Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Kidney for Dann

I just received some most excellent news today! One of my best friends in the whole world, Leslie, will be able to donate a kidney to her dad!

The McKellars (Mom, Dad, brother Mark and his wife Andrea, along with Les) are my second family. Dad (a.k.a. Dann) has been looking for a kidney for a couple years now. He had his first transplant 13+ years ago and that kidney served him well, lasting longer than most expected. It's been a long and difficult wait with many, many prayers but now Mom McKellar sent out this note today:

"We just received confirmation that Leslie has been accepted by The Mayo Clinic as the donor!

"The original test revealed a health concern with Mayo's doubt of its accuracy. Follow-up test results showed Leslie in perfect health.

"Dann talked with Leslie's doctor at Mayo, who says he's confident Dann will be receiving a strong, healthy kidney with great potential for a successful transplant and better quality of life.

"To say we are incredibly happy, and grateful to Leslie, is an understatement.

"Many questions, and not many answers at this point. I'll keep you all updated on the progress, timing, etc.

"Thanks for your hopes & efforts to be the kidney donor, words of encouragement and your continued prayers. This is a miracle."

Now for transplant prayers for Les and Dad!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I Could Be in Trouble

I've been trying to break the habit but now I'll really have to work on it.

No-text Law Goes Into Effect January 1, 2009

Starting January 1, 2009 a new law will go into effect where writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication while driving will be against the law for all drivers in California.

This new law applies to electronic wireless communications devices used to manually communicate with any person using text-based communication, including, but not limited to, communications referred to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.

Violating this law is punishable by a base fine of $20 for a first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense. With the addition of penalty assessments, fines can be more than triple the base fine amount.