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Max Heck
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posted March 12, 2002 11:29     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Heck   Click Here to Email Max Heck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Swiss Mercenary inadvertantly prompted this post...

Most states in the US, and I'm sure most countries in the EU allow you to indicate whether you're willing to allow better use of your body once you're through with it on your driver's license.

I personally figure that once I'm dead, I'll not be using the meat part... ( I'm a geek... it's not like I spent much time there! ) If I can help out someone else, then so much the better. So I'm an organ donor. How about you?

Max.

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FatGnome
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posted March 12, 2002 11:59     Click Here to See the Profile for FatGnome   Click Here to Email FatGnome     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeup I am an organ donor as well. I figure a good mortition can make me look good after they cut me up so who cares how much flesh they throw in the ground.

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Jessycat
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posted March 12, 2002 12:02     Click Here to See the Profile for Jessycat   Click Here to Email Jessycat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm an organ donor too... at least I indicated as much on the back of my license. Is there something else I should fill out?
My friend's sister died when she was 16 (she fell down the stairs... it was awful) and was an organ donor. Since she was so young and in such good health they were able to use 23 (or some crazy number like that) of her organs. As soon as I heard that I got some witnesses and signed my license.
I must admit that I do hope to get some more use out of my organs before I surrender them. :-)

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EngrBohn
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posted March 12, 2002 12:39     Click Here to See the Profile for EngrBohn   Click Here to Email EngrBohn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jessycat (et.al.), The other thing you should do is let your family know, specifically, your parents, spouse, and children. That is, your next-of-kin, and whoever would be your next-next-of-kin for the possibility that your immediate next-of-kin is unable to make medical decisions (dead or unconscious). Boyfriend/girlfriend, or even fiance is not sufficient. A decision by your family will always trump the presence or absense of a donor indicator on your driver's license. I understand some (most? all?) states won't allow doctors to use the presense of a donor indicator as consent -- still requires family approval.

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Demosthenes
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posted March 12, 2002 12:48     Click Here to See the Profile for Demosthenes   Click Here to Email Demosthenes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
massachusetts has laws that you can't register to become an organ donor until you're at least 18. however, when i registered for my learner's permit, there was a little tick-box to indicate whether or not you were underaged and wanted to be registered once you hit legal age.

i registered to be signed up for the organ-donor program; apparently they sort everything out when you get your license renewed and are over 18. i'd like to think that once i'm gone, someone else will be able to get use out of the parts that i'm through with.

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LifetimeTrekker
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posted March 12, 2002 13:42     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I already donated an organ...one of those little chord organs. The doctors removed the old air-pump from it, cleaned it up a bit and used it to power some guy's diaphragm.

At last report, he was still using it and played a wicked version of "5'2, Eyes of Blue" by manipulating openings in his body.
You don't want to know how he played that high G!

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macadddikt18
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posted March 12, 2002 13:43     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am an organ donor. But who ever gets me organs may be hyper more often.
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Max Heck
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posted March 12, 2002 17:21     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Heck   Click Here to Email Max Heck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
EngrBohn raised a pretty good point... In fact, in the US at least you pretty much have to have what's known as a "living will" in order to keep doctors from keeping you on life support.

(Sorry, I realize this is something of a morbid topic, but...)

There have been a number of cases where the family wanted to pull the plug on someone who was ummm... "not self-supporting" aka brain-dead but doctors refused to do so because of liability concerns.

I've been thinking of making out a living will. Given my lifestyle, it may even come in handy, although I hope not.

Max.

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homesalad
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posted March 12, 2002 17:41     Click Here to See the Profile for homesalad   Click Here to Email homesalad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Max Heck:
I've been thinking of making out a living will. Given my lifestyle, it may even come in handy, although I hope not.

Oh? What do you do?


BTW, I'm an organ donor too. I'd like to think that after I'm gone, I'd still be of some help to society.

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trowelblister
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posted March 12, 2002 18:47     Click Here to See the Profile for trowelblister   Click Here to Email trowelblister     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm a donor. I figure somebody else can use whatever they need, although I would suggest staying away from my liver,,,,

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Jessycat
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posted March 12, 2002 20:45     Click Here to See the Profile for Jessycat   Click Here to Email Jessycat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ha! My liver probably isn't so cute either... between the vodka gimlets and 2 courses of Accutane. But it was worth it, dammit.

