Washed (or screened) Out

Late in January a friend made a pitch for folks to become live kidney donors. He didn’t need a kidney for himself, but a friend of his did. He had tried but been screened out of the process for non-medical reasons.  He was disappointed, so spread the appeal. 

I prayed about it, talked it over with my wife, cleared it with my brother (just in case HE’d need one) and began the screening process.  By mid-March I’d done some lab tests. The results were phoned to me on the 23rd. I’d washed out of the program, FOR medical reasons.

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In a way, it’s a family history thing, not about kidneys, but about being washed out. My father was a navigator on a B-17 bomber in the Second World War.  Young men at that time did not become navigators (one of 4 officers on each plane) because they had started out with navigating in mind. Everyone started training to be pilots, and as successive waves of trainees washed out of pilot school, they were offered other positions in the Army Air Corps, like bombardiers and navigators.The further one got toward becoming a pilot, the “higher” an eventual position that one might train for.  

I’m not sure how far along my father got before being shunted off to navigator school. I’m pretty sure he got further in his quest than I got in mine to become a donor. 


David Alexander now resides in Holland, MI after 39 years in Taiwan.

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