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The Good Things in Life => Extending the hand of kindness => Topic started by: DottyG on September 15, 2009, 12:02:54 PM

Title: "May" We Tell You You ROCK?! (Remember! Both donors AND NON-donors are stars!)
Post by: DottyG on September 15, 2009, 12:02:54 PM
I did it!

I've been scared to give blood - don't like pain.  But, I went ahead and donated.  And, I have to say that it wasn't anywhere near as horrible an experience as I've led myself to think all these years!

A couple of years ago, Dad had surgery.  Although the doctor assured us that Dad wouldn't need any transfusions after the surgery, 3 days later, Dad got really pale and needed 2 units of blood after all.  I was sitting in the chair next to him, looking at this bag of blood.  And, it really hit home just how selfless someone was.  Not only did they give up an hour of their time, but they actually gave a part of themselves, so that my loved Dad would be ok.  It just really amazed me that someone could be so giving - and not even know how their blood would be used.  They just gave.  So, I made a promise that I'd start giving, too.

I had a bad experience in trying to give a few months ago.  And, I ended up not doing it.  But, after Dad's surgery, I actually went to the Blood Center here in town and donated.  I got a guy who's been doing it for 14 years, and he was awesome.  Didn't hurt a bit.  (Actually, I have to say that the most painful part of the whole process was that dang blood pressure cuff!  I hate having my blood pressure taken - it always hurts!)

I'd encourage everyone to give.  It's really not that bad.  I promise - and I'm a total wimp when it comes to pain!  And, the thought of saving 2 lives with your donation is so incredible!

I'm thinking I might donate platelets next time.  They really need those, and they go bad within 5 days of getting them.

I even got goodies!  They were doing a promotion that weekend, so I got a quart of Blue Bell ice cream afterwards!  Yummmmy!

I also got to finally find out my blood type.  I'm O+.

Go donate blood!  It's fun!

Please be sure to read the poignant, first-hand story on Page 10.
 
Here's a good chart as to who can get what type(s) of blood (and a game to see if you've got it down pat):
Blood Types - Who Can Give To What Other Type (http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/donor-zone/games/blood-type)
JOIN THE EHELL CHALLENGE! ANYTHING YOU CAN DO FOR THE CAUSE IS IMPORTANT! See details on Pg 4!See catgal's posts on Pg 68 (Post #1010) and Pg 72 (Post #1078)!
 
 
MAY EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:
Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
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New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
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Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
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People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
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Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
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APRIL EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:
Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
49 (miss_ann_thrope (donated for the first time since 2012 - her iron finally cooperated!), TotterGirl (donates every 8 weeks! A regular donor!!!), snowfire (had to post one-handed, because she was donating at that very moment!), jedikaiti (her office's Blood Drive got 38 units of blood!!!), nutraxfornerves (gave her 75 donation - way to go!!!), one man in the waiting area with nutraxfornerves was donating, and his wife said, "what the heck" and went up and signed in herself!, kendo_bunny (a regular donor that was eligible again this month!), Bethczar (did aphoresis - YAY!  And she says the nurses were tired, because they were so busy that day - I think being tired because of that is TERRIFIC!), Moralia (hadn't seen our thread before, but now she knows we're going to celebrate her donations with her!), JustLori and her husband both gave! )

New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
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Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
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People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
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Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* Doll Fiend posted a very sweet "thank you" to all our donors.  Be sure to read it on Pg 94 (and another one on Pg 95)!
* Jones was going to donate, but the Drive was cancelled.  Darn. :(  But the fact that she was going to go in makes her wonderful!
* Oh my goodness.  You have to read the story from GreenEyedHawk on Pg 95.  It is so sweet!  Thank you for sharing that - AND for donating, GEH!
 

MARCH EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:
Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
8 ((We are STARTING OUT the month with 3 donations already!  Outdoor Girl's coworkers donated today!  There's a bit of a competition with the other offices, so WAY TO GO, Outdoor Girl's team!), Katana_Geldar (donated plasma!  She wasn't able to do whole blood this month, but plasma is still just as needed - GREAT JOB!), Another one of Outdoor Girl's coworkers gave (WHOO HOOOO!), Snooks (31st donation AND she's in a trial to see if blood can be donated more often!), LadyDyani (got her 3 GALLON PIN!!!), Sharnita (gave plasma!!!)  )

New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
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Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
* Outdoor Girl provides treats for her coworkers who participate in the donation competition!  I want OG to come to my location and bring treats!  This is such a wonderful thing to do for them!

People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
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Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* Outdoor Girl cheers on her office in their competition with the other offices.  Those cheers matter SO much!  Trust me!!!
* Bottlecaps is looking into donating!!
 


FEBRUARY EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:
Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
9 (Just Lori - who actually donated at the end of January, but we're going to count her into Feb's total since she forgot to update the thread in time :) , JacklynHyde (donated in honor of her friend's granddaughter who died 1/24 of cancer - what a wonderful tribute to her), Kendo_Bunny (donated her A+ blood!), Jones (ANOTHER person who donated their precious A+ blood!  And she's back after a 3 year absence of giving - welcome back!); GreenEyedHawk (15 pints of A+ blood so far! That's incredible!); dawbs (donated blood herself and her kids got the cookies - sounds fair to me! ;D Congratulations!); katiescarlett (donated her B+ platelets AND she's back from her last donation since November!  Welcome back to donating! :) ), StarDrifter's husband (780 ml of his precious O- blood AND is going to do a plasma donation in 3 weeks! YEA!), snowfire (donated platelets - this is sooo needed!), Mr. snowfire (donated a pint of whole blood at the same time his sweet wife was donating the platelets - y'all ROCK!)  )

New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
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Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
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People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* Jones not only donated blood, but also posted a message on FB encouraging others to do so as well!  This is a GREAT way to publicize the donation process!
 
Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* Our lovely TICIA - who put the banner across the top of the forum to let everyone know it's time for our Donation Month - Ticia, you're super!!!
* Katiescarlett - donates platelets every other month, is wearing red today in support of her little "heart babies" (Cameron and Emma) and is planning to donate this month!  YEA KATIESCARLETT!!!
* sunnygirl - can't donate blood herself due to medical reasons, but is a BIG supporter of the donation process!  You totally ROCK!!!
* GreenEyedHawk - who's planning to donate on 2/16 after a hiatus due to getting over a cold - welcome back!
* cutejellybeen - can't donate until next year because of an injection she received, BUT she found our thread AND is going to start donating next year even though she's always been scared of needles.  We can help her through it and give her encouragement!  GO CUTEJELLYBEEN!!!
* Redwing - because of some medical issues, she's needed 7 pints of blood in the recent past.  You need to read her story (post #1375 on Pg 92) for a great description of why what we're doing is so important.  Thank you, Redwing.
* Just Lori - her mother is in the hospital right now and is needing blood transfusions.  Just Lori posted a very sweet "thank you" to everyone here for all you're doing (read her post on Pg 92, #1377)

 
JANUARY EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:
Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
32 (SamiHami - donated blood AND found out she's still able to donate platelets!; Sharnita - platelets! YEA!; jedikaiti organized a blood drive and got (ready for this?) THIRTY DONATIONS!!!)

New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
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Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
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People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
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Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
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Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Bellantara on September 15, 2009, 12:08:47 PM
I would love to give blood. I'm O+ too, and used to give blood regularly. But, I spent 3 years in Germany 20+ years ago, and the Red Cross is terrified that I might have mad cow disease.  ::) Therefore, I'm permanently barred from giving blood.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: DottyG on September 15, 2009, 12:17:59 PM
I'd like to say, from me, and on behalf of others who have had their lives saved by blood transfusions- thank you so much. What a wonderful thing to do. I haemmorhaged after the birth of my second daughter and almost died- an emergency blood transfusion saved my life. Without people like you, my daughters would have lost their mother. So again, thank you.  :)

That cements it.  I'm definitely doing it again! :)  It actually does make a difference.

I just regret that I lost so many years not doing it.  I could have given so much blood by now.

Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 15, 2009, 12:29:52 PM
My Dad didn't start donating until he was in his late 40's or early 50's.  He has just stopped donating this year - he's 75.  He has given over 130 times.

My brother is a regular donor, too, and often gives platelets.

I used to be a regular donor.  I think I was over 30 donations when I stopped.  After having a melanoma removed, they won't take me any more.  I was on the bone marrow list, too, from which I was also removed.

My Mom was never able to donate because she may have had something as a child that makes you unable to donate but she was the clinic convenor for a long time in my home town.

Dad is O+, my brother is A+ and I'm A-.  Mom was A+.

So I'm the odd ball.

Dottyg, and all the others who donate - THANK YOU!!!!
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Elfqueen13 on September 15, 2009, 12:32:35 PM
I would love to give blood. I'm O+ too, and used to give blood regularly. But, I spent 3 years in Germany 20+ years ago, and the Red Cross is terrified that I might have mad cow disease.  ::) Therefore, I'm permanently barred from giving blood.

Me too.  The Red Cross did a drive in our office complex recently and only about half the office could donate.  Myself and one other were barred for possible exposure to Mad Cow, another is anemic, another had chemo 6 months ago, another was diabetic...the list just kept going.  A few people did donate, but many of us could not.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: sooverit on September 15, 2009, 12:34:09 PM
DH gives blood regularly but I'm scared of A) Blood and B) Needles but I would love to try sometime...  Just the thought has me shaking in my boots though...   :-[

I know its for a good cause and I really need to get over it!  I want to try...

Congrats DottyG!  Maybe you will be my inspiration!   ;)
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: little bird on September 15, 2009, 12:36:12 PM
I would love to give blood. I'm O+ too, and used to give blood regularly. But, I spent 3 years in Germany 20+ years ago, and the Red Cross is terrified that I might have mad cow disease.  ::) Therefore, I'm permanently barred from giving blood.

They won't let me donate either because of the time I lived in Belgium (I'm also anemic... and underweight... and have low blood pressure...).  I hate it... I really wish I could donate blood.  Instead I have to make myself okay with helping coordinate drives and encouraging others to donate.  To everyone who can and does donate, thank you.  Donating blood is one of the best things you can do for other people.  It is such a precious gift.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Betsy on September 15, 2009, 12:40:26 PM
I wish I could, but even getting one tiny vial drawn for blood tests drops my blood pressure enough for me to pass out, so my doctors have always warned me against dontating. I only have A+ blood though not one of those cool blood types like O+/- ;)
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: M-theory on September 15, 2009, 12:43:59 PM
Thank you for giving, Dotty!

I got started giving blood because I was in an accident where I was knocked unconscious and seriously injured and had to have (3?) units of blood. Then I found out on some labwork that I'm O-negative, and was haunted by the fact that 3 units of precious universal blood were spent on me. So the only solution I could figure out was to donate as often as possible. I consider it a hobby, one that my SO doesn't accompany me for because he has an unholy fear of needles!

Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Moralia on September 15, 2009, 12:45:44 PM
Every time I've tried to donate blood, I couldn't.  Several times I'd get sick on the day of the appointment and last time, I discovered that they wouldn't let you give blood if you'd gotten a tattoo in the past year.

Fortunately, they've changed the regulations and will take your blood if you're healed and got your tattoo at a state-licensed shop. (I wasn't too worried about having any blood-borne diseases anyway, my artist is a total cleanliness Nazi.)  

So, I have an appointment at our most recent blood drive here at work.  Thursday at 12:30pm!
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: L.A. Lady on September 15, 2009, 12:47:15 PM
I have A-, which supposedly a rare type. United blood services and Red Cross call me when the supply get low. I think I'm pretty popular! ;D
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: DottyG on September 15, 2009, 12:50:07 PM
DH gives blood regularly but I'm scared of A) Blood and B) Needles but I would love to try sometime...  Just the thought has me shaking in my boots though...   :-[

One of the things they tell you is that, if you feel lightheaded or dizzy after giving, you should lie still or put your head between your legs.

I wanted to ask what I was supposed to do when I felt that way BEFORE I gave! :D

I was really scared to give.  But, they made sure to pair me up with a person who's done this procedure for over 10 years.  He knew what he was doing, and didn't mess up with the needle.

From what I understand in talking to them, you're allowed to ask for someone more experienced, if you'd like.  They want you to have a good donation; they don't want you to hurt, because you're less likely to return.  It's in their best interest to not hurt you. :)

Try it.  It really isn't as bad as either you or I have made it out to be.

The guy I had told me that they had hundreds of people donate both the day before and that day (Sept 11 and 12).  And, he assured me that each and every one of them actually walked out alive! :D  They didn't have to carry any of them out in body bags after donating!  And, he was right!  I'm still here to tell about it, too!

Plus, you get all kinds of goodies afterwards.  Cookies and drinks and ice cream and all kinds of stuff.  Plus, the place I go to has a point system where you can "buy" things from their store with points you get for donating.  Not a bad deal.

Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: dawbs on September 15, 2009, 12:52:10 PM
Good for you!

My doc's have me on the 'do not donate' list right now...
so unfortunately, I'm back 'in the hole' for the year (my gramps has a form of anemia that requires transfusions.  I *try* to donate back as much blood each year as he uses.  How I fare depends on his health and mine.  But regardless, I"m always glad when someone donates--people like my gramps need it about 4 times a year  ;)

(For those that can't donate, while they don't really do it her, at my former workplace, i'd make cookies for the blood drives--home-made cookies increase donations :-D)
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Mrs.E on September 15, 2009, 12:55:10 PM
I am a regular donator and I have been called twice in the past 3 months but sadly I cannot donate while I am pregnant. I told them to call me in 6 months and I will start again! Good for you!!
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 15, 2009, 12:57:44 PM
One of the guys in my office has organized a group of people to be regular donors and has pledged a certain number of units for the year.  He then challanged other offices around the province to do the same.  So in the spirit of friendly competition, there might be a lot more blood donated!

Where I used to work, they would have a blood drive on site at least once a year.  It was for everyone but there was a competition between various services to see who could donate the most units.  Regional police vs provincial police vs RCMP vs firefighters and EMTs.  It was always fun to see who won.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Stoneway on September 15, 2009, 01:23:51 PM
I have A-, which supposedly a rare type. United blood services and Red Cross call me when the supply get low. I think I'm pretty popular! ;D


I am A- too and have been a blood donor for just over 2 years.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.  The donor sessions I attend are always extremely busy, which is great to see.  I find it especially heartening to see lots of teenagers donating (just goes to show there are many caring young people out there).
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: cicero on September 15, 2009, 01:27:57 PM
good for you!

I've donated blood in the past. I can't anymore (I had chemo)...
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Layla Miller on September 15, 2009, 01:41:52 PM
I have A-, which supposedly a rare type. United blood services and Red Cross call me when the supply get low. I think I'm pretty popular! ;D


I am A- too and have been a blood donor for just over 2 years.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.  The donor sessions I attend are always extremely busy, which is great to see.  I find it especially heartening to see lots of teenagers donating (just goes to show there are many caring young people out there).

Another A negative here, but DH is O positive so he always got the more insistent calls after we donated the first time.  I've donated several times, but the last time I tried, they said my veins were too small.  I wonder if it might have to do with different procedures/equipment, though, since the times I donated previously (through a different organization, in my hometown) there was no trouble at all.  Regardless, next time they have a blood drive, I'm trying again.  If that doesn't work, I'll just have to save my donating for my visits home.  Maybe they just want it more.  :)
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 15, 2009, 01:57:54 PM
I donated yesterday. I've been a regular donor for the last 30 years or so, except for periods when I was deferred due to travel to an area with malaria. I am CMV negative, which makes me pretty popular. CMV is Cytomegalovirus, a common virus that about half of US people have. Most people never even know they've been exposed to it. However, the virus can be dangerous for pregnant women, premature babies, people on chemo- or radiation-therapy or anyone whose immune system is not working well. So blood banks need blood from people identified as CMV negative

I figure it this way. I have something I'm not fully using right now--a pint of blood. I can give it to someone who will die unless they get it. How can I not donate?

What else can you do that takes about an hour, results in a bunch of people telling you how marvelous you are, gets you some free goodies--and leaves you knowing that you have flat-out saved someone's life?
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: GirlyGirl on September 15, 2009, 02:02:20 PM
I admit that I really hate donating blood, but I keep doing it.  I've got O-, and they guilt trip me with the need for that, and also my blood is good for babies or something.  In other words I feel like I'm killing babies if I don't do it.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 15, 2009, 02:06:57 PM
I meant to add: A couple of years ago, Mr. Nutrax had emergency surgery for an ulcer that suddenly perforated into an artery. He was given 12 units of blood. If it weren't for 12 generous people, he wouldn't be here. So part of my donating is also payback.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: singingserpent on September 15, 2009, 02:10:20 PM
I donated blood once, but after they found out my type (B+), all they want from me is platelets and plasma.  I've only had a couple of bad experiences with bruising, but I like to go.  It takes me almost 2 hours, so I usually can watch a movie on TV while I do it--uninterrupted--which is not something I can get at home!
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: DottyG on September 15, 2009, 02:12:08 PM
Then, you're the one to talk to, singingserpent!  Tell me more about the platelet procedure.  Is it done the same way as the whole blood?  Does the returning blood go back through the same needle?

Give me more info on this procedure, as I'm thinking about doing it next time.

You can do it more often than donating whole blood, which is a perk.

Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Julep on September 15, 2009, 02:15:45 PM
I am scared to death of needles, blood, pain... maybe not phobia-level scared, but at least woozy-level. That said, I've been giving regularly since the day I was eligible, in high school. I've given several dozen gallons so far. Honestly, I've lost count, and I've moved so much that I need to call like five different Red Cross regions to add it all up.

I just turn my head and ask them to make sure I can't see the needle before I'll turn it back. I've had a few uncomfortable donations, but out of probably thirty- or forty-something, that's not so bad.

I'm O-, so the very exciting thing that frequently happens to my blood is that before they wrap it up and put it in the cooler, they put a big tag on it that says "PEDS" ... so I'm saving kids and babies. Yay.

My most recent excitement is that I signed up to be on the National Bone Marrow registry. I hear that's a great deal more involved than donating blood. But when I donate blood, it's so rewarding. Imagine what it would be like to save someone for whom you're the ONLY match they could find! Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.

Yay for Dottie and all the other donors, and thanks to everyone who has even tried.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: LadyClaire on September 15, 2009, 02:17:07 PM
I tried to donate blood. My veins, they are too wimpy for the big blood taking needle. *is rejected*

They do a blood drive on the campus where I work every few months. A lot of students and employees donate.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Julep on September 15, 2009, 02:22:25 PM
I tried to donate blood. My veins, they are too wimpy for the big blood taking needle. *is rejected*

They do a blood drive on the campus where I work every few months. A lot of students and employees donate.

For a stretch of six or nine months I was anemic so I know about being rejected. But that was when I discovered that the nice folks that give you all the goodies and juice are all volunteers. So I've been the sign-in lady and cookie lady pretty frequently since then (probably six or seven years now). Only had one guy turn grey on me, and I caught him before he hit the floor. He actually fell rather gracefully out of his chair, but I was still impressed that my adrenyline helped me slow that 250 pound guy's fall!

All that is to say, if you still want to be involved, there are ways!!
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 15, 2009, 02:31:06 PM
I was watching a 5'0", 100 lb woman walk a 6'4", 200 lb guy over to the refreshments table and wondered aloud to my 'keeper' what she would do if he fainted.

Turns out, they are trained to make sure they cradle the head to make sure the melon doesn't smack the floor.  That's the biggest concern.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 15, 2009, 02:41:27 PM
I wish I could, but even getting one tiny vial drawn for blood tests drops my blood pressure enough for me to pass out, so my doctors have always warned me against dontating. I only have A+ blood though not one of those cool blood types like O+/- ;)
Actually A+ is pretty rad. I have O+ which is the most common. O- is the universal donor.

I've given blood a few times but I never got in the habit. This thread has inspired me to really try the next chance I can. Unfortunately where I live we don't have a permanent clinic. We have a mobile clinic that shows up every 56 days (as often as you can give blood). Last time it was here I forgot. And it actually comes close to my house too! When I was at university the clinic was really far from where I lived and I never got around to going there.

Outdoor Girl: I imagine she'd keep him from cracking his head. I mean, even if someone falls, you can protect their head, right?
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: singingserpent on September 15, 2009, 02:42:08 PM
Does the returning blood go back through the same needle?

Give me more info on this procedure, as I'm thinking about doing it next time.

You can do it more often than donating whole blood, which is a perk.



When I first started, they had to use two arms--one to take out and one to put back in.  Now they are phasing out the two arm machines where I live and it is all done through one needle, so my other arm is free to turn pages of a book if I bring one.  It does take a bit longer though.

The blood is taken out spun through the machine and the platelets & plasma are separated out. Then they give back the red blood cells to you plus an anti-coagulent.  You will feel it coming back into your vein, as it is cooler than body temp.  I always get a blanket, and they will put a warm pack on your arm if you want too.  Sometimes I bring thick socks and take off my shoes and put them on before I get on the couch/bed thing.

The anti-coagulent makes my mouth feel funny, I can't remember why it is, but the nurses give me tums to add back calcium to my body maybe?  

Hints that work for me:  I try to eat steak or hamburger the night before so I won't be rejected for low iron.  Drink lots of fluid starting the day before  The more hydrated you are, the quicker it will go, but it is a fine line because you don't want to have to go to the bathroom when you're stuck on the machine for an hour+.  After they do all the paperwork and screening, I always ask to be excused to the restroom before they start prepping me, even if I don't really have to go (sorry if TMI).  

I hope it goes well for you!  It does make you feel good afterwards and the nurses and techs are so helpful.  Don't hesitate to ask them what they are doing and why--most times they are happy to tell you (in detail!) what is going on.

Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Dindrane on September 15, 2009, 02:52:40 PM
I donated blood for the first time when my high school had a blood drive.  I ended up with an overall good experience from that, but I also managed to get a 3 inch in diameter nasty looking bruise as a souvenir (they had a hard time finding the vein).  Ironically, that was the time that donating blood caused me the fewest problems and the least amount of pain (go figure).

Since then, I've donated a couple of times, but I didn't always have a lot of opportunities as a college student, and I was disqualified for at least a couple of years (nose piercing, then travel to Kenya).  The truly unfortunate thing is that my last experience hurt a lot, and left me feeling very lightheaded and nauseated.  I regret to say, I haven't been back since.

I really ought to suck it up, though, and just ask for someone experienced.  I'll have to make sure I'm eligible, since I've recently done some other international traveling (and I'm not sure if it disqualifies me or not).

Also, when it comes to blood types, I've always been really interested in how they're distributed among the population.  I think 70% of Americans have either O+ or A+ (it's about 35% for each of those).  B+ and AB+ are a lot less common, but any of the Rh- types are really uncommon (probably because Rh- is recessive to Rh+).  It's just amazing to me that O+ is as common as it is, since O is recessive to both A and B types.

And, to share a funny story, the first time I donated blood, they mailed me a little card with my blood type and some other stuff on it.  They listed "unknown" for my blood type, which I thought was really very odd.  I'm hoping that means they just weren't able to use it (although if they didn't even type it, that makes me think it went bad, and that's rather a waste).  My actual blood type is A+ (which is yet another reason I ought to be donating more, since they try to match the blood types of donor and recipient exactly).
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 15, 2009, 03:06:04 PM
I have small veins, any smaller and I wouldn't be able to donate at all, so there is no room for error. I've learned a couple useful tips from a really good phlebotomist.

The veins in your dominant arm are larger than in your other arm. There are two veins in your arm. One is larger, but drawing blood from it hurts more. The smaller one is what they usually aim for, because it hurts less.

The last time I gave blood, I told the phlebotomist to draw from the large vein in my left arm (I'm left-handed). It went perfectly, and actually didn't hurt one bit. (I'm now convinced this is the only vein I have that it's easy to draw blood from.)

It helped that I was quite relaxed. The more you relax, the less pain. (I find it helps to look away from the phlebotomist and think about something else.)
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: M-theory on September 15, 2009, 03:07:34 PM
(I find it helps to look away from the phlebotomist and think about something else.)

I'm the opposite. I have to watch it go in, or else it startles me...because my attention span is really THAT short. Is that sad or what?
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Harriet Jones on September 15, 2009, 03:12:08 PM
I just scheduled an appointment at a local blood drive.  I'm O-, so I need to start donating more...
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Moralia on September 15, 2009, 03:14:22 PM
Yay Twinkie!
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Julep on September 15, 2009, 03:20:05 PM
Also, when it comes to blood types, I've always been really interested in how they're distributed among the population.  I think 70% of Americans have either O+ or A+ (it's about 35% for each of those).  B+ and AB+ are a lot less common, but any of the Rh- types are really uncommon (probably because Rh- is recessive to Rh+).  It's just amazing to me that O+ is as common as it is, since O is recessive to both A and B types.

That reminded me of something from my first blood donation. I learned that I was Rh [something]. I've never been able to remember it since, but they told me it only really would be an issue if I got pregnant, and even then, it was only likely to be a problem with my second child. I was in high school at the time and not planning any such thing, so I promptly formatted that portion of my memory.

Which do you think that would mean - positive or negative? I just tried to google it and got wayyy more scientific stuff than I can understand.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 15, 2009, 03:23:25 PM
From what I understand, you are likely Rh -ve.

There is a shot that they can give you during your pregnancy that helps with any issues.  I think it is an antibody issue if the baby is Rh +ve.

But if your baby's father is also Rh -ve, then you are in the clear because the baby can only be Rh -ve, in that case.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Harriet Jones on September 15, 2009, 03:26:06 PM
Probably Rh-  (google blue baby syndrome)

If your children's father is Rh+, then it can be an issue with pregnancies, but there's a medication called RhoGam (don't know if it has other names) that helps prevent the problem.  DH is Rh+ and I am Rh- and I did not have any problems of this sort.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: drebay on September 15, 2009, 03:27:15 PM
I really should donate more than I have.  However, the new nurses like to practice on me, as I guess I have awesome veins (they stare at you even without the rubber band)
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: LadyClaire on September 15, 2009, 03:29:20 PM
Also, when it comes to blood types, I've always been really interested in how they're distributed among the population.  I think 70% of Americans have either O+ or A+ (it's about 35% for each of those).  B+ and AB+ are a lot less common, but any of the Rh- types are really uncommon (probably because Rh- is recessive to Rh+).  It's just amazing to me that O+ is as common as it is, since O is recessive to both A and B types.

That reminded me of something from my first blood donation. I learned that I was Rh [something]. I've never been able to remember it since, but they told me it only really would be an issue if I got pregnant, and even then, it was only likely to be a problem with my second child. I was in high school at the time and not planning any such thing, so I promptly formatted that portion of my memory.

Which do you think that would mean - positive or negative? I just tried to google it and got wayyy more scientific stuff than I can understand.

negative. I'm Rh-, and my doctor told me that I'd need to have the shot if I get pregnant because DF is Rh+.

It can be a problem with the second pregnancy because if your first child is Rh+, your body can create antibodies that will attack another Rh+ fetus. With your first pregnancy, your body hasn't been exposed to Rh+ blood yet and so hasn't created the antibodies. But that's what the shot is for..to stop the antibodies from harming the baby.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Julep on September 15, 2009, 03:33:23 PM
negative. I'm Rh-, and my doctor told me that I'd need to have the shot if I get pregnant because DF is Rh+.

It can be a problem with the second pregnancy because if your first child is Rh+, your body can create antibodies that will attack another Rh+ fetus. With your first pregnancy, your body hasn't been exposed to Rh+ blood yet and so hasn't created the antibodies. But that's what the shot is for..to stop the antibodies from harming the baby.

Thanks to you all! Wow! This is enlightening, and I'm glad I know it now! I'll have to see if fiance knows his Rh status.

Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Dindrane on September 15, 2009, 03:43:20 PM
Everyone else is right about the Rh thing, as far as I know.  My understanding is that they will just give you the RhoGam shot as a preventative measure a lot of the time, because I don't think it does any harm if you end up not needing it (and they can't exactly type the baby's blood in utero).  If you are Rh- and your baby's father is Rh+, I think there's like a 75% chance that the baby would also be Rh+.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: BuffaloFang on September 15, 2009, 03:49:59 PM
I admit that I really hate donating blood, but I keep doing it.  I've got O-, and they guilt trip me with the need for that, and also my blood is good for babies or something.  In other words I feel like I'm killing babies if I don't do it.
LOL too funny.

Yay to Dotty for donating!  I used to donate regularly (I was just shy of 2 gallons) when I became anemic and now can't donate much anymore...maybe once a year if I'm lucky.  Although this year I haven't even donated and I'm still anemic.   >:(  I tried donating platelets but one of my counts (not sure what it was) was too low, so they wouldn't take that either.

They also hate my veins (tendons are blocking all most all of them), so I think I'm just doomed to being useless...sigh.  So I'm glad there are so many other helpful people out there to make up for my lack of helpfulness.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 15, 2009, 03:59:31 PM
I admit that I really hate donating blood, but I keep doing it.  I've got O-, and they guilt trip me with the need for that, and also my blood is good for babies or something.  In other words I feel like I'm killing babies if I don't do it.
LOL too funny.

Yay to Dotty for donating!  I used to donate regularly (I was just shy of 2 gallons) when I became anemic and now can't donate much anymore...maybe once a year if I'm lucky.  Although this year I haven't even donated and I'm still anemic.   >:(  I tried donating platelets but one of my counts (not sure what it was) was too low, so they wouldn't take that either.

They also hate my veins (tendons are blocking all most all of them), so I think I'm just doomed to being useless...sigh.  So I'm glad there are so many other helpful people out there to make up for my lack of helpfulness.
Linteater, you're not useless. You and millions of people, literally millions, are barred from donating blood for one reason or another. My Mom can't donate because she doesn't weigh enough.

GirlyGirl, I really think it's not cool that you get a guilt trip about not donating. Yes, your blood is incredibly valuable, but it's your blood. You can do whatever you want with it! Donate, spill it playing rugby, not donate - it is yours alone. Guilt tripping really ticks me off, especially when it comes to your own blood.

The Canadian Red Cross had some really guilt-tripping ads (I don't know if they still run) that drove me absolutely 'round the twist; mostly it was the combination of the guilt-trip plus the fact that this decent-sized city doesn't have a permanent clinic. My Dad used to donate blood every 56 days when we did have a clinic - now that we don't he never donates. He didn't even know about the mobile clinic, but it doesn't matter anymore because he's out of the habit of donating.

I do believe in blood donation and I think it's wonderful. I'm really going to try to hit the next clinic. But guilt-tripping people about it is not cool. It's not the Red Cross's fault that they don't have enough funding, but they also communicate poorly so they could be more productive and proactive about soliciting donations instead of guilt tripping. (They did start a Facebook group though, so I'm happy that they finally embraced social networking.)
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: faithlessone on September 15, 2009, 04:07:01 PM
Hehe - I've actually got an appointment to go donate tomorrow!

I've only given blood a couple of times before (I have a nasty habit of getting sick every time I decide to do it), but I do try. My Dad had complications after surgery two years ago, and they used several bags of blood saving his life. We're both A-, so I like to think that I'm topping up the supply for the next time either of us need it.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Midnight Kitty on September 15, 2009, 04:07:38 PM
After years of not being able to donate blood because I weighed 90 pounds, I was excited when I gained enough weight to donate.  Then we discovered that my veins are not good for needle sticks.  For some reason, the vein wall is sucked up against the needle, blocking off blood flow.  One time when I donated at the Blood Bank, the phlebotomist scolded me for taking so long and crying.  I kept saying, "this really, really hurts."  She told me if I didn't fill the pint, they were going to throw it away.  I couldn't take the pain.  After she disconnected me, she practically pushed me out of the building without letting me grab any juice or cookies.  I guess I didn't deserve them since she threw my blood away.  It was a total waste, plus I had a big bruise and my arm was sore for days.

The next time I tried to donate blood, it was an office blood drive.  The phlebotomist had to kneel by my side and hold the needle the whole time to keep it from sucking up against the vein wall.  It took us over half an hour to fill one bag.  The blood bank asked me not to come back.  They said they can't have one phlebotomist spend that long on one donor.

Now I hate blood drives.  My coworkers look at my naked arm like I'm some kind of a slacker.  (Did I mention that I work for the Department of Health?)  Since I take NSAIDS, they can't use all my blood anyway.  Their suggestion that I not take my medication for a couple days so I can donate blood was heartless: Do they think I take these drugs for fun?  I need them to function.

I don't think much of the Blood Bank phlebotomists either - bad attitudes.  If they wonder why their donation rate is so low, maybe they should look in the mirror.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 15, 2009, 04:13:49 PM
Donating specific blood components (plasma, platelets, red cells, etc) is called apheresis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apheresis). That link takes you to Wikipedia, which describes how it's done.

The anticoagulant most commonly used is citrate, which temporarily binds to the calcium in your blood. Tingling, especially around the mouth, is a common result. That's why you may be given a calcium supplement. It helps to eat extra calcium before donating.

When I've been deferred due to foreign travel, I've still been able to donate plasma. It takes longer than whole blood donation--yesterday I cranked out a unit of blood in 4 minutes, but as I recall, plasma donation took about 45 minutes. They have little personal TV sets so you can watch TV or a movie.
Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: DottyG on September 15, 2009, 04:14:36 PM
Ok, I'm issuing a challenge!  (This is NOT guilt-tripping - it's a challenge!)

THE EHELL CHALLENGE - BLOOD AND NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED!!!

Let's see how many EHellions we can get to join the Blood Cause!

1)  If you're able (and willing) to donate, find a place near you this month to donate either plasma, platelets or blood.  DO IT!  No excuses!

2)  If you're able to donate, but just scared of the process or the needle, let this thread be your inspiration!  Just try it, if you can.  Take a deep breath and just try it.  You might find, like I did, that your fears are much worse than what it actually is!

3)  If you're not able to donate (or not willing to at the moment), that's cool!  YOU'RE STILL NEEDED AND VERY, VERY VALUABLE!!!!  Can you give up an hour of your time to volunteer at a donation site?  Great!  They need you!  You can pass out cookies or check people in or whatever they need.  Even if it's just an hour or two, see if you can help!  You are just as vital to the whole process as those giving blood.

And, a challenge to all of the above groups - TALK about donating blood in your community.  Tell your friends, family and neighbors how important it is and how many lives can be saved.  Post about it on your blogs.  Tell those in other online communities.  Put a flyer in a visible place where people around you can see it.  Whatever you can do.

Heck, if this group right here prompts just 1 person each to donate this month, think how many lives can be saved around us!  And, how much blood can be available to those who might need it.

I say we start a movement here and get everyone we can involved in some way!  Let's see what can happen if we make a committment to do this! :)

Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: DottyG on September 15, 2009, 04:16:51 PM
After years of not being able to donate blood because I weighed 90 pounds, I was excited when I gained enough weight to donate.  Then we discovered that my veins are not good for needle sticks.  For some reason, the vein wall is sucked up against the needle, blocking off blood flow.  One time when I donated at the Blood Bank, the phlebotomist scolded me for taking so long and crying.  I kept saying, "this really, really hurts."  She told me if I didn't fill the pint, they were going to throw it away.  I couldn't take the pain.  After she disconnected me, she practically pushed me out of the building without letting me grab any juice or cookies.  I guess I didn't deserve them since she threw my blood away.  It was a total waste, plus I had a big bruise and my arm was sore for days.

The next time I tried to donate blood, it was an office blood drive.  The phlebotomist had to kneel by my side and hold the needle the whole time to keep it from sucking up against the vein wall.  It took us over half an hour to fill one bag.  The blood bank asked me not to come back.  They said they can't have one phlebotomist spend that long on one donor.

Now I hate blood drives.  My coworkers look at my naked arm like I'm some kind of a slacker.  (Did I mention that I work for the Department of Health?)  Since I take NSAIDS, they can't use all my blood anyway.  Their suggestion that I not take my medication for a couple days so I can donate blood was heartless: Do they think I take these drugs for fun?  I need them to function.

I don't think much of the Blood Bank phlebotomists either - bad attitudes.  If they wonder why their donation rate is so low, maybe they should look in the mirror.

This story makes me sad.  But, more importantly, it makes me LIVID. :(

That's just not right at all.  MK, I'm so, so sorry you've had this experience.

Title: Re: Donating blood
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 15, 2009, 04:19:18 PM
Dottyg, I like your challenge. I don't think the mobile clinic is coming this month (sole source of volunteer time or blood donation), but when it does come, I'm there.

After years of not being able to donate blood because I weighed 90 pounds, I was excited when I gained enough weight to donate.  Then we discovered that my veins are not good for needle sticks.  For some reason, the vein wall is sucked up against the needle, blocking off blood flow.  One time when I donated at the Blood Bank, the phlebotomist scolded me for taking so long and crying.  I kept saying, "this really, really hurts."  She told me if I didn't fill the pint, they were going to throw it away.  I couldn't take the pain.  After she disconnected me, she practically pushed me out of the building without letting me grab any juice or cookies.  I guess I didn't deserve them since she threw my blood away.  It was a total waste, plus I had a big bruise and my arm was sore for days.
This makes me absolutely furious. I am seriously angry right now.  >:(

That person has no business whatsoever being a phlebotomist (or being allowed in public), and refusing you the snack that you need to replentish your energy and blood sugar wasn't safe.

If you ever get guilted at blood drives (by phlebotomists), say, "Hilariously, I was actually told never to donate again because I take too long to fill a bag." By co-workers, silence. None of their beeswax, so they don't get an answer. Actually, phlebotomists could get silence too. I'd wear long sleeves for the duration of the blood drive. Who needs that aggravation?

Half an hour is insane. I would not go through that. Honestly had I been through what you have with blood donation, I would never, ever donate again no matter what.

I actually did have a bad experience once (the vein leaked into a muscle a swelled it up. That hurt a fair amount and I almost fainted due to, I think, loss of blood into my muscle) but I still will donate. I don't blame them for something like that. The attitudes described in your post though? Never again.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Midnight Kitty on September 15, 2009, 04:24:13 PM
Thank you, Dottyg and Nurvingiel.  Just thinking about those two incidents still brings tears to my eyes years later.

Good luck with the blood drive!  If I didn't have such an adversion to the Blood Bank people, I would volunteer to help, but I don't want to be around them.  I have a bit of a temper.  I'm usually able to control it when someone pushes me around, but if I saw them treating someone else the way they treated me, I'd lose it.

Maybe I can bake something for the donors.  They I don't have to deal with those Blood Bank people, but I can show appreciation for those who donate.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: ClaireC79 on September 15, 2009, 04:25:00 PM
I can't donate - had corneal graft when younger and then last year my bone marrow shut down and I ended up with 3 units of blood instead - but I've talked my hubby into donating since
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Lisbeth on September 15, 2009, 04:29:08 PM
I used to donate before I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2.

I wish I could still donate-I wonder if my old donations were ever transfused into anyone.  If so, I hope they helped whoever received them.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 15, 2009, 04:30:12 PM
Thank you, Dottyg and Nurvingiel.  Just thinking about those two incidents still brings tears to my eyes years later.

Good luck with the blood drive!  If I didn't have such an adversion to the Blood Bank people, I would volunteer to help, but I don't want to be around them.  I have a bit of a temper.  I'm usually able to control it when someone pushes me around, but if I saw them treating someone else the way they treated me, I'd lose it.

Maybe I can bake something for the donors.  They I don't have to deal with those Blood Bank people, but I can show appreciation for those who donate.
Per the bolded, the donators would really appreciate that. How thoughtful!

As for the rest, well, you've already done your bit. I don't blame you one iota for not wanting to be near a Blood Bank or its employees. Your story made me want to help those people donate blood with my fists and it didn't even happen to me. You've done your share.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Dindrane on September 15, 2009, 04:32:09 PM
Well, I have to hold off until next July.  One of the places I visited over the summer could have possibly exposed me to malaria.  I have no way of knowing for sure, but I'm pretty sure that the blood bank and any recipients would much rather wait the proscribed 12 months before I try to donate blood.  But, at least I called the local blood bank and got that information from a nurse (and didn't have to go in person to find that out). :)
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: shhh its me on September 15, 2009, 04:37:27 PM
   I always feel bad when the school blood drive comes along they ask each child to get 3 donors , I cant donate blood due to an abscess , root canal it's not painful but there , my mother is diabetic and my father had an organ transplant ,my husband is fainty mcfaintavich  he also lived in England during mad cow,  my son felt so bad my aunt took an afternoon off work.

We strongly support the idea of donation.

Side PSA
if you want to donate organs please make your wishes known 
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: cass2591 on September 15, 2009, 04:42:14 PM
I used to donate before I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2.

I wish I could still donate-I wonder if my old donations were ever transfused into anyone.  If so, I hope they helped whoever received them.

According to my local blood donation center, those with diabetes are eligible to donate as long as their diabetes is under control.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: M-theory on September 15, 2009, 04:44:04 PM
Remember to give only to the Red Cross or your country's blood service - a hospital-run drive is gathering blood for use in their facility only, and they charge plenty for it.

Edited for clarity.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 15, 2009, 04:49:10 PM
Remember to give only to the Red Cross or your country's blood service - hospital drives only use the blood received at their facility, and charge plenty for it.
It completely depends. In my area, the Red Cross does not do the collecting; it's local nonprofit blood blanks. I have never heard of a hospital drive. And, yes, blood banks and the Red Cross do charge recipients (or, rather recipient hospitals which pass on the charge) for blood, to recoup the costs of collection.

In developed countries, places that pay you for blood or for blood components generally sell blood to research laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. Blood used for transfusion is always donated blood.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: stargazer on September 15, 2009, 04:50:36 PM
I really have no excuse not to give as BloodSource comes directly to our office a few times a year.  Except that apparently I have really tiny veins.  I tapped out about halfway through giving.  I was so bummed because (a) apparently they can't use it if they don't get a full bag and (b) I was really looking forward to learning my blood type.  
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: M-theory on September 15, 2009, 04:51:03 PM
Remember to give only to the Red Cross or your country's blood service - hospital drives only use the blood received at their facility, and charge plenty for it.
It completely depends. In my area, the Red Cross does not do the collecting; it's local nonprofit blood blanks. I have never heard of a hospital drive. And, yes, blood banks and the Red Cross do charge recipients (or, rather recipient hospitals which pass on the charge) for blood, to recoup the costs of collection.

In developed countries, places that pay you for blood or for blood components generally sell blood to research laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. Blood used for transfusion is always donated blood.

In my home city, there are blood drives run by a local hospital. A local nonprofit blood bank isn't the same as a hospital.

Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 15, 2009, 04:51:42 PM
Remember to give only to the Red Cross or your country's blood service - a hospital-run drive is gathering blood for use in their facility only, and they charge plenty for it.

Edited for clarity.
Would they pay you, in that case?

I'm Canadian, so this is a foreign concept to me. (I have to admit that the prospect of some dollars would be further motivation for me.)
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: M-theory on September 15, 2009, 04:54:18 PM
Remember to give only to the Red Cross or your country's blood service - a hospital-run drive is gathering blood for use in their facility only, and they charge plenty for it.

Edited for clarity.
Would they pay you, in that case?

I'm Canadian, so this is a foreign concept to me. (I have to admit that the prospect of some dollars would be further motivation for me.)

Nope, the hospital I'm thinking of runs blood donation drives just like the Red Cross, then uses the "proceeds" exclusively in their hospital. Many times I took the light rail to a Red Cross donation centre 1.5 hours from home rather than give to that hospital directly.

You can sell your plasma, but I never did so because the place I visited seemed dodgy.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 15, 2009, 04:55:16 PM
Remember to give only to the Red Cross or your country's blood service - a hospital-run drive is gathering blood for use in their facility only, and they charge plenty for it.

Edited for clarity.
Would they pay you, in that case?

I'm Canadian, so this is a foreign concept to me. (I have to admit that the prospect of some dollars would be further motivation for me.)

Nope, the hospital I'm thinking of runs blood donation drives just like the Red Cross, then uses the "proceeds" exclusively in their hospital. Many times I took the light rail to a Red Cross donation centre 1.5 hours from home rather than give to that hospital directly.

You can sell your plasma, but I never did so because the place I visited seemed dodgy.
Yeah, I'd stick with the Red Cross. The plasma place makes me think that you could sell them a kidney too. ;)
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: M-theory on September 15, 2009, 04:59:16 PM
Remember to give only to the Red Cross or your country's blood service - a hospital-run drive is gathering blood for use in their facility only, and they charge plenty for it.

Edited for clarity.
Would they pay you, in that case?

I'm Canadian, so this is a foreign concept to me. (I have to admit that the prospect of some dollars would be further motivation for me.)

Nope, the hospital I'm thinking of runs blood donation drives just like the Red Cross, then uses the "proceeds" exclusively in their hospital. Many times I took the light rail to a Red Cross donation centre 1.5 hours from home rather than give to that hospital directly.

