Today is the big day! After a week of injections and inconvenient side effects, this morning I will go to the hospital and complete the bone marrow cells. I'm excited because I know that I will be donating something that has the potential of making a true difference in the life of another family. Hopefully I am providing an ingredient that, when used properly and with a lot of luck, might help to make somebody healthy.
In a few hours I will be in the hospital and my marrow
will be "harvested." I've been warned that the procedure can take up to
ten hours, so I should bring a book. Unfortunately, the injections have
made it nearly impossible for me to concentrate long enough to read a
novel. Perhaps I should take one of Robby's Dr. Seuss books instead!
of the side effects and the length of the procedure, I am honored to be
able to do this for somebody. I may never know the recipient, but I am
hopeful that they will contact me when the required one year of
anonymity is over. Even if I am never able to look the recipient in the
eyes or give them a hug, I hope they know that I tried to produce the
strongest cells possible, and I wish them a speedy and complete
recovery. It is odd to feel heavily invested in the life of somebody
whom I do not know!
On another note, I would be remiss if I
didn't comment on the recent situation concerning Oscar Pistorius. Scott
woke me up at 4 AM yesterday with the news of the shooting and the
subsequent arrest. I was dumbstruck, and it took his repeating the news
twice before I was able to fully comprehend what had happened. My heart
breaks for the young life that was so tragically cut short, and I ache
for her family and friends.
Until all of the facts are known, I
am going to refrain from passing judgment. We live in a society which is
quick to jump to conclusions. I do not wear celebrity blinders, but I
am not going to contribute to the rumor mongers until the facts come to