people who mislead their followers into believing they can bring brain-dead people back to life – they do not have the capacity, in my view, to make that judgement – and even if they did, science will prove them wrong.

I say, let the religious leaders do what they do best and let medical science do what it does best. If you don’t like the consequences of medical advancement then don’t accept its benefits – stay in the dark ages and let those who have real faith – faith in medical science – have the opportunity to either extend their own lives or provide the rest of us with hope.

Just as an addendum – the shortage of available organs within religious communities has led to an increase in the black market trade of such organs – now where exactly in religious doctrine is that practice acceptable?

Postscript: On re-reading this post prior to publication of this diary I have felt it necessary to re-evaluate my view on this topic. It was following a discussion with my good friend Abraham, an orthodox Jew, who put it this way (*).

Scientific fact is only fact as we know it today. Tomorrow, however, science may discover new ways of keeping people alive when initially pronounced clinically dead. So, continue with medical scientific advancement to improve the welfare for all, but don’t assume that you have the facts at any given point in time.

With this in mind, I find myself sympathetic to that viewpoint.

(*) Abraham, I hope I have represented your view accurately, and thank you for your honesty and insight.

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Chopped Liver – It’s The End Of The Year As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

December 31, 2010

I look at my stats. What do I see?

275 blog posts published since March.

I think to myself – now that is some achievement. That is a lot of blog posts. I should feel proud.

And then I think to myself – what exactly does each one of these blog posts represent? Well, give or take the odd missed day or two, each one represents one day that I have been waiting for my liver transplant.


(276 – once I hit the “Publish” button on this one).

That’s a lot of days to be waiting. A lot of days to have this hanging over me – and my family. A lot of days of uncertainty over the future – holidays not booked, businesses given up, impending major operations – and, not forgetting, what I fear most, countless needles trying to find veins once I have had my operation.

But I have coped so far. And I will continue to cope. And I should be grateful that, despite this being the end of the year – I do feel fine.

I suppose therein lies the dichotomy – if I didn’t feel fine, then I may well have received the new liver by now – but there are evidently people in greater need for the few livers available, that I am deemed worthy of simply carrying on.

Careful with that liver, Eugene

I would like to end my year of posting by saying a huge Thank You to all of you who have read my blog, continue to read my blog, have commented on it – it is good to know you are out there.

I’d like to wish everyone well – and a big out to those who have received the ultimate gift and are getting used to their new life (@ukcybernaut for example) and to those of you who I have come to know through the world of Twitterland who have had or are waiting – try to be positive.

Happy New Year.

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
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