A lot of the people I follow on Twitter have been talking about #transplantweek, a way to get everyone aware of the need for organ donors.
In my years as an A&E nurse I only knew of two people passing through my doors that went on to be organ donors, helping people that they never met. Two people in many years is simply not good enough.
In my ambulance work I find myself going to dialysis wards, people who desperately need kidneys. The chairs are always full – people connected to machines that clean their blood and keep them alive.
I've been to people who need liver transplants, waiting for someone to donate their liver to them so that they can live. These patients are swollen, yellow and in pain, and all I can do is take them to hospital where they can be 'managed' for a little while longer.
There was a child on my patch who needed a heart and lung transplant. She was lucky and got one, and I don't see her any more.
Once upon a time, when I would go to people who had suffered trauma, we would rush them into hospital where they would get blood transfusions that would save their lives. As a nurse I can't even guess at the amount of blood products I've given people. I used to be the one sent for the blood because the storage was halfway across the hospital and it never bothered me walking the hospital grounds late at night.
Organ donation saves lives – of that there is no doubt.
There are myths that doctors will 'let you die' so that they can get their hands on your innards – I can tell you that this is completely untrue.
I've been on the organ donor list for as long as I can remember. I wouldn't be on it if I thought there was anything 'dodgy' about it.
You'd accept a kidney if you needed it to survive, why wouldn't you donate one when you no longer need it?
Why don't you sign up today – help someone out when you pop your clogs. It's the ultimate in green recycling.