You can sell your plasma, but I never did so because the place I visited seemed dodgy.
Yeah, I'd stick with the Red Cross. The plasma place makes me think that you could sell them a kidney too. ;)

My thoughts ran more towards getting mugged while hooked up to the apheresis machine, but yeah. :P
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Dindrane on September 15, 2009, 05:22:02 PM
I don't know about other places, but it does cost money to receive blood in the US.  However, I think that if you are a blood donor, they will give you free units up to the number you have donated (so, for instance, I have donated 3, and could get up to 3 units for free if I ever needed a blood transfusion).  I was also under the impression that I can donate blood, and then tell the blood bank that I want my "credit" to apply to members of my family as well as myself.

Does that sound completely crazy to any other US ehellions?  I can't figure out if that's true or not by looking it up online (and I realize I could very well be wrong).
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: M-theory on September 15, 2009, 05:30:39 PM
I don't know about other places, but it does cost money to receive blood in the US.  However, I think that if you are a blood donor, they will give you free units up to the number you have donated (so, for instance, I have donated 3, and could get up to 3 units for free if I ever needed a blood transfusion).  I was also under the impression that I can donate blood, and then tell the blood bank that I want my "credit" to apply to members of my family as well as myself.

Does that sound completely crazy to any other US ehellions?  I can't figure out if that's true or not by looking it up online (and I realize I could very well be wrong).

Yes, it does cost money to get blood. But by giving to the Red Cross or blood service rather than a hospital, you're giving your blood the best chance at being distributed to hospitals across all strata of society.

Dindrane, I'm an American and have done most of my blood-giving in the U.S., and I've never heard of that - it doesn't seem like something hospitals would do, since their motive is often profit. That's so neat if it is true, though.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Dindrane on September 15, 2009, 05:52:34 PM
Yes, it does cost money to get blood. But by giving to the Red Cross or blood service rather than a hospital, you're giving your blood the best chance at being distributed to hospitals across all strata of society.

Dindrane, I'm an American and have done most of my blood-giving in the U.S., and I've never heard of that - it doesn't seem like something hospitals would do, since their motive is often profit. That's so neat if it is true, though.

That depends somewhat on where you live.  Right now, I live in an area that has exactly two hospitals - one for-profit one that is rather small and doesn't have much of a trauma center, and one large non-profit one that has the only Level II trauma center in a 60 mile radius.  If the larger hospital had a blood drive, even if that hospital was the only entity that used the blood, it would have almost as much reach as donating at the local blood center.

But, in the very large city I used to live in, there were probably dozens of hospitals (and at least a few major hospital networks with multiple locations), so a hospital that decided to keep all of its blood-drive blood for itself would mean it all had a much more limited impact than the local blood center.  I'd guess that would be true in any area that had at least 2 competitive hospitals.

I think you may be right about hospitals motivated by profit, but I do know that there are still a lot out there that are non-profit.  However, it could still be wishful thinking fueled by misinformation on my part that gave me the idea that you can get "credit" for blood donated in case you ever need to receive it. :)
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Post by: Seven Ate Nine on September 15, 2009, 06:04:41 PM
I don't know about other places, but it does cost money to receive blood in the US.  However, I think that if you are a blood donor, they will give you free units up to the number you have donated (so, for instance, I have donated 3, and could get up to 3 units for free if I ever needed a blood transfusion).  I was also under the impression that I can donate blood, and then tell the blood bank that I want my "credit" to apply to members of my family as well as myself.

Does that sound completely crazy to any other US ehellions?  I can't figure out if that's true or not by looking it up online (and I realize I could very well be wrong).

In my experience, it doesn't work quite that way.   I do know someone who received blood donated only by family, and was still charged for it.  The family made quite a stink about it, and threatened to stop donating completely (several of them gave very regularly).  At that point the hospital did drop the charges.
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Post by: afbluebelle on September 15, 2009, 06:06:55 PM
Giving blood is awesome.  It is a huge trippy moment when you meet the perosn who recieved your blood.   Especially when it literally was almost a work in process.

Trauma incident on deployment.  If the need is bad enough, the Big VOice will pop off on base tellign blood donors to proceed immediately to the hospital.  I have extra blood running around to begin with, a really common type, and I don't ever get woozy or need the cookies.  Plus I lived next door to the hospital.  I made it first in line :D

They were pumping my blood into the guy when it was still warm...  Creepy but pretty cool.  He said he'll spot me a few pints if the situation arises ;D
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Post by: Samantha on September 15, 2009, 06:50:34 PM
I donated with the Red Cross when they came to the place I used to work.

More recently I've donated at the local hospital, with the blood being for my Uncle (prior to his death), and my Grandma. I donate specifically to them/their account, as they are charged if they require more than I think three units of blood while in the hospital.

I'm currently unable to donate, as I was recently diagnosed as anemic (I found out a week before I was to donate). They told me that they check iron levels before taking blood, and I said that I know they do that... but that my doctor told me that I need my blood more than they do right now.
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Post by: cass2591 on September 15, 2009, 06:59:12 PM
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They were pumping my blood into the guy when it was still warm... 

I hope you're embellishing a bit, because blood still needs to be typed and crossed, tested for diseases, etc. It can't be infused immediately from one person to another. At least not in the US of A.
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Post by: M-theory on September 15, 2009, 07:10:35 PM
That depends somewhat on where you live.  Right now, I live in an area that has exactly two hospitals - one for-profit one that is rather small and doesn't have much of a trauma center, and one large non-profit one that has the only Level II trauma center in a 60 mile radius.  If the larger hospital had a blood drive, even if that hospital was the only entity that used the blood, it would have almost as much reach as donating at the local blood center.

But, in the very large city I used to live in, there were probably dozens of hospitals (and at least a few major hospital networks with multiple locations), so a hospital that decided to keep all of its blood-drive blood for itself would mean it all had a much more limited impact than the local blood center.  I'd guess that would be true in any area that had at least 2 competitive hospitals.

I think you may be right about hospitals motivated by profit, but I do know that there are still a lot out there that are non-profit.  However, it could still be wishful thinking fueled by misinformation on my part that gave me the idea that you can get "credit" for blood donated in case you ever need to receive it. :)

You're right, I am generalizing and being short-sighted - it's just that where I'm from, hospitals are big business. So I tend to default towards giving to a nonhospital organization.
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Post by: afbluebelle on September 15, 2009, 07:18:27 PM
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They were pumping my blood into the guy when it was still warm...  

I hope you're embellishing a bit, because blood still needs to be typed and crossed, tested for diseases, etc. It can't be infused immediately from one person to another. At least not in the US of A.

The hospital was Trauma in a deployed location.  You get your blood typed and tested when you sign up, and go in at minimum once every two weeks to get retested.  It is meant for mass trauma when you need a lot of blood, and the hospital doesn't have that kind of storage capabilities when a convoy is hit.

So no, the tech said it was literally still warm.  They took it, did two paper tests that I have no idea what they were, but assume it was important, and walked quickly away.


I'm sorry I didn't add the background info.  I forget that most people don't know the details of donating while deployed :P  You guys are the only not military involved friends I have :D
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Post by: cass2591 on September 15, 2009, 07:20:34 PM
Hospitals, even non profit ones, are a business. But in my 160 years of nursing I never saw anybody get blood in order to make a buck for the hospital.

As for the situation described above, where a family refused to pay for the blood given, please remember a lot goes into donating/transfusing blood. There are labs, lab techs, nurses, etc, involved in the process. Just because someone you know gives the blood does not make it immune. It still has to be tested.
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Post by: M-theory on September 15, 2009, 07:24:57 PM
Hospitals, even non profit ones, are a business. But in my 160 years of nursing I never saw anybody get blood in order to make a buck for the hospital.

Sorry, I don't believe that there's no markup in a for-profit hospital. Perhaps I'm cynical from following the progress of people who die because they can't afford chemotherapy.
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Post by: cass2591 on September 15, 2009, 07:28:30 PM
That makes more sense. Thanks for clearing that up. It reminded me of a story my father told about when he was in the Navy. My dad never had the mumps, so the tale goes, and in order to prevent him from getting them he said they found another guy who'd had mumps, took his blood, and infused it into my father to make him immune.

I still don't know if that's a true story or not, but the idea made me cringe.
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Post by: cass2591 on September 15, 2009, 07:34:35 PM
Hospitals, even non profit ones, are a business. But in my 160 years of nursing I never saw anybody get blood in order to make a buck for the hospital.

Sorry, I don't believe that there's no markup in a for-profit hospital. Perhaps I'm cynical from following the progress of people who die because they can't afford chemotherapy.


I never worked in a for profit hospital. I also said that in my experience blood wasn't given in order for the hospital to make money. Seriously. It wasn't. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but not where I worked. Way too many protocols involved for anyone to get away with that even if they wanted to.
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Post by: afbluebelle on September 15, 2009, 07:34:41 PM
0.o

I am so glad they have vaccinations now :-X
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Post by: M-theory on September 15, 2009, 07:38:32 PM
Hospitals, even non profit ones, are a business. But in my 160 years of nursing I never saw anybody get blood in order to make a buck for the hospital.

Sorry, I don't believe that there's no markup in a for-profit hospital. Perhaps I'm cynical from following the progress of people who die because they can't afford chemotherapy.


I never worked in a for profit hospital. I also said that in my experience blood wasn't given in order for the hospital to make money. Seriously. It wasn't. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but not where I worked. Way too many protocols involved for anyone to get away with that even if they wanted to.

Now if only all hospitals were nonprofit. The offending hospital which runs blood drives in my home city is for profit, hence why I never gave them my blood.
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Post by: dawbs on September 15, 2009, 07:46:14 PM
I don't know about other places, but it does cost money to receive blood in the US.  However, I think that if you are a blood donor, they will give you free units up to the number you have donated (so, for instance, I have donated 3, and could get up to 3 units for free if I ever needed a blood transfusion).  I was also under the impression that I can donate blood, and then tell the blood bank that I want my "credit" to apply to members of my family as well as myself.

Does that sound completely crazy to any other US ehellions?  I can't figure out if that's true or not by looking it up online (and I realize I could very well be wrong).

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There is a specific system in place (that I know precious little about) where things are credited to the patient(which is different than the 'directed donations' of donating directly to people one knows).

When I've donated, it has simply been a general donation but IF my grandpa's insurance didn't cover the 'cost' of his blood, it's not uncommon for them to erase part of the expense of that if he agrees to 'owe' a certain # of units of blood back.  Then, when I went to donate, I could 'repay' that debt.

It really does exist here in the US.  It's just not usually publicized a lot and I do have to admit not quite 'getting' it because we've never had to do it--but I know some sort of system exists because we explored it when we were dealing w/ an insurance debacle (which got sorted out before we got to that point).
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Post by: Samantha on September 15, 2009, 07:47:58 PM
As for the situation described above, where a family refused to pay for the blood given, please remember a lot goes into donating/transfusing blood. There are labs, lab techs, nurses, etc, involved in the process. Just because someone you know gives the blood does not make it immune. It still has to be tested.

I think you are talking about another poster, but just to clarify... when our family donates, it is listed as to replace past donations that other family members have received. This way even if they have to give Grandma six units (three of which are "freebies"), if my cousin Percy, Uncle Tim, and I all donate in Grandma's name, she doesn't get charged for the additional blood as we replenished their supply.
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Post by: Dindrane on September 15, 2009, 09:04:49 PM
Sorry, I feel like I got things off on a tangent. :-[

I guess the bottom line is that it may very well be different depending upon where you're donating/needing blood.  But it's good to donate, even if the blood centers have to charge hospitals for the blood in order to cover their operating costs.

I think I got the probably incorrect information I mentioned earlier from the blood center I donated to in Texas.  I couldn't find anything about it on their website, but they apparently give everyone who donates $20 vouchers (good for 120 days) that can be applied to anyone's transfusion-related medical costs if insurance won't cover it.  They have a program that encourages people to donate once each quarter, which is why the vouchers are only good for 120 days.  It seemed like a pretty neat way of encouraging repeat donations to me.
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Post by: M-theory on September 15, 2009, 09:25:07 PM
I guess the bottom line is that it may very well be different depending upon where you're donating/needing blood.  But it's good to donate, even if the blood centers have to charge hospitals for the blood in order to cover their operating costs.

Again, all I'm saying is that people should avoid donating directly to for-profit hospitals if possible.
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Post by: random numbers on September 15, 2009, 09:25:44 PM
After years of not being able to donate blood because I weighed 90 pounds, I was excited when I gained enough weight to donate.  Then we discovered that my veins are not good for needle sticks.  For some reason, the vein wall is sucked up against the needle, blocking off blood flow.  One time when I donated at the Blood Bank, the phlebotomist scolded me for taking so long and crying.  I kept saying, "this really, really hurts."  She told me if I didn't fill the pint, they were going to throw it away.  I couldn't take the pain.  After she disconnected me, she practically pushed me out of the building without letting me grab any juice or cookies.  I guess I didn't deserve them since she threw my blood away.  It was a total waste, plus I had a big bruise and my arm was sore for days.


That might not be true...At one of my donations the tech punched through the vein and it started leaking under my skin. I didn't give a complete pint, but they still sent me a letter saying thanks for the donation, it lacked an antibody so it was given to babies. So I think they still used it.

I think that person was just being mean.
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Post by: GirlyGirl on September 15, 2009, 10:50:54 PM
However, it could still be wishful thinking fueled by misinformation on my part that gave me the idea that you can get "credit" for blood donated in case you ever need to receive it. :)

I haven't been asked this recently, but the blood bank used to ask if I was giving on behalf of a specific group.  I understood that when people from this group [my employer] needed blood, they'd get it free if there were any credits available.  I hope that makes sense.
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Post by: Slartibartfast on September 16, 2009, 12:35:04 AM
I rarely donate, because I have tiny veins that roll and very few phlebotomists can get a vein on the first try.  But at Dragon*Con last weekend they had a big blood drive and I was walking past with nothing to do* so I figured what the heck ;)  Yeah . . . he only had to stick me once, but I STILL have a bruise (a week and a half later).  At its largest, my bruise was a full three inches long.  I hate being on the pointy end of the needle  :-\

* Actually, it was fairly late in the evening and even though they had a substantial group of people wanting to donate, they couldn't accept from many of them because the blood drive was set up very close to the hotel bar and lots of people were already trashed by 9:30.  The guy in line ahead of me was carrying a beer in a (clear plastic) cup.  He tried to convince the receptionist it was water.  (Duh, it's tan and smells like beer!)  Then he asked if he could just go around the corner and finish it quick, would he be able to donate then?  She told him to come back in the morning!
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Post by: faithlessone on September 16, 2009, 04:01:05 AM
Going to donate in 2 and 1/2 hours!

I may even take a picture and show you guys!
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Post by: Silversurfer on September 16, 2009, 04:29:32 AM
I cant donate  because i donated 2 months ago!

but next month i will donate again for sure!

 :D
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Post by: Waltraud on September 16, 2009, 04:52:24 AM
I used to donate blood at my university. (Funnily enough, on blood donation days, part of the cafeteria was roped off to make room for those camp beds and all the medical stuff. Bleed where others eat, I'd say!)

But then I saw something on TV about one of the main blood donating organisations in my country. Apparently, some information on "how they get people to donate" leaked  ;) to the media.

In a very cold, cynical way it was advised that people should be given the feeling that they are helping others, although in reality they are financially supporting a major concern because most of the blood is turned into other products, which, unlike blood, are allowed to be sold. I was appalled and decided to not longer support a concern with my own substance.  :o

Waltraud
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Post by: suzieQ on September 16, 2009, 07:40:40 AM
I admit that I really hate donating blood, but I keep doing it.  I've got O-, and they guilt trip me with the need for that, and also my blood is good for babies or something.  In other words I feel like I'm killing babies if I don't do it.
You are probably CMV (cytomegalo-virus) negative. Not sure I spelled that right. Most of the population has had CMV. That blood can't be given to babies. You have to be CMV neg to donate to babies (how it was explained to me). DH and I are also both O- and CMV-. I used to give every six weeks while in college. Unfortunately, the place I donated moved. Now they are never open during hours I can go. Last time I tried to donate at a mall blood drive, the nurse left the blood pressure cuff blown up while I was donating. I told her it hurt and asked her to take it off. She released a tiny bit of pressure, then blew it back up again! (they have to use the cuff on me to get to my veins). She did the same thing to DH with the tourniquet - untied it, then tied it right back - it was pinching him. That was the final straw for us. We haven't donated since then.  :-[
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Post by: M-theory on September 16, 2009, 07:51:42 AM
You are probably CMV (cytomegalo-virus) negative. Not sure I spelled that right. Most of the population has had CMV. That blood can't be given to babies. You have to be CMV neg to donate to babies (how it was explained to me). DH and I are also both O- and CMV-. I used to give every six weeks while in college. Unfortunately, the place I donated moved. Now they are never open during hours I can go. Last time I tried to donate at a mall blood drive, the nurse left the blood pressure cuff blown up while I was donating. I told her it hurt and asked her to take it off. She released a tiny bit of pressure, then blew it back up again! (they have to use the cuff on me to get to my veins). She did the same thing to DH with the tourniquet - untied it, then tied it right back - it was pinching him. That was the final straw for us. We haven't donated since then.  :-[

CMV- blood is also what's given to cancer patients. I'm O- and CMV- as well, and I used to get phone calls from the Red Cross well before my waiting period was up. Sort of irritating, since the nearest permanent donation centre was a significant transit ride away.

I really don't understand this bad treatment of donators by blood drive employees. Surely they realize how counterproductive it is to turn people off further from something that most people are naturally at least slightly traumatized by. I've always been treated well even though I'm a hard stick - the phlebotomists/nurses at drives have been way more competent than during my hospital experiences, when they actually had to take blood from my inner wrist or call in a LabCorp tech to get daily bloodwork done.

Then again, there was another thread about blood donation a while ago wherein one woman was being a SS about which apharesis machine she was hooked up to. Don't give if you can't give cheerfully.
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Post by: desireesgranny on September 16, 2009, 08:25:38 AM
Before I had breast cancer, radiation and chemo I donated blood regularly. Now although it's been 11 years since I had chemo, I am still on the not able to donate list with the Red Cross because of the chemo. I hate not being able to help people by donating my blood. I have plenty! :D

What's wierd is that i found out that I can, however, be an organ donor. I wonder what the difference is between the two?
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Post by: Nurvingiel on September 16, 2009, 11:32:16 AM
Before I had breast cancer, radiation and chemo I donated blood regularly. Now although it's been 11 years since I had chemo, I am still on the not able to donate list with the Red Cross because of the chemo. I hate not being able to help people by donating my blood. I have plenty! :D

What's wierd is that i found out that I can, however, be an organ donor. I wonder what the difference is between the two?
I have no idea, but that is interesting.

I used to donate blood at my university. (Funnily enough, on blood donation days, part of the cafeteria was roped off to make room for those camp beds and all the medical stuff. Bleed where others eat, I'd say!)

But then I saw something on TV about one of the main blood donating organisations in my country. Apparently, some information on "how they get people to donate" leaked  ;) to the media.

In a very cold, cynical way it was advised that people should be given the feeling that they are helping others, although in reality they are financially supporting a major concern because most of the blood is turned into other products, which, unlike blood, are allowed to be sold. I was appalled and decided to not longer support a concern with my own substance.  :o

Waltraud
Would the American Red Cross even do that, or would it be safe to donate to them? Also:  :o

Going to donate in 2 and 1/2 hours!

I may even take a picture and show you guys!
Pics or it didn't happen! ;)

j/k We believe you, pics or no. I think you're the first person to meet the challenge!
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Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 16, 2009, 11:43:08 AM
I explained CMV in my post #21.

At one time, in the US, it was pretty standard that if you received blood, you were charged for it unless you replaced it. Well, not necessarily replace it yourself; if you could get enough donors, you were covered. Donors would say "I'm donating for Joe Smith" and Joe would get credit for the replacement.

When my father needed blood, I rounded up a bunch of donors. My mother called the blood bank & got the list of everyone who donated in Dad's name. She wrote them a thank you letter, which pretty well startled them. Especially the total stranger who called her back. He'd come into the Blood Bank to donate and asked "who needs blood today?" The intake person mentioned that a whole group had come in to donate for Dad, so Total Stranger said "Looks like he's in need. Credit my donation to him."

In many cases now, insurance covers the blood. Mr. Nutrax's 12 units was covered by his insurance.

In my area, a group can set up an account to cover member's blood needs. It can be a club, an employee group, a family, or anything else. When you donate, you can credit it to the Smallville Rotary Club, for instance. If any Rotarian needs blood, he/she can draw from the credits to that account & won't have to pay for the blood.

Some blood banks also allow for "direct donation." Here's how the Red Cross explains it
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Patients scheduled for surgery may be eligible to donate blood for themselves in the weeks before non-emergency surgery in a process known as autologous donation. If an autologous donation is not used, it is discarded. Family members and friends can also make directed donations. Directed donations are fully tested, so if they are not used by the intended patient, they can be released for use by other patients.
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Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 16, 2009, 11:57:36 AM
Blood donation & chemotherapy:
It does depend on the blood center. The American Red Cross used to refuse anyone who had had chemotherapy, hormone therapy or immunotherapy for cancer. The current guidelines are
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Eligibility depends on the type of cancer and treatment history. If you had leukemia or lymphoma, including Hodgkin’s Disease and other cancers of the blood, you are not eligible to donate. Other types of cancer are acceptable if the cancer has been treated successfully and it has been more than 12 months since treatment was completed and there has been no cancer recurrence in this time. Lower risk in-situ cancers including squamous or basal cell cancers of the skin that have been completely removed do not require a 12 month waiting period.
Some individual blood centers may still refuse donors who have had cancer. I found a note (but could not verify) that the UK NHS will not accept blood from any cancer survivors.
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Post by: faithlessone on September 16, 2009, 11:59:05 AM
Going to donate in 2 and 1/2 hours!

I may even take a picture and show you guys!
Pics or it didn't happen! ;)
j/k We believe you, pics or no. I think you're the first person to meet the challenge!

Forgot to take my camera - but in the morning I will almost certainly have a lovely dark bruise to show you.

I have terrible veins - very small and very deep - so I felt bad for the three(!) people who helped me. It took them 20 minutes to find a workable vein and position for me to lie in, but then only 4 minutes to make my donation! They're actually going to make a note on my donor account, so that it's easier for the next time.
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Post by: Starchasm on September 16, 2009, 12:15:22 PM
What a coincidence!  The blood drive is in my building today!  I donate every time they're here, so I'll be going to get exsanguinated as soon as I eat a very large lunch (I'm prone to passing out  :-\ )
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Post by: MrsO on September 16, 2009, 12:22:38 PM
Blood donation & chemotherapy:
It does depend on the blood center. The American Red Cross used to refuse anyone who had had chemotherapy, hormone therapy or immunotherapy for cancer. The current guidelines are
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Eligibility depends on the type of cancer and treatment history. If you had leukemia or lymphoma, including Hodgkin’s Disease and other cancers of the blood, you are not eligible to donate. Other types of cancer are acceptable if the cancer has been treated successfully and it has been more than 12 months since treatment was completed and there has been no cancer recurrence in this time. Lower risk in-situ cancers including squamous or basal cell cancers of the skin that have been completely removed do not require a 12 month waiting period.
Some individual blood centers may still refuse donors who have had cancer. I found a note (but could not verify) that the UK NHS will not accept blood from any cancer survivors.

Here are the guidelines for UK blood donation.

https://secure.blood.co.uk/c11_cant.asp
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Post by: DottyG on September 16, 2009, 12:23:22 PM
YEA!!!  Two donors already! :)  And, the challenge has just begun!

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Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 16, 2009, 12:30:07 PM
Canadian Blood Services won't accept blood from cancer survivors, either.  I had a melanoma removed, no chemo or radiation, no reoccurance 10 years later and they still won't take my blood.
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Post by: DottyG on September 16, 2009, 12:36:25 PM
Ok, I've updated the 1st post to provide a tally of how many people are affected by this thread.

I have Starchasm and Faithlessone counted already.

Remember that you don't have to actually donate blood to do a world of good!  There are tons of other things you can do to help out.

Let me know if you are one of the ones that needs to be counted in the tally.  I'll update as needed.

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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on September 16, 2009, 12:42:01 PM
I have donated a few time, most recently earlier this month (does that count for the challenge? - I'm not elligible to donate again this month).  I work for a government entity and we regularly have donation drives.   ;D  So I signed up to "Commit for Life" and will donate at each drive.  

My boss gives red blood cells (they just take your RBCs and give you back your plasma), which is a less frequent donation schedule.  But when I worked at a hospital, Packed RBCs were the most common blood order on my floor.  

I like donating.  The only part I don't like is the stick at the beginning to measure my iron (but it's not bad - no worse than a blood sugar test stick).  And I like the excuse to eat a really big lunch.   ;D

My Pops is also signed up with "Commit For Life" through his work.  He's got oodles of t-shirts, so I'm not sure how often he donates, but it's regularly.
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Post by: Starchasm on September 16, 2009, 01:06:30 PM
Aaand I'm back!  Got a fetching pink band this time.  ;D

Although I warned the little tech, I'm afraid I scared her poo-less when I passed out.  It was a slow day today (I'm mad about that, normally the drives here are packed!) so when I came to every blood center person in the room was clustered around.  Finished my bag in record time, though!  ;D
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Post by: DottyG on September 16, 2009, 01:17:09 PM
You know what, HJL?  Since you and I did donate this month right before the challenge began, I think we should count in the total.  :)

Star, are you ok?!  You weren't supposed to pass out, girl! :D  Take care of yourself this afternoon, you hear?!

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Post by: Nurvingiel on September 16, 2009, 01:22:43 PM
I'm glad you're okay!

I wonder if there's a connection between filling the bag very quickly and passing out. Do you think you lost that pint of blood too quickly?
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Post by: Waltraud on September 16, 2009, 01:24:14 PM
Aaand I'm back!  Got a fetching pink band this time.  ;D

Although I warned the little tech, I'm afraid I scared her poo-less when I passed out.  It was a slow day today (I'm mad about that, normally the drives here are packed!) so when I came to every blood center person in the room was clustered around.  Finished my bag in record time, though!  ;D

Might there be a connection between the bolded parts above?  ;) After my first donation, I felt perfectly fine. Until I walked up three flights of stairs to the library.   :D;) I had to sit down and considered in earnest going to the theology department and have a short lie-down. I recovered quickly, though!

Brave of you!

Waltraud

ETA: nurvingiel beat me to it? Perhaps you really were drained to quickly...  ;)
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Post by: kymom3 on September 16, 2009, 02:00:23 PM
I had a really really bad experience giving blood about 30 years ago.  It turned me away from donating until this past year.  I have a co-worker who donates regularly and talked me into trying it again.

So I started back up 11/08 and have been donating on a regular basis since then.  I have an appointment tomorrow.  This is tied in with a challenge between local university and big rival in neighboring state.  Plus, if I can donate tomorrow, in November for next sports challenge and then after Christmas, I get an extra gift.  Sweet!  And, everytime I donate I get 4 hours leave time from work. 

Like other posters have said, it is an hour out of my life where I can help others.
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Post by: Starchasm on September 16, 2009, 02:15:43 PM
Star, are you ok?!  You weren't supposed to pass out, girl! :D  Take care of yourself this afternoon, you hear?!


Eh, It happens a lot.  I don't know why!  I always try to start out with my feet up, but sometimes they "want to wait and see".  And then I go "konk!"

I never thought about the correlation between filling up the bag quickly and the passing out, but come to think of it I did take much longer last time and felt great afterward.  Weird!
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Post by: Nurvingiel on September 16, 2009, 02:20:06 PM
Maybe you're right and there is no connection. I fill a bag in five minutes, which is fast apparently, and I don't feel dizzy after (even though I have low blood pressure, so one would think I would).

Why would they want to "wait and see" if you're going to pass out? That seems stupid. "Oh look, she did faint after all." That was useful. Great job Homer Simpson.

In your shoes if you know elevating your feet helps you not faint, I'd simply insist that it happens. None of this wait and see nonsense.
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Post by: Elisabunny on September 16, 2009, 04:37:52 PM
Before I had breast cancer, radiation and chemo I donated blood regularly. Now although it's been 11 years since I had chemo, I am still on the not able to donate list with the Red Cross because of the chemo. I hate not being able to help people by donating my blood. I have plenty! :D

What's wierd is that i found out that I can, however, be an organ donor. I wonder what the difference is between the two?

Perhaps the fewer number of matches for organ donation make it worth the risk?  Related to this, among the many "how your treatment may kill you" forms I signed before YS's bone marrow transplant, there was one that stated (roughly), "Your donor has spent time in UK/Europe, so you may die of Mad Cow Disease." ???  :-\ ::)
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Post by: Sharnita on September 16, 2009, 05:12:37 PM
Does the returning blood go back through the same needle?

Give me more info on this procedure, as I'm thinking about doing it next time.

You can do it more often than donating whole blood, which is a perk.



When I first started, they had to use two arms--one to take out and one to put back in.  Now they are phasing out the two arm machines where I live and it is all done through one needle, so my other arm is free to turn pages of a book if I bring one.  It does take a bit longer though.

The blood is taken out spun through the machine and the platelets & plasma are separated out. Then they give back the red blood cells to you plus an anti-coagulent.  You will feel it coming back into your vein, as it is cooler than body temp.  I always get a blanket, and they will put a warm pack on your arm if you want too.  Sometimes I bring thick socks and take off my shoes and put them on before I get on the couch/bed thing.

The anti-coagulent makes my mouth feel funny, I can't remember why it is, but the nurses give me tums to add back calcium to my body maybe?  

Hints that work for me:  I try to eat steak or hamburger the night before so I won't be rejected for low iron.  Drink lots of fluid starting the day before  The more hydrated you are, the quicker it will go, but it is a fine line because you don't want to have to go to the bathroom when you're stuck on the machine for an hour+.  After they do all the paperwork and screening, I always ask to be excused to the restroom before they start prepping me, even if I don't really have to go (sorry if TMI).  

I hope it goes well for you!  It does make you feel good afterwards and the nurses and techs are so helpful.  Don't hesitate to ask them what they are doing and why--most times they are happy to tell you (in detail!) what is going on.



This is exactly my experience.  i was regularly donating platelets in college and because you get back the rest you can do it a lot more frequently then whole blood - like every two weeks.  Back then they did the 2 arm machines and the biggest problem I had was that I couldn't move either arm so I'd try to bring a friend to scratch my eyebrow or something.  I would be given tums too.  Once I asked a friend who had come along to give me a tums and she was scared they'd yell at her if she did.  Having a friend also helps stave off boredom while you sit there.  I gave pretty regularly and since they had a needle in each arm I have two perfect bull's eye scars , one on each arm.

Where I live now they do a one arm machine but they only do it at certain times and on certain days so I haven't done platelets very often.

(I did learn to keep my bandages on a bit longer when I had donated platelets)

A lot of the friends who kept me company when I donated had never given and at least 3 eventually became donors themselves.  I remember one friend saw me squeezing the little foam doohicky and asked if I was squeezing it to manage the pain.  I resisted the temptation to claim it was.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: snowfire on September 16, 2009, 07:19:12 PM
I gave on 9/2, does that count?  ;D  I'm O- and the Red Cross is after me like a hungry vampire.  I just passed 6 gallons a donation or two ago. 

I did learn a couple of things.  I couldn't donate within a week or so after my period.  Kinda logical, I guess...You are already a little low on blood after that and draining another pint made me go klonk.

Also, one of the phlebotomists said that frequently when they had a couple of big guys who decided to "race" to see who could donate the fastest, they would end up hitting the floor too. 
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Post by: DottyG on September 16, 2009, 07:32:30 PM
Snow, you absolutely can count. :) I'll add you in the total.

Good to know about the timing. I'm going to keep that in mind.

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Post by: afbluebelle on September 16, 2009, 09:31:44 PM

Also, one of the phlebotomists said that frequently when they had a couple of big guys who decided to "race" to see who could donate the fastest, they would end up hitting the floor too. 

If a trainee is the one doing your needle, you also may dislodge the needle and spurt blood.  But they don't tend to let tech schoolers run amok at blood drives.

Yes, I love blood races.  Yes, that actually happened in basic training.  My TI almost wet himself trying  not to laugh at the hilarity that ensued.  It didn't hurt, but the trainee was freaking out hardcore trying to do 5 things at once to fix it, and I was just bleeding out.  Luckily, it was towards the end, so my bag wasn't a waste.
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Post by: snowfire on September 16, 2009, 10:22:21 PM

Yes, I love blood races.  Yes, that actually happened in basic training.  My TI almost wet himself trying  not to laugh at the hilarity that ensued.  It didn't hurt, but the trainee was freaking out hardcore trying to do 5 things at once to fix it, and I was just bleeding out.  Luckily, it was towards the end, so my bag wasn't a waste.

The folks at the Red Cross here said that they have the most guys hitting the floor when either the local football team donates or the guys from Mt. Home AFB.  Nothing like having a half dozen football players hitting the floor. 

IMO, men aren't as used to seeing blood coming from their own bodies and can get a little freaked about it.  Women are more used to seeing bodily fluids...
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Post by: DottyG on September 16, 2009, 11:05:35 PM
I watched the blood going into the bag myself (intrigued me!), so you might be right.

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Post by: faithlessone on September 17, 2009, 05:37:35 AM
I hate watching my own blood coming out. It makes me kinda dizzy.

On a happier note - I didn't bruise this time!!! Maybe having a more experienced nurse do the actual insertion and removal of the needle helped.

I tried convincing my housemates to donate, but two are underweight, one has kidney problems and the other has a serious needle phobia. No go, sadly.

I have put an announcement of this challenge on my LJ page - http://faith-less-one.livejournal.com/97233.html - feel free to friend me if you're also on LJ!
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Post by: Frozen_Flowers on September 17, 2009, 06:35:26 AM
My DH and I are going to give blood today. I have given once before, a couple of years ago. For some reason I didn't get around to going back. DH used to give fairly regularly, but hasn't for a while. Somehow whenever I planned to go I always seemed to end up getting a cold! I'm O+.
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Post by: suzieQ on September 17, 2009, 06:42:06 AM
DH and I used to have blood races - neither of us passed out and I usually won  ;D He has pretty thick blood  ;) and it must take longer to get it out. That's his story, anyway. >:D
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Post by: reddevil on September 17, 2009, 08:32:39 AM
Yeah!  Dotty, this is awesome!

Can I count, too?  I just donated last week.  I'm trying to get to a gallon, but frequent bouts of anemia cause my donations to be hit and miss.

I also donated platelets in law school, which was really interesting (two armed machine). 

Anyone want to help but can't donate?  Our Red Cross took blanket donations.  When you give platelets, you sometimes get really, REALLY cold and they had a huge collection of fleecy blankies to cover you up with.

My dad hit the 4 gallon mark a few months ago, he's been donating for something like 34 years.  (He's the universal, so he feels like he was "marked" to do volunteer work in this way.)

Yeah, Ehellions!  (Hey, did you know there are between 10 and 10.6 pints of blood in the average human body?)
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Post by: GirlyGirl on September 17, 2009, 09:02:55 AM
I gave on 9/2, does that count?  ;D  I'm O- and the Red Cross is after me like a hungry vampire. 

We refer to the blood bank employees as vampires.  As in:  "Honey, I'll be home later tonight, the vampires called me today." 
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Post by: Joeschmo on September 17, 2009, 09:21:22 AM
I'm unable to donate plasma because they can usually only find one good vein so if something goes wrong with that one vein they couldn't give my blood back.  I'll have to look for a Red Cross or a blood drive though because they love my one good vein!
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Post by: whylime13 on September 17, 2009, 09:35:29 AM
hey I just signed up for an appointment a week from today!  The last few times I've tried to donate I was turned away due to low iron, but I'll start taking my vitamins now and will hopefully be fine.

I just get so frustrated with the red cross in that since I've moved 7 times in 7 years they can't keep tabs on me (and now I've changed my name to boot) so not only am I getting calls for urgent blood needs in cities 150+ miles away - I have apparently donated to 2 different regional centers, with totally different records and neither will acknowledge donations made to the other.  Or donations made in a different name I guess, so now I'm back to "first time" donor status.

I know that's not the point of giving blood, but it just bothers me that my records wrong.  I sent the new place an e-mail, maybe they can sort it out once and for all.
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Post by: Elfqueen13 on September 17, 2009, 09:48:15 AM
When the Red Cross guy came into our office asking to put up flyers for a recent blood drive he told me it's not the Red Cross who decides you can't donate after chemo or living overseas or whatever.  It's the US Food and Drug Administration (obviously this only applies in the USA).

Here's what's weird to me: according to the posted restrictions, the fact that we lived in Italy as military circa 1980 is a problem, as was our living in the UK from 1986 to 1989.  These restrictions were placed in 1996.  Between 1980 and 1996 my father donated blood probably 90 to 100 times.  He used to go in every 8 to 9 weeks.  Mom donated less often because of recurring anemia but she probably put 30+ pints into the pool as well. There has never been a recorded case of a person getting Mad Cow from a blood transfusion.  The restriction doesn't even make sense.  I hate that I've never been able to donate because I didn't break the weight barrier until 1997.

Ok, I'm done now.  Cheers for everyone who has donated!
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Post by: DottyG on September 17, 2009, 10:12:43 AM
Look at our updated tally on the first page, y'all!  WAY TO GO!!!

If I've left anyone out (including anyone who's volunteering, providing something for the donors, someone you've told about the challenge, etc), please let me know.

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Post by: JoanOfArc on September 17, 2009, 10:19:54 AM
I donated yesterday.  I try to donate every 8 weeks.  The van comes to the YMCA where I work out, which makes it convenient.  I am lucky enough not to have major reactions; I've only fainted once and that was because I went to jewelry class too quickly afterward(lots of standing).  However, I agree with some of the previous posters that the number of restrictions really affects the supply. And they keep adding new ones!  One reasons I donate as much as I can now is that someday I suspect one or more of those restrictions may apply to me, so I make hay while the sun shines. 

By the way, do some of the more personal questions make anyone else crack up?  I can't help but laugh at how ridiculous certain questions about scrabble-related activities sound when said quickly and in a monotone! 

Joan
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Post by: DottyG on September 17, 2009, 10:25:39 AM
Yea Joan!  Adding you in!

My questionnaire was done via computer.  Were your questions actually asked by a person?

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Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 17, 2009, 10:29:41 AM
I donated Monday. Does that count?

Edited to add: the questions were written & a real person reviewed them and asked for clarification when necessary (e.g. the list of African countries I've visited)

The San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that the state government employee furloughs are adversely affecting blood donations. The Franchise Tax Board has about 5000 employees in one location. For years, the local blood bank has been sending their Bloodmobile to the location about 6 times a year. Employees were given informal time off to donate or help with organizing donations. Now, "Thanks to budget-cutting furloughs - which force workers to take three unpaid days off a month - the tax board has decided its staffers no longer have the time to lie down for an hour and donate.""
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Post by: DottyG on September 17, 2009, 10:32:53 AM
I donated Monday. Does that count?

Absolutely! :)

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Post by: snowfire on September 17, 2009, 10:58:11 AM
Forgot to add that Mr. Snowfire donated too.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 17, 2009, 11:00:57 AM
One of the questions on our questionnaire is:

Have you ever paid for s3x with money or drugs?

My brother cracked the nurse up when he replied 'Does dinner and a movie count?'

Since he was a regular donor and she knew him, she skipped over the rest of those questions so they could get through the rest of the interview.
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Post by: Slartibartfast on September 17, 2009, 11:15:40 AM
I gave on 9/2, does that count?  ;D  I'm O- and the Red Cross is after me like a hungry vampire. 

We refer to the blood bank employees as vampires.  As in:  "Honey, I'll be home later tonight, the vampires called me today." 

The blood drive at Dragon*Con (a big science fiction / fantasy conference in Atlanta) was sponsored by the "vampire" track of programming  :P  They also had a big sign up - you could donate "For the Horde!" or "For the Alliance!" (the two warring factions in the game World of Warcraft), and they'd announce the winner at a big party in the evening.  I thought it was a brilliant idea, and I was sad I didn't get the chance to mark my donation as for the Alliance ;)
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Post by: Moralia on September 17, 2009, 01:38:50 PM
Woot!

Just made my first donation today. Then ate a fig newton...and some cheez-its.

 ;D
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Post by: DottyG on September 17, 2009, 01:46:44 PM
Woot!

Just made my first donation today. Then ate a fig newton...and some cheez-its.

 ;D

First ever? :)  You've been added in on the 1st page.

Congratulations!!!

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Post by: DottyG on September 17, 2009, 01:48:02 PM
We're missing people in this category!  This one's an easy one for everyone!  Let me know if you need to be added to it.

"People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating"

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Post by: Information_queen on September 17, 2009, 01:50:34 PM
We're donating soon!

I forgot I needed an appointment since I've only ever done bloodmobile type donations. If they can get us in today, we're going, otherwise sometime next week, I guess.

We're donating through Lifeblood since the Red Cross apparently has no Memphis location.
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Post by: Moralia on September 17, 2009, 01:53:06 PM
Woot!

Just made my first donation today. Then ate a fig newton...and some cheez-its.

 ;D

First ever? :)  You've been added in on the 1st page.

Congratulations!!!

Thank you.  :)  I've tried on previous occasions, but EVERY time something happened to prevent it (strep throat, cold, car problems).  This time it actually worked out.

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Post by: Frozen_Flowers on September 17, 2009, 02:38:15 PM
So we went along to donate this afternoon, and had a mixed experience.

DH had no trouble at all, and filled his bag pretty speedily. Unfortunately, my flow of blood was too slow, and they couldn't get enough in good time, so we had to give up  :( My arm also really hurts now from them fiddling with the needle to try and sort it out.

The last time I donated, I think I used my right arm and it was fine. This time we used my left and it didn't work, so next time I'll switch back to the right arm and hope it's better!

I guess maybe I should come off the tally though, since it didn't work? Or does it still count because I went?
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Post by: DottyG on September 17, 2009, 02:40:16 PM
So we went along to donate this afternoon, and had a mixed experience.

DH had no trouble at all, and filled his bag pretty speedily. Unfortunately, my flow of blood was too slow, and they couldn't get enough in good time, so we had to give up  :( My arm also really hurts now from them fiddling with the needle to try and sort it out.

The last time I donated, I think I used my right arm and it was fine. This time we used my left and it didn't work, so next time I'll switch back to the right arm and hope it's better!

I guess maybe I should come off the tally though, since it didn't work? Or does it still count because I went?

You still count. :)  Attempting is good enough in my book!

(Put some ice on your arm.  It'll help you feel better.)



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Post by: Information_queen on September 17, 2009, 03:35:36 PM
Ok, we're back.

Add two more to the tally! Jason and I both donated.

Turns out Lifeblood does walk-ins.

I always have an insanely easy time. My veins are easy to find, easy to stick (never needed a second try), the blood flows, and when I'm done, no bruising, hardly any bleeding, and in 24 hours, you'll never know I had a needle in my arm.

I'm O+ so I figure I should donate whenever I can.
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Post by: Information_queen on September 17, 2009, 03:38:19 PM
Ok, we're back.

Add two more to the tally! Jason and I both donated.

Turns out Lifeblood does walk-ins.

I always have an insanely easy time. My veins are easy to find, easy to stick (never needed a second try), the blood flows, and when I'm done, no bruising, hardly any bleeding, and in 24 hours, you'll never know I had a needle in my arm.

I'm O+ so I figure I should donate whenever I can.

And I made a post on Facebook telling people to donate. Does that count?
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Post by: Nurvingiel on September 17, 2009, 04:24:40 PM
Whatever helps! :)

So we went along to donate this afternoon, and had a mixed experience.

DH had no trouble at all, and filled his bag pretty speedily. Unfortunately, my flow of blood was too slow, and they couldn't get enough in good time, so we had to give up  :( My arm also really hurts now from them fiddling with the needle to try and sort it out.

The last time I donated, I think I used my right arm and it was fine. This time we used my left and it didn't work, so next time I'll switch back to the right arm and hope it's better!

I guess maybe I should come off the tally though, since it didn't work? Or does it still count because I went?

You still count. :)  Attempting is good enough in my book!

(Put some ice on your arm.  It'll help you feel better.)
Yes, you tried your best. That always counts. (I agree with the ice too.)
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Post by: DottyG on September 17, 2009, 04:44:25 PM
Ok, we're back.

Add two more to the tally! Jason and I both donated.

Turns out Lifeblood does walk-ins.

I always have an insanely easy time. My veins are easy to find, easy to stick (never needed a second try), the blood flows, and when I'm done, no bruising, hardly any bleeding, and in 24 hours, you'll never know I had a needle in my arm.

I'm O+ so I figure I should donate whenever I can.

And I made a post on Facebook telling people to donate. Does that count?

