Well, my first experience with Kidney Transplant was today at an orientation meeting.
There I was in the room with 12 others who are in serious kidney failure and desperate for help.
I am not desperate for help, BUT I must watch everything I do and eat.
The basic thing I learned today was kinda disgusting: The won't touch me until my insurance guarantees to pay them their fees. Everything is based on insurance. They will NOT even test my blood without prior approval from Medicare and Medicaid. Which I usually get, by the way.
So most people are not lucky like I. They have Blue Cross or whatever and those companies have to pre-approve everything.
Mind you, we were warned severely NOT to miss any appointments, tests, requests, etc. or it would "go against us" in getting approval for transplant. I think that was a threat. :)
The one good thing: if I have a live donor (they have to go through as many tests as do I, BUT my insurance will pay for ALL of their tests - which is nice.)
This is just a beginning. I am in the loop, the process to be on the list. I have to jump through more hoops than Annie Oakley riding horseback with a rifle. BUT JUMP I WILL.
Thanks for listening? Got a spare kidney? Not really kidding. I am stable and holding, but it never hurts to be safe, Ben Franklin or somebody said that.