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On a non-horse topic, as I was walking to the barn this morning, I saw a miracle drive by. There is a lady in our neighborhood who had a heart transplant on Halloween, and has just returned home from the hospital. Her sister was driving her to her weekly hospital appointment - she has to have a weekly heart biopsy to check for rejection and adjust her medications. She waved at me - it's a joy to see her - she's a wonderful person and one of the most active people in our community, although her activities had been increasingly limited by her heart failing. She was very lucky - she wasn't on the transplant list long as she's otherwise very healthy - she had no other diseases like diabetes and her weight was normal, and she is a small person, so a heart that would fit her wouldn't fit many other people. Some unfortunate person died, but she's alive because of their and their family's generosity. If you feel moved to do so, please make sure that you sign your organ donor card and leave instructions for your family to consider donating your organs - you could make a big difference to someone else.
There's another miracle attached to this one - our neighborhood - about 350 houses - has recently organized a volunteer corps to help people in the neighborhood out who might need short-term or regular assistance due to injury, illness or advancing age. The origin of this group was a discussion about how to help our senior citizens stay in their homes. There was a meeting last night, with over 30 people attending, including people from her church who don't live in our neighborhood, to organize the help our neighbor with the heart transplant will need after her family returns to their distant homes. We now have a caregiver manager - someone has to be with her 24/7 for a number of months to watch for signs of rejection - a food manager to organize meals, a driver manager (that would be me) to coordinate driving her to appointments and wherever else she needs to go, a finance manager to coordinate donations and disbursements, an errands manager, and sign-up sheets for people to volunteer for specific times and tasks. There's a lot to do and a lot of people willing to help - I'm very thankful that I live in a place with caring neighbors like this!