Oh my goodness!  I almost missed this post!  I'll add you into that section, too. :)

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Post by: DottyG on September 17, 2009, 04:46:21 PM
Y'all, don't let me miss anyone's contributions - donating, volunteering, spreading the word, whatever.  Everyone needs to be recognized for what they're doing!

If you don't see your name (or someone else's) that should be there, make sure you let me know!

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Post by: JoanOfArc on September 17, 2009, 07:14:00 PM
Yea Joan!  Adding you in!

My questionnaire was done via computer.  Were your questions actually asked by a person?



Yep!  In HomeCity, they do it via computer, but in CollegeTown they don't.  I don't have anything to 'share' but, in all honesty, it is awkward to be asked about scrabble-related activities by a complete stranger.  I can imagine someone lying to look better too, so it is also worrying. I think the computer approach is much better.

Joan
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Post by: HoneyBee on September 18, 2009, 08:29:15 PM
I have been lurking on this board for a while, reading here and there, learning all about proper etiquette!  This thread, however, is the one that finally got me to posting, as it is near and very dear to my heart. :)

BG: My DH and I are 28 years old.  We have been married for 4 1/2 years.  We recently moved to Large Southern State so that he could start a master's degree program and finally get a job he really loves.  I have a professional degree, and luckily my salary allows for him to attend school full time without having to work. We also bought our first home here! End BG.

On March 10th of this year, my DH was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.  Talk about shock and devastation.  He was rushed to the Large Cancer Hospital 2 1/2 hours by ambulance on March 11 to begin evaluation and treatment.  He ended up spending a full month in the hospital, and for 18 days of that he was in the ICU in a drug induced coma.  His brainstem had swollen severely, and he almost died from this. They still don't know why that happened. Happily, eventually, he came through the worst of it, is now in remission, and has THE most positive attitude a cancer patient could have!  He is gearing up to receive his 6th round of chemotherapy the end of next week.  Needless to say, the masters degree is on hold for now.  We were also talking about having a child before DH became ill, but it is best for us to hold off on that for now as well.  This has changed our lives in a big way.

Leukemia patients probably receive more blood and platelet transfusions than any other patients.  Because the chemotherapy basically kills off the bone marrow with every course, leukemia patients are DEPENDENT on red blood cell and platelet transfusions to keep them alive while their bone marrow recovers from the chemo.  After one course of chemo, and before the following one, DH may receive as many at 8 units of packed red cells and 8 units of platelets (over approximately 4-6 weeks, depending on how fast his marrow recovers).  My DH WOULD NOT BE ALIVE TODAY if lovely people like you did not make the effort to donate, donate, donate!!  There are also countless children leukemia patients that receive these blood products (one I know of was 7 months old at the time of his initial diagnosis).

What is very scary is that, despite the fact that Large Cancer Hospital has 3 blood donation centers, the hospital RUNS OUT of blood products from time to time.  I cannot imagine hearing the words "Mrs. HoneyBee, your husband needs a transfusion today, but unfortunately we are out of blood.  If you share his blood type, PLEASE go down the hall and donate NOW."  We have held 2 blood drives in DHs name to try to help replenish the stock he has been using himself.

I read someone earlier in the thread mention about Bone Marrow Donation.  Signing up to join the National Bone Marrow Donor registry is quick and simple (just some swabs of your cheeks!) and can also save a life!  Minority donors are especially needed on the registry, as finding a bone marrow match is HIGHLY dependent on ethnicity.  I would post the website with more info here, but I am not sure if that is allowed.  However, you can easily find it if you google "bone marrow donor registry."

So, in summation - THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! to every one that has donated or will donate in the future.  You really do save lives.  If I could send you all a big hug and a thank you note, I would.  ;D
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Post by: DottyG on September 18, 2009, 10:27:32 PM
Now I'm teary eyed. :)  What a wonderfully sweet post. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Please give your husband a hug. And, a special one for you, too.



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Post by: Nurvingiel on September 19, 2009, 02:29:38 AM
Thank you for posting that HoneyBee. Best of luck to your husband!

I hope to see you around the boards. :)
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Post by: Telmereth on September 19, 2009, 06:00:20 AM
I'm coming a bit late to this thread, but I wanted to chime in to say an enormous Well Done! to everyone who donates, because there have been several people dear to me whose lives have been saved by donated blood.

Now on to myself - I'm O+ and used to donate regularly, but haven't for a while because of the really bad attitude I encountered at several of the sessions I went to...

For whatever reason, after giving blood I came over all faint, and had to be helped to a bed to lie down until I felt better. I got fussed over, and I didn't mind at all, I figured it was a small sacrifice to make. When I was next eligible, I went again, and the same thing happened. I got a comment from one of the nurses along the lines of "not again!" but again, didn't mind. When it happened for the third time, the nurse got really angry with me and said "If you're going to keep fainting, don't bother coming again."

I was really cross - I wasn't making a fuss, I just needed to lie down a little longer before leaving. I always filled the bag, and I was an easy stick, apparently, but they really put me off. This thread has inspired me to try again!
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Layla Miller on September 19, 2009, 09:38:23 AM
How appropriate--my workplace announced it's next blood drive yesterday.  It's next month, but I've already signed up and plan to OD on water the night before/morning of.  The only thing I'm worried about is whether or not it'll negate the effects on my veins if I go to the bathroom.  I doubt they'll let me donate blood if I'm hopping from one foot to the other the entire time.  :)
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: caz on September 19, 2009, 10:09:24 AM
O+ - 31 years old and I have donated 13 times or so.  In Ireland, you are only allowed donate every three months and I have been refused a few times.  Once I came in 3 days early and was refused again for three months! and other than that, low iron.  Also, a few times, I couldn't cause of travel, including to the US (west nile virus?)  I got a lovely letter from the transfusion board though saying "we know how disappointing it is that you couldn't donate..." and it was true.  For me, it was one of the few things that I did for others and it meant a lot to me that I could do it.  I used to take a Friday off every 3 months or so to take the trip home and built the donation into that time.

My flatmate's girlfriend was asking me recently about donating (her first time) and we are going to set up a time to go together.  When I arrived here (Australia) first, I applied and they had too many people so asked me to come back in a few weeks!  Between having a sore throat etc, I couldn't recently, but will go before my next root canal (ugh).  I think it does help people to go with the pros :)  I've had a few people come with me before and I do think it helps them not be scared.  And there are usually snacks!
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 19, 2009, 11:19:37 AM
How appropriate--my workplace announced it's next blood drive yesterday.  It's next month, but I've already signed up and plan to OD on water the night before/morning of.  The only thing I'm worried about is whether or not it'll negate the effects on my veins if I go to the bathroom.  I doubt they'll let me donate blood if I'm hopping from one foot to the other the entire time.  :)
Er... why wouldn't you be allowed to donate if you were to pee beforehand? ???
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: DottyG on September 19, 2009, 11:33:59 AM
And why OD on water? Did I do something wrong when I donated? I didn't do that.

Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 19, 2009, 11:35:09 AM
And why OD on water? Did I do something wrong when I donated? I didn't do that.
I think you need to make sure you're hydrated (you are going to be short a whole pint of fluids for a bit, afterall), but you don't need to go nuts.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: WildChild@Heart on September 19, 2009, 11:49:37 AM
O+ here and I have been donating for manyyears. I'm over 4 gallons donated and hope to get to 5.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Dindrane on September 19, 2009, 12:44:14 PM
I think that making sure you are well hydrated can also make it easier to fill the bag in a timely fashion.  But unless you're actually dehydrated, it's probably not always something you have to do.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Layla Miller on September 19, 2009, 12:46:26 PM
And why OD on water? Did I do something wrong when I donated? I didn't do that.
I think you need to make sure you're hydrated (you are going to be short a whole pint of fluids for a bit, afterall), but you don't need to go nuts.

I mentioned upthread that the last time I went in, they had trouble because they thought my veins were too small (even though other organizations didn't have that problem) and recommended that I drink lots of water the next time to make my veins easier to get their hands on.  I'm wondering about going to the bathroom because for all I know, doing so will make my veins shrink back down to invisibility again.  ;D

"OD" was hyperbole; I won't actually be chugging nonstop.  ;)
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 19, 2009, 12:56:50 PM
And why OD on water? Did I do something wrong when I donated? I didn't do that.
I think you need to make sure you're hydrated (you are going to be short a whole pint of fluids for a bit, afterall), but you don't need to go nuts.

I mentioned upthread that the last time I went in, they had trouble because they thought my veins were too small (even though other organizations didn't have that problem) and recommended that I drink lots of water the next time to make my veins easier to get their hands on.  I'm wondering about going to the bathroom because for all I know, doing so will make my veins shrink back down to invisibility again.  ;D

"OD" was hyperbole; I won't actually be chugging nonstop.  ;)
Going to the bathroom only voids your bladder. I don't think this would affect your veins AFAIK. Also, one vein is bigger than the other in your arms. Have you tried the other vein?

I'm also a small veined person.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Layla Miller on September 19, 2009, 01:01:33 PM
Going to the bathroom only voids your bladder. I don't think this would affect your veins AFAIK.

That's what I figured, but I'd be willing to hold it if it meant giving my veins a fighting chance.  :)

Also, one vein is bigger than the other in your arms. Have you tried the other vein?

They did try both, and neither worked.  It was an at-work drive, though, while the previous (successful) donations were onsite at the donation center.  It could be that there's a difference between the onsite equipment and the "mobile" equipment that makes things trickier.  If it fails again, I'll try going onsite to see if that makes a difference.

If that fails, then I'm sending my hometown organization peeps over to see what's up.  :P
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 19, 2009, 01:06:39 PM
Going to the bathroom only voids your bladder. I don't think this would affect your veins AFAIK.

That's what I figured, but I'd be willing to hold it if it meant giving my veins a fighting chance.  :)
Now that is dedication! (I could be wrong about this, but it just seems so logical.)

Also, one vein is bigger than the other in your arms. Have you tried the other vein?

They did try both, and neither worked.  It was an at-work drive, though, while the previous (successful) donations were onsite at the donation center.  It could be that there's a difference between the onsite equipment and the "mobile" equipment that makes things trickier.  If it fails again, I'll try going onsite to see if that makes a difference.

If that fails, then I'm sending my hometown organization peeps over to see what's up.  :P
Some phlebotomists are amazing and can draw from the teeniest veins. I hope this all works out. :)

Are the on-site equipment and mobile equipment actually different?

Edited to fix tags.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: kitty-cat on September 19, 2009, 01:13:35 PM
I donated for the first time in March.  It was okay-once they found my vein....  Really the only vein I have that people can see is the one in my left elbow.  The tech tried on my right and I managed to keep a straight face when she couldn't find it- I had told her that the left was the only one with a good vein...

However, I don't think I drunk enough water....  My blood was comming out slowly, no matter how many times I sqeezed that little ball.  They said though, that even though I didn't get the bag completly full, I had enough in there to make it usable :)  They were really nice about it too; no snarkiness about my inability to fill the bag.

My only :( thing, on the online thing they have, they don't have my blood type listed...
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: katycoo on September 19, 2009, 10:08:24 PM
I'm a regular donor.  I'll be going again in the next week or so.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: wonderfullyanonymous on September 20, 2009, 08:05:42 AM
I've only donated blood once, when I was 17. DF and I donate plasma twice a week, though. 

I don't like needles, but it's not too bad. They are very strict though. My iron was too low last week, and I couldn't donate. Vitamins have now been started.

Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: DottyG on September 21, 2009, 11:50:11 AM
Anyone donate or volunteer or tell someone about donating* this weekend?  I want to make sure you're counted in the tally!

* This one's easy for EVERYONE!  And, it can be done whether you're able to donate or not.  Did you post something on your blog about donating blood?  Did you tell a friend or family member about the benefits?  Did you pass the word along to someone at work?  We need to count you!!!  TELL SOMEONE TODAY ABOUT DONATING BLOOD!  Get the word out!!!

Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: HoneyBee on September 21, 2009, 11:30:31 PM
I just heard back from my local bone marrow donor registry contact.  We have officially set up a bone marrow donor drive in honor of DH at his university for October 27th!  :)
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: VorFemme on September 22, 2009, 12:06:55 AM
Also, when it comes to blood types, I've always been really interested in how they're distributed among the population.  I think 70% of Americans have either O+ or A+ (it's about 35% for each of those).  B+ and AB+ are a lot less common, but any of the Rh- types are really uncommon (probably because Rh- is recessive to Rh+).  It's just amazing to me that O+ is as common as it is, since O is recessive to both A and B types.

That reminded me of something from my first blood donation. I learned that I was Rh [something]. I've never been able to remember it since, but they told me it only really would be an issue if I got pregnant, and even then, it was only likely to be a problem with my second child. I was in high school at the time and not planning any such thing, so I promptly formatted that portion of my memory.

Which do you think that would mean - positive or negative? I just tried to google it and got wayyy more scientific stuff than I can understand.

Definitely RH negative - like my mother, sister, and one brother.  Dad must be heterozygous o+ to have four kids perfectly distributed according to some chart.  Four kids, two of each gender, and two of each blood type possible............I don't know which of my brothers was the second 0+ baby.........
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: kitty-cat on September 22, 2009, 08:29:01 AM
Well, I'm either donating at my uni when they have a blood drive, or I'm having a friend drive me out to the donation center around where I live.  (I'm not biking 5 miles after donating blood...)

Maybe I'll get to find out my blood type too :)
Title: My husband and I donated blood
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 23, 2009, 01:12:45 PM
Now, I didn't have the best experience donating blood, but I don't want this to put anyone off. All my problems were caused by the fact that my veins are the size of a pencil lead, and even then I wouldn't always have this hard a time.

On Monday my husband and I donated blood. I explained upthread about how we have a mobile clinic in this city, well, it showed up on Monday! We were driving down the street and I saw the clinic's sign and I said, "It's the blood donor clinic! Turn around, I want to give blood." My husband did turn around and in we went.

He had never donated blood before and I told him he didn't have to, but I wanted to do it. However, without saying anything my husband lined up to donate too. Everything went smoothly for him and he filled his bag quickly. Lucky fellow has nice big veins. I'm glad it went well for him because he donated on the spur of the moment. I had been thinking about this ever since Dottyg started the thread, but I'm just so proud of my husband who did it on the fly.

I have tiny veins, but there is one that is just big enough to draw from. The nurse stuck the good vein and it hurt so much that I teared up. I told her this and she did some subtle adjustment, and the pain went almost completely away. Now I was quite on edge.

My arm still hurt a bit and the bag was filling very slowly. The nurse gently moved the needle again as it had become stuck against the side of my vein, blocking the blood flow. She held the needle so this wouldn't happen, however, since the blood had been moving so slowly it had clotted in the tube, stopping the flow altogether.

I kept getting more and more worried, because I once had a bad experience donating and I was starting to worry that it would happen again. I shared this with the nurse and she was sympathetic about it. There actually wasn't anything to be afraid of this time, but fear isn't always rational. I feel like my mental toughness was eroded by how damned much the needle hurt. I just didn't expect that, as the last time I gave blood it didn't hurt at all.

After two minutes of the bag not filling, the nurse said we would stop. I didn't want to give up but it wasn't working. I filled the bag about 1/4 which is not enough for a transfusion, but the platelets are still useful. I did fill the part that they use to test the blood, so my blood could still be used.

The nurse prepared to take out the needle. "Does it hurt coming out too?" I asked, bracing myself. "No," she said, and gently slid it out. It hurt as much as it did going in and I burst into tears. My husband, who had been drinking juice nearby, came over to comfort me. I was terrified that my vein would leak and my muscle would swell up, which happened to me once (but with a different, smaller vein). After a bit of rest (they don't spring you loose immediately) they helped me up and I went to drink some juice, eat cookies, and calm down.

I was really disappointed that I hadn't filled the bag, but my husband said that if it weren't for me, he wouldn't have donated. He filled the bag, enough for three transfusions. (And I could give one person platelets.)

All in all, a success.

Now I have an etiquette question. At some point after being stuck, I complained of the pain. Now, this is not the worst pain I've ever experienced, not even close really, but I have a low tolerance to certain types of pain. The nurse said, in response to my complaint, "You've never had children, have you."
"No," I said, "No I have not."

Now, at the time I was a little preoccupied, but now that I think about it this really pisses me off. No, I haven't had children. Does that mean every other type of pain is insignificant? Of course not. I resent that she implied this though, because even though it was a momentary pain instead of lasting 12 hours, it was quite different from giving birth anyway. There was no adrenelaine and no epidurals or any painkillers. I'm not saying giving birth is easy, but you just can't compare the two. The most important part is mentally, these two types of pain are completely different.

I didn't really expect the pain, and I didn't prepare myself for it, but basically, I'm still pissed off that she implied that I'm a wuss.
Title: Re: My husband and I donated blood
Post by: Midnight Kitty on September 23, 2009, 01:43:44 PM
My arm still hurt a bit and the bag was filling very slowly. The nurse gently moved the needle again as it had become stuck against the side of my vein, blocking the blood flow. She held the needle so this wouldn't happen, however, since the blood had been moving so slowly it had clotted in the tube, stopping the flow altogether.
I feel your pain.  This is what happens to me. :'(

I was really disappointed that I hadn't filled the bag, but my husband said that if it weren't for me, he wouldn't have donated. He filled the bag, enough for three transfusions. (And I could give one person platelets.)

All in all, a success.
Congratulations!  Take your success and have a good day because you did what you could. (http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0038.gif)

Now I have an etiquette question. At some point after being stuck, I complained of the pain. Now, this is not the worst pain I've ever experienced, not even close really, but I have a low tolerance to certain types of pain. The nurse said, in response to my complaint, "You've never had children, have you."
"No," I said, "No I have not."

I didn't really expect the pain, and I didn't prepare myself for it, but basically, I'm still pissed off that she implied that I'm a wuss.
I'd be irked, too. >:(  She was rude.
Title: Re: My husband and I donated blood
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 23, 2009, 01:46:01 PM
My arm still hurt a bit and the bag was filling very slowly. The nurse gently moved the needle again as it had become stuck against the side of my vein, blocking the blood flow. She held the needle so this wouldn't happen, however, since the blood had been moving so slowly it had clotted in the tube, stopping the flow altogether.
I feel your pain.  This is what happens to me. :'(
I know how to get around this next time. The nurse has to hold the needle the entire time. Then it won't get stuck on the wall.

Now I have an etiquette question. At some point after being stuck, I complained of the pain. Now, this is not the worst pain I've ever experienced, not even close really, but I have a low tolerance to certain types of pain. The nurse said, in response to my complaint, "You've never had children, have you."
"No," I said, "No I have not."

I didn't really expect the pain, and I didn't prepare myself for it, but basically, I'm still pissed off that she implied that I'm a wuss.
I'd be irked, too. >:(  She was rude.
What should I do next time?

Because it will hurt, and I will probably complain. (Though I will prepare myself mentally next time, which will make the pain much less terrible.)
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: DottyG on September 23, 2009, 01:53:50 PM
We were driving down the street and I saw the clinic's sign and I said, "It's the blood donor clinic! Turn around, I want to give blood." My husband did turn around and in we went.

Y'all ROCK!!!

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but the platelets are still useful

So, you did do a great thing!

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but my husband said that if it weren't for me, he wouldn't have donated. He filled the bag, enough for three transfusions. (And I could give one person platelets.)

(Gotta say it again!)  Y'all ROCK!!!

I'm so, so sorry for the pain and the bad experience you went through.  :(  I hate that that happened to you.

But, I'm so proud of you for doing what you did.  And, you got someone else to give as well?!  You know what?  Y'all ROCK!!! ;)

Putting you both in the tally.

Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 23, 2009, 02:03:19 PM
Thanks Dotty. :)

Meh, it wasn't that bad. In 54 days, I'm sure I'll have forgotten how much that needle hurt, and donate again. ;D
Title: Re: My husband and I donated blood
Post by: Midnight Kitty on September 23, 2009, 02:15:00 PM
My arm still hurt a bit and the bag was filling very slowly. The nurse gently moved the needle again as it had become stuck against the side of my vein, blocking the blood flow. She held the needle so this wouldn't happen, however, since the blood had been moving so slowly it had clotted in the tube, stopping the flow altogether.
I feel your pain.  This is what happens to me. :'(
I know how to get around this next time. The nurse has to hold the needle the entire time. Then it won't get stuck on the wall.
I know.  That's how they got a full bag out of me last time.  The guy knelt by my side for half an hour holding the needle so it wouldn't suck up against the vein wall.  He was polite, but they asked me not to come back. :-[

Next blood drive I'm making cookies for the donors! ;D
Title: Re: My husband and I donated blood
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 23, 2009, 02:17:12 PM
My arm still hurt a bit and the bag was filling very slowly. The nurse gently moved the needle again as it had become stuck against the side of my vein, blocking the blood flow. She held the needle so this wouldn't happen, however, since the blood had been moving so slowly it had clotted in the tube, stopping the flow altogether.
I feel your pain.  This is what happens to me. :'(
I know how to get around this next time. The nurse has to hold the needle the entire time. Then it won't get stuck on the wall.
I know.  That's how they got a full bag out of me last time.  The guy knelt by my side for half an hour holding the needle so it wouldn't suck up against the vein wall.  He was polite, but they asked me not to come back. :-[

Next blood drive I'm making cookies for the donors! ;D
Homemade cookies! I can tell you from personal experience that a homemade cookie would cheer up a donor (and replentish needed blood sugar) better than store-bought. :)

In my case I can fill the bag quickly as long as nothing blocks the flow. Canadian Blood Services won't let you try for longer than 20 minutes. (Partial bags can still be used as long as the blood sample used for testing has been filled.)
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: DottyG on September 23, 2009, 02:44:29 PM
Next blood drive I'm making cookies for the donors! ;D

Are you really going to do that (please do!  I think it's a wonderful idea!)?  If so, can I add you into the tally under that section?

When is the blood drive?

Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Kiara on September 23, 2009, 02:50:49 PM
I'm going to ask if I can volunteer at our next work drive...I can't donate, (medication, low iron, small veins...you name it, I got it.  :P), but at least I could sign people in or something.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: DottyG on September 23, 2009, 02:57:47 PM
I'm going to ask if I can volunteer at our next work drive...I can't donate, (medication, low iron, small veins...you name it, I got it.  :P), but at least I could sign people in or something.

:)  YEA!!!

Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: arkzak on September 23, 2009, 02:57:58 PM
I'm also a regular donor, but in Denmark we can only donate every three months, so my next trip should be in October. Also O+ here  :D
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Midnight Kitty on September 23, 2009, 03:31:05 PM
Next blood drive I'm making cookies for the donors! ;D

Are you really going to do that (please do!  I think it's a wonderful idea!)?  If so, can I add you into the tally under that section?

When is the blood drive?

They come round my office building quarterly, but I don't know when the next one will be.  I'll have at least one week warning.

I don't think I qualify to be tallied yet, but I'll let you know when it happens (if this thread is still active).
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: DottyG on September 23, 2009, 03:35:18 PM
Next blood drive I'm making cookies for the donors! ;D

Are you really going to do that (please do!  I think it's a wonderful idea!)?  If so, can I add you into the tally under that section?

When is the blood drive?

They come round my office building quarterly, but I don't know when the next one will be.  I'll have at least one week warning.

I don't think I qualify to be tallied yet, but I'll let you know when it happens (if this thread is still active).

I added you into the tally after your last post.  I'll just go ahead and leave you in there (that way, you have to do it now! ;))

We need people like you who are willing to volunteer to do things for the donation sites!  Encourage more people to do that!

Title: Re: My husband and I donated blood
Post by: Slartibartfast on September 23, 2009, 04:01:27 PM
Now I have an etiquette question. At some point after being stuck, I complained of the pain. Now, this is not the worst pain I've ever experienced, not even close really, but I have a low tolerance to certain types of pain. The nurse said, in response to my complaint, "You've never had children, have you."
"No," I said, "No I have not."

Now, at the time I was a little preoccupied, but now that I think about it this really pisses me off. No, I haven't had children. Does that mean every other type of pain is insignificant? Of course not. I resent that she implied this though, because even though it was a momentary pain instead of lasting 12 hours, it was quite different from giving birth anyway. There was no adrenelaine and no epidurals or any painkillers. I'm not saying giving birth is easy, but you just can't compare the two. The most important part is mentally, these two types of pain are completely different.

Quite honestly, labor hurt less than the botched IV the labor nurse gave me.  She took three tries to get the needle in my right arm, then I demanded she get someone else to do it correctly in my left arm instead.  They then put the blood pressure cuff on my right arm - so every time it inflated (once every few minutes), my poor pincushioned forearm THROBBED.  I did get an epidural for the last two hours of labor, the actual pushing part, but I can definitively say a bad needle stick can hurt worse than five hours of induced labor.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: whylime13 on September 24, 2009, 03:41:33 PM
yay I did it! (just got back)

I definitely should have drank more fluids this morning - lesson learned.  Also, big thanks to the people who have posted encouragement and stories about donating in this thread.  There was a point right as we were getting started where I really really wanted to chicken out and go home.  But I told myself if I did that I would have to come here and get DottyG to take my name off the front page, so I stuck it out.  Now that its over I'm glad I did.

Also we had a cookout with friends last night and I told everyone I was donating today (so they would give me the big steak  ;) ) and I think I convinced one other person to give blood.
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: Nurvingiel on September 24, 2009, 03:46:26 PM
Good for you whylime13! You rock! *cheering* *applause*

I'm glad you had steak the night before. You're not allowed to donate if your iron isn't high enough, and that steak helped you!

I have low iron, but not too low (I pass the iron test, but I'm always pushing it). It was a good thing I had also had a nice steak the previous night!

They test your blood by putting a drop of it in a solution. The faster it sinks the more iron there is. My husband's blood sank like a rock. ;D
Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: DottyG on September 24, 2009, 03:57:04 PM
But I told myself if I did that I would have to come here and get DottyG to take my name off the front page, so I stuck it out.

Hee hee! ;)

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and I think I convinced one other person to give blood.

COOL!!!

Title: Re: Donating blood - See the challenge on Pg 4 :)
Post by: whylime13 on September 24, 2009, 04:27:14 PM
Good for you whylime13! You rock! *cheering* *applause*

I'm glad you had steak the night before. You're not allowed to donate if your iron isn't high enough, and that steak helped you!

I have low iron, but not too low (I pass the iron test, but I'm always pushing it). It was a good thing I had also had a nice steak the previous night!

They test your blood by putting a drop of it in a solution. The faster it sinks the more iron there is. My husband's blood sank like a rock. ;D

Here they take a drop of blood and put it in a machine to test hemoglobin levels.  I've been turned away for low iron at least 3 -4 times.  Today it was 12.5 which is the cut off - close call.
Title: Re: Donating blood (BIG EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can participate!)
Post by: Samantha on September 24, 2009, 04:38:46 PM
I made a comment to the tech once about how I knew I should have ordered the steak at dinner the night before (my iron was just a little on the low side, and I couldn't donate that day). She told me that while having iron rich foods the day before is helpful, it's even more beneficial to eat more iron rich foods on a regular basis. If that is not possible, then at least do it for the week prior to donating, so that there is more iron in your system.
Title: Re: Donating blood (BIG EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can participate!)
Post by: Dindrane on September 24, 2009, 04:42:52 PM
My mom has had trouble with low iron for the past few years.  Since she's a regular blood donor, she gets it tested a lot when she tries to donate.  A lot of the time, the drop of blood just kind of hovers right in the middle of that solution they put it in (she's usually denied for low iron when that happens).  But one time after donating, she came home and was SO EXCITED that her drop of blood just sank right down to the bottom!

Incidentally, one way to get at least trace amounts of iron in your diet is to cook in cast iron pans.  Just throwing that out there. :)  I have no idea if it truly helps...but it can't hurt, right?
Title: Re: Donating blood (BIG EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can participate!)
Post by: catgal on September 30, 2009, 07:14:54 AM
Hi DottyG, I've been lurking as a guest on this site for many moons but your challenge has made me summon up the courage and do two important things before the end of this month (just made it).
1. Join Etiquette Hell.
2. Ring my local Red Cross. The Red Cross told me that here in Australia 2009 is the Year of the Blood Donor.  They also said that I need to wait until next week before donating as I've had a cold, but I'm making my commitment to you all that I'll do it. I've also asked our public affairs dept at work if there are any plans to raise awareness of Year of the Blood Donor and they have said that they will see what they can come up with.

Thanks to all of the comments here, both good and bad, I feel prepared to stop using petty excuses and just do it  :D
Title: Re: Donating blood (BIG EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can participate!)
Post by: Julep on September 30, 2009, 08:38:35 AM
Today is 56 days since my last donation, so tomorrow I come eligible for my next donation... and I've got my appointment for 2:30!

The place I'm going has pizza in addition to the usual little snacks! Woo! (yeah... it doesn't take much to get me excited...)   ;D
Title: Re: Donating blood (BIG EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can participate!)
Post by: matf on September 30, 2009, 09:55:27 AM
I just donated today at work, so this is quite apropos! I'm B+, and have been donating for years. (Although it's been just over a year since the last time.) I've donated in 4 different US locations (with at least 3 different blood services) and in another country (Israel). I actually have "track marks" on my left arm from the blood donations. (That's where my best vein is.)

I'm also on the bone marrow lists and have even been called once for the second-level testing -- which was exciting!

(And today I was also at 12.5 -- the exact cut-off for hemoglobin!)

Title: Re: Donating blood (BIG EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can participate!)
Post by: DottyG on September 30, 2009, 10:12:43 AM
YEA!!!!!!!!  This is so exciting, y'all!!!

Congratulations to all of you - I'm adding you into the tally on the first page!  Way to go!

And, Catgal, WELCOME!!!  What a way to start your life at EHell!

ETA: Catgal, are you a completely new donor or a returning one?  I put you in "returning", but I can move you.

Title: Re: Donating blood (BIG EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can participate!)
Post by: DottyG on September 30, 2009, 10:17:06 AM
Ok, y'all, we have a dilemma.  Catgal is right - our month ends tomorrow.  That's what was specified as the EHell Challenge.

Would anyone be opposed to my starting a new one for October?  I'm game if y'all are!  Let's keep the blood flowing! ;)



Title: Re: Donating blood (BIG EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can participate!)
Post by: faithlessone on September 30, 2009, 10:37:21 AM
Go for it!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can join, too!)
Post by: catgal on September 30, 2009, 09:07:05 PM
Thanks for the welcome Dottyg.

I have donated many years ago, but have been using too many excuses not to continue.  The stories that I have heard on this board have pricked my conscience.  I shouldn't complain about it being too inconvenient to visit the Red Cross when there are two within 10 mins of me.  Being treated for cancer would be true inconvenience.  The momentary press of the needle can not be compared to the pain families feel when faced with loss of a loved one. The last couple of years in my life have been a little tough, but this forum has reminded me that I really am a lucky gal.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can join, too!)
Post by: catgal on October 02, 2009, 10:12:41 AM
Ok, I can be ticked off of the list now - I did it!  The ladies at the Red Cross were sooo nice. I told them that it had been years since my last donation and they promised that everything would be ok - and it was.  Pain - no, bruising - no, feeling good about doing something for other people - YES. The only complaint I had is that most of the biscuits and treats contained chocolate, which I am allergic to, but the lovely volunteer hunted down other non-choclate treats for me. I've booked my next and they have made a note to have more non-chocolate muffins and biscuits for me.

Thanks Dottyg for the challenge (the Red Cross ladies said to say thank you to you as well).
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can join, too!)
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 02, 2009, 10:18:30 AM
Does it count that I phoned today to see if I am allowed to donate?

I'm still deferred but they updated my contact information and asked me to call back in a year or so to see if they've changed the guidelines.

(I had a melanoma removed in 1999.  If it had been basal or squamous cell skin cancer, I'd be allowed but not melanoma.)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can join, too!)
Post by: DottyG on October 02, 2009, 10:31:26 AM
WHOO HOOO Catgal!!!!!  You ROCK!

And, Outdoor Girl, that counts!  I'm adding in a new section to our tally for things like that. :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can join, too!)
Post by: DottyG on October 05, 2009, 02:08:39 PM
Ok, everyone, we're already 5 days into October!

Remember that you do not have to be an actual blood donor to just pass the word along to your friends and family that can donate!  You can do something as simple as putting up a flyer at work that encourages others to donate.  You can tell your best friend about our challenge.  You can ask you HR department if a blood drive can be started in your building.

LET'S GET EVERY EHELLION (BLOOD DONOR OR NOT) ADDED TO OUR TALLY IN THE "People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating" SECTION!!!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can join, too!)
Post by: Harriet Jones on October 05, 2009, 02:11:24 PM
The blood drive I have an appointment for is this Wednesday!  I also put a flyer up at my gym and one of the instructors there (who donates regularly) will be going.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can join, too!)
Post by: Winterlight on October 05, 2009, 02:12:47 PM
Our office runs a blood drive every 2 months and I donate each time. Next up later this month- I'll post when it happens!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (Non-donating people can join, too!)
Post by: DottyG on October 05, 2009, 02:27:10 PM
Yea Deep-fried Twinkie!!!  Adding you in!

And, Winterlight, let me know when you give, and I'll put you in that part of the tally.  But, until then, spread the word about the drive - and then you can be added into the other section of the tally as well. :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: AmethystAnne on October 05, 2009, 06:11:47 PM
Dotty,
Our local Save-A-Lot had flyers about this Wednesday's blood drive. I picked up one to remind me about the event.

I'll let you know how it went.  :)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: GoldenGemini on October 06, 2009, 12:07:04 AM
I can't donate, as I have anemia and very low blood pressure. We don't get paid for it here, and the centres are not open to volunteers.

However, I have had a note about donating blood as my Facebook status on and off since you started this thread, and have got some friends to donate.  Hope it helps!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 06, 2009, 10:30:09 AM
Gotcha both counted! :)  Laura, if you do give, let me know, so I can put you in that section, too.

YEA EHELLIONS!!!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Hijinks on October 06, 2009, 12:07:34 PM
DH and I both donate regularly since we are both O+ and he's got something in his platelets or something that makes his blood super awesome for them to get.  They call him all the time to ask him to come donate, but they don't give a fig about me LOL!!

Unfortunately they don't let preggers donate.  But I will donate as soon as I'm done breastfeeding!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: AmethystAnne on October 07, 2009, 06:42:36 PM
Happy Dance.....Happy Dance.....Happy Dance!!!!!


Hello Dotty!

Guess what I did........I was able to donate today. My hemoglobin level was 14.1. The last time I was able to donate was about 5 years ago(low hemoglobin)

The Red Cross person said that it took me 4 minutes to fill the bag.

Several personnel thanked me for donating. I was the last person for the day(1pm-6pm).  There were 18 hopeful donors, but only 14 were able to.

The December drive usually gets more press and usually has alot of people come out for it.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Alida on October 07, 2009, 07:29:10 PM
I've talked about it to others, though as an anemic, I can't donate :(
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Harriet Jones on October 07, 2009, 07:53:04 PM
Well, poop.  I went to the blood drive today and my BP was a smidge too high, so I couldn't donate.  :(
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 08, 2009, 10:24:40 AM
WAY TO GO LauraLBW, Alida and Deep-fried Twinkie!!!  ALL of you ROCK! :)

I've put all 3 of you into the tally.

GO EHELLIONS!!!  We're going GREAT!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Winterlight on October 08, 2009, 12:26:56 PM
Just donated and posted on Facebook, Dotty!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 08, 2009, 12:40:24 PM
Gotcha added in!

Again, if someone didn't get added to the tally that should have, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.  It's important that we get everyone's contribution noted - whether that's donating blood or signing people in at a Blood Drive or sending an email to your mother about how wonderful it is that people donate.  Every contribution to the cause is important - not just the actual donating of blood.  I don't want to leave anyone out!!!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: CluelessBride on October 10, 2009, 01:43:06 AM
I donated double reds last weekend for the first time (I've done regular blood donations before, but this was my first time to do a double).  I took iron supplements all week and even took DH out for steak on Friday night so I could qualify and I just made the double red minimum iron (its higher than for regular donation).  ;D  I was so proud of myself for getting my iron high enough, you'd have thought I had to study for it! :P

The drive I was at was sponsored by a family whose little boy with a rare disease (Blackfan Diamond Anemia) and required regular blood transfusions.  The boy was there with his family and was so cute.  I had decided a few months ago that I wanted to start donating regularly instead of just waiting for the blood van once a year.  Seeing him with his family just reinforced that decision :-)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: katycoo on October 10, 2009, 05:49:51 PM
I donated on Thursday so add me in  ;D.

In Oz we can only donate every 3 months so I can donate whole blood again until January.  But I'm hoping to do a plasma donation soon (evry 2 weeks!  But it takes 35 mins to ill a bag wih platelets)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: WendyB on October 11, 2009, 10:48:14 AM
I use to donate but donating made my iron go way down and if you pass out in the middle of donating they rather you don't come back  ::)

But congrats to every one who is donating and who tried
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: kennedar on October 11, 2009, 01:36:16 PM
I used to love donating and then for whatever reason I started to pass out after a few minutes! The last time I went, I passed out and they told me that I have been permanently deferred. I will hound my DH though to get him to donate!~
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 11, 2009, 03:50:58 PM
We're doing GREAT!!!  Keep it up, y'all! :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 20, 2009, 10:21:41 AM
Bumping this up.

We need some more people for October!  Anyone donate that isn't listed in our tally?

GO EHELL TEAM GO!!!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: TotterGirl on October 20, 2009, 01:18:10 PM
I've been following the thread, I had just donated at the end of August when it started.  I just made my appointment for donating next Thursday!   ;D 

I donate regularly and at last check have donated 20 units or just over 2 gallons over my lifetime.  (I wish it were more, but had a few health problems interfere.)

It is one of the nicest things you can do and doesn't take too long.  In my neck of the woods, donations are through United Blood Services which is a non-profit.

Go us, Keep the Blood flowing!   :-*
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 21, 2009, 10:23:12 AM
Two GALLONS?!  Wow!  Way to go!

Let me know when you go in on Thursday!  Gotta get you added before the end of the month!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: amylouky on October 21, 2009, 11:08:41 AM
I can't donate for a couple more years, which makes me sad. I used to give at our work Bloodmobile drives (which were every 3 months), but since my cancer dx (I'm fine now) I have to wait 5 years, still have 2.5 to go..
I do try to recruit people here at work whenever we have bloodmobiles, to make up for me not being able to give. :)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 21, 2009, 11:26:37 AM
I do try to recruit people here at work whenever we have bloodmobiles, to make up for me not being able to give. :)

That works.  Adding you into the tally! :)

And, congratulations on beating the cancer!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: kitty-cat on October 21, 2009, 04:59:04 PM
Hey, how long do you have to wait after taking antibiotics before you can donate again?  I had to take Amoxicillin after my wisdom teeth came out, and I have a feeling that I have to wait before I can donate. 

(I have this feeling because I've got a friend who is allergic to pennicillin products and, well, yeah...)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: hot_shaker on October 21, 2009, 06:32:02 PM
I haven't donated since college which is a shame because I'm O+ and I'm a good bleeder.  Upon seeing this challenge I went out to donate but I was denied due to low iron (missed it by 0.4 whatever unites).  :(

Because it's personal now (how dare they turn ME down! ;)), I've been trying to eat more iron-rich foods so I can give next time.  I've add more meat to my diet.  I've had hummus like everyday for the past week.

Does anyone know how long I have to wait to give?  Is it really two months?
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on October 21, 2009, 06:36:51 PM
I haven't donated since college which is a shame because I'm O+ and I'm a good bleeder.  Upon seeing this challenge I went out to donate but I was denied due to low iron (missed it by 0.4 whatever unites).  :(

Because it's personal now (how dare they turn ME down! ;)), I've been trying to eat more iron-rich foods so I can give next time.  I've add more meat to my diet.  I've had hummus like everyday for the past week.

Does anyone know how long I have to wait to give?  Is it really two months?
In Canada you do have to wait 56 days between donations. However, since you didn't donate you should be allowed to go any time. I don't think failing the iron test (they do that first here) means you have to wait 2 months.

My husband is obsessed with hummus. He approves of your new diet. ;D
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: hot_shaker on October 21, 2009, 06:57:16 PM
In Canada you do have to wait 56 days between donations. However, since you didn't donate you should be allowed to go any time. I don't think failing the iron test (they do that first here) means you have to wait 2 months.

My husband is obsessed with hummus. He approves of your new diet. ;D

I bought this awesome, locally produced, package with 4 varieties of hummus (plain, roasted red pepper,roasted garlic, and veggie).  I forgot how much I love hummus!  For dinner I'm having cran-apple pie and hummus. :)

The piece of paper they gave me said to come back in two months.  I just checked something online and said to come back whenever.  Maybe I'll iron-load for a another couple of weeks and then go back.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: kitty-cat on October 22, 2009, 11:32:17 AM
I DONATED TODAY!!!!!!!!!!

I was biking to campus this morning and passed the bus.  Long story short, I was able to donate.  And i managed to fill the bag in only 5 minutes.  Apparently the last time I tried to donate, they made too big a hole in my vein which made my body clot too fast.


And sorry if this is kinda weirdly typed- I'm typing with one hand...
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Lynnv on October 22, 2009, 11:38:16 AM
I am coming out of lurker-dom to say that I donated yesterday.  They like to have me donate platelets instead of blood-which means that I am on an every two or three week cycle for my donations.  I figure that I don't have a lot of $$$ to donate to charity right now, but two or three hours (platelets take longer) every few weeks is well within my budget.   ;D

Lynn
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 22, 2009, 11:42:52 AM
YEA kitty-cat!!!  I'm so happy for you!

And, Lynnv, WELCOME to the forum!!!!!  What an entrance to make here! :D

Y'all are both getting added into the total on the 1st page!

(DottyG does the Happy Dance!)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 22, 2009, 11:44:56 AM
And, hot-shaker, you get added in as well. ;)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: hot_shaker on October 22, 2009, 01:46:50 PM
And, hot-shaker, you get added in as well. ;)

:)

I promise not to wear the free T-shirt until I've actually earned it!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: arkzak on October 22, 2009, 01:51:22 PM
I just got my latest invitation! I'm donating next Thursday!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 22, 2009, 01:57:07 PM
I just got my latest invitation! I'm donating next Thursday!

:)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on October 24, 2009, 07:47:56 PM
I can donate in about 3 more weeks - November 16.

I am not looking forward to this, but I think if I mentally prepare myself, the pain won't be as bad. The needle really surprised me last time. The first time I donated blood, it didn't hurt at all.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Harriet Jones on October 24, 2009, 09:31:49 PM
I can't stand the finger stick, to me it hurts worse than the needle.

This last time, when I was turned down because of my blood pressure. the Red Cross employee seriously hurt me with the BP cuff -- that's the first time it's ever *hurt* to get my BP taken.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 27, 2009, 10:26:37 AM
I just got my reminder in my email, so I thought I'd bring this thread up for everyone else as well. :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Lynnv on October 27, 2009, 10:30:29 AM
My next appointment is Nov. 6.  But-I do donate really often, as platelet donors can go in every 2 to 3 weeks rather than whatever it is for whole blood.  My husband's school is having a drive, so he is also scheduled in next week.  He donates whole blood (O+) so he doesn't go as often, but he goes just about every time he is eligible.

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: kitty-cat on October 27, 2009, 11:22:05 AM
Well, I just found out that I am A- blood.  And then I did some digging- A- blood types can only recieve O- or A- blood.  I shall be donating again come December :)

(now for the bruise to go away...)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: TotterGirl on October 27, 2009, 01:05:29 PM
I can't stand the finger stick, to me it hurts worse than the needle.

This last time, when I was turned down because of my blood pressure. the Red Cross employee seriously hurt me with the BP cuff -- that's the first time it's ever *hurt* to get my BP taken.
I agree with  you about the finger stick.  Regarding your BP, if they hurt you, they are not doing it right.  If you are a larger person, ask for a large BP cuff.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 27, 2009, 01:45:00 PM
Deep-fried Twinkie, the next time you go in, tell them what your BP normally is.  A nurse will make assumptions based on age and weight and pump the cuff up to what she thinks your BP will be.  So if you normally have lower pressure, she will only pump it up to a bit over what your norm is, which should be easier on your arm.

I'm one of those with unusually low pressure for my age and weight.

My Mom was a home-care nurse and knew most of her patients fairly well, many of whom had higher BPs.  She got a little distracted one day with one client and just started pumping the cuff up to the normal level she used with most of her patients.  But this LOL had lower pressure and complained when it started to hurt.  Mom quickly let off pressure and apologized.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on October 27, 2009, 02:08:00 PM
My blood pressure is 95/62, can you believe it? My botched donation was the second time I had donated. The first time I donated, I had no pain and filled the bag in five minutes. The last time, well, the last time something hurt that bad I was on crutches for a month.

