Adventures of a Kidney Donor

August 9, 2011

Getting Your Ducks in a Row*

Filed under: Medical,Psychology — by anne315 @ 3:25 pm
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The hospital sent me a letter and made some suggestions on how to prepare for kidney surgery. I thought I should share some of them. Even though the odds are very great that all will go well, it’s a good idea to be prepared and make things easier for your family should something go wrong.

Medical power of attorney.  I live in Michigan and the Michigan State Bar has good information and printable forms on Advanced Directives. The University of Michigan hospital provides the forms too. Check with your State Bar or your hospital. You should designate someone to make medical decisions for you in case you become unable to do so. You will need to give someone medical power of attorney and also have a backup person. The forms need to be signed by you and witnessed.

Living Will You can also have a living will. This is a document in which you inform doctors, family members, and others what type of medical care you wish to receive should you become terminally ill or permanently unconscious. I wasn’t sure how to word it so I found this example helpful. I re-worded it to suit me needs. You can find other examples online or in law/estate books. This will need to be signed and witnessed.

Will. I didn’t opt to make a will but it might be something for you to consider if you have property and assets you wish to distribute.

Other suggestions:

  • If you live alone make sure you have a caregiver for when you get home. (Thanks sis!)
  • Get all of the paperwork done from your employer for your absence.
  • Ironically, make your organ donation wishes known or sign up to be an organ donor in your state.

Some things I have done on my own:

  • Read about your surgery and recovery in medical publications and blogs… BUT watch information overload so you don’t freak yoursef out.
  • Stock foods and beverages for your recovery i.e. soup, jello, pudding, 7-UP and (yes, I am from Michigan remember) Vernors ginger ale.
  • Get a bed tray for eating and to set your laptop on.
  • Stock up on books, magazines and DVDs.

*Origin of this saying varies:

One theory involves bowling. Early bowling pins were nicknamed ducks. Before  automatic resetting machines, these “duck pins” had to be manually put back into place between bowling rounds.


  1. Good informative blog girl!

    Comment by jacqsworld — August 9, 2011 @ 6:07 pm |Reply

  2. My Prayers and get well wishes Anne

    Bernie (Sabin) Hurrell

    Comment by Bernadette (Sabin) Hurrell — August 9, 2011 @ 6:48 pm |Reply

  3. I am thinking about you, Anne and my prayers and best wishes are with you. A big hug, Cristina

    Comment by cristina bascuas — August 9, 2011 @ 8:34 pm |Reply

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