Thanks to everyone for the kind words. And thank you for mentioning the importance organ transplants. For kidneys, there are over 90,000 people waiting for a kidney in the US. Every 10 minutes another person is added to the kidney transplant list, 3-5 years is the average wait time for a kidney transplant. The Trump Administration established a new policy to revamp the old organ transplant criteria and process (the US system rejects over 5,000 kidneys a year that every other country considers acceptable) and allows patients to decide for themselves the quality and risk they are willing to accept. The policy was scheduled to take effect on Feb. 1, 2021 but has been delayed so that the current Administration can review it. The policy also contains additional wage/leave time benefits for living donors. Perhaps after another few thousand people die waiting for transplants the politicians in Washington will decide to cooperate with each other.
My more immediate concern is the current gas situation in North Carolina; the Colonial pipeline has been shut down due to a hacker attack from the 'Darkside' group (this pipeline supplies about 45% of the fuel for the east coast of the US). They used a form of 'ransomware' which encrypts all the files on computers and servers and forces payments to them to unlock the files. 'Darkside' is a "woke" hacker group who claims it does not attack medical, educational or government targets and only goes after "large corporations" and they kindly donate a portion of what they extort to charity. Apparently, they are too stupid to understand real life consequences. By taking down the Colonial pipeline company I now will be stranded in Duke (300 miles from my house) without a way to get home (NC has declared a state of emergency) so I can get back to my required dialysis treatment the next day.
So keep an eye in the news for 'Man Drops Dead Waiting in Gas Line After Missing Dialysis Treatment'
. But hey, did I mention that I won a new phone?