I'm going to give another shot (heee) on November 16th and if it's bad again, I'm not going to do it anymore.

My husband enjoyed his experience donating for the first time and he said he'd keep doing it. So even if I don't donate, I will go to keep him company.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 27, 2009, 05:21:13 PM
HEY EVERYONE

A handy calculator to see when you can donate again:

http://www.newenglandblood.org/calculator.htm

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on October 27, 2009, 05:23:24 PM
In Canada, they just tell you.

We're nice like that. ;D
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: HoneyBee on October 27, 2009, 05:33:23 PM
Today we had the Bone Marrow Donor Drive in honor of my DH at his university.  We got 44 more people to join the National Marrow Donor Program in the US!  The marrow drive organizer says that is a GREAT number!  We're going to do it again next semester, in April.  :D
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 27, 2009, 05:53:57 PM
In Canada, they just tell you.

We're nice like that. ;D

They did tell me.  And, I get emails when it's about time to go again.

But, I thought it might be helpful for anyone who maybe didn't write it down or doesn't have access to the exact date they're eligible again.

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on October 27, 2009, 06:06:37 PM
It is a good idea.

I was just giving you a hard time. ;D
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: CluelessBride on October 27, 2009, 06:15:31 PM
I haven't donated since college which is a shame because I'm O+ and I'm a good bleeder.  Upon seeing this challenge I went out to donate but I was denied due to low iron (missed it by 0.4 whatever unites).  :(

Because it's personal now (how dare they turn ME down! ;)), I've been trying to eat more iron-rich foods so I can give next time.  I've add more meat to my diet.  I've had hummus like everyday for the past week.

Does anyone know how long I have to wait to give?  Is it really two months?

For the Red Cross its just the one day you have to wait if you fail the iron test (at least thats what they told me when I missed the double red level by 0.1 grrrr - it took me a week to make it back though).  My understanding is that if you are repeatedly low, they may ask you to stop coming in.  However, if you are close, there are tons of things you can do, like iron rich foods, iron supplements and my personal favorite: rubbing your iron test finger to increase the circulation. 

I used to fail the first test and pass the second one just fine solely because they massaged my finger.  So I've just started doing it myself.  Works like a charm.  You should also make sure that your hands are free of lotions/soaps, because sometimes that can have a negative effect on the results.


Hey, how long do you have to wait after taking antibiotics before you can donate again?  I had to take Amoxicillin after my wisdom teeth came out, and I have a feeling that I have to wait before I can donate. 

(I have this feeling because I've got a friend who is allergic to pennicillin products and, well, yeah...)

From  http://www.redcross.org/en/eligibility#hemhem

"Antibiotics
A donor with an acute infection should not donate. The reason for antibiotic use must be evaluated to determine if the donor has a bacterial infection that could be transmissible by blood.
Acceptable after finishing oral antibiotics for an infection (bacterial or viral). May have taken last pill on the date of donation. Antibiotic by injection for an infection acceptable 10 days after last injection. Acceptable if you are taking antibiotics to prevent an infection, for example, following dental procedures or for acne. Some conditions which require antibiotics to prevent an infection must still be evaluated at the time of donation by the responsible medical director. If you have a temperature above 99.5 F, you may not donate."

Based on that, I think you are okay!  But if you call the red cross to schedule an appointment, they should be able to tell you for sure.  And the screening questions will catch that. 
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Layla Miller on October 29, 2009, 11:18:14 AM
I successfully donated today!  I kept drinking water in the couple of days leading up to it (which meant trips to the bathroom on a near-hourly basis!) and went in fully expecting another disappointment.

It all went smoothly!  They found the vein and put in the needle as though it was nothing, so this gives me hope for next time.  Maybe the person doing it last time was having an off day.  :)

Plus I got free cookies.  Yay!   ;D
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: hot_shaker on October 29, 2009, 11:58:11 AM
I made an appointment to give blood next Tuesday. 

I bought a new container of hummus and am planning on making my boyfriend take me out for steak this weekend.  I'm sure I have some multivitamins with iron somewhere.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on October 29, 2009, 06:14:00 PM
I have an etiquette question for you guys, actually.

What's a good way to ask the person who draws the blood to be very very careful? I want to say the following, but it seems snowflakey to me: "I have very small veins, and last time the needle hurt so much I was in tears. I am serious about how much the needle hurt. The last time I was in that much pain I was on crutches for a month.* But, I know that if it's in just right I can fill this bag in five minutes. Please be very, very careful. Also, because I have such small veins, the needle needs to be held in place the entire time. Last time, it stuck to the side of the vein which blocked the blood flow."

*The previous nurse was very dismissive about how much this hurt, but it really $*&%!@ hurt, I am not a wuss. I feel the need to impress upon the next person that if it doesn't go well, I am going to cry, and no-one wants that.

It's also important because if it does go well, I know that there will be virtually no pain as happened the first time I gave blood, so it's improtant that they really try.

Also, if this goes badly, I'm just not going to donate again. I don't want this to occur, but it just hurt so much I can't deal with that every two months.

I want to give blood, but I'm really worried about this. My donate date is November 16 and I keep stewing about it.
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Post by: whylime13 on October 29, 2009, 06:20:55 PM
I think its fine to explain that you are tough to stick and that you have small temperamental veins.  I might leave off the part about the crutches though - even if its totally true it does make your complaint seem over dramatized.
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Post by: Nurvingiel on October 29, 2009, 06:21:58 PM
I think its fine to explain that you are tough to stick and that you have small temperamental veins.  I might leave off the part about the crutches though - even if its totally true it does make your complaint seem over dramatized.
Yeah, it is a bit.

It is true, but still, you're right.

I just really, really, really don't want that pain again. Just thinking about it makes me nervous and scared.

Why am I doing this at all? My husband is donating blood because of me (he never did before), I can say my work is done.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Dindrane on October 29, 2009, 09:22:04 PM
I guess you feel like it's worth one more shot?

I would suggest telling them that you had a really horrible and painful experience the last time you donated blood, but you want to give it one more try before you give up on donating entirely.  Then ask them for their most experienced phlebotomist (or whoever), and tell them that you can fill the bag very quickly, but only if someone holds the needle.  I would throw in something about how the needle stuck to the side of your vein the last time, and you were in the most horrible pain you've ever been in.

They don't need to know you've had worse and that it involved crutches. :)  Nor do I think it's entitled of you to ask for someone experienced to insert the needle, or to ask for someone to hold it in place.  If they can't accommodate you, they'll say so.
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Post by: Nurvingiel on October 29, 2009, 09:27:23 PM
Thank you whylime13 and Dindrane. I won't be snowflakey or dramatic when I talk to them.

Asking for an experienced phlebotomist is a really good idea. As long as the person is really careful a less experienced person is okay.

I do feel like it's worth another shot. But I'm still nervous about it. Why can't I have subway tunnel veins like my husband?  ;D
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Post by: Dindrane on October 29, 2009, 09:37:06 PM
Asking for an experienced phlebotomist is really more of a code phrase.  If you ask for someone experienced, what you're really asking for is their best.  The one who can find a vein without multiple attempts in most cases.  The one who can get a needle in all the tricky, uncooperative veins.  Because you have tricky, uncooperative veins that will work as long as you're nice to them. :)

Since they will probably have a variety of people there, with varying levels of experience sticking people with needles, it's likely they will have someone there who is reasonably experienced, and if you state your case politely (as I'm quite sure you will), they'll probably try to get that phlebotomist for you if they can, because they want you to be able to donate blood.

But I will also say, if they hem and haw about giving you someone who is extra good at it, or don't agree to have someone stand there and hold the needle, I don't think you should try it anyway.  If they don't have anyone really good available when you go, ask them when somebody really extra good will be there.  If they don't have time to hold the needle while you donate, ask them when they would have time to do that.  Then you can say that you'll come back at 10:00 am next Wednesday, so the good phlebotomist will be there, and it won't be crowded (or whatever), and decline to donate that day.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 29, 2009, 09:39:48 PM
I can't think of a better way to say what Dindrane just said - she is spot on with all of that.

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Lynnv on October 30, 2009, 07:44:44 AM
I always warn the phlebotomist that I am a tough stick-well, at least I do if it not one of my regular people.  Which is, strictly speaking, not true.  I am easy to stick....but it is tough to get a GOOD stick that will allow for the 2 hour process of pulling and pushing that you get with donating platelets.  It sounds like you have a similar issue.  It is not so tough to get a stick-but tough to get a good one that will allow them to get the donation.

They always try to give me one of the two most experienced people-because newbies get flustered by the fact that my best vein is a little deep, and that if they miss it or place it a little wrong, then we will have problems.

I have heard plenty of people who are donating blood mention prior bad experiences as a warning that they need to get a good stick the first time.  As long as you are matter of fact and not over-dramatic about it (previous suggestions sounded good to me), I can't see any rudeness in letting the person who is about to put a needle in your arm that you can be tough to get a good draw from. 

In fact, I think it is a good idea-both so that you get an experienced person which will make you feel more confident and relaxed (which will make things easier) and so that some poor new person doesn't have a horrible draw that will sap their confidence going forward...and which could have been avoided if they knew you were tough and should have a more experienced tech working with you.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Tizzy on October 30, 2009, 09:05:58 AM
My Mum and DH used to donate all the time but they both had so many negative experiences that my mum won't go at all anymore.

But DH started donating again last year! Our local NHL team does a drive at their practice arena. You get a free team tshirt and sometimes players show up. They do it twice a year. It benefits a local non-profit chain of hospitals. I thought that was really cool.

(I can't donate)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Dindrane on October 30, 2009, 09:11:54 AM
In fact, I think it is a good idea-both so that you get an experienced person which will make you feel more confident and relaxed (which will make things easier) and so that some poor new person doesn't have a horrible draw that will sap their confidence going forward...and which could have been avoided if they knew you were tough and should have a more experienced tech working with you.

I think this is also an excellent point.  Really, it's just in everybody's best interest if they give you an experienced person, so that you will be able to donate, they will be able to get blood, and nobody will be upset or flustered or in pain or anything else.

And if the blood donation center doesn't see it that way...it's probably not a good place for you in particular to donate.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: matf on October 30, 2009, 09:40:51 AM
In addition, ever since I had a phlebotomist tell me that it's useful information, I always tell them that I'm going to jump. (I don't always jump at the stick -- sometimes I just say OW! and hold still. But this one phlebotomist told me that there's a slightly different way they can hold your arm to prevent the possibility of needing a re-stick if you do jump.)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on October 30, 2009, 02:38:08 PM
Thank you so much you guys. I don't jump, but man does it ever hurt (or at least, it did last time).

I feel a lot more confident now. I wish our NHL team came to blood drives. I would love to meet Willie Mitchell!

You know what, I'm going to say, "What would Willie Mitchell do? He would be tough. I'm going to be tough!" (See 0:04 of this clip: Willie Mitchell is so awesome (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mTEzQ8vBps).)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on October 30, 2009, 02:51:44 PM
My office is having another drive next week.  I signed up again.   8)  It seems like the drives are spaced so that people who give RBC's can give at each drive.  (there's a longer waiting time between donating RBCs than with whole blood)

I'm really glad that they make it easy to donate.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 30, 2009, 03:18:09 PM
HJL, let me know as soon as you donate, so I can put you in the tally! :)

I've set us up for November, so everyone get out there and donate or pass out flyers or something!

We have a slight problem, though.  We have a category on our tally that's getting awfully lonely with no names by it!  Someone needs to do something so we can fill this one up, too!  This one doesn't even require you to be stuck with a needle or anything! :)

Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 30, 2009, 03:24:29 PM
Those of you who have been giving all these excellent tips on what to do during the donation process, could you go to this link and add them in for everyone to see?  I've learned a lot from this thread myself, and I'd love to have a complete list of y'all's helpful hints!

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=68331.0

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on October 30, 2009, 03:25:06 PM
I forgot to reply, but I donated blood on Tuesday! It was my first time ;D

I actually had tried to donate about 6 times before but I always had low iron, and couldn't. Low iron runs in my family, so I scarf down iron supplements, but I guess it never was enough before.

So when I went in on Tuesday, I didn't think I'd be able to donate. But luckily, my iron level was good, and I had no other conditions, so I got to donate. I was very excited, and really glad that it didn't hurt at all! They had to use a little vein, but I still managed to fill the entire bag in ten minutes! :D I didn't look at the needle (I have fainting issues), but the time flew by, and again, it didn't hurt!

And I got yummy orange juice and macadamian nut cookies :D And a lovely pin (because it was my first time). I felt fine afterwards, it was just on my way home (about 2 hours later) that I felt a bit wobbly and faint. But it went away a few hours later, and I'm all good now.


I'm going to donate every 56 days, as long as the iron pills keep working and my iron stays normal. I've always wanted to donate, so I'm glad I finally got to do it. I'm also going to look into bone marrow donations; I had a friend who died from leukemia, so in her memory, I'm going to try to donate atleast once.


In December, hopefully I'll be able to tell you that I donated again :)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 30, 2009, 03:26:15 PM
WAY TO GO miss_ann_thrope!!!!  This is exciting news!!!!  You are most definitely added into October's tally!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 30, 2009, 04:13:16 PM
Someone thought they could sneak by and not be counted!

Gibsongirl reached her TWO GALLON MARK!!!  GOOD FOR YOU!!!

You've been added into the October tally. :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: TotterGirl on October 31, 2009, 12:05:56 AM
I went yesterday after work and donated my 21st unit.  Yaaay! (Picture Kermit ;D)
That means I'm over half way to gallon 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was a hard stick yesterday, nearly came out of my chair when they nicked a nerve (haven't had that happen in ages), but once they got in the vein I bled out in about 5-6 minutes.  I have decided that if you are committed to donating blood, any pain (within reason) is endurable.  Besides, even with the nerve nick, it wasn't as bad as the cortisone injections in my knee.

It is truly wonderful how this has caught on with this wonderfully diverse group.  Now we have people worldwide donating in their communities.

 ;D :-* :) :D ;D :-* ;) :D
(It is my 100th post, wow!)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 31, 2009, 02:27:21 AM
WHOO HOO!!!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: desireesgranny on October 31, 2009, 12:52:47 PM
I have given blood since the age of 18. Alas, I had breast cancer in 1997, and because I received chemotherapy, I am no longer eligible to give blood. And although it sounds weird, I miss donating blood. I liked the feeling that I was helping someone.

Good news!! I found out earlier this year that I CAN donate my organs. The recruiter told me that as long as I had been in remission for 10 years, I was eligible to donate my organs. So I can give to others and in a way that will help them have a better quality of life.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on October 31, 2009, 04:48:51 PM
Desireesgranny, as far as I'm concerned, the desire to donate organs deserves mention in our tally as well! :) You ROCK!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: desireesgranny on November 01, 2009, 01:26:35 PM
thanks ;D
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Post by: desireesgranny on November 01, 2009, 01:32:31 PM
I can't donate for a couple more years, which makes me sad. I used to give at our work Bloodmobile drives (which were every 3 months), but since my cancer dx (I'm fine now) I have to wait 5 years, still have 2.5 to go..
I do try to recruit people here at work whenever we have bloodmobiles, to make up for me not being able to give. :)

I am going to check with the Red Cross to see if my deferment is at an end. It has been almost 11 years since my diagnosis. I was always so disappointed to be told I could not donate that I stopped trying.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: Lynnv on November 02, 2009, 08:43:47 AM
My husband donated whole blood Sunday.  And I donated platelets (I moved up my appointment since they were low with the snow days here).
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on November 02, 2009, 01:04:10 PM
My goodness! This thread has be going on long enough that I am not scheduled for my second donation, next Monday.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: DottyG on November 02, 2009, 01:17:46 PM
My goodness! This thread has be going on long enough that I am not scheduled for my second donation, next Monday.

:)  I hope it gets super long!  It'd be great if we could keep this one going (and people donating either blood, time or attention) as long as possible!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: hot_shaker on November 03, 2009, 08:31:02 AM
Stupid Red Cross and their stupid hemoglobin requirements.  :( :(
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 03, 2009, 09:35:45 AM
Stupid Red Cross and their stupid hemoglobin requirements.  :( :(

:(  I'm sorry h_s.  What'd they say?

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: hot_shaker on November 03, 2009, 10:23:20 AM
Stupid Red Cross and their stupid hemoglobin requirements.  :( :(

:(  I'm sorry h_s.  What'd they say?



Eh, still too low.  Missed it by 0.3 units (12.2, needed 12.5).  They even tried both hands but I got the same result.

Not to be overly TMI, but we think the problem may be my cycle.  Both times I've tried to give, it's been right after my period's ended.  They suggested trying to donate at least a week before it starts.  At least they're on campus often so I just need to pay attention to the calendar.  Maybe I'll try again in mid-December.

My friend is insisting that I eat at least a half a yam a day.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: TotterGirl on November 03, 2009, 12:49:58 PM
Stupid Red Cross and their stupid hemoglobin requirements.  :( :(

If you take a calcium supplement, stopping it about a week beforehand can help.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on November 03, 2009, 03:13:47 PM
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Not to be overly TMI, but we think the problem may be my cycle.  Both times I've tried to give, it's been right after my period's ended.  They suggested trying to donate at least a week before it starts.  At least they're on campus often so I just need to pay attention to the calendar.  Maybe I'll try again in mid-December.
A very common reason. Before menopause, I had to watch for that. Taking iron supplements really helped.

There is a lot of folklore out there about yams being good for all sorts "female problems." Most of it is old wive's tales. The parts that may have some validity relate to the true or wild yam, which most westerners have never eaten. The bright orange thing sold as a "yam" in most supermarkets is really a variety of sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, folic acid, and some B vitamins.

True yams are a completely different species of plant. The are large, pale and starchy. They contain a chemical related to progesterone. They are high i potassium,but not as high in vitamins as sweet potatoes.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: hot_shaker on November 03, 2009, 03:22:02 PM
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Not to be overly TMI, but we think the problem may be my cycle.  Both times I've tried to give, it's been right after my period's ended.  They suggested trying to donate at least a week before it starts.  At least they're on campus often so I just need to pay attention to the calendar.  Maybe I'll try again in mid-December.
A very common reason. Before menopause, I had to watch for that. Taking iron supplements really helped.

There is a lot of folklore out there about yams being good for all sorts "female problems." Most of it is old wive's tales. The parts that may have some validity relate to the true or wild yam, which most westerners have never eaten. The bright orange thing sold as a "yam" in most supermarkets is really a variety of sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, folic acid, and some B vitamins.

True yams are a completely different species of plant. The are large, pale and starchy. They contain a chemical related to progesterone. They are high i potassium,but not as high in vitamins as sweet potatoes.

I was taking a vitamin supplements for a long time but then I ran out and just haven't made it back to the store yet.  ::)  Jateeter - I still have my calcium supplements and I purposefully have not been taking them.

The friend who recommended yams to me spent 3 years in Africa with the Peace Corps and will be returning there for a year in just a few days.  I suspect that she was talking about real yams, not sweet potatoes.  I don't know the availability of yams in Cleveland, though.  :P
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 05, 2009, 04:59:39 PM
URGENT NEED FOR BLOOD IN THE US RIGHT NOW....Please see this link http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=68613.msg0#new

If you're able to give, now is a good time to do so.

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 05, 2009, 05:12:47 PM
ARRRGGGGHHHH....ok, I'm so totally bummed right now.

I just called to see if I'm eligible to give because of the Ft. Hood emergency.  Because of where I am, they can get my blood there easily.

I am, LITERALLY, one week away from being able to give.  As in, today's the 5th, and I'm eligible on the 12th.

And, they won't take my blood. :(  It's a Federal regulation, and even if there's an emergency need, I can't give until next week.

DARN IT ALL.  I have blood here, and I can't give it. :(

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: whylime13 on November 05, 2009, 05:18:32 PM
ARRRGGGGHHHH....ok, I'm so totally bummed right now.

I just called to see if I'm eligible to give because of the Ft. Hood emergency.  Because of where I am, they can get my blood there easily.

I am, LITERALLY, one week away from being able to give.  As in, today's the 5th, and I'm eligible on the 12th.

And, they won't take my blood. :(  It's a Federal regulation, and even if there's an emergency need, I can't give until next week.

DARN IT ALL.  I have blood here, and I can't give it. :(



Well I'm sure there will still be a high need for blood next week to replenish the bank or for persons who are just becoming stable enough for surgery by then.  I have to wait until the end of the month - so I understand your frustration
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 05, 2009, 05:21:10 PM
ARRRGGGGHHHH....ok, I'm so totally bummed right now.

I just called to see if I'm eligible to give because of the Ft. Hood emergency.  Because of where I am, they can get my blood there easily.

I am, LITERALLY, one week away from being able to give.  As in, today's the 5th, and I'm eligible on the 12th.

And, they won't take my blood. :(  It's a Federal regulation, and even if there's an emergency need, I can't give until next week.

DARN IT ALL.  I have blood here, and I can't give it. :(



Well I'm sure there will still be a high need for blood next week to replenish the bank or for persons who are just becoming stable enough for surgery by then.  I have to wait until the end of the month - so I understand your frustration

Good point.  I didn't think of it that way.  Ok, I'm not quite as bummed now. :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: nekoro on November 05, 2009, 07:14:27 PM
I donated today for the first time.  DH and I have decided to make it a regular thing. :D

I feel really good about myself today.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 05, 2009, 07:30:30 PM
Congratulations Nekor. (and hubby) :)

Are you in the US, by any chance? Did the Ft Hood incident prompt you to do it?

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: Esther_bunny on November 05, 2009, 08:01:34 PM
I'm going to Temple tomorrow morning to donate b/c of what happened at Ft Hood today (I live in Austin).
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: kitty-cat on November 05, 2009, 08:36:25 PM
Darn it all!  I'm not eligiable until December!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: nekoro on November 05, 2009, 08:58:00 PM
Congratulations Nekor. (and hubby) :)

Are you in the US, by any chance? Did the Ft Hood incident prompt you to do it?



Actually no. (Although DH has two uncles at that base, both of them are fine, thank the Lord.)  It was this very thread that prompted me.  My mom got a pin for donating 4 gallons recently, and I saw this thread the next day, so it seemed kind of like a sign from the Powers That Be.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 06, 2009, 02:06:15 PM
I've just added the following to the tally.  I think everyone who's trying to get the word out needs to get credit.

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Because of the tragedy at Ft. Hood, many people are sending emails out and putting a note in their FB status urging friends and family to give - I think credit needs to be given to all of you who are doing this.  Thank you for this act - you may think it's simple, but just think about all the people you are reaching just by doing this. If one person gives due to your message and they tell another person who gives and so on, this could be a massive donation to the effort.

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: RegionMom on November 06, 2009, 02:18:31 PM
Scheduled to donate today.  I dontate fairly regularly, about 3 times a year, but Fort Hood kicked me to get going again. 
I am in Tx. 
We are kinda in shock around here...
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 06, 2009, 02:21:50 PM
I am in Tx.  
We are kinda in shock around here...

I'm in Texas, too (and not that far away from Killeen).  And, you're right, the state's in shock right now. :(

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on November 06, 2009, 03:42:48 PM
I am in Tx.  
We are kinda in shock around here...

I'm in Texas, too (and not that far away from Killeen).  And, you're right, the state's in shock right now. :(
Hugs for all the Texans on the board.

Kimberly Munley is a hero.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: faithlessone on November 07, 2009, 12:30:52 PM
*hugs America*
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 07, 2009, 09:38:09 PM
Esther_bunny, I saw your post in the other thread. I've added you to the total on Page 1.  THANK YOU and a ((hug)) to you for giving. :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: JoW on November 07, 2009, 10:49:31 PM
I'm scheduled to donate at work on, I think, December 4.  It will be lifetime #102 for me. 

I saw several people talking about donating for the Fort Hood shootings.  Thats a good idea, but remember, people have car wrecks and heart surgery and all sorts of horrible events all the time.  The need for blood never goes away.  You cannot donate blood if you might be contageous with any illness.  So the H1N1 flu pandemic means a lot of people will be deferred for a week or two. 

BTW - the best way to get an easy donation is to make the tech who takes your blood decide which arem to use.  The vein that is easier for them is easier on you. 
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on November 07, 2009, 11:08:21 PM
I'm scheduled to donate at work on, I think, December 4.  It will be lifetime #102 for me.
Wow!!! That's amazing!

I saw several people talking about donating for the Fort Hood shootings.  Thats a good idea, but remember, people have car wrecks and heart surgery and all sorts of horrible events all the time.  The need for blood never goes away.  You cannot donate blood if you might be contageous with any illness.  So the H1N1 flu pandemic means a lot of people will be deferred for a week or two.
You're right, but at least they are donating when they might not. Plus, some of the people might be inspired and donate more than once.

BTW - the best way to get an easy donation is to make the tech who takes your blood decide which arem to use.  The vein that is easier for them is easier on you. 
I agree. The nice thing is that even though your arm might be a little sore, you don't lose mobility. I'm left-handed and I always get the draw in my left arm because the veins are bigger.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (ALL EHellions see Pg 14!!!)
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on November 09, 2009, 12:19:31 PM
HJL, let me know as soon as you donate, so I can put you in the tally! :)


I forgot to let you know that I donated last Wednesday, Nov. 4th. 

My phlebotomist, Roderick, was AWESOME!   8) 
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on November 09, 2009, 04:23:11 PM
Well, this thread has now been going long enough that I have donated twice (OK, so my first donation was a couple of days before the thread was started.)

I took longer than usual because the blood bank was running late and because the phlebotomist and I spent so much time talking about travel in Africa. (I was the only one donating whole blood; this center mostly does plasma & platelets). He is from the Cote d'Ivoire and I've traveled in other West AFrican countries so we had a fine time comparing notes. The actual donation took less than 5 minutes.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: faithlessone on November 11, 2009, 06:52:45 AM
I'm still waiting for my next donation. The rule in the UK is an absolute minimum of 12 weeks, so I've got until 9th December before I'm eligible again.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: TotterGirl on November 13, 2009, 01:46:27 PM
Just Bumping the thread up!!!!

Please remember people, that as it get colder (northern hemisphere) and the holidays roll around (Thanksgiving - US, and Christmas / Hanukkah / Midwinter, etc. for everyone) folks get busy and forget.  Donation levels go down significantly.

Also as folks travel, especially in winter conditions, the need for blood and blood products increases.

So lets do it ladies and gentlemen.  All over the world, we can make a difference.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: Winterlight on November 13, 2009, 03:37:15 PM
I'm up in early December!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on November 13, 2009, 04:10:00 PM
Thanks to this thread, my dread at my upcoming donation has been replaced by excitement. And my turn is coming up in only a few days, the 18th of November. (This means I can't donate around December, but what can you do.)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on November 13, 2009, 05:30:45 PM
I'm up in early December!


After Christmas for me :(
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: kitty-cat on November 13, 2009, 10:22:53 PM
I am December 17th!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 13, 2009, 11:30:57 PM
I was hoping to go tomorrow. But, I had a medical test today where I now have tracer in my blood. So, I'll have to wait a few days for it to clear out.

Thanks for bumping the thread up!

And, YAY to all of you inspired to give from reading the experiences here!  This really makes me smile!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: vorbau on November 14, 2009, 12:54:00 AM
I'm O+. I normally donate 2-3 times/year when I can (health issues). I am in law enforcement and have had many friends/colleagues who needed blood for life-threatening injuries. I have also been in that situation and in 1988 would have died but for transfusions from anonymous donors. I can't donate right now, as I am on chemo (again. Sigh.) But ... here's what I can, and have, been doing:

Asked the following groups/agencies to sponsor a blood drive for the holidays:
-The law enforcement agency at which I am employed (federal law enforcement, about 2500 employees world wide).
-The county law enforcement agency for which I work part time as a consultant
-The national children's organization for which I volunteer
-Another law-enforcement related volunteer group with affiliated groups across the country and in several foreign countries
-My son's high school orchestra parents/patrons association
-Together with my son's orchestra teacher (her father receives transfusions several times a year), the local community orchestra and her state orchestra/music teacher's association
-Three professional organizations of which I am a member, two US-based, one international. Two of these groups are composed of law enforcement professionals, so I'm pretty sure they'll hop onboard! (I have contacted several other professional organizations but have not yet had replies from them.)

Asked 24 neighbors to consider donating. Three neighbors agreed to ask their employers to sponsor drives (a florist shop, a landscaping company, and a government agency).

Emailed friends, family, and professional contacts, a total of about 300 people. Three members of a professional committee have agreed to donate locally!

Son (age 17) is asking his high school to allow him to sponsor/organize a drive as a senior class community service project. Virginia law permits those 16 and older to donate with parental permission for those under 18.

DH has asked his company to sponsor a drive. Meantime, he has emailed his coworkers, asking them to consider donating. AND DH IS DONATING HIMSELF! First time in 50+ years! He's scheduled for 11/20, hope his cold is gone by then!

Had to do a bunch of baking this week (DS's senior regional orchestra meet) so made extra cookies and muffins and dropped them off at the local blood bank. Added benefit: no leftovers lying temptingly around the house!

Hoping the chemo will be over soon. The local blood bank promised to find out how soon after finishing chemo I could donate since the printed guidelines aren't really clear on this.

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: afbluebelle on November 14, 2009, 01:01:35 AM
As soon as I am over my stupid bronchitis, I am donating... I got one donation in last month, and my six week mark is popping up again soon, but I am sick as all get out. Stupid bronchitis.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: vorbau on November 14, 2009, 01:14:18 AM
As soon as I am over my stupid bronchitis, I am donating... I got one donation in last month, and my six week mark is popping up again soon, but I am sick as all get out. Stupid bronchitis.

Hope you feel better soon!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: Esther_bunny on November 14, 2009, 08:02:41 PM
Dottyg- no problem! I do still have a nasty nasty bruise from when my vein rolled but it was a small price to pay.


Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: Lynnv on November 16, 2009, 08:36:44 AM
I would, under good circumstances, have donated again on Friday the 13th.  However, I am now waiting to get over a cold before I go back on my normal 'every other week' schedule.  I am hoping to be able to make it in this Friday.

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 16, 2009, 10:45:13 AM
vorbau, I think I've got all of your accomplishments noted!  WOW!  :D  I'm impressed! (And, we all have a lot to strive for now - we all need to catch up to you and your efforts!)

afbluebelle and Lynnv, get well soon!  (Not just because of donating blood, but just because I want you to feel better :) )

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: vorbau on November 16, 2009, 09:41:34 PM
vorbau, I think I've got all of your accomplishments noted!  WOW!  :D  I'm impressed! (And, we all have a lot to strive for now - we all need to catch up to you and your efforts!)

afbluebelle and Lynnv, get well soon!  (Not just because of donating blood, but just because I want you to feel better :) )



'Tweren't nothing - did it (almost) all by email! (where's the "aw shucks" smiley?)

Three more of my colleagues are donating this month. Mickey said it best: "Anyone who would do that (donate blood) for us (cops) deserves to have it paid forward."
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: Moralia on November 17, 2009, 10:38:45 AM
Just got an email for another employer-sponsored blood drive.
I go at lunch on Dec. 1.
;D
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 17, 2009, 10:48:43 AM
:)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on November 18, 2009, 02:21:36 AM
My husband and I donate tomorrow! (We had steak for dinner tonight. Gotta keep the iron up!)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 18, 2009, 10:11:33 AM
STEAK.  I need to be eating red meat, don't I?  I was thinking about maybe donating this weekend (we'll have to see if it works out), and you just reminded me about the iron thing.  Thanks! :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on November 18, 2009, 09:49:37 PM
Today my husband and I donated blood. It went fairly smoothly for my husband and he had no trouble filling the bag as usual. (He did have a little soreness though.)

I was terrified of the needle at first, but I managed to calm down and focus before I actually went out to donate, which is great. It helped me so much to stay calm and not worry about the pain. I asked for a really experienced nurse who was good with small veins, and the person I got was fabulous. It didn't hurt at all.

And then afterwards, we had homemade pappadums! I gather that there had been a blood drive or something like that for the Sikh community in town and someone made enough pappadums for all three days of the local blood drive. (I actually was staring at a place of pappadums to take my mind off the impending needle stick. It worked.)

So a super positive experience for me. Lucky for me my arm's not sore because I decided today would be a great day to bake chocolate zucchini loaves.  ::)

I told the nurse that she is awesome. If she's working in January (our next appointment) I'm going to ask for her specifically.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: DottyG on November 18, 2009, 10:45:31 PM
YEA for Nurv and hubby!!! You both get a standing ovation. :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on November 19, 2009, 10:39:21 AM
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And then afterwards, we had homemade pappadums! I gather that there had been a blood drive or something like that for the Sikh community in town and someone made enough pappadums for all three days of the local blood drive.
That reminds me of one of my more interesting donations.

I had an appointment to donate after work--about 5:30. When I arrived, I found a registration table had been set up & people were singing in and getting name tags. "So," asked someone in line "what club are you with?"

Turns out I had blundered into Singles Night at the Blood Bank. A bunch of local singles groups had joined together in a blood drive. They had food catered in and organized a bunch of get-acquainted games. Stuff like "here's a list of cities; ask around and find people who have visited them." They invited me to join in, but I declined. They also invited me to help myself to the food, which was terrific. It was rather a hoot to sit there munching on elegant hors d'oeuvres and watch the action.
Title: UT VS A&M Alums! See Pg 22 QUICKLY! Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on November 19, 2009, 12:13:45 PM
TEXANS!  A little incentive some of you might be interested in!

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What color do you bleed?

UT vs. A&M Blood Drive Challenge

November 21 - 25

Is your blood burnt orange or maroon? The biggest showdown of the year is set for November 21 through November 25 at The Blood Center’s five locations – Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Round Rock and South Austin. UT and A&M are challenging one another again this year to see who can round up the most donors during this five-day competition. Which will it be…burnt orange or maroon blood donors that earn “winner” bragging rights for saving the most lives? Listen to The Zone 1300 AM and KVET 98.1 to keep track of the UT vs. A&M blood drive standings.
 
Everyone who donates will be eligible to win two tickets to the UT vs. A&M football game in College Station on Thursday, November 26.  Additionally, every donor will receive a complimentary UT vs. A&M T-shirt. The first 500 donors will receive a $50 gift certificate to Kruger's Diamond Jewelers.

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Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-BLOOD DONATORS NEEDED, TOO!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on November 19, 2009, 12:33:51 PM
STEAK.  I need to be eating red meat, don't I?  I was thinking about maybe donating this weekend (we'll have to see if it works out), and you just reminded me about the iron thing.  Thanks! :)
I forgot to comment on this aspect. We each had a 4oz steak for dinner, and for both of us the blood drop sank like a rock. My husband's always does but I was borderline last time. This time, no problem. So I recommend a steak, doesn't need to be a big one.
Title: Re: UT VS A&M Alums! See Pg 22 QUICKLY! Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on November 19, 2009, 12:37:20 PM
My coworker asked me if I wanted to do the UT/A&M challenge this weekend.  So, I need to eat my steak soon!

(You gotta love an activity where you're FORCED to eat a steak! :D)

Title: Re: UT VS A&M Alums! See Pg 22 QUICKLY! Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4
Post by: whylime13 on November 19, 2009, 12:56:36 PM
In case others are wondering how to boost their hemoglobin/hematocrit before going in to donate (I'm donating just after thanksgiving but starting to boost it now- some sources say it can take up to a month) here is a really good breakdown on dietary iron: http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/home_4425_ENU_HTML.htm (http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/home_4425_ENU_HTML.htm)

good luck on your challenge Dotty G
Title: Re: UT VS A&M Alums! See Pg 22 QUICKLY! Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4
Post by: Nurvingiel on November 19, 2009, 01:14:50 PM
Good thing we had a salad (spinach in the mix) with that steak then. :)

(I'm assuming that page applies to men as well, I don't see why it wouldn't.)
Title: Re: UT VS A&M Alums! See Pg 22 QUICKLY! Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4
Post by: whylime13 on November 19, 2009, 02:31:53 PM
Good thing we had a salad (spinach in the mix) with that steak then. :)

(I'm assuming that page applies to men as well, I don't see why it wouldn't.)

yep should be about the same
Title: Re: UT VS A&M Alums! See Pg 22 QUICKLY! Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4
Post by: Information_queen on November 19, 2009, 05:14:01 PM
Jason and I just got back from Lifeblood. I was worried I wouldn't be able to donate as I have a few lingering issues from the accident, but I was. We both finished in about five minutes, which I think breaks some kind of personal record.
Title: Re: UT VS A&M Alums! See Pg 22 QUICKLY! Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on November 19, 2009, 08:17:09 PM
:)

Title: Re: UT VS A&M Alums! See Pg 22 QUICKLY! Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4
Post by: Nurvingiel on November 19, 2009, 08:21:21 PM
Five minutes to fill the bag is fast. Nice work!  8)
Title: Re: UT VS A&M Alums! See Pg 22 QUICKLY! Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4
Post by: vorbau on November 25, 2009, 04:21:57 PM
Small update from my patch:

DH donated today - yay! ! unit of A+ going where it will do good.

Three coworkers have donated - Mickey, JohnD and DDP. Turns out JohnD is a rare type - B- - so the blood bank lady said she would be calling him! We were teasing John about the lengths to which he would go to get a date  ;D

I'm taking some more goodies to our blood bank on Friday. Weather here has been bad and we in LE are anticipating a lot of MVAs (motor vehicle accident </cop slang>).

PS raisins are a good source of iron also. And tasty!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on November 26, 2009, 10:40:57 PM
Yea vorbau! Gotcha noted! :)!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Julep on November 27, 2009, 08:35:44 AM
Turned eligible again yesterday so I'm headed in to the donor center tomorrow! Dotty, thanks for keeping this thread going!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: MamaToreen on November 27, 2009, 09:52:05 AM
Wish I could. My meds forbid it
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on November 27, 2009, 10:26:10 AM
That's still ok, MT. You can do a lot even without the actual blood donating. :). Spread the word to people around you. Promote donations in your community. If you are able to get others to donate, you're doing an amazing amount  of good!

Never think that just getting your blood in that bag is all you can do. There's so much more that's needed! See the tally of other things people are doing.

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: ooh.boo on November 30, 2009, 01:31:53 PM
I don't know if we are still doing this, but I am going tomorrow.  I've never donated before, and I'm pretty scared.  The lady said to drink a lot beforehand.  Any other tips or reassurance that it's not that bad?
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2009, 02:42:08 PM
I don't know if we are still doing this, but I am going tomorrow.  I've never donated before, and I'm pretty scared.  The lady said to drink a lot beforehand.  Any other tips or reassurance that it's not that bad?


We are absolutely still doing the Challenge!  And, I'm so excited that you're going to be a part of it! :)  You'll be our first person in the new month!  Congratulations!

I've only donated once myself - see the first post.  And, it truly wasn't anything as horrible as I'd anticipated.  Honestly.  What I did was get the most experienced blood drawer in the place.  They gave me a guy who's been doing blood draws for 15 years, so he knew what he was doing and didn't hurt me at all.  Ask for someone like that.  They'll do that for you.

TELL THEM that this is your very first time to give and that you're scared.  They can help you through it and do all the little tricks they have for people who are nervous.  Keep in mind that they want you to have a good experience.  It's to their benefit to make this as easy as possible for you, so you'll come back again. :)  Remember that YOU have something THEY want!  So, they're going to treat you like a queen to make sure you're as pleased with the donation as can be. :)

I'd suggest actually going to one of the actual locations rather than doing one of the Blood Mobiles.  I didn't as a good a vibe from them when I attempted to give last year.  They seem to be for more experienced donators who aren't as scared as you and I are about the process.

Relax.  No, seriously.  I think that relaxing does something to the veins so that it's easier for them to do the stick.  When you tense up, it does something to the body (including the chemicals in the body) that can make it hurt.

It took just a little over 4 minutes to fill the bag for me.  So, it's not like it's a long process.  The longest part of it is the waiting!

I'm so thrilled for you!  Please come back and let us know how it goes, ok?

ANOTHER NEW DONOR!!!  THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!

Edited, because I thought of something else

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Lynnv on November 30, 2009, 02:49:51 PM
I don't know if we are still doing this, but I am going tomorrow.  I've never donated before, and I'm pretty scared.  The lady said to drink a lot beforehand.  Any other tips or reassurance that it's not that bad?


It is not bad.  Let the person at reception know that it is your first time and you are nervous.  They will walk you through every little step (they don't do that with me anymore since I am in so often).  DH usually takes about 5 minutes to fill a bag and then he has a cookie and heads out.

But, honestly, I am there for about 2 hours or so each time, every other week to donate platelets, and I find that it is not bad.  I think the finger stick is worse than the draw.  Well, the finger stick and trying to read my book with only one hand free....  ;D

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2009, 03:27:53 PM
Couple of things to note for those in the Austin (or surrounding) area:

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Give a Pint, Get a Pint Holiday Blood Drive
December 9 - January 4
Donate blood at any fixed site location or mobile blood drive between December 9 and January 4 and receive a FREE pint of ice cream from Amy's Ice Creams.

The Blood Center experiences a drop in blood donations during the holidays as people busy themselves with shopping and travel. But the necessity of a steady supply of blood never takes a holiday.

Returning this season, we’re sweetening the deal again with our Give a Pint, Get a Pint holiday drive. Each blood donor will be thanked with a FREE pint of ice cream from Amy’s Ice Creams. Donors will receive a coupon to redeem their pint at any of the Amy's Ice Creams locations in Austin. Coupons are valid through February 15.
 
 ____________________________________________
 
 
Double Point Days
December 21-31
As a Hands of the Donor member, you earn points with each blood donation. Plan to donate on a Double Point Day and rack up points to redeem on the High 5 Online Store. Save lives & earn cool merchandise. Learn more about Hands of the Donor here.
 
Due to an increase demand for platelets, apheresis donors will also receive double points on all Sundays in 2009. Help us keep up with the patient demand for platelets and schedule your Sunday platelet donation now.

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2009, 03:29:24 PM
And, for those who may be curious:

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UT vs. A&M Challenge Results!
Congratulations UT fans! UT supporters came through with 529 blood donations while A&M supporters had 195 blood donations during our UT vs. A&M Blood Drive Challenge. The Blood Center would also like to congratulate XXXXXXXX for winning tickets to the UT vs. A&M football game on Thanksgiving Day. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2009, 06:04:17 PM
BUM BUM BUM BUUUUUUUMMMMM!

(The above is fanfare, in case you can't tell! :D)

Ok, everyone, we're moving into the holiday season!  The tally is all ready for you on the first page.  Let's get moving!!!

As noted in a post above, Blood Centers tend to experience a drop in donations around the holidays; people get busy and distracted, they forget about donating, they don't have time,.....  There are a lot of reasons why they need you now more than ever.  So, let's get out there and make a good showing this December!

And, I cannot stress this enough!  You do not have to actually donate blood to be a VERY VITAL part of the challenge - or of our own community's blood donation process.  If you tell even just one person about donating, you've done a world of good for the whole process.  If you encourage someone else to give, you've done a great thing.  If you pass out flyers in your community, you've been a part of something powerful and wonderful.  If you take baked goods to your local blood drive, you will be hugged and kissed by everyone there! ;)  ANYTHING you do is important - and should be noted!  Let us know if you do something besides donating blood!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2009, 06:06:49 PM
I don't know if we are still doing this, but I am going tomorrow.  I've never donated before, and I'm pretty scared.  The lady said to drink a lot beforehand.  Any other tips or reassurance that it's not that bad?


I've just bumped a thread up especially for you. :)

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=68331.0

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: ooh.boo on November 30, 2009, 06:09:57 PM
Thanks, Dotty! I'll update tomorrow after I go.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: whylime13 on November 30, 2009, 06:40:10 PM
I'm due for donation this week, but first I've got to shake off a nasty cold
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Moralia on December 01, 2009, 12:46:08 PM
Well, I just completed my second blood donation.

Now I will finish eating my fig newtons.
 ;D
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 01, 2009, 01:09:13 PM
December 1 and we already have a donation!!!

Way to go!!!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: ooh.boo on December 01, 2009, 01:51:53 PM
I went in today to donate, and I was really nervous but determined to go through with it.  They had to take my temperature and blood pressure twice, because they weren't high enough I guess.  The finger stick did not hurt very much, so I was all pumped for the actual donation.  When he put the needle in, there was a shooting pain down my arm and my hand went numb.  I told the guy about it, and he made some adjustments, but it was still increidibly painful.  He had to just pull it out finally.  I don't know what went wrong, but I feel like a failure now.   :-\  Do you think if I went back and tried the other arm another day it would work?  I feel so bad.  I'm sorry, Dotty.  However, I did tell the girls in my study group about the blood drive, and they said they may go tomorrow, so hopefully some good comes out of this.   :(
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 01, 2009, 02:11:35 PM
Don't you feel sorry at all!  You did GREAT! :)

You overcame a huge fear and did it!  That is tremendous.  You should be very proud of yourself!

