The Story of a Kidney
The television drama ER has been delivering excellent stories around death and dying as well as the misadventures of the walking wounded for fifteen years now. After a long break, I have returned to faithfully follow it’s final season and it has not disappointed. The plot and multiple story lines of ER are quite complex and unfold over weeks so serendipity was probably the cause for last night’s episode to deal with the topic of kidney disease and kidney transplants on World Kidney Day. As I discussed in Wednesday’s post, the purpose of World Kidney Day is to increase awareness. The aim is to prevent chronic kidney disease by encouraging people to make choices that support healthy kidneys and get appropriate screening test for kidney function when necessary.
Yet, here at enBloom, we try to foster a culture of information that will empower the choices you make regarding your health and medical decisions. In an earlier post (Valentine’s Day/National Donor Day), I brought the importance of organ donation to your attention. In this ER episode, a family member struggles to come to a decision regarding organ donation. In my continuous quest to advocate for your autonomy as a patient. I encourage you to talk often and openly with your loved ones about your decision to be an organ donor. These are agonizing decisions for loved ones to make especially in the midst of grieving. Moreover, often the best candidates for organ donation were young, healthy, in-the-prime-of their-lives but just happen to roll into the ER on the heels of some traumatic and tragic event. By communicating and documenting your end-of-life decisions, you remove a great burden from the shoulders of your loved ones.
Enjoy this compelling episode of ER which so aptly illustrates all the emotions and the drama of life in kidney failure and organ donation.