Received a lovely bright #yesidonate
card through the door. I think I've been on the Organ Donation Register for almost 14 years or so and finally receiving diagnoses and starting medications has not affected being on the register at all. I see people commenting over social media platforms, usually on organ donation posts, suggesting that their chronic illnesses mean they cannot/are not allowed to register, yet have actually never spoken with the NHSBT. There are actually very few health conditions that make someone completely unable to register. For most people their health actually has little/no impact on being able to register to potentially help save the lives of those waiting on organs. At the unfortunate time of death/brain, death general health of the donor and organs are assessed by medical professionals to determine whether organs are safe to be transplanted, and in many circumstances your organs may still be very suitable, and even if they cannot all be used, even one or two organs will really change the lives of other people.
While I wait for #Scotland
to hopefully introduce an opt-out scheme, the ability for family to still potentially refuse donation regardless of your wishes will still remain. Please make sure family/NOK know that this is something you want to do! Should this ever be a decision they need to make, it will quite likely be under quite sudden and/or traumatic circumstances where shock and grief can affect that decision. When death is more foreseen, sometimes there is the chance to fulfil 'final wishes', be it a special trip, a specific meal, getting to die in a special place, or even getting to see pets a final time. Have the discussion with your families and let them know that this act could be seen as such a 'final wish' in more sudden circumstances.