Not sure I'm eligible to be a kidney donor?
I'm in my early fifties, still have young children, work full-time, and have a husband with some medical issues. My much younger half-sibling has become ill with total kidney failure. Sibling is not overweight or a substance abuser but did not go for a medical check-up for nearly twenty years, then suddenly found out blood pressure was extremely high and kidneys damaged to the point of not functioning. Sibling needs dialysis and is going on a donor waiting list. Sibling is destitute financially with no health insurance and will need public assistance; has a job but this may torpedo it. Has a wife who works and a young child. Our family is small and the only other half-sibling probably is ruled out by high blood pressure. I love my sibling though we are not terribly close; I certainly don't want this person to die. I am basically healthy but am a recovered alcoholic. Abused alcohol most of my adult life and was a daily drinker for seven years. I also smoked for fifteen years but quit a number of years ago. Despite all this use I seem to have healthy organs and no blood pressure problems. I do no contact sports. I am the same blood type as the younger sibling, hence we are likely to be a match. I would like to know whether I am even eligible medically to be a donor. My willingness to donate I would like to keep beside the point for now. Would I be allowed to or advised not to donate based on being an alcoholic in recovery? I have a one-night relapse now and then when I have four or five glasses of wine (always at home; never drunk-drive) but I climb back into recovery and pour out any remaining alcohol. If I were to relapse for more than one night I would seek help from a recovery program as I did to get sober in the first place. Thanks for any responses.
Asked By: - 1/23/2013
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
These are my thoughst about it... More
Answered By: Steve - 1/23/2013
Additional Answers (1)
Drinking affects your liver not your kidneys. Provided you are in good health and they will need to do many tests on you, you could donate. However, you have to understand the risk, it is major surgery and complications could see you dead or on dialysis yourself. Furthermore, the transplant may not be a success and... More
Answered By: bron357 - 1/23/2013
Over 483 Local Jobs Now Hiring In Your Area. $18-$87/Hr - Apply Today!
New job opportunities added daily. Search Virginia jobs now!
Click. Search. Apply. Free!
Get Your Degree Online Sooner than You Think. Financial Aid Options
Other Career Questions
What is your current job? Why did you choose this job? What do you enjoy about your job? What do you dislike about your job? What would be your perfect job? Would you rather have this j...
Where are the jobs? Is productivity and globalization creating a permanent “recession” of jobs? My main issue is I am doing a paper for school and have no idea where to begin. I was hoping suggestions...
Hi ok im 19 and about to start college to do an acess course into a university. Ive been browsing through all the courses and im tottaly stuck! I thought politics but im scared ill end up with some r...
Content is not owned or controlled by Monster. Any content concerns should be addressed with Yahoo!
Yahoo! Does not evaluate or guarantee the accuracy of any Yahoo! Answers content. Yahoo! Disclaimer.
Best-Paying Work-from-Home Jobs
It’s easier than ever to work from home. Of course, not every job is a mobile job, and some companies aren’t interested in having their employees work from home.
2013 Marketing Jobs Outlook
The US may be facing another year of anemic hiring overall, but that won't be the case in the high-orbit world of multichannel, digital media marketing.
2013 Engineering Jobs Outlook
Engineers will find job opportunities in select disciplines in 2013, with candidates who are all-around, client-oriented businesspeople in demand.
Best-Paying Jobs by Major
What could you earn with a particular four-year degree? Find out by checking out this list of the top-paying jobs for 20 of the most common majors.
Eight High-Paying, Secure Jobs
Want to earn a good salary and enjoy a measure of job security as well? Check out these well-paying jobs on tap for fast growth in the coming years.