LVAD, Heart Transplant, Politics and Life

What kind of title is this, you might be wondering?

 First, I want to reiterate that I will assist ANYONE that’s going through this transplant journey. You can be filthy rich, or dirt poor, a man, woman, old or young, any color, any hair length. I could care less about your politics, your sexual persuasion, your religion or lack thereof. I am here to help you!! (Or, your friends and family)

 I was originally going to write a similar post a couple of weeks ago, but a personal illness, followed by a national event stopped that post.

 I make it a point to keep as many political thoughts and issues out of my blog. First, this MY blog where I write mostly about my life and times as a heart transplant recipient. If I want to write about politics, I will create a separate blog for those thoughts.

Today, I may come close to breaking this self-imposed rule, so let’s see where this post heads.

 There are a couple of events, one tragic, one not, that are inspiring this post.

 The tragic event is well-known. The shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the killing and wounding of many, many others in Arizona sparked a LOT of outrage by the mainstream media. They were quick to lay blame on outspoken people, whose opinions differed from theirs. President Obama spoke a few days later and he was very eloquent.

 In part he said the following ~

 “But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized -– at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do -– it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

 “For the truth is none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attackNone of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped these shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man’s mind.  Yes, we have to examine all the facts behind this tragedy.  We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence.  We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of such violence in the future.  (Applause.)  But what we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other.”

 “As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility.  Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let’s use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways that our hopes and dreams are bound together.”

 “The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better.  To be better in our private lives, to be better friends and neighbors and coworkers and parents.  And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their death helps usher in more civility in our public discourse, let us remember it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy — it did not — but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation in a way that would make them proud.

 I highlighted (underlined) a few sentences above, that I felt were very important!

 About a week after President Obama spoke the above words to the country, NBC did an interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney. Daily, I use Google Reader to pick up news items, blog posts, and the like that contain the phrase “heart transplant”. The main stream media, a huge number of bloggers have jumped all over this story and my reader has been delivering these stories to me all week.

 I wrote about Dick Cheney a few months ago (click here to see that post). In July of 2010 Mr Cheney had LVAD (left ventricle assist device) and “may” need a heart transplant.

 This week Cheney said he might need “consider” a transplant at some point

 I know how ALL politicians can spin their words. So, if I were betting, I’d bet he’s already on the UNOS list and is waiting until he gets the “call” and then he’ll “consider” having a transplant. It’s just a guess on my part. And, please note, this is his right!

 As I stated in my previous post, he’s a man, he’s a human being and if he needs a new heart, what difference does it make? Has he made mistakes in his life? Has he done good things? I’m sure it’s yes to both. However, when you need a heart or any organ they don’t ask you about your mistakes in life, because we all have made some. The transplant teams look at how sick you are.

 So, what does all of the above rambling have to do with anything?

 That is today’s 64 cent question. (I’m NOT wealthy)

 In a week after our President spoke very eloquently about cutting back on the heated rhetoric, finger-pointing and the like, Mr Cheney has been attacked and attacked and attacked, due to need for a HEART TRANSPLANT ……. I won’t tell you how heated and VILE the rhetoric has been from those that disagreed with him in the past. The threats, the wishes for his demise are rampant. If you want, do a couple of searches on your own.

 Many others are questioning his age (currently 69) and as I previously stated, according to the national statistics on OPTN there are numerous people, about 10% each year, that are that age or older that receive heart transplants. Each center sets it’s own age criteria and I know certain centers have transplanted people up to the age of 77.

So much for civility! That lasted about 5 days!

 It’s easy to pick on a sick man, I guess. As I said back in July, I will repeat it again ……. ORGAN DONATION IS ABOUT LIFE, IT’S NOT ABOUT POLITICS!!

 Also, for any of you LVAD people who might come across this blog, I’ve also written a post (click here to read) about a vest for the battery packs, etc …… attached is a link that a friend sent me that apparently shows My Cheney wearing a Bosco LVAD Vest.

 PS to this post ~ If Mr Cheney or any of his family or friends see this post and would need even an ounce of support on this transplant journey, I am here. All you have to do is ask. I’d do the same for ANYONE!


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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1 Response to LVAD, Heart Transplant, Politics and Life

  1. Very well said and written, Heartbeat. I couldn’t agree more. Keep on keeping on and enjoying life. I’m coming up on another anniversary real soon.

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