Number or Name?


The other day I was talking to an old friend and during the course of our conversation he mentioned how he hated being simply a number these days. To him, everyone he deals with personally and professional ….. every business, every doctor, every vendor, you name it, see him as only a number. People don’t seem to remember his name, but will know his account number or some other number associated with him.

I’ve written in the past about my love of numbers. I love statistics, I used to crunch numbers for a living and post heart transplant, numbers are still a huge part of who I am ….. within a few days of my transplant, I learned I was a number …… specifically, I am number 1293 ……… I was the twelve hundred, ninety-third heart transplant at my Transplant Center. There were 1,292 before me and now, about 200 after me. I’m proud of my number and I always will be. Those closest to me know my number. I play it occasionally in the lottery. However, and it’s a HUGE however, I am NEVER treated like a number by the people who gave it to me. I’m always called either by my first name or by Mister, which is a formality I’ve always disliked. (Mister was always MY dad!)  I always get total respect at all times from the folks at my center. And, these people know more about me than I know about myself. In fact, they know all of my “numbers”.

Special request ~ If there are any folks reading my blog from Ohio that are currently on the UNOS waiting list for any organ, I’d like to hear from you. There are a couple of people from a Ohio university working on a media project about being “on the list” and they would like to hear your story. Let me know and I’ll get you the info right away. Thank you!!

I Love Numbers

About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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