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Organ Donation and the Older Brain

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “organ.” Our host, Linda Hill, instructed us to “Talk about an organ or base your post on the theme of them … or one,” and as always to “Have fun!”

For many years I’ve been an organ donor. I don’t remember when I first checked that box on my driver’s license application. It could have been the very first time which was something like 40+ years ago. That might have been the best time for someone to get one of my organs, though my liver was not in the best shape in my early twenties having to sort through a variety of substances. It got better after that phase. But now, my organs have aged. Like fine whine? Ha! It was  supposed to be wine. But my digestive system has been known to whine when I get too stressed. My body is better at letting me know when I’m stressed. In my twenties, it just kept plugging along without much complaint.

Now, is it even practical to be an organ donor? I mean, as we age, how valuable are our organs to people needing transplants and such. Wear and tear adds up. But lest I become too negative (I don’t want my body to pick up on this), I’d like to acknowledge that my brain knows a lot of stuff. Yes, I have trouble accessing important information like why I came into the room (Linda is not alone) or where I put my phone, but I know how to budget. I remember the formula for photosynthesis. I know many whole theme songs from TV shows from the 70s, like this one.

 

Of course, they’re not doing brain transplants yet, right?  If they did, would a recipient of my brain know the theme to Gilligan’s Island? That might not be as practical as getting Spock’s brain, but it would be entertaining in it’s random imagination and streams of consciousness.  Still, Spock’s brain would be fascinating. It sure was a hot commodity in this episode of Star Trek.

 

 

That’s what you get from this 62 year old brain.

For more information on the Stream of Consciousness Saturday, please visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/07/20/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-21-18/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

26 thoughts on “Organ Donation and the Older Brain

  1. JoAnna, do not knock your body. It is still going strong and I admire your decision.
    Thanks to people like you I now have good vision as both corneas had transplant due to an inherited disease. I found that one came from an “older” person and one from someone much younger.

    Result equally good.

    Without I would be blind

    Miriam

    • Thank you, Miriam. I greatly appreciate knowing this and the reminder to appreciate my body more. I’m usually appreciative on the surface, but the stream of consciousness brought out some of my underlying knocking. Your experience clarifies that there are many different functions to some organs, the eyes being a good example. I complain that I have a lot of floaters in my eyes and the early cataracts don’t help. But there are some parts of my eyes that are fine. I appreciate color and beauty more and more as I get older. I am very thankful for my eyes and my body and for you.

  2. I believe I have read recently that older people’s organs are welcome now. Anyway, you are not old 🙂

  3. Ha, ha! I loved this, JoAnna!. And oh, no…. Now I will be singing Gilligan ‘s Island all day. I watched those reruns after school every day! And well, lets keep those organ donor boxes checked , just in case the inside of our body is in a lot better shape than the outside, LOL. It’s funny, when I heard the word Organ…I thought of the beautiful organ in my grandmother’s little country church in the mountains of North, GA… Thanks for sharing this.

    • Yes, I’m keeping the box checked. I bet there are some organs that are healthier now than when I was younger. The organ in your grandmother’s church sounds lovely. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. Thanks!

  4. Great post! You pose some interesting questions. Same could be said regarding age for the person who is the transplant recipient … am I too old to get this liver? Maybe the 12 year old girl who has more life to live should instead? I checked the donor box on my license as soon as it became an option. The hubs and kids all know my wishes should something happen to me. I figure at a minimum my organs could go to a lab somewhere for teaching if not deemed viable.

    • I agree with the hope that someone can benefit from my organs when I don’t need them anymore. Thanks for appreciating the questions and adding your own!

  5. You might remember that, in the first season of “Gilligan’s Island,” the opening theme omitted Russell Johnson (The Professor) and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann). The rest of the cast went to Sherwood Schwartz and insisted the theme be rewritten to include them.

  6. I’m an organ donor, too, and never really understood why anyone wouldn’t be. Just got a RoadID bracelet to wear when I’m walking and listed my blood type and “organ donor” on that. It makes me feel a bit gloom-and-doom, like I know I’m going to get hit by a car, but at least I’m putting it out there.

    And I just realized this comment is remarkably SoCS!

    • Good for you for going the extra mile with the bracelet! My Saturday comments are often SOC, too. We know how to enjoy life while we’re living it. 🙂

  7. for now, i’m glad
    that you and me
    have working
    organs needed
    to blog, JoAnna 🙂

  8. I’ve read somewhere that by donating your organs after you die, you can save or improve as many as 50 lives. Isn’t it fantastic 🙂 I don’t see why some people don’t register as an organ donor. I registered when was getting driver’s licence.
    Looking forward to more fabulous posts. Enjoy your weekend ❤ ❤ ❤

  9. Could I have your brain please 😉 it seems to be a nice place 😚 great post and well I am still young and never could remember why I went into a room. Never mind 😁. If you are still interested in some self-care here ist the new Music Monday: https://thebeewritesdownloads.wordpress.com/2018/07/22/music-monday-care-love-22-28-7-18/

  10. You are welcome and thanks 😚

  11. Hi JoAnna! I had to laugh at this one 🙂 But I had a friend who lost a loved one…he was an alcoholic…he smoked…he had cirrhosis and heart disease (only 56 years old) and they asked my friend if she would consider donating his organs. She was shocked and asked the nurse what could they possibly use? The nurse explained that at the very least his skin could be used, if nothing else.
    I hope you are well. I’ve been away for a bit tending to life matters, but I think of my friends here often. Light and love…<3

    • I’m glad I made you laugh. Skin. Hmmm. 🙂 I guess that could work. Doing okay and some days better than okay. I know what you mean about life matters. Love and light to you, my friend.

      • 🙂 Was your “Skin. Hmmm.” response have anything to do with the state of our “over 40” skin? HaHa…I look in the mirror and see how I’ve aged…but there’s no way I would ever have surgery! Best to live in the skin we’re in!
        Have a wonderful Thursday!!
        Hope your weather isn’t affecting you!

        • Thanks, Lorrie. You’re helping me appreciate my skin. 🙂 As far as weather goes, I’m wishing an praying some of this overabundance of rain we’re getting could go where it’s really needed. Hope you have a lovely day! ❤

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