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A2 Mercer Island Reporter Waiting is a way of life for those needing a transplant While Island man awaits kidney transplant, his wife spreads awareness of organ donorship By Nora Doyle Mercer Island Reporter am Pederson walked into his doctor's office in October of I995 to get a physical that would confirm his good health. After a sim- ple blood test. he walked out with an appointment to see a nephrologist, or kidney doctor. Soon after. it was determined that Pederson. SI at the time. had only 37 percent of his kidney function. And it was steadily declining. He was diagnosed with lgA nephropathy. a disease in which the immune system attacks the kidneys. Doctors don‘t know what causes it or how to cure it. said Pederson. who, felt physically healthy at the time of his diagnosis. At that point there were not many choices for Pederson. who was the president of a small company. He needed a kidney transplant and had to have dialysis until a donor was found for him. . With his rare B positive blood type. the average wait for a kidney dona- tion is four years. although a perfect m‘atch could come along tomorrow or never. A kidney from his wife. Mary Lou. would kill him: their blood types don‘t match. Their son is a type 0. a possible but not perfect match. While he waits. Pederson main- tains a fairly normal. stable life. He now works full—time from his Island home as a management consultant. facilitating two groups of company presidents and CEOs. Keeping him alive is a method of dialysis called continuous cycler peri— toneal dialysis, which he can do at home while in bed at night. Pederson had a catheter stitched in through his abdominal membrane. He hooks one end of the catheter to a two— liter bag of dialysis fluid that flows through his blood stream. collects toxins and is then emptied. Pederson goes through You this painless process three appreClate 3 times every night while lot more EVEN BEFORE HE was diag- nosed with lgA nephropathy, Pederson and his wife were strong believers in organ and tissue donation. She signed her first donation card in I972; he fol- lowed soon after. The two. opposite in many respects, have much to give each other. When he got sick. he found her background in nursing and family counseling a comfort. They attended classes and educated themselves about his op— tions. She would have donated a kid- ney to him. but it would have poi- soned him. His dietary needs have changed in the aftermath of the diag- nosis too. He needs to eat a lot of meat for its protein; she's a veg- etarian. , She wears a green pin everyday that symbolizes the need for organ dona- tions and is ready to in- he sleeps and once dur- form anyone who asks ing the day. What ’you about the details. He chose this system have- April 19-26 is National over one in which he would have had to trav- el to the Northwest Kidney Center in Seattle three times a week to un- dergo dialysis for five hours at a time. Fortunately. Peterson‘s Sam Pederson Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week. some- thing she takes very seri- ously by stressing that merely signing a donor card is not enough for a donation to go through, Potential larger frame and relative good health donors must inform their family of made him eligible for the eyelet-method their wishes because any doubt will dialysis. Eighty percent of the cost of cause doctors to let organs go unhar- the machinery and medicine required for the dialysis is covered by Medicare, Pederson said. Although at the least it’s a major inconvenience ahd an added expense. Pederson‘s diagnosis has given him a new perspective. “You appreciate a lot more what you have,” he said. ifi‘aséQ as: literate; is willing the patient;5va I. ,1 , , “(rafter card: rhea; amoral centersin Scotti Iqultiversiryoif 5w ' "momma , ,_ rmnt‘wiis in (UNOS);*an y a robe H catty. Forgreater-Seatt prams tron dream .. y ,, , throughout Washington; Alaska Montana and northern lfdlcre are "mam , patients p matches F . i Soplua’s European Salon Full Service Stylist Trained with r Juarez In Washington ,"& Vidal Sasson in London ‘ l S II f A meningogfelo' . 'vaipplefgdays. , I V .r «.915. Sat. 9—3 7673"$.E. ‘2701 Mercer Island Phone; 206436-1992 Jack Alhadeff COLDweLL BANKER L] BAIN ASS IATES Servicing Mater Island and the 515131515 24 Hour Direct Access l (206) 230—5460 5 Mercer Island Chiropractic 0 Auto Accidents - Sports Injuries 0 Work Injuries 0 Chronic Conditions A PALMER METHODS “mm” 232-6653 . 2443 76th AVG. 5.5. MIN,WIIIIMM My!) E mlm SlltLLlld l (.Jonvvrl. “' in. NO“, Roth IRA? If you’re asking yourself this ues- tion, Edward ones can help. We’ll help analyze the benefits of converting to a Roth IRA .v or continuin to contribute to your tra itional IRA. Call or stop by today. ’ -EEWardJones ‘ g Serving individual Inventor- Sinco 1871 vested. AS HARD AS IT IS not to dwell on getting new kidneys. the only thing that will get his life back to “normal,” Pederson has made a conscious effort not to let it rule his days I “I do my dialysis every day and move on," he said. Some of those days have held more 417456 0‘22 \? ~ 5-5335339H’ . laamtmm" '. .e "."3fill‘da :I 1 4 WE APOLOGIZE Mercer Island Reporter’s Retail Advertising Department apologizes to TCI.NET for running an ‘ advertisement about a $50 installation discount that does not apply and an internet demonstration that did not take place at VFW hall last Saturday. but that will be rescheduled. The advertisement was run in error last week. Wednesday. April 22. I998 Matt Brashenrs/Mercer Island Reporter Sam'Pederson is in his second year of waiting for a kidney donor. A home dialysis unit replaces the function of his failed kidneys, and keeps him alive while he waits. Pederson’s wife, Mary Lou, a nurse, wears a green pin to promote organ donor awareness. April 1926 is National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week. hope than others. however. After his family members were ruled out for perfect match donations. a friend offered to donate. The blood did not match. Then there was a false alarm day when friends had a relative die suddenly from a massive heart at- tack. Pederson was notified and rushed to the hospital for matching tests. There was not a match for him. al- though the man’s kidneys were do— nated to someone else. “Now I know what to expect when I get called to the hospital the next time," he said. Pederson has met the criteria to get on the organ donation list, along with 39,000 others who need kidneys. He is on the top of the local list for B pos- itive matches. which includes Washington. Montana. Alaska and northern Idaho. He has a reasonable chance of getting a transplant within a year, he said. " Meanwhile, he goes about his busi— ness day by day. Even vacations are possible during dialysis. Pederson car— ries his equipment on the plane and has his dialysis fluid shipped to his destination. He doesn’t sit and twiddle his thumbs, but he is waiting patient- ly, hoping the next call won’t be a false alarm. THE GRANDVIEW IN BELLTOWN 2201 3RD AVE $695,000 . Incredible views of Puget Sound. the Olympifi. Mt Baker. the Cascades. Lake Union. Breathtaking by day or night! A new way to look at life. Two bedrooms. two baths. three balconies. two reserved parking spaces, 1,-I3’5 sq It. You must see! Judy Gropp (206) 725—7255 0 (206) 650—3147 , Windermere Windermere Real Estate/N.W.. Inc. zero 39691? 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