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Swiss Mercenary
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posted March 13, 2002 06:20     Click Here to See the Profile for Swiss Mercenary   Click Here to Email Swiss Mercenary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I have certainly made it known around my entourage that were anything to happen to me they can use any of the useable bits to help other people.
Of course, useable bits means forget my, liver, lungs, heart and brain.

Like I said before, in Switzerland they are pushing towards an opt-out society where everyone is considered an organ donor unless you specify otherwise.

What gets me upset is that I am not allowed to donate blood, yet they are screaming out for blood here.
The reasons:
- It might be harmful to my health, there is a 1 on 100000 chance that I might have an adverse reation.
HELLO! I am willing to take these risks and was willing to sign a waiver, no dice.
- I lived in the UK for over 6 months between 1980 and 2000.
CJD anyone? Oh well next time I am in the UK I will see about donating there, at least they will not be able to rule me out because of the last reason.

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trowelblister
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posted March 13, 2002 13:18     Click Here to See the Profile for trowelblister   Click Here to Email trowelblister     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Swiss Mercenary:
...What gets me upset is that I am not allowed to donate blood, yet they are screaming out for blood here.....I lived in the UK for over 6 months between 1980 and 2000.

The Red Cross wouldn't take my blood either, and this was right after 9/11 and I'm a universal donor. Apparently, a trip to Venezuela within 3 years is a no-no. I had shots for Yellowfever, Hep A , Tetanus,and I ate the anit-malarial alka-seltzers for a month, but that wasn't sufficient. hope they like their new phones though,,,,

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quantumfluff
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posted March 13, 2002 14:06     Click Here to See the Profile for quantumfluff   Click Here to Email quantumfluff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't give blood as well. I once cross reacted (in their screens) for a disease that I don't have. Now the Red Cross has me black-listed forever. This really annoys me because there seems to be no way to get them to remove that erroneous record. I fear that one day I could be labeled as a health risk by future potential employers, if they were able to obtain that record.

Back to the topic, I'm a organ donor, but it is sort of moot. EngrBohn is correct, in that most hospitals in the US never harvest until they can get a family member to agree to it first. They look at the yes mark on your drivers license as an invitation to ask the family, but little more.

In the time till my death I like to focus on being an orgasm donor. That helps keep the organs in good shape to donate

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feldspar
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posted March 13, 2002 17:01     Click Here to See the Profile for feldspar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey, I'll donate my spare tire right now if I can find a recipient.

No?

Guess I'll have to take up jogging. After that gives me an infarc the rest of my organs will probably be up too.

But do follow EngrBohn's advice. I did tell my dad my wishes should misfortune strike. The uncomfortable part was hearing his wishes.

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SupportGoddess
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posted March 13, 2002 17:08     Click Here to See the Profile for SupportGoddess   Click Here to Email SupportGoddess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm afraid I still haven't remembered to check the little box on the back of my license. I do have a bunch of signed and notarized forms on file with my doctor's office authorizing organ donation and terminating life support though. (They have a packet that you can fill out and have notorized, then they will keep it on file.)

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Rednivek
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posted March 14, 2002 04:12     Click Here to See the Profile for Rednivek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I donate blood all the time and am on the Bone Marrow Donor registry, but no takers for bone marrow so far.

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DUCT TAPE
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posted March 14, 2002 06:37     Click Here to See the Profile for DUCT TAPE   Click Here to Email DUCT TAPE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i'm an organ donner. the way i see it is once i'm dead i'm not gonna need um

i can't donate blood eather because i had hepititis as a baby

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Jade Dragon
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posted March 14, 2002 11:20     Click Here to See the Profile for Jade Dragon   Click Here to Email Jade Dragon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had myself listed as an organ donor ever since I first got my driver's license over 20 years ago! In different provinces, it works differently, but generally it works in coordination with either your driver's license or your medical health card...

I've also let everyone in the family know my wishes, just as a back-up.

~ Jade Dragon

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robots r gr8
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posted March 28, 2002 09:30     Click Here to See the Profile for robots r gr8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i too am an organ donor of sorts... actually, ive signed this thing allowing my body to be used for scientific research (after the donors are through with it).

when i told this to my mom, she started to cry... im not really sure why?

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EddieKatz
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posted March 28, 2002 12:20     Click Here to See the Profile for EddieKatz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i am an organ donor, despite the fact that a girl i went to high school with who's now an emt told me that they don't work as hard to save you if you're an organ donor. personally, i think that's bullshit, but you wouldn't believe how many of my friends changed their status after she told us that.

red cross doesn't want my blood, either. veins are too small, clots up too fast, and literally takes a few hours before i can walk out of there. i have very low blood pressure, so i tend to pass out and they really don't like that. they said that it's the thought that counts, but not to come back. periodic visits to latin america also keep me on the blacklist.

