As a student of nursing and a hospital employee, every day I see sad situations. I’ve grown immune to it in a way. But there is hope and there are miracles. For every sad case I stumble upon, I see twenty miracles. I’ve seen people intubated get the rest and the care that they needed and walk out of the ICU. I’ve seen patients with little hope and long strenuous battles ahead overcome those obstacles and still lead healthy, happy lives. It doesn’t happen for everyone, but you have to believe that there is hope.
Speaking of hope, there is a lovely couple I’ve written about recently, the owners of Lakeshore Home Maintenance. I wrote about their journey as they not only have a wonderful relationship, but they also have a successful business taking care of your home maintenance needs. There are many jobs that Sarah and Keith can organize for you, however, there is one job that they need you to do for them. It’s really simple. They would like you to consider becoming an organ donor and help spread the word.
You see, Keith needs a new set of lungs. Without a new set of lungs, Keith is in for a rough ride. The rocky road has already begun as Keith checked in as a patient at the Toronto General’s ICU recently. Come on Keith … ICU has great nurses, however, it’s not like staying at the Hilton. We’ve got to find Keith a shiny set of healthy lungs. We need to spread awareness, not just for Keith, but for every person you know. And maybe even yourself one day. You may view Sarah’s blog at http://thedailybreaths.blogspot.ca/2013/01/greetings-from-icu.html?m=1 as she has been documenting Keith’s progress, so we may all follow along.
Tragedy could strike at any moment. You don’t know if maybe one day you or your loved ones may need blood or organs or anything really. You can even donate your eyes. Be sure to check to ensure you are a donor on your health card. If you are not yet a donor and would like to be, visit www.beadonor.com. Make sure you spread the word to everyone you know.
Once you’ve decided to become an organ donor it’s really important to do one more little thing. Well maybe it’s more of a major thing. That would be to talk it over with your family. Discuss becoming an organ donor with your family. Get to know what their wishes are for when they pass on and let them know your wishes. Even though you could be registered as an organ donor, in most cases, family has the last say. There have been cases where families have been hit with the sudden, tragic passing of loved ones and they’ve not been willing to allow organs to be donated. Don’t leave your loved ones in a situation where even though you’re registered, that they have to make that decision on their own. Talk about it before it’s too late.
If you choose to become an organ donor, know that you are doing a terrific thing. You could be leaving this world one day doing a spectacular encore by saving eight lives on your very last day on this earth. So what do you say?? Go to www.beadonor.com and register today. By the way, when the time comes for me to move on from this world, please don’t hesitate for even a moment in taking my organs to save others. When I’m gone, I won’t need them anymore and I’d like to know that I saved eight other lives all by myself.