Personally, I think you just got the wrong person.  Is there someone else who can try?  I'd ask for another person.  Not that he's not good - I'm sure he is in his way.  But, he wasn't the right person for YOU.  And, that's what matters right now.

If you feel up to it, try again.  It really should not hurt like you said.  Something wasn't right.

And, THIS is very crucial to your post:

Quote
I did tell the girls in my study group about the blood drive, and they said they may go tomorrow

WAY TO GO!!!

I'm so happy for you that you went and tried.  You did wonderfully!  :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: ooh.boo on December 01, 2009, 02:41:29 PM
Thanks! I am go later and see if I can get someone else and in the other arm. I may also check if they need any food or anything.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: baglady on December 04, 2009, 11:52:33 PM
I donated today. We have a drive about twice a year at work, and I always participate. Since I'm on the list, the Red Cross calls me about other donation opportunities. Sometimes I can make them, sometimes I can't. It works out to about three or four times a year.

My blood pressure is on the high side, so I always hold my breath (figuratively) when I go to donate, because there was one recent occasion when I was turned away because my BP was over the limit. I found it helps to abstain from coffee beforehand, but guess what drink I always request afterward!

The organizers of our workplace drives do a cool thing -- they hang a red balloon in the cubicle of each donor. I like that far better than wearing a sticker that says, "Be nice to me; I gave blood today!"

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Winterlight on December 10, 2009, 09:21:48 AM
I tried to donate but my iron count was too low. :-\ I did remind my boss to donate and he was fine.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 10, 2009, 05:53:58 PM
I'd say that still counts, Winterlight! :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Silversurfer on December 10, 2009, 08:16:31 PM
I donated yesterday! (had to wait for my three months to be up!)

Not only did I give blood and feel good about doing it, but I was given a keyring with my blood type on the back, and a little first aid kit!

(and jellybeans!)

Going again in  Feb!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 12, 2009, 03:31:08 PM
Guess who just gave! :)

(And, is sitting here being fawned over, because I'm feeling dizzy.)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 12, 2009, 07:43:16 PM
Aww, come on. Sometimes the cheerleader needs a cheer, too!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 13, 2009, 04:06:52 AM
Ok. :(

Well, then, has anyone else given that needs to be recognized?



Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: hot_shaker on December 13, 2009, 11:18:46 AM
Yay, Dotty!!

Hope you're feeling better. :)

I've been taking my vitamins daily and I'm just waiting until a better time of the month to give.  I haven't given up yet!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on December 13, 2009, 02:26:59 PM
Yay, Dotty! You did awesome!

Hope you're feeling much better :D



I'm eating my iron pills, and am due to donate on the 28th!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: whylime13 on December 13, 2009, 05:05:40 PM
I'm glad this thread got bumped - finally over the cold so I made an appointment for Wednesday
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: kitty-cat on December 13, 2009, 10:14:23 PM
Well, I'm up again on the 17th, but I've got a feeling I should prolly wait a week due to a monthly iron low...

And I need to bum a ride to the donation building- I tend to stumble across the bloodmobiles, but I can't bike home from the building and if a bloodmobile is at work, I don't think the donation people would let me work that day.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on December 15, 2009, 01:54:37 AM
Dottyg, did I miss an update from you? (You donated this past weekend right?)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 16, 2009, 10:31:49 AM
Hi Nurv, I sent you a PM. :)

OK everyone, the Blood Centers desperately need blood around this time of the year.  According to the people I spoke to at my center, this is the time of the year when donations really go down - people get busy, they're traveling, they forget,.....  But, the need for blood doesn't get a Christmas vacation.  We need to get everyone we know out there donating right now.  Critical accidents happen this time of the year where they need blood, too - let's be sure they have enough to handle what comes their way.

There are 9 days from now until Christmas.  That's plenty of time to up the giving!  GO TEAM GO! :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Lynnv on December 16, 2009, 11:44:52 AM
I am finally feeling better and am scheduled to donate platelets on Friday.  And I will probably go back within about a week.  I guess that, technically, you only need a day or so between platelet donations, but they prefer two weeks.  But, since I have been out of rotation for over a month they are willing to let me 'catch up.'

Whee!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: whylime13 on December 16, 2009, 02:18:13 PM
well I tried to donate today but my iron was low (remarkably low actually, I am a little worried about that)  so I'm bummed that I won't be able to help out while they are low supplied for the holidays. 

I'm going to be much more proactive in managing my iron health and try again mid-january, but if its still low I may have to give up on the donating thing
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 16, 2009, 02:22:53 PM
but if its still low I may have to give up on the donating thing

Not entirely, you're not! ;)  Because even if you're not able to give your own blood, you're going to be proactive in getting the word out to others that they should give  You're going to, perhaps, donate your time to a center.  Or, you're going to pass out flyers.  Or, you're going to get a blood drive started at your work.  Or, something like that.  RIGHT?! ;)

I keep saying this, but I'll say it again.  Getting your own blood into a bag is not the ONLY way you can be of help with this whole process!  There are many, many ways you can help the blood donation cause in addition to actually donating it yourself.

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Winterlight on December 17, 2009, 09:00:25 AM
Congratulations, Dottyg! I didn't see this until today.

(http://bestsmileys.com/cheering/3.gif)        (http://bestsmileys.com/cheering/4.gif)


(http://bestsmileys.com/cheering/5.gif)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Nurvingiel on December 17, 2009, 02:01:01 PM
but if its still low I may have to give up on the donating thing

Not entirely, you're not! ;)  Because even if you're not able to give your own blood, you're going to be proactive in getting the word out to others that they should give  You're going to, perhaps, donate your time to a center.  Or, you're going to pass out flyers.  Or, you're going to get a blood drive started at your work.  Or, something like that.  RIGHT?! ;)

I keep saying this, but I'll say it again.  Getting your own blood into a bag is not the ONLY way you can be of help with this whole process!  There are many, many ways you can help the blood donation cause in addition to actually donating it yourself.
"Getting your own blood into a bag" is an excellent turn of phrase Dottyg. ;D

You are right. The nurse that made sure I was okay to donate said that she actually couldn't donate because she once had malaria.

Now, you don't have to become a nurse, but you could volunteer if you felt so inclined. Getting the word out is also awesome.

Heck, simply posting in this thread helps a lot you know. This thread helped me quite a lot with overcoming my anxiety about donating.  :)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Bethczar on December 17, 2009, 02:25:18 PM
I used to donate regularly for about 2 years, but I was always on the borderline for too little iron. Eventually I crossed the border and wasn't able to donate.

Over the last couple years I have improved my nutrition and started taking vitamins with iron. We recently had a blood drive announced at work, so I will make a new attempt to donate on January 5th.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: hot_shaker on December 17, 2009, 04:29:49 PM
I used to donate regularly for about 2 years, but I was always on the borderline for too little iron. Eventually I crossed the border and wasn't able to donate.

Over the last couple years I have improved my nutrition and started taking vitamins with iron. We recently had a blood drive announced at work, so I will make a new attempt to donate on January 5th.

I think I donate on the 13th.  Here's hoping we're iron-rich!  :D
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Bethczar on December 18, 2009, 10:37:14 AM
I used to donate regularly for about 2 years, but I was always on the borderline for too little iron. Eventually I crossed the border and wasn't able to donate.

Over the last couple years I have improved my nutrition and started taking vitamins with iron. We recently had a blood drive announced at work, so I will make a new attempt to donate on January 5th.

I think I donate on the 13th.  Here's hoping we're iron-rich!  :D
I don't know why, but that totally made me laugh.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: afbluebelle on December 18, 2009, 09:58:36 PM
I'm going on the 22nd... will chewing rebar improve my chances of iron levels ;D  j/k my iron levels are awesome, plus I have supplements I can take.  Yes, I have been known to doctor my blood, but usually only when I am doing a double cell  thing that I forgot the term for.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: TotterGirl on December 21, 2009, 03:47:42 PM
Go Dotty!  ;D

My next appointment is for Dec. 30.  I was eligible on Dec 24th, but can't work it into my schedule until the following week. 
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: kitty-cat on December 22, 2009, 08:26:59 AM
Well, on December 24th at 12:45 in the afternoon the vampires get me again :D  I guess I should start guzzling mass quantaties of water....  I don't really drink as much as I should thanks to the bathroom police in high school....

But yay! I get to give a bag of A- :D
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Lynnv on December 22, 2009, 08:31:08 AM
I am back in after work today for platelets.  I don't have a lot of money to donate right now, but I do have time-so today I bleed a little and donate a couple more hours to the cause.

Whee!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 22, 2009, 05:21:14 PM
YEA to our latest donors! Y'all ROCK for these pre-Christmas donations!!!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: kitty-cat on December 24, 2009, 11:53:37 AM
Gah.  So, I went out to the donation center earlier, and I got there early to try and do it quicker.  My BP is good, and so they do the finger stick.

I was literally just under the limit for the iron.  Yes I am annoyed.  Yes I am going back next week on the 31st.  At least I have more time to guzzle water now...

Ahoy spinach salad!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 24, 2009, 01:40:32 PM
A fixable dilemma! You can do it! Go kitty-cat, go!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on December 26, 2009, 04:18:47 PM
I donated today! My second time ;D


It went well, thankfully. Had an almost-faint attack, but it passed quickly (was a bit embarrassing though  :-[). But they got a pint of my blood, so it's all good :)


I'm due again near the end of February :D
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 27, 2009, 12:04:47 AM
WAY TO GO!!!

Take care of yourself tonight and recuperate!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 27, 2009, 12:16:07 AM
I just wanted to point out something that I didn't want to be overlooked.

Just this one month alone (a month where everyone's been busy with shopping and cooking and family and parties and everything else going on), this one group of people on the Internet have saved TWELVE lives. And, if you count Winterlight's boss, it's 14 lives saved.

Not to mention that, but LynnV gave platelets. So, that's an added number of lives saved.

We've had a couple of new donors try to give (YEA!). We've had people telling other people about giving.

In a month where donations are typically down, we've stepped up to the plate. Y'all, stop and think about how amazingly exciting all this is!  Seriously, EHellions may have allowed someone to spend Christmas with a family member that might not have been able to without that blood. It's a bit humbling and motivating at the same time!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 31, 2009, 12:49:05 AM
Ok, gang! We have (drumroll, please) ONE DAY remaining for our December giving!!! Let's see if we can increase our count some before the new year!!!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: TotterGirl on December 31, 2009, 08:49:56 AM
I went last night! My vein was being stinky, but eventually they got it in and I bled my pint! Nothing like ending the year with a bang.  ;D Now I need to put the next date on my calender to remind me to make the appointment!  

I could not believe how busy the donation center was!  It was really hopping!  There was even a teenager there with her mom donating for the first time! 

Thank you Dotty for starting this in the first place!  Ehellions are some of the nicest most generous people around!
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 31, 2009, 11:28:56 AM
Big grin!!!! :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: kitty-cat on December 31, 2009, 02:23:30 PM
Well, I just got back from being a human pincushion.  They tried both arms and couldn't get it...

They said I could go back as soon as tomorrow, but it might be better to wait for the bruising to go away.  Well, I know what I'm doing Jan 16. (Yes, it's gonna take that long)
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on December 31, 2009, 02:47:45 PM
The fact that you attempted is good enough to be put into our tally in some way, I'd say! Congrats for such a valiant and brave effort! Take care of your arms. :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on January 02, 2010, 05:33:57 PM
You'll notice I have us ready for the new month, NEW YEAR! Who's going to be our first addition?!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on January 03, 2010, 10:32:17 AM
Well, I'm scheduled for tomorrow (Jan. 4) at 11 AM PST.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: kitty-cat on January 03, 2010, 06:33:27 PM
Wow, I do bruise easy...  My right arm isn't too bad because the needle person didn't do too much twisting.  My left arm has not one, but 2 distinct bruises on it.  I seriously look like I got into a lobster tank and got pinched once...
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: StarDrifter on January 04, 2010, 06:28:24 AM
Did my fifth donation just before Christmas and am booked in for the next one on the 11th of March. Nasty bruise on my right forearm at the moment.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on January 04, 2010, 09:38:36 AM
Sorry you're bruised.  :(  That's not fun. :(

But, I am excited to be able to add you to our list of people who gave last month!  Congratulations (and THANK YOU)!!!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on January 04, 2010, 02:03:59 PM
Just got back from the blood bank. This is my 3rd donation sine this project started.

The blood bank has added a new test to donated blood. There is a strain of HIV that is found in a few African countries. The blood bank did not have a practical way to test donated blood for it, so they had to include questions bout travel to Africa. Now that they can test for the strain, they have eliminated the Africa question. Since I've traveled a lot in Africa, that cut a good 5 minutes off the screening time.

Next up, March 1.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on January 04, 2010, 02:12:44 PM
YEA!!!  Congratulations!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Bethczar on January 05, 2010, 03:40:51 PM
I guess the vitamins & Malt-o-Meal worked - I had plenty of iron when I donated today!!! I'm back after an 8 year absence.

I can donate again in March.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: hot_shaker on January 05, 2010, 03:46:05 PM
I guess the vitamins & Malt-o-Meal worked - I had plenty of iron when I donated today!!! I'm back after an 8 year absence.

I can donate again in March.

Congrats!  I've been taking my supplements, too.  We'll see if it's paid off next week.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on January 05, 2010, 04:34:17 PM
I guess the vitamins & Malt-o-Meal worked - I had plenty of iron when I donated today!!! I'm back after an 8 year absence.

I can donate again in March.

[DottyG does a dance of joy!]

YEA!  I'm so glad everything worked out right.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

(And, crossing my fingers and toes for you, hot_shaker!)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on January 05, 2010, 04:42:01 PM
Wanna see a visual representation of why what we're doing is so important?  Check this out:  http://www.bloodandtissue.org/recipient_stories_insert.pdf

The above link is just a few stories from just a small part of our world.  EHell covers the entire world, so you are helping someone just like the above people wherever you are!  We're doing a great job here!  ALL of you should be so proud of yourselves for being a part of something so huge! :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Lynnv on January 06, 2010, 10:59:48 AM
I am scheduled for platelets on Friday.  I am going to a new-to-me center.  Our house is equidistant between the one I usually use and this one....but I have always gone to the other one out of habit.  But, my regular center doesn't have platelet openings when I can make it, so off to the other one it is.

They called and apparently there have been some trauma victims who have gone through huge supplies of platelets, but this was the soonest I could get in.  Last time I was in, they failed to hit the veins in both arms, so I am sure hoping this one goes better.  I have tough veins sometimes, so no fault on their part...just bad luck. 
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on January 06, 2010, 11:54:18 AM
They called and apparently there have been some trauma victims who have gone through huge supplies of platelets

Ok, this makes me sad. :(

But, the fact that we have an EHellion who is responding to that and giving (LITERALLY!) of herself to help remedy the situation makes me smile.  :)  YOU ARE AMAZING, LYNNV!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: kitty-cat on January 10, 2010, 04:47:12 PM
And I'm probably going to be waiting another week to go.  My bruise on my left arm is all gone, but there is still a good sized one on my left elbow.  I bruise way too easily. At least I'm not like my mom.  You poke her and she gets a bruise that looks like she was punched hard...
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Lynnv on January 10, 2010, 06:37:23 PM
They called and apparently there have been some trauma victims who have gone through huge supplies of platelets

Ok, this makes me sad. :(

But, the fact that we have an EHellion who is responding to that and giving (LITERALLY!) of herself to help remedy the situation makes me smile.  :)  YOU ARE AMAZING, LYNNV!



All went well this time.  The gal hit my vein on the first try (not always the easiest task) and I made a triple donation in just under 1.5 hours.  The triple donation is pretty normal to me, which is why they always ask me to donate platelets rather than whole blood.  All evidence seems to indicate that I am just chock-full of platelets.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on January 11, 2010, 12:19:35 PM
And I'm probably going to be waiting another week to go.  My bruise on my left arm is all gone, but there is still a good sized one on my left elbow.  I bruise way too easily. At least I'm not like my mom.  You poke her and she gets a bruise that looks like she was punched hard...

Get some arnica cream.  It helps with bruising. :)

Good luck!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on January 11, 2010, 12:20:19 PM
YEA LynnV!!!

:)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on January 20, 2010, 04:28:34 PM
Just wanted to bump this up to see if we've had any recent activity - anyone donate or volunteer or tell someone about donating?

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Lynnv on January 20, 2010, 07:09:30 PM
I am back at noon on Friday for another platelet donation.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on January 22, 2010, 12:09:18 PM
This thread (http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=73128.0) concerns me. :(  Because NO ONE should feel forced to give blood.  You are donating a part of yourself when you give blood, and no one is required to do that.  Nor should anyone guilt anyone else into doing it.  Ever.

And, I want to stress again that this thread here is not that as well.  Please know that I truly do mean it when I say that actually donating blood is not the only thing you can do to help.  I really do mean it when I say that passing out flyers or volunteering or even just saying "Hey Bob - I heard there's a Blood Drive in the area" to a coworker is a TREMENDOUS help to the whole process.  There are SO many ways you can be of service - filling the bag is only one of those ways.

Please think about what you might be able to do to help.  Whether that's giving blood or doing something else.  And, tell us about it!  We need to get you noted on the first page for ANYTHING you do to help! :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Lily on January 22, 2010, 12:23:27 PM
As a person who gets blood products 3 time annually (leukemia), I want to say THANK YOU  to all of you who donate.  I also want to encourage those who don't to please make an effort to donate.

 Now that I can't donate, I wish I had done so when I was able.  :'(
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on January 22, 2010, 01:00:12 PM
I just booked my appointment for Feb. 26th (I'm allowed to donate after the 20th of February). :)

I also just tweeted and updated my Facebook status about donating :D

I read that thread, Dotty and it made me sad :( I know what it's like to not be able to donate, when you really, really want to. Forcing anybody to do so just takes away the good from donating, to any charity.

:-\
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Breezygirl on January 22, 2010, 05:02:40 PM
I just gave blood on Wednesday, the blood donation called Tuesday and said they desperately needed my blood type O-.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on January 22, 2010, 05:32:54 PM
Got y'all both noted on the tally!  YEA! :)

And, Breezygirl, way to step up to the plate when you're needed!  You ROCK! :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Breezygirl on January 22, 2010, 11:40:04 PM
Got y'all both noted on the tally!  YEA! :)

And, Breezygirl, way to step up to the plate when you're needed!  You ROCK! :)



Thanks. :) I already am also booked to donate in March, great thread and challenge.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Doll Fiend on January 26, 2010, 11:22:31 AM
Hi. Just yesterday I got a transfusion of two bags o' blood.
I use to donate before my health went down hill. I was once asked by a friend why I donated. I told them that as an infant I had major surgery and needed transfusions to save my life. Just by donating I can save a life. Now.. My life has been saved again.

Something so simple.

My life for two bags of blood.

Thank you to all those who donate blood and plasma.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: DottyG on January 27, 2010, 11:33:29 AM
EEEK!  Ok, y'all, January's tally is WAY down from usual!  We need a flurry of activity in the next couple of days to make a good showing this month!

Remember, even if you don't donate, if you put something on your FB page about donating or tell someone about a blood drive or volunteer at a site or take cookies to a donation center or anything like that, you count!  It's that easy!

Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: Lynnv on January 27, 2010, 11:35:48 AM
Bonfils called today and they are in need, so I am off to donate platelets again on Friday.

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on January 28, 2010, 01:29:19 PM
Ok gang, here's the deal.  I've already gotten the February part of the tally up (just because I had a few free moments where I could go in and do that).  BUT!  That doesn't mean January is over!!!  There is still plenty of time for you to contribute something to the cause between now and the end of the month!!!

Let's put forth a push and see what we can do in the next few days!

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on January 28, 2010, 10:41:25 PM
They're not part of EHell, but a friend of mine donated today (for the first time!). I'm so proud; I'm treating him to lunch on Monday.

Oh, and I think some work peeps are going to donate this weekend; there's a blood drive in our community centre, so maybe some more people will donate :)


Thanks Dotty for all the encouragement and reminders! You're awesome! :D
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on January 28, 2010, 11:20:03 PM
Yea for your friend! Tell this person CONGRATULATIONS and GOOD JOB!  I'm so happy for him!  I hope it was a pleasant experience and that he'll want to continue.

And, possibly even more people that you know?! Cool!!!

 
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on January 28, 2010, 11:27:34 PM
I've added y'all to the January tally, by the way. :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Nurvingiel on January 29, 2010, 11:48:49 AM
Hey Dotty, is it because of your efforts that February is Donate Blood month? :)

Great job to miss_ann_thrope's friend.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Valentines Mommy on January 29, 2010, 12:09:12 PM
Am I too late for January?  I donated (and got DH to as well) on January 10.  Will go again on March 10.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on January 29, 2010, 12:15:56 PM
You donated on my birthday! :)

And, no.  It's not too late to be counted at all!  Thank you to both you AND your hubby!

Title: It's Blood Donation Month!!!!
Post by: DottyG on February 01, 2010, 10:14:54 AM
IT'S BLOOD DONATION MONTH HERE AT EHELL!!!




What is everyone going to do?  Pass out some flyers?  Tell a friend?  Post on FaceBook?  Volunteer at a BD site?  Take some cookies by a donation drive?  Donate blood or platelets?

What are some other ideas we can do?  Be creative and let's brainstorm!

(I'm excited - can you tell?!  And, I'll be able to donate this month as well, so I'm even more excited!)



Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Nurvingiel on February 01, 2010, 10:59:42 PM
Dottyg, this is great!

I'm going to donate. The mobile clinic is coming in a couple weeks. My husband will donate too if he doesn't have to work.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: EduardosGirl on February 02, 2010, 05:26:44 PM
I've been donating since October 2008, initially whole blood every 12 weeks (the minimum time between donations in Australia) and for the past several months it's been plasma every 2 weeks.

The staff at the donor centres have always been absolutely lovely, including the last time I went 3 weeks ago. I also signed on to the Bone Marrow Donor Registry, and became an organ donor around the same time.

A guy I work with always gives me, I don't know, kind of a hard time about why I'm "always" donating. The reason? Because I can. I'm able to donate, so I feel that I should. I'm not saying that's true for everyone, it just is for me. Also, turns out my blood type AB+ is fairly rare. I always thought it was common as muck but, there you go.

My mother is a paediatric burns nurse so she has seen first hand how much plasma burn victims go through in the course of their treatment. If I can help someone, just a little, isn't it worth the slight discomfort of being stabbed twice a month?

I applaud everyone here who has donated and feel quite touched at everyone's different experiences. I shall continue to spread the word to donate.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 02, 2010, 05:33:56 PM
HatStrap, first of all, WELCOME!  It looks like you're new in these parts! :)

And, WAY TO GO with all you're doing!!!  I've added you into the tally (in several ways)!

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: EduardosGirl on February 02, 2010, 06:55:50 PM
Thanks, DottyG!

I'll continue to educate my colleague when he needles me (pun definitely intended) about it but I asked him once if he ever donated, to which he replied - of course - no. When I asked if he would ever consider it, he told me that he's not allowed to since he had a cornea transplant.

I advised him that that was all the more reason for me to donate. Mum's also not allowed to donate (brain haemorrage 20 years ago) and neither is le boy (English ~ Mad Cow fears).
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: hot_shaker on February 03, 2010, 06:59:13 AM
Since the Red Cross won't accept my donation, can someone fill me in on plasma donation?  I think I did that one in college (it takes a few hours and they pay you?).
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 03, 2010, 09:53:17 AM
Since the Red Cross won't accept my donation, can someone fill me in on plasma donation?  I think I did that one in college (it takes a few hours and they pay you?).

Actually, I'm curious about that as well.

Is the needle bigger or different?  How is it done?  Is that the one where they take blood out, filter it and then put it back in the other arm?

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Lynnv on February 03, 2010, 10:09:53 AM
Since the Red Cross won't accept my donation, can someone fill me in on plasma donation?  I think I did that one in college (it takes a few hours and they pay you?).

Actually, I'm curious about that as well.

Is the needle bigger or different?  How is it done?  Is that the one where they take blood out, filter it and then put it back in the other arm?



When I was a poor college student, I donated plasma on a semi-regular basis (I needed beer money).  It was a fairly lengthly, but simple, process.  They pulled blood, went and centrifuged it, and put the whole blood cells back.  Then lather, rinse, repeat.

If I recall correctly, it was all done with one needle.  Nowadays, I would guess that they can use something similar to the machine that separates out platelets when I donate and can do it all without the pesky 'take the bag and go spin it a while' rigamarole...but I could be wrong.  It has been some 20 years since I did a plasma donation.

I think, though I could be wrong, that my local blood center will take plasma donations, but does not pay for them.  I think (but again, could be wrong) that there is a plasma center closer to downtown that actually pays for plasma donations.

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 03, 2010, 10:17:50 AM
Ok, I think I'm confused.  So, what you do - platelets - is even different than the plasma.

Does what you do hurt?  How big is that needle?

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Lynnv on February 03, 2010, 10:49:39 AM
Ok, I think I'm confused.  So, what you do - platelets - is even different than the plasma.

Does what you do hurt?  How big is that needle?



I don't find it painful at all....then again, if it takes them three tries to get it, I don't really notice it much.  Truthfully, I am just not that sensitive in my elbows.  My blood center uses the single needle version.  Basically, the machine draws in blood for a while, separates out my platelets, and then gives the rest back to me.  And it does this many, many times during my typical 1.5 hour donation.  I think the needle is a little larger than the one for whole blood, and I don't think it is quite as long (I have a good vein in my right arm for whole blood donation, but they can't get to it for platelets).

From the Bonfils.org site, here is a (very) brief description of each:
*Red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body and are needed most after significant blood loss through trauma or for patients undergoing surgery or experiencing anemia.
*Platelets are essential for blood clotting and are routinely needed to support cancer therapy, open-heart surgery, blood disorders and organ transplants.
*Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood and is used to treat patients with severe burns and clotting disorders.

From another blood center's site (in FL):
Special automated devices called apheresis (a-fur-ee-sis) machines can separate blood into its components. Unlike a whole blood donation, during an apheresis donation, a needed component, or a combination of components (such as platelets or plasma), can be collected and saved while the remaining unneeded components are returned to the donor. Donor blood remains inside sterile, disposable plastic software at all times and is not exposed to any tubing or equipment that has been in contact with another donor's blood. All apheresis donors must meet all regular donor criteria. Apheresis procedures usually last between 45 to 90 minutes.

Procedure: Whole blood is drawn from a donor's arm and channeled through the apheresis machine, that separates and collects only the needed component(s). The remaining components are returned to the donor through the other arm. In single needle procedures, the blood is withdrawn and returned in phases using one needle in one arm. A disposable "apheresis kit" is used for each procedure; this assures that each donation is absolutely safe and sterile.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Dindrane on February 03, 2010, 10:54:09 AM
Blood has four basic components - red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma.  Whole blood has all of those components.

Red blood cells primarily carry oxygen to cells and carbon dioxide away from them.  I don't know that they have any other major purpose.

White blood cells are basically your immune system - they identify foreign bodies and pretty much "eat" them. :)  I think they also play a direct role in the formation of antibodies.

Platelets are cells whose primary purpose is allowing the blood to clot.

Plasma is the fluid that all three cell types live in, and I think it accounts for most of the volume in blood.  There are a variety of proteins and other things dissolved in plasma, among them things like antibodies and clotting agents.

Whole blood can be separated into its components, and I think they often do that after donation unless they need to give someone a whole blood transfusion.

What some people talk about when they donate platelets and have their blood go through a machine and then return to them is apheresis.  The main benefit of donating just some of the components is that it takes the donor less time to recover from it, so they can donate those components more often.  Red blood cells take much longer to regenerate than platelets or plasma, so that's why donating whole blood has a longer recovery time.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Julep on February 03, 2010, 01:31:04 PM
Julep here, with a fresh "Be nice to me, I gave blood today!" sticker on my sweater.

When they do blood drives here at work, we get pizza ;D
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 03, 2010, 01:47:25 PM
DottyG here with a "YEA FOR JULEP" sticker (ok, pretend there is!) on her sweater. :)

I want pizza!  What a great idea!

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: AmethystAnne on February 03, 2010, 04:22:31 PM
Yea! for Julep.

I went to the donation site today and my hemoglobin level was 11.8 - it was too low to donate today.  :(
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: EduardosGirl on February 03, 2010, 04:53:32 PM
Since the Red Cross won't accept my donation, can someone fill me in on plasma donation?  I think I did that one in college (it takes a few hours and they pay you?).

Hang on, you get paid? I get a milkshake and some cookies!

Here, you're typically hooked up to the apheresis machine for up to about 45 minutes, plus the pre-donation screening that you have to take every time. The machine draws whole blood about 3-4 times, then once it's filtered out enough plasma (or platelets), the machine kicks into reverse and returns the rest of the blood, with a little bit of anti-coagulant, through the same needle back into the vein. I've only had one problem where the machine took too long to get ready and the line closed slightly, meaning the return blood leaked into the surrounding tissue. Hello bruise.

It still makes me giggle that every time I donate, they ask me if I've ever engaged in male-to-male scrabble. This is right after they've asked if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding. I'm really tempted to one day just say, "Yes. Yes I have. It was confusing."
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 03, 2010, 05:02:49 PM
I went to the donation site today and my hemoglobin level was 11.8 - it was too low to donate today.  :(

Yet.....you went to the donation site and tried.  Still counts!  Way to go!

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: nutraxfornerves on February 03, 2010, 05:05:08 PM
In the US, at least, blood products from paid donors cannot be used for transfusion. Such products are usually used for manufacturing pharmaceuticals or for research. Volunteer donors are more likely to be truthful about their health history as there is no financial incentive to lie.

One advantage of plasma is that is can be frozen for long storage. Among other things, it is often given to burn victims who lose a lot of fluid. PLasma also contains clotting factors needed by people with certain deficiencies.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 03, 2010, 05:11:03 PM
I'd be happy with the milkshake and cookies that HatStrap gets!  (Hey, it doesn't take much to make me happy! :D)

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: EduardosGirl on February 03, 2010, 05:18:38 PM
Gotta admit, it's a pretty good caramel milkshake. Even for the lactose intolerant. :)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on February 03, 2010, 10:49:29 PM
 Toronto Maple Leafs GM, Brian Burke urges record turnout at donor clinic  (http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2010/02/03/12729751.html)


I'm scheduled to donate on Feb. 26th, but I'm thinking of postponing it to donate with my fellow Torontonians on March 1st. This blood clinic is going to be *huge* and I am so proud  to be a part of this amazing city :)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 04, 2010, 02:02:52 AM
I suppose it would be ok for you to wait until March. ;)

(But, I might just have to put you into the Feb tally in some way anyway - just because I think you're so super for donating, period! :D)

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Winterlight on February 04, 2010, 09:18:11 AM
I just got back from donating at the building's blood drive. Also reminded the rest of my office.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 04, 2010, 10:10:00 AM
miss_ann_thrope and Winterlight, I've got y'all added into the tally! :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 04, 2010, 10:15:13 AM
My brother is a regular donor, including plasma, so he got to know the nurses at the permanent clinic in his city pretty well.

There is one question 'Have you ever paid for s3x with money or drugs?'

One day, my brother decided to be a smart aleck and answered, 'Does dinner and a movie count?'

His regular nurse was laughing so much she couldn't really finish reviewing the questionnaire.  But since he was a regular, they weren't too worried about him.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 04, 2010, 10:30:12 AM
Those of you who have posted a message on FB, what are you saying?

I want to come up with something clever and informative, so I thought maybe we could brainstorm some ideas on cute messages we could periodically post there.

Heck, the dang "color of the bra" thing took off like a storm - surely we can get a "donate blood" type chain going!

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Lynnv on February 04, 2010, 11:17:24 AM
I usually just post an update when I am going to donate. 

Something like, "Do you have more time than money?  Then now might be your day to donate blood...I am off to do so!" 

Or, "It has been two weeks, off to bleed for the cause.  If you have time, it is a great way to make a donation...and it doesn't cost you a dime." 

Or even just a note that I am off to donate.  It depends on how clever I am feeling that day.  I always add a link to bonfils.org, my local blood bank.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Winterlight on February 04, 2010, 11:25:25 AM
Maybe "After you donate, post the color of the shirt/sweater you're wearing," or something like that?

 Mine is winter violet.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: AmethystAnne on February 06, 2010, 11:20:42 AM
I went to the donation site today and my hemoglobin level was 11.8 - it was too low to donate today.  :(
Yet.....you went to the donation site and tried.  Still counts!  Way to go!

I'll be sure to take my daily multi-vitamin with iron every day. Hopefully, my blood will be richer the next time - in April, sometime.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on February 06, 2010, 06:05:45 PM
I usually just post an update when I am going to donate. 

Something like, "Do you have more time than money?  Then now might be your day to donate blood...I am off to do so!" 

Or, "It has been two weeks, off to bleed for the cause.  If you have time, it is a great way to make a donation...and it doesn't cost you a dime." 

Or even just a note that I am off to donate.  It depends on how clever I am feeling that day.  I always add a link to bonfils.org, my local blood bank.


I write: Off to donate blood; you should too! It's in you to give: www.blood.ca

And then I tweet (after I've donated): Just gave blood. Didn't faint ;D I saved 3 lives, and you can, too! GO, donate!

Or variations of that, haha :)


Thanks, Dotty! It turns out I won't be able to go on March 1st (darn school :(), so Feb. 26 is my next donation (fingers crossed!). :)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: afbluebelle on February 06, 2010, 08:19:07 PM
Support ethical vampires, donate blood!
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on February 08, 2010, 11:10:05 AM
Support ethical vampires, donate blood!


;D Love it!
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: kitkatswing on February 08, 2010, 06:02:27 PM
Im donating blood tomorow lunchtime for only the second ever time (slack I know).. The first was.. interesting.. The nurse buggered up and I ended up looking like a junkie on both arms!

But I got pies and a milkshake afterwards :)

Im heading there tomorow during my lunchbreak (thankfully its a 5 min walk away).. :)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Kitty_Cat on February 08, 2010, 11:30:01 PM
I have successfully donated whole blood twice before. I just made an appointment for the 11th (February 2010). I tried to donate on January 7, the first day that I was eligible to donate again, but my blood pressure was too low. I therefore made an appointment for the following Saturday, and took their advice to go up and down the stairs before my appointment in order to raise it to an acceptable level. This had the unfortunate side effect of raising my pulse just above the limit set by regulations for blood donation. I tried waiting for my pulse to lower itself to a normal level, but my nervousness about not being allowed to donate raised it even further. I hope that no issues present themselves on the 11th. Does anyone have good advice on how to avoid these problems?
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Hushabye on February 09, 2010, 09:53:37 AM
DH and I have appointments for February 26th.  They'll get at least one good bag out of the two of us (his) -- I'm boning up on my iron intake in my multivitamin, and I'll make sure to have a lunch with extra water and protein that day so that I hopefully don't get sick or pass out.

Kitty_Cat, I don't have any good advice for you there.  Although if you find that the exercise to get your BP up is causing your pulse to rise too far, you might try setting up a cardio routine to get your heart used to that level of activity.  Then it should elevate your BP without also raising your pulse.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Kitty_Cat on February 09, 2010, 11:52:09 AM
DH and I have appointments for February 26th.  They'll get at least one good bag out of the two of us (his) -- I'm boning up on my iron intake in my multivitamin, and I'll make sure to have a lunch with extra water and protein that day so that I hopefully don't get sick or pass out.

Kitty_Cat, I don't have any good advice for you there.  Although if you find that the exercise to get your BP up is causing your pulse to rise too far, you might try setting up a cardio routine to get your heart used to that level of activity.  Then it should elevate your BP without also raising your pulse.
Thank you very much! I really should be exercising more anyhow.  ;)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 09, 2010, 12:09:12 PM
But I got pies and a milkshake afterwards :)

EXCUSE ME.  But, I would like to know how other people are getting PIES AND MILKSHAKES and all I get is a crummy can of Sprite and some packaged cookies! :D  Not fair!

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 09, 2010, 12:11:29 PM
Cat people (hee hee!  Y'all both have "K(C)at" in your names!) and SouthernSugar, let me known when you actually donate, and I'll add you into the donor part of the tally. :)

YEA for all of you!

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Hushabye on February 09, 2010, 03:53:39 PM
DH and I have appointments for February 26th.  They'll get at least one good bag out of the two of us (his) -- I'm boning up on my iron intake in my multivitamin, and I'll make sure to have a lunch with extra water and protein that day so that I hopefully don't get sick or pass out.

Kitty_Cat, I don't have any good advice for you there.  Although if you find that the exercise to get your BP up is causing your pulse to rise too far, you might try setting up a cardio routine to get your heart used to that level of activity.  Then it should elevate your BP without also raising your pulse.
Thank you very much! I really should be exercising more anyhow.  ;)

I hope that didn't come across as horribly as it sounds now that I re-read it...  :-[  That's just the only way I know to up your BP without upping your pulse... (And I should totally be doing it, too!)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: kitkatswing on February 09, 2010, 05:53:48 PM
Im donating in one hour!@!! :)

Oh we get more then pies n milkshakes.. We get choices!!! Oh any flavour milkshake too.. Tea Coffee, fruit.. Cheese n biscuits too.. :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 09, 2010, 06:14:57 PM
We're not allowed to have tea or coffee (unless decaf).  They said that it's dangerous to have caffeine right after you donate.  You might want to check that out.

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: kitkatswing on February 09, 2010, 07:45:39 PM
Sorry everyone :( I couldnt donate..

My Iron levels were too low. They were 115. :(
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 09, 2010, 10:10:24 PM
Sorry about the iron levels. :( I know you're disappointed.

But, the fact that you went in and tried is TERRIFIC! Way to go! It'll work
out better next time, I'm sure! Iron levels can be improved. :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: kitkatswing on February 09, 2010, 11:06:40 PM
The hubby is already working on a strategy to boost my levels :) Including changing my diet for me.. heheh. I think he was more concerned then I was..

But will see how I go in boosting them. Then I will go back and try again :)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: EduardosGirl on February 10, 2010, 12:40:18 AM
Can I recommend obnoxious amounts of spinach, mushroom and Vitamin C? The C will help your body break down the iron and absorb it better.

I have to be really conscious of my iron/B levels too, since I don't eat meat or fish (and soon, dairy and eggs). It can be done, but I think I eat spinach most days!
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Kitty_Cat on February 10, 2010, 02:41:30 PM
DH and I have appointments for February 26th.  They'll get at least one good bag out of the two of us (his) -- I'm boning up on my iron intake in my multivitamin, and I'll make sure to have a lunch with extra water and protein that day so that I hopefully don't get sick or pass out.

Kitty_Cat, I don't have any good advice for you there.  Although if you find that the exercise to get your BP up is causing your pulse to rise too far, you might try setting up a cardio routine to get your heart used to that level of activity.  Then it should elevate your BP without also raising your pulse.
Thank you very much! I really should be exercising more anyhow.  ;)

I hope that didn't come across as horribly as it sounds now that I re-read it...  :-[  That's just the only way I know to up your BP without upping your pulse... (And I should totally be doing it, too!)
Please don't worry about it!  :) I am glad that you gave me your advice, because it means that being allowed to donate will be more likely for me.
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Post by: kitkatswing on February 10, 2010, 04:12:38 PM
Can I recommend obnoxious amounts of spinach, mushroom and Vitamin C? The C will help your body break down the iron and absorb it better.

I have to be really conscious of my iron/B levels too, since I don't eat meat or fish (and soon, dairy and eggs). It can be done, but I think I eat spinach most days!

Dinner last night consisted of a huge bit of steak, then a stir fry of spinach, mushroom and garlic. With a big glass of OJ to wash it down with :)

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Post by: DottyG on February 10, 2010, 04:28:24 PM
Can I recommend obnoxious amounts of spinach, mushroom and Vitamin C? The C will help your body break down the iron and absorb it better.

I have to be really conscious of my iron/B levels too, since I don't eat meat or fish (and soon, dairy and eggs). It can be done, but I think I eat spinach most days!

Dinner last night consisted of a huge bit of steak, then a stir fry of spinach, mushroom and garlic. With a big glass of OJ to wash it down with :)


YUM!  What time should I come by for leftovers tonight?!

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Post by: kitkatswing on February 10, 2010, 05:16:41 PM
There wasnt any leftovers!!! Which would explain why I couldnt move from the couch for at least 2 hours afterwards... heheh e
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Post by: Hushabye on February 11, 2010, 12:49:22 PM
DH and I have appointments for February 26th.  They'll get at least one good bag out of the two of us (his) -- I'm boning up on my iron intake in my multivitamin, and I'll make sure to have a lunch with extra water and protein that day so that I hopefully don't get sick or pass out.

Kitty_Cat, I don't have any good advice for you there.  Although if you find that the exercise to get your BP up is causing your pulse to rise too far, you might try setting up a cardio routine to get your heart used to that level of activity.  Then it should elevate your BP without also raising your pulse.
Thank you very much! I really should be exercising more anyhow.  ;)

I hope that didn't come across as horribly as it sounds now that I re-read it...  :-[  That's just the only way I know to up your BP without upping your pulse... (And I should totally be doing it, too!)
Please don't worry about it!  :) I am glad that you gave me your advice, because it means that being allowed to donate will be more likely for me.

Oh, good.  I was re-reading it later and going, "Oh my gosh, did I really just tell someone they need to work out more?  That just sounds so horrible!"  I hope that it works for you!
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Post by: kckgirl on February 11, 2010, 12:56:28 PM
I went Monday to donate as part of my blood bank's Lifesaver Program. It's a good thing my appointment was that day, because I live in Maryland and we only had two days between blizzards.
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Post by: Lynnv on February 11, 2010, 01:16:18 PM
I am back in again for platelets at 12:20 tomorrow.
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Post by: DottyG on February 11, 2010, 01:33:22 PM
:) to both of you!

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Post by: kitty-cat on February 11, 2010, 06:02:10 PM
Well, the vampires emailed me saying that they need type O and A. And I'm A-.

Off to find a ride :)
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Post by: EduardosGirl on February 11, 2010, 07:03:45 PM
Can I recommend obnoxious amounts of spinach, mushroom and Vitamin C? The C will help your body break down the iron and absorb it better.

I have to be really conscious of my iron/B levels too, since I don't eat meat or fish (and soon, dairy and eggs). It can be done, but I think I eat spinach most days!

Dinner last night consisted of a huge bit of steak, then a stir fry of spinach, mushroom and garlic. With a big glass of OJ to wash it down with :)



I am fantastically hungry right now. Awesome.

Luckily I made some tofu, spinach and mushroom wontons last night that I'm going to cook tonight, with a meat option for the rest of the room.

Seriously, that sounds like a top meal, kitkatswing. Hope it pays off for next time! And, either way, you had a delicious meal. Glass half full?  ;)
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Post by: Kitty_Cat on February 12, 2010, 09:55:44 AM
Fortunately, I was allowed to donate yesterday.
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Post by: kitty-cat on February 12, 2010, 10:02:07 AM
Fortunately, I was allowed to donate yesterday.

Yay!  And I have found my E-hell name twin :)
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Post by: DottyG on February 12, 2010, 10:20:59 AM
Fortunately, I was allowed to donate yesterday.

Yay!  And I have found my E-hell name twin :)

WHOA!  Ok, now I'm going to be confused! :D

Kitty_Cat, I'm adding you in the tally!

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Post by: DottyG on February 13, 2010, 02:27:18 PM
This isn't fair. I wanted to give today. I planned on it all week, and I was so excited that I was going to be able to contribute to the cause myself today.

My iron's just slightly too low. Apparently, the FDA requires females to be slightly above the normal range in order to give. So, even though I'm, technically, within the "normal" range today, giving would put me at slightly anemic.

I can try again another time. But I wanted to give today. :(

My emotions are already in a weird state right now. And, this made me teary. :(



 
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Post by: DottyG on February 13, 2010, 02:43:29 PM
Ok, I just thought of something. Those of us who tried to give and couldn't because of iron or something might be put off for a reason.

As I was driving to the donation place, I did say a quick prayer of, "God, please let this work today, and don't let it hurt! I want to give." And, I got there and couldn't donate.

Maybe the life my blood is supposed to save isn't ready for me, yet. Maybe they're going to need it later when I'm able to donate safely.

So, those of us who are put off from donating are ok. We are just being deferred until our person is ready for our blood!

:)

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Post by: whylime13 on February 13, 2010, 02:46:50 PM
sorry you couldn't donate today Dotty.

I just got back from my blood center.  I've really been working on my iron levels, this first poke was too low but they raised it by one whole point on the second try (I'm pretty skeptical about their methods, but I wanted to donate so I didn't question it).

