[ExI] survivor's database

spike spike66 at att.net
Wed Sep 23 03:18:47 UTC 2009

I had a thought today.  Remember that time the mean old Grinch's heart grew
three sizes that day, and it broke the X-ray machine?  What if... his dog
Max had become a mean snarling son of a bitch?  He had been such a nice dog
right up until that moment.  It would kinda make you wonder.

In any case, that wasn't the thought I had today.  I give blood regularly
and have signed up to be an organ donor (anywhere from the neck down)
because these are two examples of good deeds one can do that doesn't cost
one any actual money.  Let us call this class of acts Capitalist Good Deeds,
or CGDs.

Recently I heard that a FOAF had contracted a rare disease known as CIPD, or
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, and of course he was
depressed and imagined he would die soon.  As chance would have it, I have a
good friend who contracted CIPD about three years ago, but has enjoyed a
remission in the past year.  I introduced the two online, giving my friend a
chance to commit a CGD.

This gave me an idea.  If anyone here has had a life-threatening illness and
has survived, that person is an ideal candidate to help others who are just
now entering that dark tunnel.  

How could we simultaneously maintain medical privacy and set up a database
of people who have survived life-threatening illnesses, who are also willing
to help others, and score CGDs?


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