Posts Tagged ‘ organ donation ’

SENIORS AND MAJOR SURGICAL CHANGES

Mar 19th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Forty two years ago I had my first corneal transplant. Subsequent to that, I experienced two additional transplants and within a few days, I will be undergoing my fourth. The miracle of all of this, apart from still having vision, is the changes in the surgical procedure itself.

The first transplant was done in hospital, required a stay of a week and a recovery period, at home, for a month. No lifting, bending, or other activity that could compromise the transplant. Prior to that time, I was told that a lengthy stay in bed, with no movement of one’s head was the practice.

By the time of my second transplant, about 1972, the procedure had not changed significantly. And, when in 1997, I had my



Seniors: Offering a Final Gift, the Generosity of Organ Donation

May 6th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Perhaps you and your family have already deliberated the possibility of organ donation upon death and designed your own specific plan. If so, that is commendable. If not it may be worth considering as you make all the necessary preparations dealing with the inevitability of death.

In this column, we have previously dealt with funeral preparations, estate plans and issues, distribution of all kinds of furniture and collections in your keeping, power of attorney and do not resuscitate orders and so on. All of these require time, attention, deliberation and action. Putting them off will only increase the agony and anxiety for others, if they are not addressed in a timely manner.

Organ donation is another of those that is easy to put