Kirby Alary has for 28 years worked in a local laboratory that draws blood for doctors' use in registering and analyzing the health condition of their patients. I spent a fascinating and emotional hour with him a few weeks ago. (My wife and I are patients of this laboratory.)
Alary undergoes dialysis treatment three times every week. Each session lasts for three and one-half hours. His kidneys struggle to stay operative. This is a story of a man who fully understands where he is in life, and what his mission is. He is not dramatic about his health, stating in clear terms where he sees himself as he takes care of the many hundreds of patients who come into his lab.
He had a kidney transplant in 1998. His hopes were high that this would solve the problem of his poor-performing kidneys. His mother was warned early on that having children would damage her already malfunctioning kidneys. She had three children. Alary was the last. By the time he was 3, his mother had died.