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Today is a weird day for me. In my 20 plus years of working at Game Informer I have never really been disconnected from the office like I will be over the next month.
Long story short, my brother needs a Kidney and I am Spare Parts Brother 01 so I'm off to help him out. My journey has been a weird one, though.
I never really pictured myself the donating type, but that all changed during a week of compatibility tests when I learned a couple of amazing facts. First, a cadaver kidney offers an average 7 years to its new host (remember to check those donor boxes on those Driver Licenses), a living donor offers 17 years, and a related living donor gives a whopping 25 years. That's a big difference, but I'm sure anyone out there on dialysis and on a waiting list for an organ would tell you they would gladly get that seven years in a heartbeat. Being able to give my brother or anyone in my family 25 years "bonus time" is a pretty amazing thing, so I was instantly inspired to sign up without a doubt in my head. Second, I learned that given the right body anatomy, doctors can remove a donor's kidney through the belly button. That's right, not only is that weird, but down right awesome. Obviously, I'm hoping I have the right stuff to do this mini-version of the Alien chestburster scene. Otherwise, it's an incision, and in case you didn't already know, I'm a big nerd who is afraid of blood, doctors, and surgery - which of course is going to make the next month all the more weird.
So to anyone who tries to track me down in the coming weeks, my apologies in advance, but I know GI's awesome staff will get everything done right. Plus, you just know I'm going to be working feverishly from bed once I get past that post-surgery haze (at least I hope so). Plus, who knew donating a kidney would be such a great opportunity to hit that back log with a vengeance?
Well anyway, things like this in life give people a chance to get a little perspective, which is why my last words on this post will be a big thank you to the awesome staff at Game Informer that I get to work with, all the salespeople out there that get our magazine in front of millions of gamers, and of course, the amazing readers and community here on this website that make all the hard work worthwhile.
Wish me good luck, and I will see you guys on the other side!
PS: I cannot be held responsible for anything weird I say on my twitter account for the next 30 days.
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I don't know if anyone else has said this yet, but good luck, Andy! Hope everything goes well!
Good luck Andy, I'll be praying for you!
That's awesome man! I could never donate a kidney because I was born with only one, but it's cool your able to do that. Good luck with the surgery.
Good luck, man. Hope it all goes smoothly and you both have a quick recovery.
Good luck to you and your brother. Hope everything goes well and you're both up and in action in no time
Good luck, Andy! You'll be missed but you're doing something really amazing. And that bellybutton thing is awesomeeee
You are a Hero
That's awesome, I would donate to others, but I sold my kidneys and other major organs to black-market dealers 5 years ago.
Good luck, Andy! Be sure to post a blog about how successful it was and how deep into your backlog you get!
that's a really great thing you're doing. good luck!
Good on you dude, all the best and I wish you and your brother a speedy recovery.
Hey good luck! Bring lots of portable games!
Best wishes to you and your brother on a quick and full recovery.
*clenches his stomach* BLARG. This was a touching story until the mention of extraction through the naval... I don't mind the idea of getting my entire chest cavity sawed down the middle, but a little incision on the belly button just weirds me out.
I hope for the best that the surgery goes well for you and your brother. Oh and if I were you, I would ask for the I.V. and not the gas. The gas tastes like crap (not literally) and is even worse with the flavored chapstick they put on.
Anyways good luck and hope it goes well.
I wish you the best of luck, hope everything goes well
Don't let them mindlessly hurt you; I hope you recover safely too.
Good luck, Andy. You gain Rockstar status for helping your brother like that.