My leverage

I had a plan. It was a great plan.

See… I have two kidneys (you probably do too).

My mother-in-law needed one, just one.

I was going to give my kidney up so she could get one. I was worked up as a donor, entered into a kidney swap program and was waiting for the call.

The way this relates to fishing goes like this.

Is there any fishing trip I couldn’t take if I had donated a kidney so my mother-in-law could have one?

I mean… Christmas Island maybe? “Honey, I really need to get out there and see Christmas Island, ya know, to savor life after my kidney donation. How is your mom doing anyway?”


Yesterday though, thanks to the really wonderful last act of an anonymous organ donor from New Mexico, my MIL got a new kidney. This is, of course, great news. I will continue to be able to take Advil (you can’t do that on one kidney) and come Thanksgiving or Christmas, I will be able to brine the turkey (salt a no-no for someone on dialysis).

My “I can take any trip I want” plans are in ruins, but, I guess it may be worth it. I’ll just have to negotiate the old fashioned way for trips to come.

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  1. That offer was a lifesaving gift, good on you! You probably put her on the top of the organ recipient list because of it!!! There about a hundred thousands of people waiting for a kidney with no one to donate one and she’d be at the bottom of the list with them!
    You deserve a trip to Christmas Island on your MIL/FIL tab because of your willingness! I have a fishing club buddy who gave one up and it’s no picnic, he can assure you! Furthermore , my son was recently diagnosed with Chronic Kidney disease and there was a time a few months ago when he might have neeeded a kidney. He’s improved for the moment and is out of immediate danger but not totally out of the woods. I appreciate you all the more because of my personal involvement.

  2. It has been a crazy ride. I was going to do it… but I don’t mind being out of the woods. Have to think in 20 years we’ll have some sort of fix for growing new kidneys. Just a matter of time.

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