Great! Thank you! Despite having someone else's lungs inside my body, I guess I never realized how easy it was to share body parts! I will by all means take your excess body fat off your hands (or, in some cases, off your stomach). In return, you may have your choice of any one of the following:
- My pseudomonas, because green is just SO not my color;
- My sinuses, which are full of . . . um . . . let's just call it "CF gold";
- My nose, but only because it's slightly pig-like (also, it's become quite attached to my sinuses);
- One slightly mis-matched pair of mutated genes;
- My pancreas, because I don't really use it anyway;
- My hairstyle from the 80s, which I swear is gonna make a comeback any.day.now.
Alternatively, we could all just sign up to be organ donors and leave the body-part musical chairs game to the experts. If you like that solution better, please visit the link below and share your gifts with someone who really needs them (when you're done with them, of course):
Either way, I know you meant well, and thanks for the offer.
Author's aside: I'm sure you all know that this post is intended in only the best of humor to make fun of the weight issues that many of us struggle with as a result of cystic fibrosis. I've long maintained that weight/body issues are actually common ground for most of us in lung disease and transplant (and probably also in life): whether you're trying to lose OR gain, this stuff is FRUSTRATING. And being on so many drugs that change our size, shape, or other aspects of our appearance (oh, hello there, prednisone!) probably doesn't help much.
As for me, personally, I'm trying to gain. This past infection gave me a nice one-two punch to the gut (literally) and I've recently lost a few much-missed pounds. What's super annoying to me is that I've lost it despite being on a high dose of steroids, which typically helps people gain. I'm working on getting it back now by adding more small meals in the day and snacking constantly, but it's tough because, quite frankly, I already ate a lot to begin with! I'm also trying to do this without adding in 17 extra helpings of dessert each day. Prednisone + Diabetes + Extra Sugar = Comatose. And honestly, comatose just doesn't sound like very much fun to me right now. If any of you have any tips or suggestions, feel free to pass them along.
But whether you're sharing your stories, sharing your weight, or even just finally making the decision to share your organs -- happy sharing just the same, beautiful people.