Once I discovered the existence of age cutoffs for liver transplants, I was faced with a dilemma. My ongoing care is currently at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville where every six months I get blood work and an MRI, with an Upper Endoscopy and x-rays thrown in on occasion. I like Mayo and think they do a thorough and effective job. But. But they are one of the institutions with a cutoff. When I tried to discuss the issue with my treating doctor, he looked at me and said “in my opinion you will never need a transplant unless you develop cancer”. Which I guess is mildly reassuring.
Regardless, I got back on the phone and called several of the hospitals I’d previously identified as having no age barriers. I went as far as making an appointment at Emory in Atlanta, which is one of the premier transplant centers in the country. And then I chickened out. Because I don’t yet need a transplant, and am quite a way from being eligible for one, I’d just be coming to Emory as a regular gastroenterology patient and honestly, as aggressive and proactive as I am about my health, I find a certain lack of enthusiasm in starting over, medically speaking, once again. Maybe I’ll just take my chances at Mayo and go to the gym four days a week instead of three. Maybe I’ll just go fishing.