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The Wait Can Be Worth It, Certainly The Donation Can Be Life-Saving


organ transplants

Two years ago wasn't such a good year for me.The show I was writing and producing got cancelled, my oldest child got a wonderful job and moved out and oh, one other thing -- I was told that I had fatty liver disease (called nonalcoholic steatohepatisis). The projected outcome was death. So I was put on a liver transplant list while being sized for a proper fitting toe-tag. But being the newest addition to the list, and with a chance to last a year at the most, my call number was way down --or as they say, you can't even hear the band from back here. A population of donors the size of Phoenix would have to all die and donate their healthy organs for me to survive. Even with John McCain and Sheriff Joe Arpaio running things in that area, there wasn't much chance of that.

In the meantime, my doctors didn't give up. I was submitted for and got accepted into a test group, half of us given a placebo and the other half given an experimental medication. We didn't know who was in which group, but there was some guarded hope. But the waiting was "killing" us... in at least half the cases, literally.

But somehow I adjusted -- I say adjusted guardedly because I didn't tell my family so I was kind of living a lie. I didn't want to worry them but they eventually found out as my health deteriorated and I was hospitalized. The ingrown toenail excuse could only run so long.

I waited and awaited, and at best I seemed to stay the same, then I would check the donation list and still find my name inching up the list, but I was still at least a Hollywood sized population away.

Fortunately for me, last year was a great year. I wasn't on the placebo list -- but on the actual experimental medication list -- and the concoction reversed much of my liver issues. I ultimately improved to the point I was no longer on the list but on the mend. Today I feel great.

But I was one of the lucky ones. And not everyone is so fortunate. One of the first things I did was fill out an organ donor card. Hell, if I was saved from this sod box ending, why shouldn't I give the life of sight, or hearing, or a heart, or kidneys or something else to those who're going through what I went through? If you think waiting for your drive-through window food order is stressful, try waiting to live.

If it's against your religion to make an organ donation, I understand. But if you're just lazy, not so much. Take the two seconds to check off the organ donation box on your next driver's license application. AND MAKE SURE YOU LET YOUR FAMILY KNOW. You can't imagine the miracle gift you can provide for those you leave behind. You have  no idea what that waiting is like and hopefully never will.

Here's a little video to put into pictures what those who are waiting go through. You won't feel a thing, but you'll know you've done something great. And it won't cost you anything you're going to have any use for, anyway.


That’s Like The Blind Shooting Blind.


Blind ak-47

No matter how delicately or diplomatically I write this, I'll surely offend someone. But I’m going to try to be as delicate as possible. As I’ve written before, there’s a difference on intent and impact.

Here’s the issue – the Americans With Disabilities Act. The ADA was established as a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability. Yes! I back that 100%.

Or did. Until I heard that Iowa was issuing gun permits to blind folks. It's right here in the Des Moines Register:

The permits allow legally blind applicants to purchase weapons and carry them in public. Per state law, any attempt to deny an Iowan these rights based on physical ability would be illegal, reports the Des Moines Register.

Second amendment strict interpretationists claim this right is guaranteed under the constitution. No limits. But amazingly, the application for a permit to carry isn't available in Braille, so the applicants must rely on someone else filling it in  for them. But have no fear, they can shoot if they feel like it. Is some sort of connect missing here for you as well as for me? We're talking about walking in public armed. This is not a case of protecting one's home... and even then I'd have my suspicions.

Okay, take a step back. A gun is a lethal weapon. So is a car. You can’t get a license in Iowa to drive unless you pass a vision test. So why should you be able to point and shoot a gun if you can’t see what’s in front of you?

Here's how NEWSY has covered this situation:

Maybe it's time that we use logic over political correctness. I feel deeply for anyone with an affliction, infirmity or disability. I just think arming the blind could put more people at risk, including the blind gun holder of accidents, minor to fatal. Everyone deserves protection, but we were not all blessed with sight. And maybe we're not all blessed to have the right to a gun.


DMV study bolsters driver's license push for undocumented immigrants


US map immigration diversity

Immigrant rights groups and other supporters believe that issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants would reduce fatalities and uninsured motorist claims. Per the L.A. Times, the most recent data available shows that insurance companies paid out $634 million in claims for collisions related to uninsured motorists in 2009.

But critics argue that it just rewards illegal activity. I don't see driving legally as a reward necessarily, especially in light of the positives... like fewer deaths. I don't know about you, but I think living is a lot better than dying, so lowering death tolls could be construed as a, you know, good thing.

L.A. Times:

Unlicensed drivers in California — the vast majority of whom are illegal immigrants — are nearly three times as likely to cause a fatal crash as licensed drivers, according to a study by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The report suggests that merely meeting the modest requirements necessary to get a license — passing a written exam and driving test — could improve road safety and help reduce the several thousand fatalities that occur in the state each year. [...]

Supporters point out that granting licenses to illegal immigrants also could reduce the number of hit-and-run accidents. Unlicensed drivers leave crash scenes at significantly higher rates than licensed drivers, according to a 2011 national report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

If you hit someone with your car, and you're afraid of consequences like, say, being deported, you're less likely to stick around afterwards. Go figure.

If nothing else, safety should trump anti-immigrant sentiment here (key word: should), what with all that "pro-life" talk and all; it just makes sense. And it also means drivers' information would be on record, which one would think would please even the most conservative, ardent anti-immigrant types. And let's not forget the one benefit that seems to matter to some people more than anything: Money. Issuing licenses saves lots of it.

But the real rewards would go to those whose lives were saved.