Aurora’s 1st Kidney Donation Attempt


Aurora De Lucia smiling in her hospital gown before having some kidney tests This story boggles my mind in the unneeded drama that occurred, and I hope you find it interesting!

But, if you happen to be looking for my most recent attempt (in which I’m getting much closer to success), that’s here.

Then I took a break, ’cause I felt a little too superstitious to get into it all when it seemed to be falling apart. And then we forged on…

  • Part 2 (But Seriously, Why Do You Want to Give a Kidney to a Stranger?)
  • Part 3 (So, How Do You Start?)
  • Part 4 (Initial Call to the Hospital)
  • Aurora getting contrast in her arm - a test while trying to give a kidney to a stranger

  • Part 5 (The Initial Paperwork is A-Okay)
  • Part 6 (Be Prepared for the Blowback When Giving a Kidney)
  • Part 7 (Saying No to People Who Asked for a Kidney)
  • Part 8 (Lab Tests)
  • Part 9 (Why I’d Much Rather Give To A Stranger)
  • Part 10 (Flying To Ohio)
  • Part 11 (Big Kidney Day! – The Beginning)
  • Part 12 (Big Kidney Day! – This Is Not Like My Previous Hospital Experience)
  • Part 13 (Big Kidney Day! – Talking With The Social Workers)
  • Aurora giving a slightly confused face while in the lab's bathroom

  • Part 14 (Big Kidney Day! – The Social Worker Push Back)
  • Part 15 (Big Kidney Day! – “But Why?”)
  • Part 16 (Big Kidney Day! – The Social Workers Are Sidling Us)
  • Part 17 (Big Kidney Day! – Visitors Are Serious Business)
  • Part 18 (Big Kidney Day! – Don’t Accept Statistics At Face Value)
  • Part 19 (Social Workers Are Serious Business Too)
  • Part 20 (Who’s On First)
  • Aurora making a silly smile while holding a specimen bag

  • Part 21 (Big Kidney Day! – Meeting With The Other Health Professionals)
  • Part 22 (Big Kidney Day! – Some Complaining)
  • Part 23 (Big Kidney Day! – Setting The Scene With The Psychologist)
  • Part 24 (Big Kidney Day! – The Psychologist Asks, “What Stresses You Out?”)
  • Part 25 (Big Kidney Day! – The Psychologist Stresses About My Youth/Free-Spirtedness)
  • Part 26 (Big Kidney Day! – The Psychologist Thinks I’m SO Young)
  • Part 27 (Big Kidney Day! – The Idea Of Surgery And Regret)
  • Aurora about to send specimen samples to Ohio

  • Part 28 (Big Kidney Day! – Continuing To Try To See The Psychologist’s Point Of View)
  • Part 29 (Big Kidney Day! – What Do We “Owe” Society And When Are We Allowed To Give It Back?)
  • Part 30 (Big Kidney Day! – The Psychologist Wants Me To Be Indecisive?)
  • Part 31 (Big Kidney Day! – Is The Psychologist Lacking Compassion?)
  • Part 32 (Big Kidney Day! – My Perception of the Interviews vs The Interviews )
  • Part 33 (The Last Big Medical Tests)
  • Part 34 (The EKG)
  • Aurora sitting in a huge chair while getting tests done, trying to give a kidney to a stranger

  • Part 35 (Rejection – Part 1 (They Think I Want To Be Liked))
  • Part 36 (Rejection – Part 2 (More Thoughts On Wanting (Or Not Wanting) To Be Liked))
  • Part 37 (Rejection – Part 3 (Financial Stability/Unemployment)
  • Part 38 (Rejection – Part 4 (Support System & What I Learned))
  • Part 39 (If I Needed a Kidney, I’d Be LIVID)
  • Part 40 (You Know Who Else Should Be Livid?)
  • Aurora excited in front of a blood pressure monitor

  • Part 41 (Some of “The Aftermath” – Part 1 (Matching Donors Reminders))
  • Part 42 (Some of “The Aftermath” – Part 2 (Hearing About Surgeries From People In My Group))
  • Part 43 (Getting Into My Medical Chart! – First, The Checklist)
  • Part 44 (Getting Into My Medical Chart! – Finishing Out That Checklist)
  • Part 45 (Getting Into My Medical Chart! – Do I Honestly Have No Idea How To Interview?)
  • Aurora's arm while giving blood for her failed kidney try in Ohio

  • Part 46 (Getting Into My Medical Chart! – Starting the Psychologist’s Notes)
  • Part 47 (Getting Into My Medical Chart! – The Psychologist Is Annoyed With Me – Part 1)
  • Part 48 (Getting Into My Medical Chart! – The Psychologist Is Annoyed With Me – Part 2)
  • Part 49 (Getting Into My Medical Chart! – Yes, Even More Notes From The Psychologist (But At Least One Is Valid))
  • Part 50 (Getting Into My Medical Chart! – The Most True (and Funny) Parts of Her Evaluation)
  • Part 51 (Getting Into My Medical Chart! – Finishing Out The Psychologist’s Report)
  • Part 52 (And a No from Cedars…)
  • Part 53 (The Silver Lining)
  • Part 54 (Just a Mildly Funny Side Thing)
  • Part 55 (A Recap Thus Far)

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