My donor

I had coffee with my donor today. After tortured arguments with myself, I was finally able to tell my donor that if at any point, he got scared or wanted to back out, I wanted him to feel free to tell me. I told him that even if he just had concerns to let me know, and that he could back out at anytime. I was able to tell him that and mean it.

I didn’t want to tell him that, but it’s true. I can handle whatever happens. Hey,… I got two angels watching me.

He has the test to view his heart on Tuesday.


I was told by a shaman from Siberia today, that I have two angels looking over me. That was good news, and I have to admitted I felt really good to hear that from someone who did not know what I’ve been going through recently. Here’s a picture of her.

Angel Detector

She was here to see my wife, and her comment came as she looked at my hands. She also wanted to know if there was Indian (Native American) blood in my lineage when she viewed my parents’ wedding picture. She didn’t just ask, she said both parents had Indian and my mother had more (My mother’s mother was half cherokee, and my father’s grandmother was full cherokee). I was raised as African American.

Sorry, I don’t have a digital image of my parents… You can see me by clicking the About tag at the top of the page.


My wife says that today is her anniversary…  I claim that it is my anniversary!  I suspect we will have this debate throughout the day, with each giving various proofs.

Kidney Update

My donor had the heart stress test on Monday, and they discovered a small tear or hole in the heart. They’re not sure if this will prevent kidney donation, so they are running some test that involves a camera on June 5th.

I’ll just say I’m a little nervous.

car again

Yesterday, I had to take the car to the shop again. After I had the radiator replaced two weeks ago because I kept losing antifreeze, I had to have the waterpump replaced because of the same problem. I guess I can expect problems with 165,000 miles on it but I”m running out of money. I think I’m going to have to start looking for another car. 🙁

Coodinator Shindig

My kidney donor goes for the cardiac stress test next Monday. Neither of us is worried about it. After that test, a sonogram has to be done. My transplant coordinator seems to be dragging his feet. Seems to me, he could have arranged the tests fairly close to each other.

I’ve expressed to him my wanting to get this done as soon as possible. I do not want to be in the hospital in July, when all the inexperienced doctors are starting.

I think I’ll call my coordinator again, tomorrow.


Whoops… I missed a day again.  I don’t know how I do that.  It’s not like I’m soooo busy I can’t fit it in.  I guess when it becomes second nature, I won’t forget as easily.  I usually visit my favorite blogs every couple of days.  Perhaps if I visit them more often, I’ll be encouraged to keep my own blog up to date.

Oh well.  Onward.

Michael Moore

Reason #3 million, illustrating the pettiness of the bush administration when there is so much real work to be done:

Michael Moore, the provocative filmmaker who has made a career out of skewering automakers, gun enthusiasts and the Bush administration, is being investigated by the Treasury Department over a trip he made to Cuba for his new film, “Sicko.”

via New York Times