I'm so used to getting turned away after the iron check that I was nervous once I got to the actual donation, but everything went well.
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Post by: DottyG on February 13, 2010, 02:51:01 PM
Yea! So, you were able to give today?! :) So, lives were still saved today. Ok, I'm smiling again now. :)

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Post by: whylime13 on February 13, 2010, 03:10:33 PM
I did give blood today - and I did not get faint and have to lie with my feet up at the donation center which is a first for me - yay
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Post by: DottyG on February 13, 2010, 03:33:34 PM
:)

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Post by: Hushabye on February 14, 2010, 01:15:10 PM
DH's fit test for the police department job he's applying for got moved to the 26th.  Since we can't guarantee that he'll be done by the appointment time we had scheduled, looks like we're out for this month for donating (I don't trust myself to drive home after donating, given my past history of passing out/getting sick). :( However, I'm off to post a Facebook update encouraging people to donate, and we're going to reschedule for March.
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Post by: hot_shaker on February 14, 2010, 01:25:19 PM
My iron's just slightly too low. Apparently, the FDA requires females to be slightly above the normal range in order to give. So, even though I'm, technically, within the "normal" range today, giving would put me at slightly anemic.

I think this is what makes me mad.  Because my iron kept coming up "low," I was worried that I was anemic.  I had a full physical in January and learned that my iron levels, while on the low end, are still within the healthy range.  I feel like if the Red Cross is so pressed for blood donations, maybe they shouldn't be turning away perfectly healthy volunteers.  >:(
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Post by: DottyG on February 14, 2010, 03:20:24 PM
Tried again today. I'm still at 36. Have to be at least 38 to give. Darn it. :( Would someone take my blood already?!

I thought it'd be cool to give on Valentines Day.

At least, if I give next week (cross your fingers), it'll be a Double Point Day. So, I'll get extra points in my account for my donation.

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Post by: TotterGirl on February 15, 2010, 12:55:36 PM
Today was the day I made my next appointment.  I'll be donating on the 24th.  Fortunately I really don't have to worry about iron, mine is always high.

One suggestion on raising blood iron levels, is to cook in cast iron.  Especially acidy stuff like tomatoes or sauerkraut.

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Post by: kitty-cat on February 15, 2010, 02:50:16 PM
Well, I found out that there is going to be a blood drive on my uni campus tomorrow!

Finally I can give away my blood :D
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Post by: DottyG on February 15, 2010, 03:13:00 PM
Well, I found out that there is going to be a blood drive on my uni campus tomorrow!

Finally I can give away my blood :D

YEA!  Give some for me, too! ;D

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Post by: EduardosGirl on February 15, 2010, 05:00:21 PM
Going to try a plasma donation tonight. Fingers crossed it doesn't go pear-shaped like last time!
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Post by: whylime13 on February 15, 2010, 05:20:20 PM
My friend AJ tried to donate yesterday, but had a bad experience.   I'm cheering him on so hopefully he'll try again someday.
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Post by: Reddie321 on February 16, 2010, 10:31:35 AM
I posted about this in the other thread, but just covering my bases.  :)

Archer and I both donated a pint of whole blood on Valentine's Day.  It was his first time, and my first time in about a year.

I posted about it on my facebook page.
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Post by: kitty-cat on February 16, 2010, 11:38:53 AM
Aaannnddd my body apparently really loves it's blood and won't give it up.  See my New Year's Eve refrence post if you want details....

Now to wait 6 weeks...
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Post by: DottyG on February 16, 2010, 12:38:04 PM
Reddie321, I got you and Archer in the tally.

Give him a hug for me for being so terrific and braving that needle for the first time ever! :)

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Post by: Reddie321 on February 16, 2010, 12:53:50 PM
Will do Dotty!  :-)

He was a little nervous (understandably) but I made sure I went first and let him watch the parts he was able to so he could see that the "needle the size of a screwdriver" (his words) didn't hurt a bit.  It was fun "racing," too.  I beat him by two full minutes!  ;D
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Post by: EduardosGirl on February 16, 2010, 05:35:25 PM
Pride//Fall.

My haemoglobin was too low (112-114 but needs to be a minimum of 115 to donate plasma) so... I'm not allowed to donate anything for the next 6 months.

I'm feeling quite sad about this, in all honesty. I'm tempted to use this time to get another tattoo. I've been delaying it for a while now as I didn't want to disrupt my donations for kinda selfish reasons, but now...

Sigh.
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Post by: DottyG on February 16, 2010, 05:57:02 PM
I'm feeling quite sad about this, in all honesty.

I know what you mean.  Having the iron too low for me last weekend made me sad.  I felt like I'd failed in some way.

But, then I realized that the same thing that I tell all of you when you try to donate really does apply.  I truly do mean it when I say that attempting to give is just as important as anything else.

The fact that you took time out of your schedule - that you could have used in another way - did the required testing and made it to the point you did says a LOT about you and your intentions to give the platelets.  You did everything you needed to do.  It's not like you caused your hemoglobin to be low - any more than I caused my iron to be too low.  It just was a fluke of our bodies at the time.  And, the next time we attempt to give, we'll be back within range and will be able to do what we need to do.

And, like I said earlier, what if the life that you were meant to save wasn't quite ready for you, yet?  What if there's a really good reason why you were kept from donating this time - and that reason was that someone was going to really need you in 6 months?  Maybe a baby that hasn't been born yet?  Or, an accident that's going to happen, but hasn't happened yet?  Maybe your platelets (and my whole blood) are destined for amazing things.  But, they have to wait until the time is right!

I'm so proud of you for doing what you did today!  You did a great thing!  Trust me! :)



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Post by: hot_shaker on February 16, 2010, 06:09:40 PM
The fact that you took time out of your schedule - that you could have used in another way - did the required testing and made it to the point you did says a LOT about you and your intentions to give the platelets.  You did everything you needed to do.  It's not like you caused your hemoglobin to be low - any more than I caused my iron to be too low.  It just was a fluke of our bodies at the time.  And, the next time we attempt to give, we'll be back within range and will be able to do what we need to do.

Except, in my case at least, I am not low.  I am not anemic.  I am a perfectly healthy, O+ (the universal donor), ready & willing, would-be donor.  But . . . the RC has an arbitrary cut-off so I can't donate.  And I'm not going to keep wasting my time only to rejected again and again for what's normal for me.  So now that baby, that future accident victim, will suffer.  I'm really angry and sad about this.  >:(  :(
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Post by: DottyG on February 17, 2010, 10:40:38 AM
hot_shaker, please don't give up.  I know you're angry.  I understand completely (trust me!)  But, you are one of the people who has given before and knows what the process is like.  So, when you are able to give, you're able to do it easily and willingly.

From what I was told, the whole "iron count" thing isn't from the Red Cross.  It's an FDA thing.  So, the requirement is set by a higher organization than just the RC.

Not only that, but the iron count isn't for the recipient at all.  It's, solely, for us.  Because of that, there could be a way around it.  I don't know if this would work, but it's worth a try.  If your doctor gave you a note that specified that your "normal" is whatever it is, and that he/she's not concerned about the level's dropping, there could be a loophole you could get through.

My donation site has a special number that you're supposed to call if you feel that you're healthy enough to give but were told that you couldn't.  It's a direct line to someone higher than just the people who do the testing in the clinics - because, they are going to automatically go straight by the book with no exceptions.  You need to find this person who's above them and can possibly waive the requirement.

And, maybe (despite the fact that you know you're within range) just getting your count up a bit wouldn't hurt.  Here're the foods they told me to eat before I give next time - highest iron count down:

Clams 3 oz
Oysters 3 oz
Liver 3 oz
Lean beef 3 oz
Beans 1/2 cup
Lean pork 3 oz
Spinach 1/2 cup, cooked
Raisins 1/2 cup
Dried apricots 1/2 cup
Dried prunes 10
Pasta 1 cup
Tuna, canned 3 oz
Chicken 3 oz
Fish 3 oz
Enriched bread 1 slice

PLUS, the lady that tested my blood said that she is NOT telling people to drink.  But, confidentially, that a glass of red wine the night before you give actually raises your count.

Also, the page they gave me says this:  "You can increase the amount of iron your body absorbs by eating foods and/or drinking juices high in Vit C along with ones rich in iron.  Drinking caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee during and after meals decreases iron absorption and should be avoided."

Please don't give up.  I know you're really disheartened by this.  I understand.  But, take a little bit of time to get over than and then try again.  They DO need your blood.  Desperately.  Don't let the red tape of this prevent you from doing something that's good.  There's a way around red tape.  I know there is.  You just have to find it.



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Post by: DottyG on February 17, 2010, 10:47:03 AM
Ok, y'all.  We have a donor who's struggling here.  We need to help her and build her up!

Anyone else have a problem with the iron that can advise her (and me, since I'm in the same boat)?  Something she can do?  Maybe a loophole that you know of that can help her give even with the "low" (according to them) count?

You have a "blood donor family" here, hot_shaker!  We're not going to let one of our family members get down!  Come on everyone!  Rally around! :)

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Post by: Winterlight on February 17, 2010, 12:21:36 PM
Hot_shaker, I hear you. The donation time for our organization seems to conflict with my monthly visitor half the time, so I always have to hoick up my iron count beforehand. Raisins, spinach, beef and oysters become frequent flyers in my diet the week of the blood drive. That seems to help. Also, never go to the drive on an empty stomach. That dropped me too low a couple of times.

Remember, you did try. You made the effort. It didn't pan out the way you wanted, but at least you tried. *hugs*
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Post by: ShadesOfGrey on February 17, 2010, 12:43:14 PM
I think there's lots of solutions, hot_shaker!  Perhaps that note from your doctor might be a good longer-term solution?  I really like the idea of eating lot's of iron-rich foods the week before too.

What about iron pills? Extra iron wont hurt you (moderate, of course) and will give you extra energy on top of it! 

Maybe there's another organization/donation site where you can find someone willing to let you slide through?

thank you for trying.  When my stepmother went into the hospital in 2008, it was someone like you that was able to help her through her blood transfusions.  you are doing a good thing - dont give up, please!
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Post by: kitty-cat on February 17, 2010, 12:47:54 PM
I'm still kinda sad about yesterday. They were able to get just enough blood to make me have to wait until April. :( 

Anyone have any ideas why my veins keep being annoying?
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Post by: Hushabye on February 17, 2010, 01:23:20 PM
Being really hydrated apparently goes a long way toward keeping your veins open and clear, kitty-cat.  I was told that when you're dehydrated, they kind of shrink in on themselves.  You may also just have quite small veins (mine are just big enough to donate blood but not big enough to donate plasma, which uses a slightly larger gauge).  I'm sorry you weren't able to donate completely; it's such a frustrating feeling!   :-\
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Post by: Lynnv on February 17, 2010, 01:29:00 PM
I'm still kinda sad about yesterday. They were able to get just enough blood to make me have to wait until April. :( 

Anyone have any ideas why my veins keep being annoying?

Nope-but I have the same issue.  About 1 out of every 4 or 5 times I am in, they are not able to get me started.  They keep telling me that since I am full of platelets (I do a large triple every time) that it is worth the hassle for the times I am able to donate, but it does get a bit annoying after a while.  I keep telling them to let me know if I should go back to whole blood, but apparently my high platelet count makes it worthwhile, even if I am a bit of a problem donor.   ???

Other than, as others have mentioned, being really well hydrated, they haven't offered me any suggestions.

But I sure feel your pain (figuratively, anyway).
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Post by: Julep on February 17, 2010, 02:14:29 PM
I don't know about the difficult starts, but I have learned about keeping my iron high. I actually was told to grab a mcdonald's chicken sandwich for lunch on donation day (I donate in the afternoons). I couldn't imagine it would actually help, but I've never had low iron since I started doing that.

Also, agreeing with a previous poster - I try to schedule mine when I won't be near my period. Luckily I'm on BCPs so I know when that will be.

Don't give up, hot shaker. To be honest? When I kept having low iron, I'd go in and before they even got to the needle stick, I'd say, "I'm probably low iron again, but I just wanted to give it a shot." and for a while, I was right, till I got the chicken sandwich advice (I'm still not sure if it's psychological, but hey, they're tasty anyway). And then the last time I said it, I was wrong!

I don't want to sound like I was martyring myself or anything, but somehow saying that to the nurse each time made me go in with low expectations and not feel so angry/disheartened when I was right. Also, the nurses were always a little nicer about it when they knew I was still trying after an ongoing string of failed attempts.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you.
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Post by: DottyG on February 17, 2010, 02:19:42 PM
but I've never had low iron since I started doing that.

I was curious, so I looked up their nutrition values.  Depending on what kind you're eating, you could be getting up to 20% of your RDA of iron.  So, you might be on the right track, Julep. :)

Ok, everyone go to Mickey D's before they donate!

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Post by: hot_shaker on February 17, 2010, 02:24:54 PM
Not only that, but the iron count isn't for the recipient at all.  It's, solely, for us.  Because of that, there could be a way around it.  I don't know if this would work, but it's worth a try.  If your doctor gave you a note that specified that your "normal" is whatever it is, and that he/she's not concerned about the level's dropping, there could be a loophole you could get through.

I figured the cut off was for the donor's benefit.  I'm sure they want to minimize folks passing out at the donation centers.  I wonder if getting a doctor's note is a real possibility though.

The first few times, I was 12.2 (needed 12.5 to donate).  I iron loaded for a month before the last attempt - more meat (especially read meat), leafy greens, iron supplements, hummus, the works.  Much healthier than I had eaten in a long time.  I made sure that it was a "good" time of the month for me.  Came in at 12.1.  ::)

I just think that's my normal.  The last time I successfully gave was in college (just over 10 years ago) and I know I ate badly then but I have no idea what my iron levels were.

The last time I failed, the woman in charge did suggest drinking orange juice (or other vitamin C rich foods/beverages) with meals to improve absorption.  I've started calorie tracking again, maybe I'll start tracking my iron intake too.

Thanks for the rally guys.  :)  :-*


but I've never had low iron since I started doing that.

I was curious, so I looked up their nutrition values.  Depending on what kind you're eating, you could be getting up to 20% of your RDA of iron.  So, you might be on the right track, Julep. :)

Ok, everyone go to Mickey D's before they donate!

Alright, red wine the night before, a chicken sandwich the day of.
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Post by: Reddie321 on February 17, 2010, 02:32:35 PM
but I've never had low iron since I started doing that.

I was curious, so I looked up their nutrition values.  Depending on what kind you're eating, you could be getting up to 20% of your RDA of iron.  So, you might be on the right track, Julep. :)

Ok, everyone go to Mickey D's before they donate!



Also, according to Total's (cereal) website, a bowl of Total provides you with 100% of your iron needs for the day (as well as a bunch of other stuff)!  Maybe eat a bowl a few hours before you donate.

My blood used to hover before it'd drop every single time, but as long as it drops it's okay.  After making a breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs (with S&P), and bacon, my blood sank straight to the bottom!  I've never had that happen before! 
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Post by: DottyG on February 17, 2010, 02:37:00 PM
I'm still kinda sad about yesterday. They were able to get just enough blood to make me have to wait until April. :(  

Anyone have any ideas why my veins keep being annoying?

It appears we have another faltering "family" member we need to encourage too!  Ok, everyone, hot_shaker and kitty-cat need us! :)



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Post by: DottyG on February 17, 2010, 02:37:44 PM
Ok, now I'm hungry, by the way! :D

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Post by: Reddie321 on February 17, 2010, 02:59:46 PM
Re: clever facebook posts, one of the technicians told us that because less blood is used for babies (obviously), one unit of blood (which can save up to 3 adults) can save up to 50 babies.

Archer said he was going to design a bumper sticker that said: "I saved 50 babies in 15 minutes...what have you done lately?"
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Post by: whylime13 on February 17, 2010, 05:17:08 PM
I went to donate a little later in the day than my normal and boy I can tell you having time to get an extra 2-3 cups of water made a big difference as far as comfort of donation goes - I highly recommend it.

I have always struggled with low iron and my mom has pretty bad anemia - so I appreciate that they do have standards for iron, if I was barely in the normal range when I donated it could take quite some time to rebound and there are some pretty big health concerns with low iron.

Iron hints:
I think Dotty G listed pretty much all the high iron foods.  Meats have the iron that is easiest to absorb by the body, followed by fruits, followed by enriched grains (almost all commercial breads and cereals in america have iron added) and supplements.  The last categories are the ones that really get a boost from eating Vit C at the same time. 
Calcium, colas, black tea, and coffee all can block iron absorption.  So if you are on a calcium pill or use a lot of tums try and not do it at the same time as your high iron foods.  At my donation center they told me not to drink tea the morning of my donation, but I'm not really sure it makes much of a difference.  Also I heard rubbing your finger tips to increase circulation helps them get a better sample. 

I went through a long spell of low irons before I could donate this month.  It was frustrating to keep going though the screening questions over and over with out getting to donate, but it was worth it in the end.
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Post by: EduardosGirl on February 17, 2010, 05:19:02 PM
Not only that, but the iron count isn't for the recipient at all.  It's, solely, for us.  Because of that, there could be a way around it.  I don't know if this would work, but it's worth a try.  If your doctor gave you a note that specified that your "normal" is whatever it is, and that he/she's not concerned about the level's dropping, there could be a loophole you could get through.

I figured the cut off was for the donor's benefit.  I'm sure they want to minimize folks passing out at the donation centers.  I wonder if getting a doctor's note is a real possibility though.

The first few times, I was 12.2 (needed 12.5 to donate).  I iron loaded for a month before the last attempt - more meat (especially read meat), leafy greens, iron supplements, hummus, the works.  Much healthier than I had eaten in a long time.  I made sure that it was a "good" time of the month for me.  Came in at 12.1.  ::)

hot_shaker, believe me: I feel your pain. I've eaten enough spinach and mushrooms over the past YEAR, but especially in the past month, to make Popeye sit up and say, 'hey now, come on! Enough with the spinach or you'll need a wheelbarrow for your forearms' and now I'm not able to try to donate for 6 months.

Part of me wonders if it's worth it to eat some red meat occasionally... but I just don't think I can, you know? Le sigh.

I think stress also plays a part in the donation failure that we all experience sometimes. As Dottyg mentioned, caffeinated drinks are best to be avoided and they amp up stress levels anyway. But I've found drinking at least two big pots of herbal tea (or water, if you prefer :)) kept me calm and helped keep my veins nice and big and easier to find.

Dottyg, thank you so much for the kind words yesterday, they were very appreciated. I think the reason (beyond being unable to donate) is that I am under a fairly large amount of stress at the moment (finishing my full time job tomorrow to go back into full time study for 3 years) and your words really made me smile in a moment I needed it.

Also? Major kudos to you for organising us all around the world to do more and encourage others in our lives to do so. :)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 17, 2010, 06:14:05 PM
Thanks HatStrap! :)

I'm just amazed by the whole process.  Seriously, it's just incredible to me that a little bit of the stuff that's keeping me alive every day can be taken out and given to someone else to keep them alive, too.  It can honestly mean life or death to another human being.  I don't know who that person is.  I may never know.  But, somewhere out there is some blood from me that has helped someone else in a time when they really needed it.  And, weirdly enough, accomplishing this is so dang easy.  I go in, answer a few questions, lay back on a comfy bed-thingy, watch tv and they quickly get some of my blood.  The actual blood part is over in 4 or 5 minutes, so it's not like it even takes that long.

Not only that, but I even get stuff!  One time, I walked out with a pint of Blue Bell ice cream.  The next time, they gave me a coupon for a pint of Amy's ice cream.  Last week, one of the florists in my area was giving major discounts on roses (just in time for Valentine's Day) to anyone who donated.  I get points for donating that I can use to get stuff from the Donation's Store (and, this weekend, I can get double points!)  They're always offering great things for giving blood.

But, the best gift of all - cliched or not - is that I'm giving life!  How COOL is that?!

(http://redcrossblood.org/sites/arc/files/images/banner_I_give_blood.jpg)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 17, 2010, 06:19:03 PM
Look :)

http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/blood-donor-community/blood-recipient-stories

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Post by: hot_shaker on February 17, 2010, 09:11:24 PM
Also? Major kudos to you for organising us all around the world to do more and encourage others in our lives to do so. :)

Yay, DottyG!!

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa32/hot_shaker/funny-pictures-bravo-bunny-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Winterlight on February 18, 2010, 08:07:58 AM
They're right. Three cheers for Dottyg!

(http://bestsmileys.com/cheering/5.gif)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 18, 2010, 09:59:08 AM
Y'all, seriously, don't know how much I needed to see those posts today.  Thank you all so, so much.  Your sweet words (and pictures) mean so much to me. :)

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: kitkatswing on February 18, 2010, 06:33:39 PM
I am glad I am not the only one who was a bit upset that I couldnt donate...

turns out that I have been really sick this week anyway, so even if I did donate, I would have had to ring them and tell them,s o they probably wouldnt have used the blood anyway...

Ive been using this as an excuse to re-evaluate my life. Changing my diet to healthier, starting to look at if I am doing too much, which I am, so I am cutting a few things out and hoping that will cut back on stress...

for thos of us who couldnt "this time" *hugs* we will get there!! :)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 18, 2010, 06:50:58 PM
Ive been using this as an excuse to re-evaluate my life. Changing my diet to healthier, starting to look at if I am doing too much, which I am, so I am cutting a few things out and hoping that will cut back on stress...

Soooooo......not only will you be healthier (and stress-free - a VERY worthy goal! :D), but your blood will be healthier for the recipient who gets it.  Sounds like a win-win to me! :)  Way to go!

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for thos of us who couldnt "this time" *hugs* we will get there!! :)

We will!

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: kitkatswing on February 19, 2010, 01:07:16 AM
 A little O/T..  But I may know why my iron levels are too low.. My iron absorbtion rate is 5%... blood tests i got back today show I may have Cealiacs disease.. I am having a gastroscopy next Friday to confirm...

Ah well, means a total new diet! a no more of a few of my fav foods!!! :(.. But the good thing is, I will get healthier and happier!!!
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 20, 2010, 02:35:04 PM
Went in again today. I'm still at 36. Too low to give. Ok, I'm getting down here. :(

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Post by: hot_shaker on February 20, 2010, 02:44:03 PM
Went in again today. I'm still at 36. Too low to give. Ok, I'm getting down here. :(

I'm sorry, Dotty. :(
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Post by: whylime13 on February 20, 2010, 03:05:10 PM
Went in again today. I'm still at 36. Too low to give. Ok, I'm getting down here. :(



Don't be too down Dotty G, not everyone would make the effort to go back again after being turned away, but you did which shows a lot of heart.  I hope you add your second attempt to this month's tally because it counts just as much.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 20, 2010, 04:11:20 PM
It was my third attempt. :( I tried last Saturday, Sunday and today.

I took the donation site some roses today. Just a little something to remind the workers there that they're really appreciated for all they do. I told them they could keep the flowers even though they were turning me down for donation again. ;)

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Post by: EduardosGirl on February 21, 2010, 11:08:58 PM
(((Hugs))) to you, Dotty. I'm feelin' your pain.

May I recommend a particularly delicious Apricot-glazed Almond cupcake? I can only send you a virtual one but it's worth it, I promise. :)
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Kitty_Cat on February 22, 2010, 08:06:36 PM
On Saturday I talked to a man from my church about donating. He is very interested because his wife received two transfusions when she was undergoing chemotherapy.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 23, 2010, 10:11:18 AM
ONLY SIX MORE DAYS FOR THIS MONTH!

We started out the month with a bang - let's end the month with one! :)

Remember that anything you do will help.  Put something on your Facebook page.  Send an email to a friend about donating. Take cookies to your local donation site.  Or, actually donate blood.  ANYTHING AT ALL THAT YOU DO COUNTS!!!
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 23, 2010, 10:12:17 AM
And, Kitty_Cat, I gotcha noted!  GREAT JOB!  And, what an incredible story the man has.  Is his wife ok now?

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Kitty_Cat on February 23, 2010, 01:44:29 PM
And, Kitty_Cat, I gotcha noted!  GREAT JOB!  And, what an incredible story the man has.  Is his wife ok now?


Unfortunately, she died in October because her cancer was very aggressive.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Kitty_Cat on February 23, 2010, 01:46:51 PM
Thank you to everyone who tried to donate, even if you were not able to do so. Thank you!
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 25, 2010, 10:34:35 AM
We're getting closer to the end of the month!

Anyone who hasn't done something that wants to, you only have a few days left to get into February's tally!

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Lynnv on February 25, 2010, 10:49:27 AM
I am scheduled tomorrow for my regular bi-weekly platelet donation.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 25, 2010, 10:59:52 AM
I am scheduled tomorrow for my regular bi-weekly platelet donation.

:) !

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: TotterGirl on February 25, 2010, 12:47:24 PM
I donated whole blood last night.  It took them 2 tries to get a vein that wanted to bleed but they finally got one and I got a fabulous souvenir bruise!  :-\

Once I stared, it only took a few minutes.  :D

Yay DottyG for starting the ball rolling and for giving it a whack regularly to keep it rolling. ;D
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on February 25, 2010, 06:25:16 PM
I'm donating tomorrow, but I'm worried that my iron level will be too low :-\ I've been eating spinach and apples and iron supplements, but I just had my monthly visitor and I have a bad feeling about it :-\ :(


I really, really, *really* hope I can donate tomorrow, but if not, I'm going to the ACC on Monday and will donate with the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big Save (http://media.fans.mapleleafs.nhl.com/_Brian-Burke-Presents-The-Big-Save/blog/1826257/122856.html)


Wish me luck! :-\ :)
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Post by: whylime13 on February 25, 2010, 06:25:50 PM
I'm donating tomorrow, but I'm worried that my iron level will be too low :-\ I've been eating spinach and apples and iron supplements, but I just had my monthly visitor and I have a bad feeling about it :-\ :(


I really, really, *really* hope I can donate tomorrow, but if not, I'm going to the ACC on Monday and will donate with the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big Save (http://media.fans.mapleleafs.nhl.com/_Brian-Burke-Presents-The-Big-Save/blog/1826257/122856.html)


Wish me luck! :-\ :)


Good luck!!
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Hushabye on February 25, 2010, 09:53:20 PM
Good luck, miss_ann_thrope!

I posted a new status update on Facebook since we won't be donating tomorrow (DH has his fit test and polygraph for the police department and I can't trust myself to donate and drive :P): "SouthernSugar is bummed about not being able to give blood tomorrow; if it's such an easy way to help people, why does my life keep making it so darned difficult?  Fun donation fact: A unit of blood can go much further among children than adults; newborns only have about a cup of blood in their bodies.  So donate blood and save the munchkins!  :~D"
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: EduardosGirl on February 26, 2010, 01:39:45 AM
I just got a letter from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. They had to check my iron and haemoglobin levels more thoroughly as I was so low.

So... the appropriate levels for women should be 15-200.

I was 11.9. At risk of developing anaemia.

Le sigh.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on February 26, 2010, 11:47:19 PM
I donated! :D My 3rd donation ;D

My iron levels were good, but I felt queasy and dizzy afterwards so it took a while for me to get up and get my cookies. It was slightly embarrassing  :-[,  but thankfully I seem okay, just a little nauseated and wobbly. I can actually feel the 450mL of blood missing from my system :-\ :)


Kinda fun story: when I finally got my cookies (yum! Oreos and gingersnaps ;D), I met a girl who goes to my (old) high school! It was really funny; we got to talking about different teachers and clubs. She was super nice; she was there with a friend who also donated (it was her first time!) I knew her brother; we used to take the bus together, really nice and funny guy :D What a small world! Kinda perked me up :D


I'm hoping to go for donation #4 after April 23rd :D


Thanks, all! :)



ETA: I went with a friend (we both donated :D), and afterwards we both Tweeted/Facebook'd msgs promoting donating. :) Used some of E-hellions' messages:

I Tweeted/she FB'd - Saved 50 babies in 15 minutes, what did you do today?
I FB'd/she Tweeted - Support ethical vampires, donate blood (with the website for www.blood.ca)

Y'all are so much cleverer than either one of us :P Thanks!
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Lynnv on February 27, 2010, 10:54:30 AM
I donated platelets again yesterday.  And for the very first time (ever) I got dizzy when I went to stand up.  It passed in about 2 minutes, but it was a very odd feeling.  It was still well worth it tough, as I was able to make the largest platelet donation they take (my count tends to be very, very high).

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 27, 2010, 02:33:33 PM
I went up one point, but I'm still one point away from being allowed to give. I don't know that I can go tomorrow, so I guess I don't get to give Blood Donation February. :(

This was my 4th attempt this month. The lady who tested my iron said she'd make sure someone donated in my place, so I didn't feel so bad. That's nice. But, I wanted to give.

Edited to fix misspelling
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: Kitty_Cat on February 27, 2010, 07:15:41 PM
I went up one point, but I'm still one point away from being allowed to give. I don't know that I can go tomorrow, so I guess I don't get to give Blood Donation February. :(

This was my 4th attempt this month. The lady who tested my iron said she'd make sure someone donated in my place, so I didn't feel so bad. That's nice. But, I wanted to give.

Edited to fix misspelling
:-\ At least someone else will donate blood because of you, so the net result is the same.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: DottyG on February 28, 2010, 02:05:06 AM
One more day in the month if anyone wants to get in under the wire.

I'll get those of you above added to the Feb tally when I'm on my real computer. Sorry for the delay, but I haven't forgotten about you.

(We'll, of course, keep going in March. So, don't give up if you still
want to give later.)

Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: nutraxfornerves on March 01, 2010, 09:10:45 AM
Dang! I was all set to be the first person for March as I had an appointment for today. Unfortunately, the cold I came down with has been lingering, so I did the prudent thing and rescheduled for two weeks from now.
Title: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: DottyG on March 01, 2010, 01:43:38 PM
I just wanted to THANK all of you who participated in Blood Donation February.  ALL of you are so wonderful, and there are a lot of lives that were changed just because of you and all that you did.

We had 13 people donate blood/plasma/platelets in February!
We had 1 BRAND NEW donor!
There were at least 16 Tweets and FB Updates made about donating!
And, the list of "Other People Who Need to be Recognized" is so long that it became absolutely amazing!

THANK YOU ALL for everything you did towards the Challenge.


Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: BuffaloFang on March 02, 2010, 01:41:25 PM
I went up one point, but I'm still one point away from being allowed to give. I don't know that I can go tomorrow, so I guess I don't get to give Blood Donation February. :(

This was my 4th attempt this month. The lady who tested my iron said she'd make sure someone donated in my place, so I didn't feel so bad. That's nice. But, I wanted to give.

Edited to fix misspelling
Aww Dotty, I went through the same thing you did when I first started becoming anemic.  I wanted to donate so much (my DH and I had a friendly competition and I was in the lead with my 2 gallon pin!), I would wait until my iron levels got back up, then donate and be tired and lacking energy for 3-6 months.  Finally, my health just wasn't able to take the perpetual anemia anymore.  :(  Take care of yourself and don't push too hard.
Title: Re: Donating Blood (NON-DONORS-we need you!) See the EHell Challenge on Pg 4
Post by: JonGirl on March 03, 2010, 05:13:37 AM
I just got a letter from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. They had to check my iron and haemoglobin levels more thoroughly as I was so low.

So... the appropriate levels for women should be 15-200.

I was 11.9. At risk of developing anaemia.

Le sigh.


I had my iron level checked after I had my ds and they said the minimum was about 15. Mine was 8.  :o
I don't donate at all, but back then I couldn't even if I wanted to.
Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: Bethczar on March 04, 2010, 05:36:42 PM
I went in to donate today and while my iron was still good & high, I was bleeding really slowly, so it was a no go. I think I wasn't hydrated enough, and the nurse admitted that it wasn't her best job with the needle. (She is experienced, just a bad jab. Didn't hurt, though.) So I guess I'll have to wait until the end of April.

I went to get my hair cut afterward and discussed giving blood with my stylist. I'm off to put a note on my facebook page, too. If I can't give this month, maybe I can encourage someone else to.
Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: DottyG on March 04, 2010, 05:42:27 PM
Good for you, Bethczar!  I know you're disappointed about not actually being able to give, but way to go on trying and telling your stylist AND posting on FB! :)

Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: Hushabye on March 05, 2010, 03:18:42 PM
Looks like there's going to be a big blood drive on the 13th.  If we're not helping my mom move that day, I'm going to get both of us in since we couldn't go last month.
Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: wonderfullyanonymous on March 07, 2010, 08:55:11 PM
I made all my plasma donations in February, but I missed the 1st three donations in March due to a run of celulitis.
Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: Winterlight on March 08, 2010, 10:47:39 AM
Apparently my local RC branch has started giving gifts other than the t-shirt. I got a $5 Starbucks giftcard, which will buy my breakfast some morning when I'm late for work. Very glad to have it! :D
Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: AmethystAnne on March 09, 2010, 05:30:30 PM
I donated today(my hemoglobin level was 13.2  Yea!  :)).

It was a special drive today - a young man in the local community found out last month that he has bone cancer. His parents and grandmother are well-known people in the county. The family has alot of friends and decided to honor this young man by rallying the community.

A published writer who lives locally, sent e-mails to everyone she knows and also to all school employees asking everyone who could to donate.

the writer was sitting in the canteen section of the gym and was chatting. She said that at least 45 people had donated just within the 1st 1.5 hours. The drive ends at 5 or 6pm.

 
Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: One Goat to Rule Them All on March 09, 2010, 05:40:43 PM
hey Dotty! I just wanted to give you some encouraging words regarding your iron- I tend to have low iron levels too, and it was always touch and go on whether or not I'd be able to donate. Now I take an iron supplement and my blood drops like a stone during the test! Talk to your Doctor about it, having lowish iron isn't unusual and can be fixed fairly easily.

The levels they use for donating are based on averages for men, anyway. Women tend to have lower iron, especially during childbearing years, so being too low to donate doesn't necessarily mean that your iron levels are too low in general. They're just low compared to the average male.
Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: hot_shaker on March 09, 2010, 07:25:41 PM
The levels they use for donating are based on averages for men, anyway. Women tend to have lower iron, especially during childbearing years, so being too low to donate doesn't necessarily mean that your iron levels are too low in general. They're just low compared to the average male.

Oh, if that's true, I'm doubly mad now.  >:(
Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: One Goat to Rule Them All on March 09, 2010, 09:24:50 PM
The levels they use for donating are based on averages for men, anyway. Women tend to have lower iron, especially during childbearing years, so being too low to donate doesn't necessarily mean that your iron levels are too low in general. They're just low compared to the average male.

Oh, if that's true, I'm doubly mad now.  >:(

Well, it may be different in the states, but that's what they told me once when I didn't make the cutoff (i'm in Canada, so it was Canadian Blood Services).
Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: JoW on March 13, 2010, 01:59:45 PM
The levels they use for donating are based on averages for men, anyway. Women tend to have lower iron, especially during childbearing years, so being too low to donate doesn't necessarily mean that your iron levels are too low in general. They're just low compared to the average male.

Oh, if that's true, I'm doubly mad now.  >:(
There's really nothing to be mad about.  Its not sexism, its biology.  Folks who receive blood need the high-iron stuff.  Also, if you are low you can't spare it.

Quick-fixes to increase your iron fast usually don't work.  To drive your iron up eat high-iron foods often, not just the week before a planned donation.  When I was younger I took a women's formula vitamin that contained a lot of iron.  Now that I've turned into an old lady I've switched to a lower-iron formula.

 I donated Feb 10, but I don't post here often and I forgot to mention it. 
Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: Lynnv on March 13, 2010, 03:44:52 PM
I donated platelets yesterday.  I always get cold when I am donating....how did I never (and I go every two weeks) manage to notice that they have hot tea bags there before?  They even have one of my flavors, though not my favorites, of caffeine free tea there.  How on earth did I not see that?  D'oh.
Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: nutraxfornerves on March 14, 2010, 04:40:26 PM
The main reason for minimum hematocrit levels is to protect the donor, not the recipient. The links below are to articles from the US National Anemia Action Council.

Understanding Hematocrit Levels for Blood Donation (http://www.anemia.org/patients/feature-articles/content.php?contentid=000243&sectionid=00015) non technical explanation. Has a link to good information on Anemia& Nutrition, including iron-rich foods & how to increase iron absorption.

Advising Blood Donors About Anemia and Deferral Due to Low Hematocrit (http://www.anemia.org/professionals/feature-articles/content.php?contentid=378) This article is technical.

From the technical article, stuff in brackets added by me.
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Blood donors are required to have a hemoglobin level of at least 12.5 g/dL or hematocrit of 38% in order to donate blood. This is to ensure that donors have an adequate number of red blood cells (RBCs) for donation as well as adequate iron stores for erythropoiesis [making new red blood cells] following donation. Being deferred from donation due to a low hematocrit during screening does not always mean the patient is anemic or has a medical problem. For example, male donors with a hematocrit below the acceptable 38% are considered anemic, but nonanemic women within the normal hematocrit range of 36-37% are not able to donate blood. Although this practice turns away nonanemic women from donating blood, it reduces the chance of depleting their iron stores and potentially causing anemia following donation. Men are allowed to donate when slightly anemic becuase it is much easier for them to replace the iron lost during donation.

I'm donating tomorrow.

Title: Re: All EHellions - see Pg 37 for an important message to all of you
Post by: hot_shaker on March 14, 2010, 06:33:31 PM
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Blood donors are required to have a hemoglobin level of at least 12.5 g/dL or hematocrit of 38% in order to donate blood. This is to ensure that donors have an adequate number of red blood cells (RBCs) for donation as well as adequate iron stores for erythropoiesis [making new red blood cells] following donation. Being deferred from donation due to a low hematocrit during screening does not always mean the patient is anemic or has a medical problem. For example, male donors with a hematocrit below the acceptable 38% are considered anemic, but nonanemic women within the normal hematocrit range of 36-37% are not able to donate blood. Although this practice turns away nonanemic women from donating blood, it reduces the chance of depleting their iron stores and potentially causing anemia following donation. Men are allowed to donate when slightly anemic becuase it is much easier for them to replace the iron lost during donation.

Yup, that's me. 

Thanks for the info.
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Post by: DottyG on March 15, 2010, 11:51:34 AM
I have all of you down in the tally.  If I've missed anyone, please let me know.

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Post by: nutraxfornerves on March 15, 2010, 04:50:45 PM
Just got back from donating. They were handing out free pens to donors, but cautioned not to use the pen to fill out the donor questionnaire. "We discovered that the ink isn't good on our paper and it smears all over the place."
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Post by: DottyG on March 16, 2010, 10:21:27 AM
Just got back from donating. They were handing out free pens to donors, but cautioned not to use the pen to fill out the donor questionnaire. "We discovered that the ink isn't good on our paper and it smears all over the place."

"Ummm....gee.  Thanks for the great pen, y'all!"?! :D



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Post by: DottyG on March 18, 2010, 03:03:08 PM
I think a couple of you were planning to give blood recently.  Anyone need to be added to the tally?

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Post by: DottyG on March 20, 2010, 02:15:32 PM
I've been to the Blood Center so often that they know me when I walk in the door and take me right back to check my iron. We're all crossing our fingers that it'll be high enough this time.

Too low again. :(  I'm back to 36 - within normal range but too low to donate.

Darn it all. :( I was so sure this time.

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Post by: ShadesOfGrey on March 20, 2010, 08:30:42 PM
Does anyone know about CMV?

I heard that most people have it, and only those that dont can donate platelets for cancer patients, etc.  I'd like to donate platelets, but dont want to go through the process if I cant.  Can platelets be used for other kinds of patients even if you have CMV? 
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Post by: nutraxfornerves on March 21, 2010, 09:51:48 AM
I explained CMV, here, in post #21 (http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=66045.msg1541290#msg1541290)

Platelets are important in blood clotting. They are given to people with a disorder called Thrombocytopenia, where the body does nto produce enough platelets. They are sometimes used in treatment of certain cancers--for example leukemia, where the patient's platelet production may be suppressed during chemotherapy. They may also be used in people getting transplants.

Different countries have different guidelines, but in general, people with certain immune compromised status need CMV-negative blood products. These include transplant recipients who are CMV negative themselves and premature, low birth weight babies. Pregnant women need CMV -negative blood components so that the baby is not affected. Some authorities feel that anyone who is HIV+ should only get CMV-negative.

In other uses, it may not be important, such as surgery patients who just need temporary help in reducing bleeding.

One thing to consider--platelet donation can take a couple of hours, vs. 10 minutes or so for whole blood.

Most donors do not know if they are CMV positive or negative as only a percentage of blood products are screened for that, due to cost. If yours has not been screened, anything you donate will be assumed to be positive.
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Post by: Breezygirl on March 21, 2010, 12:14:09 PM
Just thought I would let you know that my husband and I both donated again on Wednesday.  :)
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Post by: DottyG on March 22, 2010, 10:03:33 AM
Just thought I would let you know that my husband and I both donated again on Wednesday.  :)

YEA!!! :)

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Post by: DottyG on March 22, 2010, 04:03:42 PM
This was in another thread.  But, I think it needs to be here as well: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1259627/Man-golden-arm-James-Harrison-saves-2million-babies-half-century-donating-rare-blood.html

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Post by: ShadesOfGrey on March 25, 2010, 09:02:41 AM
I tried to give platelets today, but wasn't able to make it through the donation. :-(. However, they did say they might have gotten a full donation out of what I was able to give. So, yay! :-)

I'm going to try again, but not just yet.  When I do, she said to drink 3x the amount of water I normally should, and to eat a couple hours before, not right before.

Everyone was so great-they made me feel so valued, even thouh I sorta didn't finish. It really made me wantto try again!
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Post by: Lynnv on March 25, 2010, 09:07:21 AM
I am in again on Friday for platelets.  I find that drinking a lot of water, starting the day before the donation, helps things out a lot.

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Post by: DottyG on March 25, 2010, 09:38:29 AM
I tried to give platelets today, but wasn't able to make it through the donation. :-(. However, they did say they might have gotten a full donation out of what I was able to give. So, yay! :-)

I'm going to try again, but not just yet.  When I do, she said to drink 3x the amount of water I normally should, and to eat a couple hours before, not right before.

Everyone was so great-they made me feel so valued, even thouh I sorta didn't finish. It really made me wantto try again!

WAY TO GO!  And, I agree - YAY! :)

(I've put you in as "Returning" but I wasn't sure - was this your first time to donate?  If so, I'll move you over to the "New Donors" section!)

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Post by: pendragon1980 on March 25, 2010, 10:52:08 AM
As a nurse and someone is is unable to donate blood, may I offer another "save a life" option.

Learn proper CPR, please.  Know where the AEDS are in the stores and malls near you. If a shopping center or community center doesn't have one, ask why? Most community center, colleges or hospitals offer a course in basic CPR.

If someone collapses near you, you'll be prepared to give the ambulance precious minutes.
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Post by: ShadesOfGrey on March 26, 2010, 08:22:35 AM
Dotty, I've donated whole blood a number of times before (although this thread got me back into it most recently), but this was the first time for platelets. 
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Post by: Lynnv on March 26, 2010, 08:28:48 AM
I am in again on Friday for platelets.  I find that drinking a lot of water, starting the day before the donation, helps things out a lot.



However, not waking up on the day of donation with a cold helps even more.  I am going to have to call and cancel for today and reschedule once this little bug passes out of my system.    :(
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Post by: DottyG on March 26, 2010, 09:54:14 PM
Take good care of yourself and get well. :) You can donate when you're feeling better.

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Post by: Lynnv on March 27, 2010, 12:33:32 AM
Take good care of yourself and get well. :) You can donate when you're feeling better.



Oh I will. I really don't feel all that bad, just stuffy and congested-but not terrible otherwise.  I am pretty sure I got it from DH.  He has been eligible for about 2 weeks to donate (he does whole blood), but has been under the weather too. 

I just hate missing a donation just for being a tiny bit ill....but better safe than sorry and all that jazz.   ;)
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Post by: Nibsey on March 27, 2010, 11:04:02 AM
Quick question, you know the rule that you can't donate for a year if you've lived abroad. How strict is that year thing. I'll be home a year in mid april but my dad is going to give blood next week. As it's my first time I want to go with him. Anyone know?
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Post by: Dindrane on March 27, 2010, 02:07:08 PM
I can't answer for sure, but I've done a lot of traveling in the past few years.  I don't think it's just "abroad" that blood donation centers care about - they actually care about where, specifically, you went.

For instance, I went to Asia last summer.  It wasn't a problem that I went to Hong Kong, Xian, Beijing, Singapore, or Bangkok.  It's potentially a problem that I went into the interior of Thailand.  I can't really say exactly where in the country I was, but there's a good chance I went into a part of it that bars me from donating blood (I think because of possible exposure to malaria).