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bucketofsquids
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posted March 28, 2002 13:52     Click Here to See the Profile for bucketofsquids     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i'm an organ donor, definitely. i plan to be cremated anyway. something about being buried creeps the hell out of me....

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Xanthine
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posted March 28, 2002 15:27     Click Here to See the Profile for Xanthine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by EddieKatz:
i am an organ donor, despite the fact that a girl i went to high school with who's now an emt told me that they don't work as hard to save you if you're an organ donor. personally, i think that's bullshit, but you wouldn't believe how many of my friends changed their status after she told us that.


WTF???? I'm an EMT too and I've never even heard of that...that, that's disgusting! I really hope she was just pulling your leg (we like to do that to the uninitiated - it's fun to watch faces scrunch up). Otherwise she's working under some effed up protocols.
NB: sometimes we don't work as hard if it's obvious you aren't going to make it and no family is present (ie, sthe story a friend told me about a major car accident where the patient was trapped and pulseless and the car was so smooshed it took the firemen >10 minutes to extricate the poor dude. He was pronounced on scene). And, of course, if you can show me a DNR order (as in, pull out the originakl document, hand it to me and let me read it) I will honor your loved one's wishes and stop CPR. But I have to see it. It's not enough just to tell me it exists as I have no reason to believe a word you say and every reason to avoid a potential lawsuit and/or criminal trial.

I'm an organ donor and sometimes blood donor. Usually I can't donate 'cuz I'm prone to head colds. They like it when I do though. My bp's low but I can still fill the bag pretty quick.

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iballoondesign
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posted March 28, 2002 20:30     Click Here to See the Profile for iballoondesign   Click Here to Email iballoondesign     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am against the organ donors. I believe if someone take my part as steal my soul to other person's body. I will be part of him or her. I would be under her or his control. I will freak out in the heaven or hell.

Just Kidding! I am donor, too.

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Nemo
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posted April 01, 2002 23:11     Click Here to See the Profile for Nemo   Click Here to Email Nemo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not an organ donor *yet*, but I will be. I just need to get the papers, sign them, and tell my family. I don't think there will be any problems with my family, since my mom is signing up too (the last time I heard anyway).

I tried to donate blood, but the nurse told me that if I was a few years younger and had just one point lower on my blood preassure, she'd send me home telling me to come back in a few years. But since I wasn't a few years younger, she told me that they'd give me a call when it had been a year since I got my piercing (I gave her the date I got it, and she put it into the computor), and basically told me that I ought to eat properly before returning (she thought the low blood preassure was caused by me not eating, and that it was not inherited), then she gave me a cup of hot chocolate. I haven't heard from them, though. Maybe I ought to give them a call.

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macadddikt18
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posted April 02, 2002 05:48     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
is a soul something physical that can be stolen by something physical?
Nayt

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dragonman97
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posted April 02, 2002 09:30     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonman97   Click Here to Email dragonman97     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by EddieKatz:
i am an organ donor, despite the fact that a girl i went to high school with who's now an emt told me that they don't work as hard to save you if you're an organ donor. personally, i think that's bullshit, but you wouldn't believe how many of my friends changed their status after she told us that.

red cross doesn't want my blood, either. veins are too small, clots up too fast, and literally takes a few hours before i can walk out of there. i have very low blood pressure, so i tend to pass out and they really don't like that. they said that it's the thought that counts, but not to come back. periodic visits to latin america also keep me on the blacklist.


Perhaps it's wrong and unjustified of me, but is why I'm hesitant to be an organ donor. I'd be a blood donor, but I'm not a whole lot over the Red Cross' weight limit. I'm a lightweight geek;-). And I really hate needles.

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macadddikt18
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posted April 02, 2002 19:24     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ahh. let them take me insides. save some one else maybe. if i give hope to one person for only a moment that is more than nothing.
Nayt

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posted April 15, 2002 00:07     Click Here to See the Profile for HerOdyssey   Click Here to Email HerOdyssey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Harvest away, baby! What else am I going to do with my body? Let these precious organs be filled with embalming fluid to rot slowly under the earth somewhere? I think not.

I specifically designated my butt to be donated to my sister who was tragically born without one. ::smirk::

Seriously, It seems almost unbelievable to me that anyone would refuse to do that. Would they even know the difference after all? It should be mandatory.

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