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    peanut/sesame cold spicy noodles seems interesting, do you have a recipe to share?
    And regarding the kidney, I get you. Will be thinking of you and your father, for a well thought out decision, clarity and peace of mind, whatever you decide. If my memoruy serves, blood type compatibility is the first factor, but you also have some of the other immune markers, so it's not a straightforward decision medicaly wise too.

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      Sorry to read about your dad's kidney problems. But good that there's some time to educate yourself on what a donation would involve. Maybe you can talk to someone who's done it, too?

      If a specific medical question comes up that you can't get an answer to, don't hesitate to drop me a PM -- my hubby is a well-known speaker at medical conferences and therefore in contact with doctors and even clinic directors from all parts of Germany, and he can get some advice / opinions on most topics.

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        Thank you so much PetiteSheWolf and sleep_twitch. My current thought is my dad would worry I inherited his shitty kidneys so I might need them both later. But I am going to bring it up again once he's had some months to get started with and get annoyed w diaolisys process >.> It seems to be that the medical community prefers siblings as donors, children are not even mentioned in sites I was checking, so there may be validity there. Meh! The only of my dad's siblings that I am sure would offer has a heart issue, and my brother is too fat (altho, I should tell him to diet in case I am not a match lol).

        Anyway! Recipe Is not really a recipe bc I did not measure but just added and tasted and messed with:
        *thin noodles - angel hair in a pinch but rice or bean threads are more authentic
        *Carrier oil - something neutral like cheap olive oil or canola or peanut ....straight sesame oil would overpower everything else
        *sesame oil
        *soy sauce
        *tiny bit of fish sauce
        *vinegar - I used rice wine but I remember my dad making it w red wine or apple cider vinegar...just not balsamic. Could probably use lime juice in leiu of vinegar but I like vinegar.
        *heat - I used chili oil but, sirracha would also work
        *garlic - omit if using sirracha
        *ginger
        *peanutbutter- could make it less thai influenced by using tahini instead and omitting fish sauce
        *thin sliced green onions to top it w
        *sugar or honey and salt if necessary to balance-depending on pb and soy sauce used you might not need.
        Just mix sauce and taste/rebalance while noodles cook/soak, then toss to coat and refrigerate. My preference is that it should taste mildly spicy on 1st bite and build up to actually hot on 3rd or 4th but, adjust spice lvs to your tastes.


        Today was a Nia day. And will be a long day. Working till 6 then need to be back at store at 8 for inventory...god knows when I will get home. Altho...
        I get the fun of watching guy who lives vaguely in my neighborhood PANIC abt how he will get home bc he hates subway and busses stop early while I will be cool as cucumber. Might do round 2 at gym w some conditioning type work.

        Anyway...
        Chest press dumbbells 4x15sx8
        Bent row dumbbels 4x20sx8
        goblet squats kettlebell 4x16kgx8

        May keep all these same 1 more day

        Power up was HELL bc calves are angry abt half jacks yesterday

        353 dares, 270 w ec. 882 day streak

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          Thanks for the recipe, 'rin , definitly giving me some inspirations!

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            'rin *hugs you*
            first hurdle is the blood match. then all the other markers. cost is covered by the recipient's insurance. as for if you inherited potential kidney issues, if your blood pressure is on the low side, your risk of kidney issues is lower. if you have high blood pressure or if you have to take blood pressure medicine, you may not have good enough kidney function to donate. if you are a match, and something does happen to you later, you move to the top of the donor list - the very top. if you donate a kidney, the remaining kidney goes into hero mode. the body does this weird thing when you donate a kidney and the remaining kidney decides i need to step up my game and tends to not be as subject to age related decline as people with 2 kidneys experience. older donors are actually preferred; as part of the screening process they seem to believe that if you've made it through your 20's-30's and don't have kidney issues, you are probably not going to spontaneously go out and do something random and ridiculous that jeopardizes your health.

            they ask a lot of questions and test everything before they give you a go. one thing they will press you hard on (because of your relationship to the recipient) will be: will you be okay if your dad's body rejects the kidney? family members are scrutinized heavily as donors because of the potential to feel a sense of blame or shame if the donation fails. the surgery itself isn't much of a thing. unless there is something weird about your physiology, it is a tiny laser incision by your belly button that heals to be about an inch long. they are able to work with the kidney like it is a balloon so they just sort of deflate it and pull it out. its a little more intensive on the receiving side. recovery isn't that difficult. the lifting and driving restrictions were tough and it is about 3 months of expected recovery time so that takes some planning if you don't have 3 months of paid sick time available to you. you'd have 2 years of follow up testing (just blood work) for tracking purposes.