If I were you, I'd just call up the blood center and ask them about your specific situation.  Tell them where you went and when you returned, and see if that fits into their guidelines.  Depending upon where you were living while abroad, you may not have even needed to wait a year.
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Post by: hot_shaker on March 27, 2010, 02:10:55 PM
I can't answer for sure, but I've done a lot of traveling in the past few years.  I don't think it's just "abroad" that blood donation centers care about - they actually care about where, specifically, you went.

Yeah.  I think it's where, when, and how long.  I would check with the Red Cross.
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Post by: One Goat to Rule Them All on March 27, 2010, 07:25:06 PM
Quick question, you know the rule that you can't donate for a year if you've lived abroad. How strict is that year thing. I'll be home a year in mid april but my dad is going to give blood next week. As it's my first time I want to go with him. Anyone know?

It depends on where you were. If it was in a place with Mad Cow, you may not be eligible. If you've visited a place where there's a risk of malaria, you may have to wait for a year.

Check out the website of whatever agency you donate through. They'll have the restrictions posted, or a phone number you can call.
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Post by: One Goat to Rule Them All on March 27, 2010, 07:25:31 PM
I donated today, Dotty!
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Post by: Nibsey on March 28, 2010, 09:29:57 AM
Quick question, you know the rule that you can't donate for a year if you've lived abroad. How strict is that year thing. I'll be home a year in mid april but my dad is going to give blood next week. As it's my first time I want to go with him. Anyone know?

It depends on where you were. If it was in a place with Mad Cow, you may not be eligible. If you've visited a place where there's a risk of malaria, you may have to wait for a year.

Check out the website of whatever agency you donate through. They'll have the restrictions posted, or a phone number you can call.

Thanks everyone, pretty sure it's because of malaria. I checked the website and it said 12 months but I was just wondering if anyone knows how strict it was. But i'll just give them a ring instead  :D
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Post by: DottyG on March 28, 2010, 08:39:05 PM
I donated today, Dotty!

YEA!!!!  Adding you to our list! :)

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Post by: DottyG on April 01, 2010, 11:33:59 AM
GUESS WHAT!

I just heard on the radio that everyone who donates blood or platelets today will be given $100!  It's a one-day thing, so hurry and get in to donate!














Ok, that's APRIL FOOLS! ;)  But, the truth is that today marks the first day of another month of our EHell Challenge!  Another chance for all of us to get out there and make a difference somehow.  Remember that "a difference" isn't just donating - it's anything from telling a friend about donation, volunteering at a blood collection site, passing out flyers, or whatever else you can think of!  Be creative!

GO TEAM!!!

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Post by: Harriet Jones on April 01, 2010, 11:36:47 AM
Getting ready to go donate right now!  My church is having a blood drive today. 
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Post by: DottyG on April 01, 2010, 11:37:38 AM
Getting ready to go donate right now!  My church is having a blood drive today. 

WHOA!  We have a donor right out of the starting gate!  YEA, DFT! :)

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Post by: Lynnv on April 01, 2010, 11:43:12 AM
Since I was sick and didn't go last week, I am scheduled in tomorrow for platelets.

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Post by: DottyG on April 01, 2010, 12:16:47 PM
Since I was sick and didn't go last week, I am scheduled in tomorrow for platelets.



:)

I'm glad you're feeling better.

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Post by: Harriet Jones on April 01, 2010, 02:08:19 PM
Getting ready to go donate right now!  My church is having a blood drive today. 

WHOA!  We have a donor right out of the starting gate!  YEA, DFT! :)



Done and back home!
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Post by: kitty-cat on April 01, 2010, 02:09:59 PM
Well, I have a week and a half before I can donate again. Hopefully multiple things will happen:
1) They can get me in one stick
2) Said stick holds
3) I can fill the bag
3b) I can fill the bag quick enough.

My donor profile says I'm at a half gallon donated, but I feel as if I've only donated 1/8th of a gallon because that was the only time all of the above happened. I've just let them poke me with needles 4 times...

Lets see: first time I took wayyy too long to fill the bag, second time everything went right, third time they couldn't even stick me, fourth time same as third. And the third and fourth times left me with really big bruises for like 3 weeks...

Here's to hoping.
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Post by: DottyG on April 01, 2010, 02:16:55 PM
Crossing my fingers and toes for you, k-c! :)

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Post by: TotterGirl on April 07, 2010, 03:52:26 PM
I'm not due until 4/21 or later, but I have a reminder on my Outlook calendar to make the appointment!

I'm due for knee surgery late this year or early next, so I need to donate as often as possible before I get deferred.  I need to remember to ask how long the deferral is when I go in next time.
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Post by: DottyG on April 07, 2010, 04:10:10 PM
I'm not due until 4/21 or later, but I have a reminder on my Outlook calendar to make the appointment!

You rock! :)

I'm due for knee surgery late this year or early next

Good luck!  I wish you all the best with it (tell me how it goes when you have it, ok?)

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Post by: TotterGirl on April 08, 2010, 01:03:03 PM
I'll keep y'all informed.  It is a total knee replacement, so rather a big deal.  But I'll keep bleeding until then!  ;D
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Post by: ShadesOfGrey on April 08, 2010, 06:54:04 PM
I got my very own blood donor card today! I was so excited about it.  It's a small thing, but, I was so happy to officially be a  "blood donor."

I'm  going to reschedule my platelet donation for the last week of this month...
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Post by: DottyG on April 08, 2010, 07:17:48 PM
I got my very own blood donor card today! I was so excited about it.  It's a small thing, but, I was so happy to officially be a  "blood donor."

Are you kidding?!  I think that's HUGE news!  YEA for you!!!

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Post by: ShadesOfGrey on April 08, 2010, 07:22:24 PM
Thanks, Dotty!
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Post by: faithlessone on April 10, 2010, 04:41:53 AM
Hey guys! I just donated again yesterday!

My arm hurts a little bit, but it's all good. :D
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Post by: DottyG on April 10, 2010, 06:18:17 PM
Very big grin here! :)

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Post by: Nurvingiel on April 10, 2010, 06:28:22 PM
I donated two days ago. I thought of you Dottyg! ;D
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Post by: kitty-cat on April 10, 2010, 08:38:16 PM
I plan on going Tuesday after class gets out :D

And yes, I've been guzzling water like there's no tomorrow...
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Post by: DottyG on April 10, 2010, 09:07:25 PM
Another very big grin now - and one to come on Tuesday!
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Post by: kitty-cat on April 12, 2010, 05:32:19 PM
Well, it appears that Tuesday=Friday for me... Apparently you need gas to drive to the blood alliance here, and I have too many classes on Wednsday to bike... 

Eh, gives me more time to drink up.
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Post by: DottyG on April 12, 2010, 06:04:25 PM
"'What day of the week is it? "Mahnday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday.'"

;)

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Post by: Bethczar on April 14, 2010, 01:34:39 PM
I got my very own blood donor card today! I was so excited about it.  It's a small thing, but, I was so happy to officially be a  "blood donor."

Are you kidding?!  I think that's HUGE news!  YEA for you!!!

I was excited to get mine, too! Nice to know I'm not the only one who get's tickled about these things.
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Post by: kitty-cat on April 14, 2010, 01:41:27 PM
I got my very own blood donor card today! I was so excited about it.  It's a small thing, but, I was so happy to officially be a  "blood donor."

Are you kidding?!  I think that's HUGE news!  YEA for you!!!

I was excited to get mine, too! Nice to know I'm not the only one who get's tickled about these things.

I was happy to get mine too. (also, because I didn't know what my blood type was... and I will always have a A- with me wherever I go now :P)
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Post by: kitty-cat on April 16, 2010, 12:55:37 PM
Hey, question- can you donate blood the same day that you get blood drawn by a Dr for blood tests for a checkup?  Just wanting to know; my dr ordered blood tests for my checkup, and I kinda would love to donate today too....
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Post by: DottyG on April 16, 2010, 01:13:32 PM
Hey, question- can you donate blood the same day that you get blood drawn by a Dr for blood tests for a checkup?  Just wanting to know; my dr ordered blood tests for my checkup, and I kinda would love to donate today too....

The last time I got blood drawn, I asked the same thing.  But, I was hoping to donate a few days later.  At that time, the lab said it'd be fine (they don't take enough for it to affect the donation).  However, you need to ask the actual Blood Donation place.  This is something they can answer for you.  Don't go by any advice here - go to the source. :)

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Post by: kitty-cat on April 16, 2010, 04:28:33 PM
Go me, go me, go me, go me!

I was able to actually fill the bag today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!one1eleventy!!!!!!!1  So, that brings my total of sucessful donations to 2 out of 5. My percentage is going up!


YAYAYAYYAYAY
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Post by: Lynnv on April 16, 2010, 04:47:46 PM
Hey, question- can you donate blood the same day that you get blood drawn by a Dr for blood tests for a checkup?  Just wanting to know; my dr ordered blood tests for my checkup, and I kinda would love to donate today too....

The last time I got blood drawn, I asked the same thing.  But, I was hoping to donate a few days later.  At that time, the lab said it'd be fine (they don't take enough for it to affect the donation).  However, you need to ask the actual Blood Donation place.  This is something they can answer for you.  Don't go by any advice here - go to the source. :)



I have no idea what the general answer is.  I only have 1 decent vein for drawing blood, so for me it would be a big old "NO" since it would mean sticking the same vein, in the same place, twice in the same day.

I donated platelets again today.  I am not sure what I did over the last 2 weeks, but my platelet count was way up.  The biggest platelet donation they do only took me 65 minute today.  Normally it is about 90 min (and up).  I just breezed right through today.  :>
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Post by: DottyG on April 16, 2010, 05:03:44 PM
Hey, question- can you donate blood the same day that you get blood drawn by a Dr for blood tests for a checkup?  Just wanting to know; my dr ordered blood tests for my checkup, and I kinda would love to donate today too....

The last time I got blood drawn, I asked the same thing.  But, I was hoping to donate a few days later.  At that time, the lab said it'd be fine (they don't take enough for it to affect the donation).  However, you need to ask the actual Blood Donation place.  This is something they can answer for you.  Don't go by any advice here - go to the source. :)



I have no idea what the general answer is.  I only have 1 decent vein for drawing blood, so for me it would be a big old "NO" since it would mean sticking the same vein, in the same place, twice in the same day.

I donated platelets again today.  I am not sure what I did over the last 2 weeks, but my platelet count was way up.  The biggest platelet donation they do only took me 65 minute today.  Normally it is about 90 min (and up).  I just breezed right through today.  :>

I don't want to get the thread closed, so I don't want to get into medical answers on things!  I'd rather people go to their Blood Donation place (or ask their doctor) about specific donation questions.  I don't think we're equipped to answer such questions here. :)

And, GO BOTH OF YOU!!!!  You both MAJORLY ROCK!!!

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Post by: DottyG on April 16, 2010, 05:18:36 PM
Y'all, I keep having this horrible feeling that someone's being left off the tally.  Remember that, if you ever find that you should be added and haven't been, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!  I'm not leaving you off deliberately.  I want everyone to be recognized for their wonderful contributions - of EVERY KIND!!!

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Post by: vorbau on April 16, 2010, 05:38:57 PM
DottyG -

Even though I've been away from the board for a few months, I haven't forgotten! Our blood bank liked the goodies so much I have made it a regular thing, and take at least one "batch" of muffins, cookies, cake and/or brownies over each month. I made extra sure they got goodies at Christmas, New Year's and Easter as well, and will do so whenever they have special drives or are facing peak demand (i.e., Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day).

Still can't donate myself (daggone chemo!) but DS is now 18 and plans to donate next month. I also found out my former partner (LE, not social) is a rare blood type (B+) and bugged, pestered, whined, nagged, badgered and harassed him until he agreed to donate - and he did, for the first time ever in his life, last month! And got such a great reception from the ladies at the bank (I think the goodies helped too) that he agreed to come back!

Vorbau
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Post by: DottyG on April 16, 2010, 05:52:44 PM
Whoo hooo, Vorbau!!!

:)

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Post by: Lynnv on April 16, 2010, 08:47:14 PM
Hey, question- can you donate blood the same day that you get blood drawn by a Dr for blood tests for a checkup?  Just wanting to know; my dr ordered blood tests for my checkup, and I kinda would love to donate today too....

The last time I got blood drawn, I asked the same thing.  But, I was hoping to donate a few days later.  At that time, the lab said it'd be fine (they don't take enough for it to affect the donation).  However, you need to ask the actual Blood Donation place.  This is something they can answer for you.  Don't go by any advice here - go to the source. :)



I have no idea what the general answer is.  I only have 1 decent vein for drawing blood, so for me it would be a big old "NO" since it would mean sticking the same vein, in the same place, twice in the same day.

I donated platelets again today.  I am not sure what I did over the last 2 weeks, but my platelet count was way up.  The biggest platelet donation they do only took me 65 minute today.  Normally it is about 90 min (and up).  I just breezed right through today.  :>

I don't want to get the thread closed, so I don't want to get into medical answers on things!  I'd rather people go to their Blood Donation place (or ask their doctor) about specific donation questions.  I don't think we're equipped to answer such questions here. :)

And, GO BOTH OF YOU!!!!  You both MAJORLY ROCK!!!



Absolutely...which is why I said I don't know the general answer....only my personal one.   ;D  But I would definitely ask about it if it was an issue for me (with only one really good vein, it isn't an issue at all for me personally).

I had some nice herbal teas (which I only noticed they had a couple of donations ago), got a cookie, and found out that my next donation will put me over 3 gallons!  I know they aren't counting from when I donated semi-regularly in college (different state, too many years ago), but it is still cool to be able to pick up a gallon jug of milk and say I am about to have given 3 of these since I became a regular donor again. 
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Post by: DottyG on April 16, 2010, 09:58:16 PM
Oh my goodness. That is a pretty vivid way of picturing it. That is so cool!

I just want to make 1 gallon at this point. Heck, at this point, I'd be happy if I could just give, period! I keep offering, but that dang iron count is being so cantankerous.

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Post by: M-theory on April 19, 2010, 08:14:17 PM
I tried to donate Saturday, but apparently, for the first time in 8 years, my hemoglobin is too low. I've been living off eggs, tuna, and matzah for a few weeks due to my bank problems/kosher diet, but I do take supplements, so I was really surprised and disappointed.

Giving blood is the only thing that makes me feel OK with life - as much as it makes me shudder, I think it's time to add liver to my diet!
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Post by: snowfire on April 21, 2010, 09:57:03 AM
DH & I also donated again this month.  He finally made 6 gallons.  I'm a few pints ahead of him.
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on April 21, 2010, 01:54:51 PM
I actually forgot about donating  :-[  but I wouldn't have been able to anyway, so I don't feel *too* guilty. :-\

I made up for it by booking my appointment (May 7th!) and Tweeting about donating. My good friend Lacey also Tweeted and booked her appt. AND someone on my Twitter feed also posted about a blood clinic he's at today. It's his 33rd time to donate; his dad, who's with him, has donated 85-90 times!  :o :D SO awesome! :D


And I forgot to tell you all: I've become a member of  OneMatch  (http://www.blood.ca/CentreApps/Internet/UW_V502_MainEngine.nsf/page/onematch?OpenDocument&CloseMenu), a database for people who may/can donate bone marrow and stem cells. I'm a bit nervous about donating, but I hope that if/when I get called up, I'll have the strength to do so. I really want to help so *fingers crossed* :)



YAY! to all our donators, and a special [/i]THANK YOU![/i] to Dotty for reminding and cheering us on! ;D
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: Kitty_Cat on April 21, 2010, 06:30:15 PM
I donated on Thursday, April 15. Unfortunately, I will not be able to donate for at least one year due to my reaction (abrupt lowering of blood pressure, resulting in nearly fainting).
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: DottyG on April 21, 2010, 06:56:15 PM
I donated on Thursday, April 15. Unfortunately, I will not be able to donate for at least one year due to my reaction (abrupt lowering of blood pressure, resulting in nearly fainting).

You get a STANDING OVATION for what you did!  I'm sorry you had such a bad experience, though. :(  Are you ok now?

Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: DottyG on April 21, 2010, 07:04:41 PM
And, miss_ann_thrope, you're amazing!  I'm so happy that you've joined OneMatch.  I know it's a big step to do that. So, on behalf of anyone that you're able to help, THANK YOU!!!  You are so wonderful!

I've added you AND your friends into the tally! :)

Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: TotterGirl on April 22, 2010, 12:41:48 PM
I donated again yesterday!!!!!   ;D
Unfortunately I have a truly spectacular bruise for a souvenir. :-\


But what do bruises count when I've reached the 3 gallons donated mark!  Go Me!
I'm totally stoked, bruise and all!
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: DottyG on April 22, 2010, 01:39:43 PM
I'm so jealous (of the 3 gallon mark - not the bruise! :D).  Way to go!

Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: Layla Miller on April 22, 2010, 09:40:11 PM
My campus is having another blood drive on May 6, and I just made my appointment.  I'm one for two on these drives, so keep your fingers crossed!
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: Lynnv on April 24, 2010, 09:21:50 AM
My campus is having another blood drive on May 6, and I just made my appointment.  I'm one for two on these drives, so keep your fingers crossed!

My fingers are crossed for you!

Meanwhile, one of the platelet locations here in Colorado (Boulder) flooded yesterday-so they are suddenly and unexpectedly low on platelets.  I am scheduled in at 8am tomorrow morning.  I will probably miss Sunday services, but it was the only appointment they have open tomorrow (not anymore  ;D) and they need to replenish those supplies quickly.  If the donation goes well, I will get my 3 gallon pin tomorrow!
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: Lynnv on April 25, 2010, 10:44:38 AM
I am sitting in the donor chair right now and will be here for another hour or so.  I am officially a three-gallon donor now.   ;D

edited to add a space (yikes)...that is what comes of typing with one arm held down by a needle.  :>
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: Valentines Mommy on April 25, 2010, 10:57:03 AM
Vmommy and Vdaddy have 3:30 appointments at the Pearland blood center. Will post again when we are done. If successful, I become a bronze commit for life member today.
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: Valentines Mommy on April 25, 2010, 04:04:10 PM
Donating plasma (me) and red blood cells (DH)right now
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: Valentines Mommy on April 25, 2010, 06:27:34 PM
Actually, we both did RBCs. He did platelets too. Sore and sleepy but happy we donated. Thanks Dottyg for keeping this going.
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: kitty-cat on April 25, 2010, 08:59:00 PM
Dottyg, I just relized something- This thread has been going so long and I've donated whenever possible, that I've been mentioned in 3 months so far! October, December, and April.
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: little bird on April 26, 2010, 04:15:12 PM
I just donated for the first time and I think I'm hooked!  (And my technician made all the others come over to admire my veins!)

I've never been able to do it before but this time my iron levels must have been okay.

Feels kind of silly next to all the 3-gallon donators but there's now a pint of my blood out there for someone who needs it.  :)
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: Dindrane on April 26, 2010, 04:26:50 PM
Well, sparrow bones, you're only 23 donations away from 3 gallons now. ;)
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: DottyG on April 26, 2010, 09:02:46 PM
A brand new donor who's going to continue giving. A donor who saw a desperate need and quickly stepped up to help out. Donors going as a couple. A donor who's given often enough that she's been in our tally multiple times now. Donors who have reached multiple gallon marks....  Y'all seriously have so touched my heart. I've been out of town, so I'm just now seeing all these posts.

I'm going to add all of you to the tally when I'm on my real computer tomorrow. But, tonight, please accept a huge hug to all of you for all you've done. You are so wonderful - each of you.

 
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: Lynnv on April 26, 2010, 09:03:57 PM
Well, sparrow bones, you're only 23 donations away from 3 gallons now. ;)

And only ZERO donations away from making a difference in-and possibly saving-someone's life.  The step from zero to one is a huge one...a lot bigger than the step from 23 to 24!
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: little bird on April 27, 2010, 10:39:20 AM
Well, sparrow bones, you're only 23 donations away from 3 gallons now. ;)

And only ZERO donations away from making a difference in-and possibly saving-someone's life.  The step from zero to one is a huge one...a lot bigger than the step from 23 to 24!

:)

I'm actually really excited about it!  I can donate again in late June and DF said he'd come with me and donate as well! 
Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: DottyG on April 27, 2010, 10:47:27 AM
I've added y'all into the tally.  And, a couple of you, I've added in 2 places.  Because I think what you've done deserves an extra mention.

sparrow bones, I'm so excited for you!  I agree with the others - what you did was such a huge step in the process.  That first time giving is the biggest step of all.  You so majorly ROCK right now!

Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: DottyG on April 27, 2010, 10:48:14 AM
and DF said he'd come with me and donate as well! 

You were typing at the same time I was, so I didn't see this until now.  I'M MORE BLOWN AWAY THAN BEFORE NOW!  :)

Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: DottyG on April 27, 2010, 10:57:40 AM
WELL!  How about that?!  We've done such a phenomenal job in this Challenge that we've exceeded the number of characters allowed in the OP!!!  :D  How WONDERFULLY COOL is that?!

In order to save space, I'm going to have to move last year's portion of the tally out into its own post.

Here is the info for 2009:


December EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
7 (Mrelia, baglady, Silversurfer, DottyG, LynnV (platelets), miss_ann_thrope, jateeter  )

New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
1 (mk_katherine (yes, you still count! :) ) )

Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!


People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* mk_katherine told the girls in her study group about donating, and they might go donate as well!
* Winterlight told her boss - and he donated!


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* baglady's office that puts balloons on the cubicles of those who donate - what a great way to advertise the fact that someone's given blood (and a great little reward for doing so)!
* Winterlight tried to give - iron was too low, but she did her part! Plus, she told her boss about giving!
* Kitty-cat tried to give, but had some difficulties. Is going to let arms recuperate and try again mid-January!




November EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
8 (Lynnv (platelets), Lynnv's hubby (whole blood), HeebyJeebyLeebee (who had an awesome phlebotomist!), nutraxfornerves, Nurvingiel, Nurvingiel's hubby, Information_queen, Jason)

New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
3 (Nekoro and husband, Esther_bunny)

Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
1 (vorbau dropped off yummy cookies and muffins at her local Blood Bank, vorbau dropping off MORE goodies

People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
*Because of the tragedy at Ft. Hood, many people are sending emails out and putting a note in their FB status urging friends and family to give - I think credit needs to be given to all of you who are doing this.  Thank you for this act - you may think it's simple, but just think about all the people you are reaching just by doing this. If one person gives due to your message and they tell another person who gives and so on, this could be a massive donation to the effort.

*vorbau - an amazing array of things! (Asking the following to do Blood Drives: her law enforcement agencies, national children's organization, volunteer groups, son's HS orchestra/PTA, local community orchestra, professional organizations; asked 24 neighbors to donate)


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
*desireesgranny is checking to see if her deferment has ended!

*The long line of people Esther_bunny encountered after the Ft Hood incident

*vorbau's neighbors asking their employers to sponsor a Blood Drive

*Three members of vorbau's professional committee have agreed to donate locally

*vorbau's son asking his HS to sponsor a Blood Drive

*vorbau's husband asking his company to sponsor a Blood Drive as well as emailing friends to donate

*vorbau's husband donating HIMSELF again for the first time in 50+ years! (WAY TO GO!!!)

*vorbau's 3 coworkers (Mickey, JohnD and DDP) gave blood!



October EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY FOR ALL OF YOU!
9 (Catgal, LauraLBW, Winterlight, kam0706, kitty-cat, LynnV (who donates platelets, so she's going in even more often!), Layla Miller, gibsongirl (she's at the 2 GALLON MARK!), jateeter (on her way to GALLON 3!)

New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
2 (CluelessBride (double reds), miss_ann_thrope)

Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - YOU ROCK!
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People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ARE AN AWESOME GROUP!
Catgal's telling the Red Cross about our Challenge!
Deep-fried Twinkie's flyers!
GoldenGemini's FB statuses!
Alida telling others!
Winterlight's FB statuses!
kennedar's "hounding" her husband!
amylouky's recruiting others around her when a Blood Drive is going on!


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
Outdoor Girl's call to see if she's eligible to donate, yet - can't at the moment, but she's still trying!
LauraLBW's picking up a flyer to remind her about giving!
Hijinks will donate after she's finished bfing!
Hijinks's husband donates regularly!
Deep-fried Twinkie tried to give!
Hot_Shaker tried to give, but iron was too low.  So, she's eating lots of iron-rich food and is going to try again!
Hot_Shaker's going in again next week to try again!  Cross your fingers everyone!
HeebyJeebyLeebee's giving again next week!
Desireesgranny is no longer eligible to give blood, but she IS able to donate her organs and is going to do so!



September EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors
18 (faithlessone, starchasm, heebyJeebyLeebee, kymom, snowfire, Mr. snowfire, frozen_flowers, frozen_flowers' hubby, reddevil, whylime13, JoanOfArc, nutraxfornerves, Slartibartfast, Information_queen, Jason, Nurvingiel, Julep, matf)

New Donors
3 (DottyG, Mrelia, Nurvingiel's hubby)

Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc
2 (Midnight Kitty's cookies for the donors, Kiara's signing people in/helping out wherever needed!)

People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating
faithlessone's roommates (4) and notice on her LJ page
Information_queen's LJ page
whylime13's friend
Catgal's public affairs dept


Title: Re: Do you know how to save a life? See Pg 4 for some ideas!
Post by: AndreaBeth105 on April 30, 2010, 02:08:23 PM
I don't know how I missed this thread up until now!  I donated last Saturday (April 24) one week after I became eligible again.  I also marked it on my calendar to go as soon as I become eligible again.

I had some problems with elibility for a while based on iron, but I've been taking vitamins and they seem to be keeping me just above the eligibility line.  :)

Can I be added to the tally? 
Title: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on April 30, 2010, 02:53:22 PM
Can I be added to the tally?  

Are you SERIOUS?! ;)  ABSOLUTELY!!!

Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on April 30, 2010, 03:03:15 PM
One more day in the April tally!  Anyone we've missed?

Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: little bird on April 30, 2010, 05:48:48 PM
I'm already on the tally but I thought I'd share something about our blood drive that I thought was really amazing. 

27 people signed up, 25 were actually allowed to donate.  Out of those 25?  22 were first-time donors.  I just think that's so cool! 
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on April 30, 2010, 06:06:35 PM
I'm already on the tally but I thought I'd share something about our blood drive that I thought was really amazing. 

27 people signed up, 25 were actually allowed to donate.  Out of those 25?  22 were first-time donors.  I just think that's so cool! 

That is so wonderful!  I'm glad you shared that - it's definitely cool!

(And, I think it deserves a mention in our tally. :) )

Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on April 30, 2010, 06:12:04 PM
As I was updating the tally just now for April, I took a look at how we did this month.  We had an incredible April!  Take a moment to read through the things that our EHellions (and their friends/family) did this month!  You'll be amazed.

Let's have a great May, too!!!

Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: ShadesOfGrey on April 30, 2010, 07:58:54 PM
As I was updating the tally just now for April, I took a look at how we did this month.  We had an incredible April!  Take a moment to read through the things that our EHellions (and their friends/family) did this month!  You'll be amazed.

Let's have a great May, too!!!



I'll be doing platelets in May again.  I got a little gun-shy after last time, and was a bit nervous to make the appointment again in April, even though I really wanted to try again.  I've had a bit of vacation, and I caught up on this thread, and I am rearing to go again!  So, likely the first week in May - I'll post when I do it. 

Oh, I forgot to mention - they were able to get a full donation out of what I donated last time (despite the shortened time I donated), so I was very very happy about that! Apparently, I have a lot of platelets in my blood :)
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: kitty-cat on April 30, 2010, 08:06:00 PM
Oh, I'm already counting down the days until I can donate again. And this time I will remember to drink water more than half an hour before...

Oh, my blood aliance has a point system-each donation you get a certain number of points. Well, I cashed in my points for a backpack. And said backpack came today. Hello beach bag!
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: vorbau on April 30, 2010, 08:09:52 PM
DS is now 18 and has his first appt to donate for Monday, May 3. I will take the first of two batches of goodies that day also - the stuff is so popular I offered to bring stuff in twice a month. Monday our local blood bank will get French Vanilla muffins with dried cherries, triple chocolate chip cookies, white chocolate pumpkin cookies, and Irish soda bread (by request, I'll be happy to share the recipe if anyone wants it).

I still can't donate (sigh) but DH says he will try to do so in May (he's A+).
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: Bellantara on May 02, 2010, 10:37:54 PM
Unless the blood donation organizations change their policies, I'll never be able to donate again.   :-\  And that's kinda sad, because I'm O+ and donated every chance I got until they came up with the permanent deferment for anyone who spent more than six months in Europe in the 80s. (I think that's right.)  Curse you, Mad Cow Disease!  ;)
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: kitty-cat on May 02, 2010, 10:41:36 PM
Bellantra, my brother's dad is the same way. He was in England a lot during the '90s... And by "a lot" I mean he got enough frequent flyer miles to go there for free every 6 months...
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on May 02, 2010, 10:45:06 PM
But, the good news, Bellantatra, is that we can still VERY much use you even without the actual blood! :)

Check out some of the other ways our EHellions have contributed on Pg 1! We have some amazing people here doing so many wonderful things besides blood donation itself.

 
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on May 03, 2010, 09:39:40 AM
Special note to vorbau's son today:  GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR DONATION!!!  You totally ROCK for giving blood today!  I hope that it goes super well and that this is the start of a lifelong process of donating. :)

Be sure to enjoy some of your mother's goodies afterwards.  I'm so jealous - they sound YUMMY!

Let us know when you've donated, so I can add you to our tally.  You, definitely, need to be recognized.

Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: vorbau on May 03, 2010, 09:05:37 PM
Special note to vorbau's son today:  GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR DONATION!!!  You totally ROCK for giving blood today!  I hope that it goes super well and that this is the start of a lifelong process of donating. :)

Be sure to enjoy some of your mother's goodies afterwards.  I'm so jealous - they sound YUMMY!

Let us know when you've donated, so I can add you to our tally.  You, definitely, need to be recognized.



DottyG - The Kid (let's call him Koshka) did donate today! Everything went fine and he had the staff cracking up with his voice imitations (he's a gifted mimic). They gave him extra cookies and two bottles of Gatorade. So - you can chalk up another O+ donor.

And he's persuaded his girlfriend to donate - I'll let you know how that goes.

Vorbau
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: JoW on May 05, 2010, 10:41:04 PM
I donate yesterday.  Lifetime #104.


I read hear daily or close too it.  I seldom post because my style is a little too harsh for this board.  Reading here is too much fun to risk getting kicked out.
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: katycoo on May 05, 2010, 10:56:38 PM
I'm due again and am attending tonight (can only donate every 3 months in Australia).  I am also particpating in a iron study between donations for the red cross.
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on May 06, 2010, 09:35:44 AM
I have just scheduled my platelet appointment for Sunday morning.
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: Layla Miller on May 06, 2010, 12:50:24 PM
Okay, I donated this morning.  No problems, either, so I'm two for three now!  They did ask me to state my name over and over again throughout the preliminary stuff, which they didn't do last time.  It kind of felt like they were trying to make absolutely sure it was me, in case someone tried to sneak in and donate blood under my name or something.  They must have believed me eventually, though, because they accepted my blood.  :)

And hooray for free cookies!  :D
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on May 07, 2010, 05:01:19 PM
I'm so sorry, y'all.  I got behind on updating the tracker.  But, I've got you in there now!

JoW, I'm glad you're around - even if you're lurking!  Keep letting me know when you donate - even if you don't post much on the site. :)

kam0706, congrats on the iron study.  Now, figure out what the heck I can't give!!!  What's the deal with my iron?!

LynnV, you majorly rock.  You are one of our most dedicated donators!

Layla Miller, you're one up on me! :D  Congrats on being able to do it this time.  And, yea for yummy cookies!

Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: Bethczar on May 07, 2010, 07:03:40 PM
Okay, I donated this morning.  No problems, either, so I'm two for three now!  They did ask me to state my name over and over again throughout the preliminary stuff, which they didn't do last time.  It kind of felt like they were trying to make absolutely sure it was me, in case someone tried to sneak in and donate blood under my name or something.  They must have believed me eventually, though, because they accepted my blood.  :)
No, they just want anyone unauthorized to take their cookies.

I'm eligible to donate again now, but I'm waiting until the blood drive at work at the end of the month. That way I can do something good, get cookies, get out of work, and get paid for the time. What can I say, it's been slow at work lately...
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: Layla Miller on May 07, 2010, 08:26:52 PM
Okay, I donated this morning.  No problems, either, so I'm two for three now!  They did ask me to state my name over and over again throughout the preliminary stuff, which they didn't do last time.  It kind of felt like they were trying to make absolutely sure it was me, in case someone tried to sneak in and donate blood under my name or something.  They must have believed me eventually, though, because they accepted my blood.  :)
No, they just want anyone unauthorized to take their cookies.

LOL!  I do get that crazed look on my face when I see cookies, so I could see that.  ;D

I'm eligible to donate again now, but I'm waiting until the blood drive at work at the end of the month. That way I can do something good, get cookies, get out of work, and get paid for the time. What can I say, it's been slow at work lately...

That could pretty much describe me, too.  They hold the blood drives pretty regularly at work, so I just wait for them to roll around and sign up.  So easy!
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on May 09, 2010, 08:19:46 PM
Today was a two-stick day...but they did get the vein on the second try and I made my usual large triple donation of platelets.

DH also came in, as he is due for whole blood.  He was deferred because he was running a slight fever (even though he feels fine) and will try back again in a week or two, depending on his schedule.

Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: nutraxfornerves on May 10, 2010, 03:48:48 PM
I just got back from donating whole blood. Right behind me was a couple who had wandered in off the street. "We've always meant to donate and we realized we were in the neighborhood--so here we are!"
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: kitkatswing on May 12, 2010, 11:38:23 PM
Im so excited!!! I was able to donate blood today!!! My iron levels are at normal now (yay gluten free diet)...

But I did faint afterwards... eeeep!!
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on May 13, 2010, 11:00:48 AM
But I did faint afterwards... eeeep!!

You poor thing!  Are you ok now?  Take good care of yourself, ok?  And, CONGRATULATIONS ON THE IRON!  I'm jealous! :D

Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: kitkatswing on May 13, 2010, 10:38:15 PM
But I did faint afterwards... eeeep!!

You poor thing!  Are you ok now?  Take good care of yourself, ok?  And, CONGRATULATIONS ON THE IRON!  I'm jealous! :D



Yeah I am fine now, after a hearty dinner and good nights sleep :)

I was so excited that I could finally donate!!! Last time I went I couldnt because of my iron levels, which lead to me discovering (through tests) that I am gluten intolerant.. So my new diet definitly is working!

12 weeks and I will go back again :)
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on May 17, 2010, 11:38:57 AM
It's been a really stressful week, so this kinda got lost in all that's going on.

But, I finally was able to donate this past Saturday. My iron levels were finally within range. I think a cheer went up in the room!

And, in a twist of fate, it might be that my donation could hit close to home. Since Dad is in surgery at this very moment, it could be that my donation could mean that I helped my own Dad.

Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: hot_shaker on May 17, 2010, 11:53:07 AM
It's been a really stressful week, so this kinda got lost in all that's going on.

But, I finally was able to donate this past Saturday. My iron levels were finally within range. I think a cheer went up in the room!

And, in a twist of fate, it might be that my donation could hit close to home. Since Dad is in surgery at this very moment, it could be that my donation could mean that I helped my own Dad.


Yay, Dotty!!  :D  I'm glad that you were finally able to donate!

I hope you Dad makes a fast and easy recovery.
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on May 17, 2010, 01:58:24 PM
Hurrah for increased iron levels.  Hope your dad makes a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: Donating Blood - EHELL CHALLENGE Pg 4 (NON-DONORS-we need you!)
Post by: whylime13 on May 17, 2010, 05:30:45 PM
Hurray!!!!!!!!

(http://bestsmileys.com/cheering/5.gif)


I was wondering how things were going for you Dotty, but didn't want to bring it up in case your iron was still giving you problems.  I'm glad to hear you made your donation!
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on May 18, 2010, 10:59:53 PM
Congrats, Dotty, on donating! That's exciting! :D You're AWESOME! :D :D :D

I hope your dad has a speedy recovery :)





I have bad news :( I had a cold on the day of my appointment. I felt fine, but they didn't want to risk it, so I couldn't donate :(
But silver lining: Today I booked an appt. for June 18th, so hopefully I'll be able to donate then :)



Congrats, again, Dotty and everyone who donated. Y'all are amazing people! :D
Title: Re: Blood donors AND non-blood donors are needed!
Post by: Odyssey on May 19, 2010, 11:10:21 AM
I push for anyone I know to donate. My grandmother died of a cancer that had metastasized to her lungs. I remember my mother telling me she might look funny because of her chemo treatments. During her treatments and her final hospital stay she was constantly in need of platelets.

Unfortunately I was born in Germany during the Mad Cow scare, so I am unable to donate. If the FDA ever takes that requirement off the list I will gladly make appointments like clockwork. In the mean time I will look to other ways to donate. Thanks to this board I now know I can donate snacks too. I think I will be calling my local chapter to see if they can use my help that way.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: juliasqueezer on May 23, 2010, 10:39:47 AM
Long time donor here. It started many, many years ago when my mom had stomach surgery that went badly. She needed blood, and received it. She'd never been ablle to donate because of childhood hepatitis. I remember sitting by her hospital bed, watching the blood drip into her, whispering "come on, come on, do your best, blood!".  She survived and thrived. Today, she's 88 and going strong.

That was my turning point. I began donating as a way of saying thanks to whoever it was that donated those pints that saved my mom. It was discovered by Red Cross testing that my blood is O-neg and CMV-neg, so it's normally collected in a quad-bag: a regular sized bag with seals that divide it into 4 sections. It can then be cut into 4 small bags for easier transfusion to newborns and babies. At least that's what they tell me. I am not a nurse.

I find blood donation to be very easy. I don't get weak or feel faint or anything. Just a pinch in the crook of my arm, lay there daydreaming for a few minutes, and I'm done.

I now have 4 of those gallon donor pins. Unfortunately, I've become anemic, so recent attempts to donate have not been successful. For now. I keep trying and have every intention of donating again.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: kitty-cat on May 23, 2010, 10:42:22 AM
Well, my donation time is slowly comming up again. I'm set for June 11. And I've been doing my best to drink about a gallon of liquid a day; supposed to be water, but lemonaide and fruit punch tastes soo much better :P

Plus, I'm pretty sure they just want me to be able to give more of my A- blood to them.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on May 23, 2010, 10:44:47 AM
I was in today to donate.  Unfortunately, the regular Sunday folks weren't there.  And the folks who were there were inexperienced floaters who didn't want to try my difficult veins.  Grumble-I wish they had a way to flag folks like me (difficult to draw, needs an experienced and confident person to make it work) so that they could call and let me know if I have scheduled at a bad time. 

I am rescheduling for next week, when the more experienced folks are back.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: ShadesOfGrey on May 23, 2010, 08:39:03 PM
Well, my donation time is slowly comming up again. I'm set for June 11. And I've been doing my best to drink about a gallon of liquid a day; supposed to be water, but lemonaide and fruit punch tastes soo much better :P

Do you have to drink that much water this early? The nurse told me just the day before (but like, 3X the normal amount I would drink).


I'm scheduled for platelets on June 3.  Here'e hoping it goes better this time!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: kitty-cat on May 23, 2010, 08:43:38 PM
Hey, it couldn't hurt! I was juuussstt able to fill the bag in the 15 minute deadline and that was because I guzzled water 45 minutes before. I want no problems! I want them to stick me, I twirl the ball a few times to keep it flowing, and then I get a band-aid, cherry coke, and a "I donated" sticker.

I DON'T want them to have to call over 3 diffrent stickers, hope and pray they get it, and then my sticker have to hold the needle into place. She literally had to hold the needle flat and keep the blood pressure cuff inflated to keep the A- flowin.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Bethczar on May 24, 2010, 03:31:51 PM
Just got done donating. Had a little scare - my iron levels were borderline according to the first guy, but I passed with flying colors 3 minutes later (???)
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Breezygirl on May 26, 2010, 03:14:08 PM
Donating tonight again. :)
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on May 27, 2010, 06:14:20 PM
First of all, I've updated our Tracker, so make sure your name is on there if you've done ANYTHING AT ALL for the donation cause!!!

And, get this!  We've done SUCH a great job with this that we've exceeded the character space on the original post again!  Can you believe we did it again so quickly?!

