A Random Act of Kindness, Just When We Needed It Most
We have two rooms booked for next week, one double bed in each one
(none available w/2 doubles), and one with an extra fold-down for 6
people for the 5-8 days we’ll be at UC San Francisco
for my sister’s kidney transplant. One is for my sister and her hubby
(they need this night alone before such a serious procedure), who will
be heading up to SF in the afternoon after her dialysis treatment on
Wednesday. The other one is for my sister’s daughter, my two daughters
(one being the donor), and me. We plan to be there early afternoon on
Wednesday as my daughter has to do some prepping for the early morning
We were just going to muddle through because at $88 plus tax and
whatever service charges will be incurred, it’s all we could swing. A
little fridge and microwave are included, yay, so we’re packing
groceries to save on meals. Daughter #1 (I have twins) and I may be
switching off spending the night in Daughter #2’s hospital room the
night of the surgery and the few days that follow.
The RAK: A member of my sister's church,
who insists on remaining anonymous, has donated some funds to be used
for an additional room the first night (which I just booked with 2
single beds, whew!), gas, parking, meals and whatever other expenses
come up. I cannot tell you what a difference this will make.
Additionally, and this is a biggie for me because I have claimed this
responsibility, help with transportation to UCSF in the coming months
has been assured. As with her previous transplants, after the
transplant, my sister will have to go to UCSF once a week on one of
their two clinic days for blood work, other labs and check-ups for at
least 6 weeks straight, then taper to every other week, then to once a
month as she stabilizes. It means getting on the road by 5:00-5:30 a.m.
(to be there to find a parking spot in the humongous underground arena,
get in line for labs, then head to clinic to see the doctor), and then
heading back home anywhere between 10 a.m. and Noon. We are looking at a
long few months ahead, but because of the kindness of others, it might
not seem so long.
Consider doing a random act of kindness. Be it a few bucks in the
pocket of someone in need, paying for the person behind you in line,
sending a note of encouragement in the mail, or telling someone how
awesome they are, whatever it is, big or small, it can make all the
difference to the one(s) who receives it.
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