            yes. my left kidney lives in Florida and thrives in the father of 2 beautiful children. September will be 3 years. he was able to get his pilot's license back. we are very fortunate to have been a very good match, in spite of not being related, or of similar ancestry. he's a friend that supported me when i was having back problems. and because we are a bit of a rare blood type, i said i'll get tested. weirdly i never doubted that i would be a match. i offered my kidney when he lived in Colorado and even after he moved to Florida, it didn't seem to be an option for me to not go forward. i'm happy to answer any questions i can for you and wish you both the very best health going forward.

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              Wow daejamurrachan -- it makes me happy to read that it went so well for you!

              Asked hubby tonight because this discussion made me curious, and I totally forgot that one of his workplaces (he has to rotate a lot) is with people who donate/receive organs, so he knows a ton about it! He said that nowadays, it's not primarily siblings who donate to each other and that children donating to parents has become more common. He recommends for the recipient to be very well informed about the immune suppressant medicine that they will have to take after the surgery, so they understand possible side effects and risks.

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                Originally posted by daejamurrachan View Post
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                yes. my left kidney lives in Florida and thrives in the father of 2 beautiful children. September will be 3 years. he was able to get his pilot's license back. we are very fortunate to have been a very good match, in spite of not being related, or of similar ancestry. he's a friend that supported me when i was having back problems. and because we are a bit of a rare blood type, i said i'll get tested. weirdly i never doubted that i would be a match. i offered my kidney when he lived in Colorado and even after he moved to Florida, it didn't seem to be an option for me to not go forward. i'm happy to answer any questions i can for you and wish you both the very best health going forward.
                my deepest respect for that donation!!!!!!!
                cheers, martikkk

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                  That's amazing daejamurrachan ! And 'rin - sorry your dad is having health issues, but what greater gift could you offer your dad than the gift of life?! Brave and wonderful decision you have made to get tested! I, too, have made the choice to be an organ donor and am working to see if I can get medically cleared to donate a kidney to the wife of one of my high school friends whom I learned was in need last year. Just with all my pre-existing medical issues and now an armpit lump that is being "monitored" for the time being...I'm not sure if I could be cleared to begin testing, but yet it is on the horizon as I already know I am a blood type match. We will see what happens...if it's meant to be, then it will. Simply amazing the commonalities in life that link us together....sending good vibes

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                    My husband donated a kidney to a friend several years ago, so we have been through the process. daejamurrachan has given a great description.

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                      Kudos to all the donors, and also to those who agree to be on organ donor lists after death. I am on the blood marrow donor list, personally, that's sometjhing that can be super helpful too, but never been called (it was to support my cousin who needed a marrow transplant after lymphoma. Her little brother was a better match. It did not prevent her mother talking trash about us and that we ignored them during her daughter's cancer, but heck, that woman (my aunt, not my cousin) is nuts, and the mean kind of nuts. My cousin, on the other hand, is a really great gal.)

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                        Thank you so much sleep_twitch Mamatigerj MissMolly PetiteSheWolf and especially daejamurrachan ...if my dad even gets cleared for donation (he has other health issues as well ofc) I will be picking your brain. I was reading 4-6 weeks recovery time (which I could afford w some slight robbing peter to pay paul shenanigans...3 months not so much).

                        Last night I went back to the gym between work and work (inventory). For record sake, gym round 2 was rly just excuse to change clothes/get a cheeseburger for dinner. 10 rounds 10 punches/10 jog in place. 10 rounds 10 alt ball slam/10 squat. 3 rounds 10 dead bugs/10 bridges. 5 back engaged hangs to fail (none were long lol). Stretches.

                        Ate All the things (they gave us snacks) and couldn't get to sleep. Thank god I'm closing today.

                        Did some yoga this morning bc doms is murdering me. My calves esp wtf.


                        ​​​​​​​353 dares, 270 w ec. 883 day streak

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                          So ya.

                          I spent 3 days w walking and a bunch of stretching being my exercise bc wtf my poor calves.

                          then I powered through last 3 of power up yesterday, so that's done.

                          Today I started triceps dip challenge and did yoga. Waiting a day to get back to gym to see how legs are.
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                          353 dares, 270 w ec. 887 day streak

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