Because of that, I'm having to move some of our data here to make room for new entries!

~~~~~~~~

MARCH EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
8 (LauraLBW, Winterlight, Lynnv (platelets),nutraxfornerves, Breezygirl, Breezygirl's husband, DigitalPumpkin46 (platelets - didn't make it completely through the donation, but they still think they got enough for a full donation from what she was able to give), Fiver   )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
 ( )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!


People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* Bethczar told her hair stylist about blood donations!  Maybe the stylist will give as a result of this? :)
* Bethczar posted a message on her FB about donating!
* Be sure to see the story LauraLBW posted on Pg 38 re: a young man in her community who has bone cancer and all the donations done in his behalf.  Also note that at least 45 people had donated just within the 1st 1.5 hours.


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
*Bethczar tried to give.  Iron was high enough (I'm jealous!) but she wasn't bleeding quickly enough.  So, it was a "no go."  BUT, she still tried - and that's wonderful!
* Winterlight's Red Cross now gives Starbucks cards for donating!
* wonderfullyanonymous tried to give platelets, but had a run of cellulitis that prevented it. That will heal, and she'll be back on track!
* DigitalPumpkin46 donated, and her location "was so great-they made [her] feel so valued, even thouh [she] sorta didn't finish. It really made [her] wantto try again!"



FEBRUARY EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
13 (DigitalPumpkin46 (Ok, technically, it was in Jan, but I'm counting it for Feb's tally, because I just found out about it! :D), Julep, StrawberryDots, KatPsych (back after an 8 year hiatus from giving!), Winterlight, kckgirl (not only gave, but did so by braving the blizzards in her area in the process!), Kitty_Cat, whylime13, Reddie321 (first time in almost a year - welcome back!), renfield1969 (donates plasma every two weeks or so. AB-. Last was on the 15th and is planning to donate again next week!), TotterGirl (took a couple of tries and she got a pretty bruise as a "doorprize"!, miss_ann_thrope (3rd time giving!), Lynnv (platelets - and was able to make the largest donation they take!)   )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
1 (Archer (WAY TO GO!!!!!!  A BRAND NEW DONOR!!!! )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!


People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* purplemuse has a message on her FB page about donating!
* Changing1 has a message on her FB page about donating!
* Amava has a message on her FB page about donating!
* Syfygeek  can no longer donate herself but is encouraging others to donate! And, a message on her FB page!
* Southern Sugar has a message on her FB page about donating! (You need to see the cute message she posted!  Check out the "Look! Look! Look Everyone!" thread in the Coffee Break folder! :D)
* Cyradis can't give for another 6 months, but is posting a message on FB!
* HatStrap is spreading the word to donate and has explained, multiple times (it sounds like!) to her coworker exactly why it's so important to give regularly - maybe he'll join the donation ranks, at some point, himself!
* MizB has a message on her FB page about donating and is a journalist who covered multiple blood drives over the summer! She's also covering another one the "pint-sized heroes" drive at the local grade school next week!
* Winterlight reminded her office to give!
* DottyG has posted a message on her FB page about donating! ;)
* penguinpants can't donate because she's pregnant, but she's going to ask her friends and family to donate in her place!
* Reddie321 has a message on her FB page about donating!
* Kitty_Cat talked to a man from her church about donating. He is very interested because his wife received two transfusions when she was undergoing chemotherapy.
* Southern Sugar posted a great FB message - check it out on Pg 37!
* miss_ann_thrope (and a friend she met while donating herself) Tweeted and posted FB updates about donating.  Check out their messages on Pg 37!)


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* I think that both EHellDame and Ticia need recognition for their part in our own EHell "Blood Donation Month" :)  Y'all are truly wonderful for doing this for us!
* Amava used to give but had to stop for medical reasons.  However, she's going to try again in honor of our Blood Donation Month!!!  YEA, Amava!  You are terrific!
* Stranger donates blood and plasma as often as allowed! She's also registered as a bone marrow donor, an organ donor and a living donor!  Her whole family is listed as organ donors! Way to go Stranger Family!
* Dogzard wants to do something, but there aren't any blood donation drives in her area.  So, she's going to donate plasma!  Way to step up and find something that can be done!
* Southern Sugar is going to try to donate herself. Even if she's not able to, she's going to get her husband to do so. Doing so is good for his health due to a family history of hemachromatosis.
* Nurvingiel will be giving later this month! And, her husband will be giving, too!
* Stoneway is a regular donor and is scheduled again on Feb 22!
* Kendo_Bunny and her boyfriend are going to give later this month.  Kendo_Bunny's goal is to reach the Gallon Club by the time she's 25! What a cool goal!
* Winterlight's giving on Feb 4 and is going to encourage her office to give as well!
* HatStrap is one of our newer members here!  She has been donating since October 2008 (initially whole blood every 12 weeks and, for the past several months, plasma every 2 weeks). She's AB+ (a rare type that's very much needed). Recently, she signed with the Bone Marrow Donor Registry and became an organ donor!
* HatStrap's mother is a pediatric burns nurse who knows, first-hand, how vital donations are!
* Nurvingiel has an appointment to give.  And, we're all going to cheer her on, because she hates to go when she's working (GO Nurvingiel!  You can do it!!!)
* Silversurfer's job gives whole days' leave to donate!  I'm so impressed by this!  I wish more companies would follow suit!
* Julep's office gives out pizza on blood donation days!  AND, she got a sticker to wear!
* LauraLBW tried to donate today.  Count was a bit low, so she couldn't, but the fact that she went down there is still major!  Yea LauraLBW!
* miss_ann_thrope is going to be giving on Mar 1 in honor The Big Save (check out the link in her post on Pg 30)!
* Although not an EHellion (that we know of!), I think Brian Burke, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, should get recognition for organizing and promoting The Big Save!
* PitBullMom went to a Blood Drive TO GIVE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!!! (YEA!) Her veins were too small to give this time, but she's going to try again soon!!!
* PitBullMom took 2 coworkers with her to the Blood Drive.  And, they both gave!
* kitkatswing will be giving for the 2nd time ever on Feb 9!
* Kitty_Cat tried to give on the 7th, but had some problems.  BUT, she's going to go back in and try again on the 11th! Way to go for not giving up!
* Southern Sugar and her husband are going in on the 26th to give!  Y'all both rock!
* LynnV's going back to donate more platelets on Feb 12!
* DottyG tried to give, but her iron was slightly too low. She's going to get the iron count back up and try again, though!
* HatStrap tried to donate plasma, but her hemoglobin was slightly too low.  BUT, she can try again in 6 months! Yea!
* kitkatswing can't give right now.  But, she's taking some time to reevaluate her life and health in the meantime.  She's making some changes that will not only make her healthier but even reduce some stress in her life!
* DottyG tried to give again - iron still too low.
* DottyG tried to give AGAIN!  ARRRGGGGHHHH!  Iron STILL too low.
* DottyG tried to give for the 4th time this month. Iron up one point but still one point away from being able to give.
* HatStrap's iron too low. But, the fact that she's on top of this and trying is wonderful!


JANUARY EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
6 (nutraxfornerves, Bethczar (back after an 8 year absence!, LynnV (Triple Donation/Platelets), Breezygirl, Valentines Mommy, Valentines Mommy's husband )  )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
 ( )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!


People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* miss_ann_thrope - Tweeted and put a notice on her FB page about donating!  YEA!


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* miss_ann_thrope's friend gave for the first time!!! To celebrate, she's taking him to lunch (personally, I think BOTH of you deserve an ovation!)
* miss_ann_thrope's coworkers may be donating this weekend! Yea, y'all!

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: CluelessBride on May 28, 2010, 10:16:49 PM
I'm going in tomorrow for double red donation, but I'm a little nervous that my iron will be low - I may have picked a bad time to donate - so wish me luck!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on May 29, 2010, 09:59:45 AM
Good luck! We'll be cheering you on! :)

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: CluelessBride on May 29, 2010, 12:10:18 PM
Well, I was close on the iron, but it wasn't quite high enough for doubles this time :(   I did get in a regular donation though, which is a plus.  I'll try again for doubles next time - and I'll make sure to load up on the iron before hand.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on May 30, 2010, 08:30:27 AM
I am in the chair right now. 

The regular gal is back today, and got it on the first try.  Doing a large triple of platelets, as usual.  I'll be here for another hour or so.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Tuhis on May 31, 2010, 08:06:48 AM
I just returned from my first blood donation. Can't wait to be able to do it again! Four months and one week before I can- I'm getting a tattoo next week and one can't donate for 4 months after that.

One of the things that drove me to donate was that I knew my veins are easy to locate. My skin is so light and translucent I'm able to track the veins from my elbow to the wrist.

Also, GOODBYE FEAR OF NEEDLES.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Arista on June 03, 2010, 12:19:17 PM
I just saw this thread -- which is funny because I just got home from donating blood!  Four more trips and I'll get my first 1 gallon pin.  :)  The screener was very impressed by my hemoglobin levels - 15.0 - and made me feel like I had accomplished a great thing, though it's not like I worked for it or anything!  

Maybe I'll take in some muffins or something the next time I go in 2 months, because as nice as the juice and cookies are, it might be nice to have something different next time.

ETA:  Forgot to mention that the blood donation center was PACKED... I had a 10:15 am appointment but I didn't actually get into the chair to start donating until over an hour later!  I didn't mind though, since I wasn't in a rush, and I think it was great that they had so many donors today.   :D
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on June 03, 2010, 02:23:46 PM
YIKES!  I missed a couple of posts somehow.

First of all, I think a HUGE ROUND OF APPLAUSE is due for Tuhis for being a FIRST TIME DONOR AND GETTING OVER HER FEAR OF NEEDLES!!!!!!!!  You so seriously are amazing!  I added you into the May tally as a first time donor!

And, Arista, I've just added you as our (drumroll, please) FIRST person in the June tally!  You've been added in a couple of places. ;)

I'm so excited when I see people add to this thread.  It really makes me smile to know that there are so many people doing so many things to help save lives.  Y'all are truly amazing people! :)

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: ShadesOfGrey on June 03, 2010, 02:54:18 PM
Aww shucks! I missed being #1 by a couple hours! ;).

I just got back from platelets again.  Unfortunately, we determined That I don't react well to the anticoagulant, so this will be my last platelet donation. :{ I will, however go back next week for whole blood, and keep up a regular schedule for that from now on.

I did notice that their pile of DVD's is wholly outdated, and since I don't use mine, I think I'm going to donate a whole bunch of newer ones to the center.

Happy donating!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: vorbau on June 03, 2010, 03:51:30 PM
DottyG - DS is taking his girlfriend, Ann, tomorrow after school to donate - it's her first time ever. We're hoping she'll make the hemoglobin and weight requirements - she's very slender. I'm going with them, to drop off my monthly batches of goodies. In Ann's honor, I'm making Death by Chocolate Brownies as well as Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, White Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies, Key Lime Bars, and Cashew Surprise Cookies. (All recipes available by request!)

I am keeping on the folks at work - we had a rash of police shootings last month in various states, and between that and the holidays (people driving, drinking, boating, and doing other dumb and dangerous things causing life-threatening injuries) the need for blood will be high. I understand from the blood bank that O Negative is especially needed right now.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on June 03, 2010, 03:55:09 PM
DS is taking his girlfriend, Ann, tomorrow after school to donate - it's her first time ever.

A HUGE hug for Ann!!!  YEA for both her AND your sweet son!  Let us know how it goes, ok?  My fingers and toes are crossed for her that her counts are right!  And, that she has a really easy time giving for the first time and is willing to do it again in the future!


Death by Chocolate Brownies as well as Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, White Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies, Key Lime Bars, and Cashew Surprise Cookies. (All recipes available by request!)

Ummm....yes please!!!  YUM!!!


I am keeping on the folks at work - we had a rash of police shootings last month in various states, and between that and the holidays (people driving, drinking, boating, and doing other dumb and dangerous things causing life-threatening injuries) the need for blood will be high. I understand from the blood bank that O Negative is especially needed right now.

THANK YOU for doing this.  And, please let me know if you hear of anyone donating from your efforts.

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Breezygirl on June 04, 2010, 02:06:52 AM
Really hate needles so much and dread going, but I am O negative and know that I can stand a little discomfort to save others so I go as often as I can.     
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: CluelessBride on June 04, 2010, 05:04:05 PM
PSA to blood donors!

If you are type O or B and have high iron levels, consider trying a double red donation.  Basically they take two units of red blood cells and return your plasma and platelets right back to you.  This replaces your standard donation, but because they take twice as much, you only donate half as often (up to ~3 times/year). 

Double reds offers advantages to you AND to the Red Cross and patients.

It doesn't take much longer than the regular blood donation process.  You spend a little more time in the chair, but there is usually less wait time (at least where I go) and you don't have to hang out at the canteen when you are done.  They bring you snacks and drinks while you donate, and since you get your plasma back, you don't have as much fluid loss. If you have a hectic schedule, it can also make it easier to squeeze in a donation.

Also, having two concentrated units of red blood cells from the same donor can be advantageous for the treatment of some diseases.  Plus, many donation centers have trouble filling their double red appointments (because of the higher iron requirement and more stringent weight and height requirements to donate). 

Obviously double red donation isn't for everyone (I know some people don't like it as well, but I also know some - myself included - who prefer it), but I just thought I'd let people know its an option.

You can find more information here if you are interested:
http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/types-donations/double-red-blood-cells-donation
 

The Red Cross website also has information about plasma (they love AB for this) and platelet donation, if you are interested in other ways to donate your blood! :)
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: ShadesOfGrey on June 04, 2010, 05:09:48 PM
Do they give you anything for double(like saline or the anti-coagulant)? Or do they just take more blood?
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Doll Fiend on June 04, 2010, 06:45:29 PM
Here I go again!

Thank you to all donors! Those of Blood, Time, Effort, and Monetary donations.
Back in Jan I received 2 bags, Again in May, another two bags.

Thank you for saving (my) Lives.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: CluelessBride on June 04, 2010, 11:05:53 PM
Do they give you anything for double(like saline or the anti-coagulant)? Or do they just take more blood?

Yes.  Basically, the blood goes out of you and is collected.  After they get 1 unit (so what you would normally give in a single donation), the blood gets mixed with an anti-coagulant and spun down to separate the red blood cells from the plasma.  Then your plasma is mixed with saline and returned to you.  Then they collect another unit from you, spin down the blood and return your plasma+saline.  All of this is done through a single needle (you don't get poked multiple times) and I believe that I was told that the needle is actually smaller than the one used for standard donations.
Since you get the blood volume back (minus the red blood cells), I find that I don't feel as tired or drained (no pun intended) after donating when I do double red donation.  They do take more red blood cells, which is why the iron requirement is higher than for standard donation. 

Because it mixes with the saline and has been outside your body for a few minutes, when the blood goes back in, you get a cold sensation.  I'm sure some people don't like it, but I find it really cool.  But I'm also weird. 
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: ShadesOfGrey on June 04, 2010, 11:10:53 PM
But the anti-coagulant goes back in you too, right? Since it's mixed with the blood before it's separated? That would mean I couldn't do it, if so.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on June 04, 2010, 11:11:13 PM
Because it mixes with the saline and has been outside your body for a few minutes, when the blood goes back in, you get a cold sensation.  I'm sure some people don't like it, but I find it really cool.  But I'm also weird. 

You get the same sensation when you donate platelets as you are getting cool components and saline back.  I tend to get pretty cold, so I take my fuzzy slippers with me to keep my feet warm.  It may look a little odd, but at least my feet stay warm.   ;D
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: CluelessBride on June 04, 2010, 11:13:52 PM
But the anti-coagulant goes back in you too, right? Since it's mixed with the blood before it's separated? That would mean I couldn't do it, if so.

Yes, so if you have a reaction to the anti-coagulant, double reds wouldn't be a good idea for you. 
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: ShadesOfGrey on June 04, 2010, 11:22:25 PM
:( I guess I'm destined to just be a whole blood donor. Not "just", of course, but for some reason I was really attached to the idea of being a platelet donor. Well, whole blood it is then!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: CluelessBride on June 04, 2010, 11:29:33 PM
:( I guess I'm destined to just be a whole blood donor. Not "just", of course, but for some reason I was really attached to the idea of being a platelet donor. Well, whole blood it is then!

Don't feel bad!  Remember, they do need it all.  We all are good for different components based on our blood types, iron levels, height, weight, even things like allergies.  It's just good to figure out what you do best (be it platelets, whole blood, doubles, plasma, baking cookies or answering phones) and do that.  Because it's all important.

I'm very certain that several people out there are very thankful for your whole blood, DigitalPumpkin!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: ShadesOfGrey on June 04, 2010, 11:35:32 PM
Thanks, CluelessBride. You're not so clueless about making me feel better it seems!... ;)  it really does make me feel better to hear someone say that.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on June 04, 2010, 11:40:51 PM
:( I guess I'm destined to just be a whole blood donor. Not "just", of course, but for some reason I was really attached to the idea of being a platelet donor. Well, whole blood it is then!

DH is a whole blood donor too.  He gets called every time he is due because they NEED whole blood donors too.  It is nice if you can do other types of donation, but the basics are still needed every single day too.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on June 05, 2010, 09:33:38 AM
I asked once if I could do another kind of donation. I said I was willing to do whatever they needed from me. The lady said, "To be honest, with your blood type, we really want your whole blood. You can do another kind, if you want to switch it up sometime, but what would help us most is just a regular donation from you."

So, rest assured that they really, truly can use what you're giving D. :) You are saving lives. I promise!

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: M-theory on June 05, 2010, 10:38:29 AM
Today I was FINALLY able to donate again (although I played hooky from synagogue to do it). Dotty, thanks for making this thread to pop up often and remind me, since I'm good at forgetting even things that are important to me.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: CluelessBride on June 07, 2010, 10:29:50 AM
Thanks, CluelessBride. You're not so clueless about making me feel better it seems!... ;)  it really does make me feel better to hear someone say that.

:)  I'm glad because I mean it! :)
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on June 11, 2010, 10:29:55 AM
Bumping this up - anyone planning to do anything this weekend?

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on June 11, 2010, 10:30:23 AM
Me (again).  Platelets on Sunday.

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: ShadesOfGrey on June 11, 2010, 10:56:31 AM
Bumping this up - anyone planning to do anything this weekend?



I wasnt going to, but since you bumped it, I think I might just stop by Sat. Morning. As of today I could give again, but I likely wont make it today, so I'll make it part of my weekend routine.  Thanks for the reminder!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on June 11, 2010, 11:02:05 AM
:)

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: vorbau on June 11, 2010, 11:26:19 AM
Dotty - DS took his gf Ann yesterday, but her hb was too low. So he's stuffing her with raisin cookies and spinach spanakopita and she'll try again next week after school is out (they graduate 1 wk from today). He also delivered half the monthly goodies, they asked if I would mind so as to keep all the goodies from disappearing at once. (Forgot to post recipes, will do so tonight).
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: kitty-cat on June 11, 2010, 11:50:55 AM
Bumping this up - anyone planning to do anything this weekend?



My appointment is at 3pm today :D For the first time I am going exactly 6 weeks after my  last donation. And for the first time I think I am hydrated enough- I've been forcing myself to drink water so that my veins have a chance at behaving.
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Post by: Sharnita on June 11, 2010, 12:00:17 PM
8 am tomorrow. platelets.
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Post by: kitty-cat on June 11, 2010, 08:35:18 PM
I went. They stuck me. I'm going back as soon as the bruising goes away... AKA, it was a no go :'(

And the baseball game that they were giving tickets to (nice bonus) got rained out :(
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Post by: Sharnita on June 12, 2010, 03:57:59 PM
I went and gave platelets and plasma.
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Post by: hot_shaker on June 14, 2010, 12:37:50 PM
Apparently it's World Blood Donor Day: http://wbdd.org/index.php?id=1.

Go hug a blood donor! :)
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on June 14, 2010, 12:59:37 PM
DH went with me yesterday and made a blood donation (he tried a couple of weeks ago, but he was running a low fever so it was a no go). 
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Post by: snowfire on June 15, 2010, 04:43:42 PM
DH & I donated again yesterday.
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Post by: TotterGirl on June 15, 2010, 09:41:02 PM
Well I'm on again for tomorrow.  I just hope I can get off without a monster bruise this time like I've had the last 3 times!

I know I have a backbone, I just need to use it and insist they use my "LEFT" arm and get someone very very good to do the stick.  Usually if they can get the vein,  I can bleed a unit in under 10 minutes usually under 5.  So best of luck to me!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Winterlight on June 16, 2010, 08:21:49 AM
Vorbau, could I get the White Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies recipe? *squee!*

Can't donate till August because I'm running low iron. *pouts*
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: TotterGirl on June 16, 2010, 09:37:19 PM
Well, I used my backbone and insisted that they jab my left arm and low and behold, it popped right in and I bled my unit in jig time.  Go me!   ;D  Now I just have to remember to put the reminder to schedule my next appointment on my Outlook calendar at work!
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Post by: little bird on June 18, 2010, 01:51:18 PM
Well, DF and I are off to donate this weekend (perfect timing -- I just received my donor card earlier this week).  At least, I hope I can.  I think I've lost about 10 pounds since the last time I donated and I'm not sure of the weight restrictions.  Keeping my fingers crossed! 

Just out of curiosity, is A negative blood even particularly in demand?  I have to admit I was sort of bummed to find out that I didn't have a more useful type!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Layla Miller on June 18, 2010, 02:00:24 PM
Just out of curiosity, is A negative blood even particularly in demand?  I have to admit I was sort of bummed to find out that I didn't have a more useful type!

I don't think so, because that's what I have and everyone at donation sites always seems to make more fuss over DH's O+ blood.  Stupid DH and his stupid popular blood...  ;)
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Post by: ShadesOfGrey on June 18, 2010, 02:13:32 PM
Donated this week.  Took me 6 minutes to fill the bag.  Apparently, my blood *likes* being donated, and couldnt wait to jump out of my body, lol!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on June 18, 2010, 02:17:28 PM
For those of us who are A -ve and can't donate, your blood is really useful!

O -ve is the universal donor - it's what they rave over because it can be given to virtually anyone.  There are some sub types that do affect whether or not it is suitable but for the most part, anyone can take it.

Similarly, O +ve can be given to any person with a +ve bloodtype so that's probably why they like your hubby so much.

+ve blood types are about 85% of the population and -ve are the other 15%, if I'm remembering my university course work from *cough* years ago correctly.  O is the most popular blood type, followed by A then B then AB.  But some subsets of population have a higher percentage of a particular bloodtype than the population at large.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Dindrane on June 18, 2010, 02:19:00 PM
Just out of curiosity, is A negative blood even particularly in demand?  I have to admit I was sort of bummed to find out that I didn't have a more useful type!

I don't think so, because that's what I have and everyone at donation sites always seems to make more fuss over DH's O+ blood.  Stupid DH and his stupid popular blood...  ;)

According to Wikipedia, O+ is the most common blood type in the US (about 37% have it), followed close by A+ (about 36%).  The third most common is B+, at about 8.5%.  The least common is AB- at less than 1%.  So...I'd say they probably end up wanting mostly O+ and A+, just because of statistics. :)

On the other hand, A- can be used for anyone who has A+, so it's not like they don't need it at all.  And I am pretty certain that doctors prefer to give blood to patients that is the exact same type.  They'll only use other types when they have to.

I'd say that the only type that would be in super really ridiculously high demand is O-, both because it's the universal donor type, and because people who have O- can't get any other type of blood in transfusions.

Oh, and Layla, given what I know about the genetics of blood types, chances are good any children you have will end up with A+. :D  Unless he's got some recessive O genes or some recessive Rh- genes, A is dominant to O, and Rh+ is dominant to Rh-.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on June 18, 2010, 02:40:56 PM
Here's a good chart as to who can get what type(s) of blood (as well as a game to see if you've got it down pat):  Blood Types - Who Can Give To What Other Type (http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/donor-zone/games/blood-type)


Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: little bird on June 18, 2010, 03:55:58 PM
Just out of curiosity, is A negative blood even particularly in demand?  I have to admit I was sort of bummed to find out that I didn't have a more useful type!

I don't think so, because that's what I have and everyone at donation sites always seems to make more fuss over DH's O+ blood.  Stupid DH and his stupid popular blood...  ;)

:)  Boooooo, unpopular blood!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on June 20, 2010, 12:16:29 PM
I am in the chair right now, making a platelet donation.  1 hour for a large triple-woo hoo!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: snowfire on June 23, 2010, 12:50:09 AM
Yep, O- is really popular.  That's what I am & I get a call from the Red Cross every 2 months.  Vampires....

I'm somewhere between 6.5 -7 gallons right now, so they get me pretty regularly.  Glad I did my donation last week.  They wouldn't want me this week with the horrendous case of poison oak I have right now.   :o
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Post by: Dindrane on June 23, 2010, 09:04:51 AM
Yep, O- is really popular.  That's what I am & I get a call from the Red Cross every 2 months.  Vampires....

I'm somewhere between 6.5 -7 gallons right now, so they get me pretty regularly.  Glad I did my donation last week.  They wouldn't want me this week with the horrendous case of poison oak I have right now.   :o

It's not just popular - it's also rather uncommon. :)  If Wikipedia's numbers are right, only 6.6% of the US population has O- blood.  Out of a population of about 300 million, that works out to about 20 million people.  If you think about the fact that a) those 20 million people can't receive any other type of blood, b) O- is the universal donor type, and c) that 20 million can't (or won't) all donate blood, it's not surprising that the Red Cross latches on to you O- donors like their very lives depend upon it!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: M-theory on June 23, 2010, 09:13:18 AM
If you think about the fact that a) those 20 million people can't receive any other type of blood, b) O- is the universal donor type, and c) that 20 million can't (or won't) all donate blood, it's not surprising that the Red Cross latches on to you O- donors like their very lives depend upon it!

That's precisely why I began donating. I was in an accident and needed two units of blood - since I'm O-negative, that meant using up precious O-negative blood.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on June 29, 2010, 12:44:20 PM
I'm a little bit early, but JULY's tally is ready to go when the month starts!  Begin drinking your water and getting your veins ready!

And, don't forget that there are other ways to help.  Tell someone else about donating.  That's just as important!

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on June 29, 2010, 02:10:44 PM
I am scheduled for platelets on Friday at 10 am.  And Bonfils here in my area is giving out beach towels for the summer.  :>

I am glad they called me to make an appointment.  I had forgotten that Sunday is the 4th, so my usual bi-weekly day would not work this week. 
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on July 02, 2010, 12:03:32 PM
I got a beachtowel-I am bleeding away right now.  A large triple of platelets again.  Whee!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on July 02, 2010, 12:05:24 PM
I got a beachtowel-I am bleeding away right now.  A large triple of platelets again.  Whee!

Way to go LynnV!

And, along with that cool beachtowel, you also get the "First donation for the month" award here! :D

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Julep on July 02, 2010, 12:30:07 PM
I'm posting this a little after the fact because I'm so upset over it. My hubby's social club hosted a blood drive last weekend. I was eligible a few weeks before that but put it off so I could support his event. Note, though, that I've already given once, maybe twice since the new year.

I was .1 too low on the iron test the first time, but passed with flying colors on the second stick, two or three minutes later. I had answered (as I did earlier this year) on the questions that I had been outside of the US in the past 12 months. So when she was reviewing the questions, she asked when and where. I said, middle of December, my honeymoon was in Cancun. She rejected me.  :'(

I can't give again till it's been a year since I got back from that trip. She said I could be carrying Malaria. Really?

I went out front and cried. I'm seriously torn up about this. I'm almost crying now thinking about it. I put so, SO much value on my donations. I'm O neg and know what a difference I can make. Often they even label my blood to go to the Peds unit. I've thought this over really hard, and I can say with certainty, if I had known that trip would have prevented me from giving, I would have chosen somewhere else for our honeymoon.

To his credit, Hubby, who had been in working the check-in table, came out and comforted me, and gave me fifteen bucks and told me to go find a good yard sale. He knows what I like :) but I'm still just torn to bits. Six more months till I can give. I went back in to try to help out somehow since I couldn't help by giving, but it just made me cry some more.

They didn't turn me away earlier this year. Why now? I'm so, so upset. I mean, I don't want to endanger anyone, don't get me wrong, but still. I could use a little squeeze.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on July 02, 2010, 01:01:06 PM
Julep, I know it's so disheartening.  See my posts throughout the thread about how I wanted so much to give - and kept getting turned away for my iron count.  I remember being so down when I'd go in and want to donate and then not be able to.  We have the blood - someone take it!

For now, I have a suggestion.....vorbau has posted recipes of the goodies she takes to her donation site.  If you will make some of those and take them to the sites, I GUARANTEE you that you will have done a wonderful service!  You might not be able to donate blood right now, but providing goodies is just as important!

And, you can still do SO much good even without the actual donating of blood.  Be the person who tells so many people about donating blood that you get some new people to start giving!  You may not be able to donate your pints, but you could still get a LOT of blood donated in your place!

We still need you (desperately!)  Don't give up, ok?

And, {{{HUGS}}} to you.  I do know it's so hard to want to give and not be able to.

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Julep on July 02, 2010, 01:06:29 PM
Thanks Dotty. I know, and once December 21st rolls past, I'll be right in there for a Christmas donation. I had asked if Icould bring baked goods but they said no - the Red Cross wouldn't allow any non-individually-pre-packaged stuff to be given to the donors.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on July 02, 2010, 01:33:19 PM
And talking it up can work.  I always make a Facebook post when I donate.  I just found out that my SIL made her first donation in 15 years last week.  She said that if I go every 2 weeks, it couldn't be that bad.  :>
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: JoW on July 03, 2010, 01:49:31 PM
I donated yesterday, 7am, before work.  It was lifetime #105.  I'm O+, 85% of the population can receive from me. 

The demand for blood goes up in the summer with summer injuries and elective surgery.  And the blood supply is low because people don't want to mess-up their summer fun by  donating.   But I worked a normal 7.5 hour day (the donation made me 1/2 hour late, but my boss didn't mind.)  28 hours after my donation I did an hour of water aerobics with no problems.


(I mostly lurk here.  I find this board very entertaining.)
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: nutraxfornerves on July 03, 2010, 02:22:02 PM
Quote
I said, middle of December, my honeymoon was in Cancun. She rejected me. 

I can't give again till it's been a year since I got back from that trip. She said I could be carrying Malaria. Really?
That is odd. According to the US CDC (which is what most blood banks go by)
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Limited to areas infrequently visited by travelers, including small foci along the Guatemala and Belize borders in the state of Quintana Roo and small foci along the Guatemala border in the states of Chiapas and Tabasco; rural areas in the states of Nayarit, Oaxaca, and Sinaloa; and in an area between 24°N and 28°N latitude, and 106°W and 110°W longitude, which lies in parts of Sonora, Chihuahua, and Durango. No malaria along the United States-Mexico border and in the major resorts along the Pacific and Gulf coasts
The San Diego Blood Bank, which is located ear the Mexican border, specifically lists Cancun as a non-malaria area.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on July 03, 2010, 02:54:47 PM
Way to go JoW!!!

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Post by: whylime13 on July 07, 2010, 10:33:23 PM
I did it today!

Normally I don't donate at work, either because the donation event isn't a time I am working, or because I don't like to donate in cafeterias or gyms.  But today I finished up my workload a little early and I made it into one of the last time slots they had for the day.  My iron was right at 12.5, and they had a special cake today honoring my workplace for having over 150 units donated last year.


This is the first time I've actually felt good about my decision to donate after I was finished.  yay!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on July 07, 2010, 10:43:46 PM
DH & I got a call from our church today-they are having a drive this weekend and wanted to see if we could fill a couple of slots.

DH had to decline, as he donated less than a month ago.  Since I do platelets, I had to decline as well.  :>  Hopefully they will have a full day without us.
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Post by: nutraxfornerves on July 08, 2010, 03:47:43 PM
I just returned from donating.

The've changed a few things since I was there 2 months ago. Instead of using a blood pressure cuff to squeeze the arm, they had a sort of adjustable tourniquet thing that looked like a strap for camping equipment or something.

And, instead of separate containers of vials, gauze, disinfectant, needles, etc. they are now using individual, pre-packaged kits. The kits save them money & are more enviornemetally-freindly, due to

Each kit has a length of the wrap used to bandage the arm after donating.  Previously, the phlebotomist would show you a box of all sorts of colors & you could choose one. But when they ordered the kit, they were only given two choices--all flesh colored or all neon green. Since not everyone likes the colored ones, they went for flesh colored.

He said this might be interesting the next time they do a drive at a high school (in my state, you can donate at age 16 with parental consent). High school kids, he explained, want really colorful wraps. The brightest colors available. Two colors twisted together. Two colors with one of them tied into a bow. They are going to be disappointed with the flesh colored ones.

When I was searching to verify the minimum age for donating, I discovered something surprising. High schools account for a significant amount of donated blood. In one county, 30% of blood comes from school kids. So this looks like a real opportunity for non-donors (and donors, for that matter).

My blood bank awards a $500 college scholarship in each participating high school. It goes to a graduating senior who has "has chaired or participated on a blood drive committee at their school." A student can be part of the committee even if the student can't (or is scared to) donate. The application talks about recruiting, making posters, distributing flyers, writing articles, helping with refreshments, etc.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Dindrane on July 08, 2010, 03:53:38 PM
If I had to take a guess why blood drives in high school are so popular, it's probably because you get to get out of class while you're donating. :)  Plus, you get a pretty good concentration of people all in one place who are available to donate that day without too many problems - it's a lot easier to miss a high school class than it is to miss a college class or part of a workday, I think.  Plus, there's usually a relatively large number of people in a relatively small building.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: nutraxfornerves on July 08, 2010, 04:08:48 PM
Don't forget peer pressure. If all your friends and/or all the really cool people are donating, it's hard to say "no."
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on July 08, 2010, 04:14:20 PM
If I had to take a guess why blood drives in high school are so popular, it's probably because you get to get out of class while you're donating. :) 

I certainly can't speak for anywhere else, but this is not true at DH's school.  Or at least is not automatically an excused absence. 

Peer pressure is a different story, as the usual group that runs the drives at DH's school are the cheerleaders.  :>
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Dindrane on July 08, 2010, 04:22:43 PM
If I had to take a guess why blood drives in high school are so popular, it's probably because you get to get out of class while you're donating. :) 

I certainly can't speak for anywhere else, but this is not true at DH's school.  Or at least is not automatically an excused absence. 

Peer pressure is a different story, as the usual group that runs the drives at DH's school are the cheerleaders.  :>

Oh, well maybe I was extrapolating my own high school experience too far.  I think I had to clear it with teachers whose classes I might miss, but I definitely remember donating blood during the school day.  I think there was one time when I tried to donate, but had a class I couldn't miss, and I ended up having to leave before I could donate so I wouldn't miss it.

I had a much harder time donating blood in college, because my classes were further away from where you donated, and you were supposed to work in a donation around your class schedule.  Even though I never had more than 2 or 3 hours of class a day, they always made it hard to find a large enough slot for donating.

(Plus that whole nose piercing and going to malarial Africa stuff I didn't do until I was in college. ;))
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on July 19, 2010, 10:40:02 AM
Bumping this up!  Anyone done anything lately? :)

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on July 19, 2010, 12:27:52 PM
I am in the chair right now.  Platelets, of course.  My usual large triple.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: kitty-cat on July 19, 2010, 12:31:19 PM
I guess it's time to mix up Gatoraid for me. I got a call from the vampires today... I can go in tomorrow after this job thingie I'm going to. If I start chugging now, it might work ::)

By this time tomorrow, I will hate Gatoraid, lemmie tell u what.
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Post by: DottyG on July 19, 2010, 01:27:38 PM
:) to both of you!

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on July 20, 2010, 08:36:56 AM
I've not been so good about regular donations lately.  I had been donating at work at the quarterly blood drives, but my job changed and am no longer at a place that hosts drives or has a nearby donation center.  While I'm fine to work at my desk after a morning donation, I'm not so good driving after a donation.  So I don't think it's wise that I drive myself to and from the center to donate.

However, my new job has had a lot of positive changes around here and they're really listening to employee suggestions.  I just submitted a suggestion that we host a blood drive and also contacted our regional blood center to get some basic details.  We only need 25 confirmed donation reservations to host a drive.  I know of 5 people here who would sigm up in a heart beat, and I'm confident that out of nearly 200 employees we could easily find another 20 or more.  A few of those 5 are also submitting suggestions echoing my idea that a blood drive is a great idea.  My company's really big on serving and improving the community, so I'm pretty sure that the idea will be well received.  It will probably be just a matter of space and schedules.

I'll let y'all know if I hear anything back from The Powers That Be.   8)
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on July 20, 2010, 09:24:47 AM
WAY TO GO, HJL!!!  What a wonderful example of participating (in a BIG way!) even without donating blood yourself!  :) 

And, not only did you submit the suggestion to your job, but you did the legwork in contacting the donation center to find out the details - which will make it even easier for The Powers That Be at your job to get the suggestion up and running.

(And, I'm with you on not donating and then driving.  If that's, in any way, a dangerous situation for you, please don't do it!  I think you're better off waiting to donate when you're able to do it safely than taking a risk to yourself. :) )

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Post by: faithlessone on July 20, 2010, 09:46:41 AM
Yay to HeebyJeebyLeebee!!

I just booked my next appointment - August 24th. It's very annoying that the UK makes you wait 16 weeks between donations. Feels like a lifetime away.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: kitty-cat on July 20, 2010, 01:17:30 PM
Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me!

I am one pint of blood less than when I woke up this morning, with a pretty pink wrap. It wound up with one person holding the needle and another person watching the bag to make sure stuff was in fact going in, but it took!

It's getting to the point that one of the techs is just as happy as I am when it works- she was there on New Years Eve when it wound up with about 4 techs around me trying to stick me...

But, I donated today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on July 20, 2010, 01:30:46 PM
Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you! 

 8)
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on July 20, 2010, 02:35:21 PM
I'm joining HJL in saying

Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!  Go you!

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Bethczar on July 21, 2010, 10:44:12 PM
Go you Kitty-cat, go,go!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on July 21, 2010, 11:38:23 PM
Guess what!

I had some bloodwork done last week. I asked for it - I wanted a lot of things checked. Thyroid, estrogen, Vit D, B12, .... Got my results from the doctor today.

Three guesses as to one of the things that came back low. ;) I'm supplementing now.

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on July 21, 2010, 11:59:17 PM
Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me!

I am one pint of blood less than when I woke up this morning, with a pretty pink wrap. It wound up with one person holding the needle and another person watching the bag to make sure stuff was in fact going in, but it took!

It's getting to the point that one of the techs is just as happy as I am when it works- she was there on New Years Eve when it wound up with about 4 techs around me trying to stick me...

But, I donated today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me!

Rah, Rah, sis-boom-bah!
She can bleed, yes she can.
If she can't bleed, noone can.
Goooooo Kitty-Cat!

Somehow that sounded better before it got typed out.  :>

Congratulations!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Winterlight on July 27, 2010, 12:02:18 PM
I've been put on minocycline and will be starting a course of Accutane in a month. I'm out for the next 8 months. :'(
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on July 27, 2010, 12:18:32 PM
I've been put on minocycline and will be starting a course of Accutane in a month. I'm out for the next 8 months. :'(

That's ok.  You can still be doing a lot in the meantime.  Still lots of opportunities for you to do while you're waiting to actually donate! :)

Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on July 27, 2010, 12:29:22 PM
Blood Drive update:  my suggestion was received and is being considered. 

Cross your fingers!
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: DottyG on July 27, 2010, 12:49:48 PM
Blood Drive update:  my suggestion was received and is being considered. 

Cross your fingers!

YEA!!!


Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Sharnita on July 31, 2010, 10:24:29 AM
Forgot to post when I gave platelets last week - triple load.  They were thrilled when I scheduled my next donation for the Friday morning of Memorial Day weekend - they said that is a crucial time since they were clsoed Monday and that a lot of the donors they depend on are out of town.  I encourage everyone who can to try to make it in around that time toa alleviate any shortfall.
Title: Re: NON-Blood donors AND blood donors are needed!
Post by: Lynnv on August 01, 2010, 12:07:02 PM
I am making a triple platelet donation again, right now.  Does this mean I am first in for August?   :)
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Post by: DottyG on August 01, 2010, 01:20:44 PM
It sure does! :) Congratulations!

I'll have to modify the tally tomorrow when I'm on a real computer.

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Post by: penguinpants on August 02, 2010, 04:12:31 PM
Does it count that we're donating (not banking) our cord blood on Wednesday morning? First donation since I became pregnant, and baby's first donation ever. :D
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Post by: Bethczar on August 03, 2010, 12:43:23 PM
Woohoo! Way to start them young, penguinpants!
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Post by: kitkatswing on August 04, 2010, 07:19:40 PM
Well its time to go donate again!!! Im off in an hour to give blood... Fingers crossed I dont faint this time :)


Edited to say: Couldnt donate :( My veins just were not participating and wouldnt give enough blood :(
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Post by: Lynnv on August 04, 2010, 10:59:34 PM
Well its time to go donate again!!! Im off in an hour to give blood... Fingers crossed I dont faint this time :)


Edited to say: Couldnt donate :( My veins just were not participating and wouldnt give enough blood :(

Some days my veins are quite cranky.  Let me rephrase-sometimes the one vein they can use for platelets is quite cranky (if I didn't have such a tremendously high platelet count, they would never take me-just too much of a hassle).    It is always disappointing to not be able to donate.  So sorry to hear you had problems with your attempt today-but the effort is always worth something. 

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Post by: Bethczar on August 05, 2010, 10:47:24 AM
I was supposed to donate yesterday, but I forgot my ID. Whoops! I'll try to go back today.
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Post by: Bethczar on August 05, 2010, 08:05:06 PM
Yup, got my pint in!
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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on August 06, 2010, 11:27:24 AM
Sweet Pattootie has this thing against needles (which confounds me as he's had multiple knee surgeries and likes to play with swords), so he won't donate.  BUT his office recently held a 2 day blood drive and he went in early both days to help set up and coordinate.  I was very proud of him.   8)

Still no word if my office will host a drive.  I know they got my suggestion and are "taking it under consideration", but I've not heard a definite answer.  :P
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Post by: Arista on August 07, 2010, 07:14:04 PM
I went in on Thursday and gave my usual pint of whole blood.  I also had taken homemade banana bread and chocolate chip cookies, intending for it to be snacks for the other donors, but the donation center told me that they're not allowed to give donors anything that wasn't prepackaged and individually wrapped.   >:(  But, I was happy to give it to the staff, and they were very appreciative!
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Post by: TotterGirl on August 14, 2010, 10:00:42 PM
I went in Wednesday to donate, but alas my vein was being stupid and just shut down.  Ended up with not enough blood for anything useful.  Oh well, I'll try again in 8 weeks.  :'(
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Post by: Lynnv on August 14, 2010, 10:44:08 PM
I am scheduled for Monday for platelets again.
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Post by: Lynnv on August 16, 2010, 10:00:12 AM
I am in the chair right now (love having internet access while donating).  I am doing my usual large triple.  And I got my 4-gallon pin today!  Huzzah!
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Post by: Just Lori on August 16, 2010, 10:13:33 AM
I gave blood last week.  It's been a while.  However, the last two donations have completely, totally wiped me out.  I tried to do some errands afterwards and was afraid I'd fall over the grocery store.  I made it home, crashed on the couch and slept for two hours.  Is there anything I can do next time (aside from drinking lots of water) to help me bounce back from the donation?  Does anyone have a good snack they rely on to help their bodies recover?
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Post by: Lynnv on August 16, 2010, 10:22:07 AM
I can't help much with that.  I got dizzy once after donation-but have never had any lingering effects.  I ride my motorcycle for donation since it just doesn't get to me at all.  The donation staff here says that having juice instead of water helps some folks, but not everyone.
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Post by: DottyG on August 16, 2010, 05:59:27 PM
Y'all, I think I'm caught up with everyone in the tally.  But, if I have missed anyone at all, please, please, please let me know!!!

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Post by: DottyG on August 16, 2010, 06:01:53 PM
We're halfway through the month.  This month looks a little down in numbers (which is, I think, pretty typical of the summer months - even my own Blood Center seems to be trying to get people in any way they can).  But, we still have quite a bit of time to pump things up and get more activity going for August!  Come on!  Get out there and tell someone about donating - or even donate yourself!

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Post by: DottyG on August 17, 2010, 12:28:29 PM
I just got an urgent message.  Although this is for the Central Texas area (and, anyone in this area, please pay heed), it's probably true of other areas as well. If you can give - or know someone who can - the supplies are down.

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The supply of O positive blood in Central Texas has fallen below the desired stocking level that assures community blood supply needs can be met. We encourage all O positive donors to give blood soon and help keep the blood supply stable.

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Post by: LadyR on August 18, 2010, 04:38:41 PM
I can't give blood. My veins are too fragile (taking a vial of blood for a blood test takes 15-30 minutes), but I went with DH yesterday to donate.
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Post by: faithlessone on August 20, 2010, 04:23:22 AM
Hi everyone! I just dropped in to say that I've got an appointment booked for Tuesday (my 4th donation!), and my friend Rheanna just donated for the first time yesterday!!!

Yay blood!
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Post by: DottyG on August 20, 2010, 09:38:51 AM
YEA!  Give Rheanna a hug for me!!!  She deserves it!  I'm adding her to the tally.

And, way to go you, too!  Let us know when you give, so I can add you in as well!



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Post by: DottyG on August 20, 2010, 04:53:53 PM
Interesting list of facts I just read.

Click here (http://listverse.com/2010/01/26/10-fascinating-facts-about-the-gift-of-life/)

(Did y'all know that you can donate your heart - while you're still alive?  Odd!)

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Post by: faithlessone on August 24, 2010, 09:43:39 AM
Yay! Just came home from my donation. Under four minutes to give a pint of blood, scary.
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Post by: Lynnv on August 30, 2010, 11:54:18 AM
I tried (I think I was first in this month, and was hoping to be last too).  :> 

Unfortunately, the gal missed.  It was the first time she has tried to draw me, and I am a tough stick, and she just completely missed it. 

So I will reschedule next week sometime and try again.
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Post by: DottyG on September 01, 2010, 11:13:58 AM
September's tally is ready to go!

And, just as a PSA, everyone.....Labor Day is this coming Monday.  Unfortunately, with all the fun comes an increase in the need for blood; people get careless and have accidents that require more resources.  So, if you could get to your local blood donation site and give in the next few days, I know they'd really appreciate it.

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Post by: Sharnita on September 03, 2010, 04:44:29 PM
tried to give plasma and plateletts but my iron was a bit too low so I'll bulk up and try again in a few weeks.  I did post on facebook encouraging people who could to donate this weekend.
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Post by: ShadesOfGrey on September 03, 2010, 07:43:58 PM
I tried to give today, but my iron was low :(  It's only a 1-day deferral, but with the holiday, I'll likely give again next week sometime.  And eat some red meat before I do! ;)
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Post by: hot_shaker on September 03, 2010, 08:14:42 PM
I was signed up to donate on Tuesday (foolish optimism) but now I really am anemic so I had to cancel it. :(
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Post by: Lynnv on September 08, 2010, 11:53:11 AM
I am donating platelets again right now.  I like that they give platelet donors net access...but am not such a great one-handed typist.  :>
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Post by: Bellantara on September 08, 2010, 11:59:42 AM
I just got an urgent message.  Although this is for the Central Texas area (and, anyone in this area, please pay heed), it's probably true of other areas as well. If you can give - or know someone who can - the supplies are down.

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The supply of O positive blood in Central Texas has fallen below the desired stocking level that assures community blood supply needs can be met. We encourage all O positive donors to give blood soon and help keep the blood supply stable.



I'm O positive.  Unfortunately, I'm on permanent deferrment.  :-\  Which is sad, because I was a regular donor until they came up with that particular rule.
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Post by: ShadesOfGrey on September 08, 2010, 02:39:55 PM
I just gave! I tried last week, but my iron was low. So I've had burgers everyday since then! :D. I also found out that my upcoming trip won't defer me from giving, so that's good news!
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Post by: DottyG on September 08, 2010, 02:54:51 PM
Got y'all noted.  YEA! :)

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Post by: snowfire on September 08, 2010, 08:02:09 PM
DH & I donated yesterday.  They LOVE my O negative.  And we are already scheduled for our next appointment in November.
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Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 09, 2010, 04:05:49 PM
Just got back. I run on the low-normal end for hematocrit, so I usually take an iron supplement for 3 days before donating. This time I forgot until late yesterday, but I still passed--just barely.

There was a trainee student nurse. She was not allowed to do anything with needles, but when it was done, she wrapped my arm up ("Just like you've been practicing on me," encouraged the mentor.) and made the speech about activities for the next few days, trying very hard to be both charming and not forget anything. "I think you missed one thing." "Oh, yes! Are you familiar with our 800 number? In case you are not feeling well in the next two days, you should..."

She was petite and cute, and indeed quite charming, as well as trying hard to be professional. Cute, but not giggly. I think she'll do very well.
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Post by: DottyG on September 09, 2010, 04:35:17 PM
Y'all are all counted!  WAY TO GO! :)

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Post by: DottyG on September 09, 2010, 04:40:34 PM
Just a reminder that we have this Blood Donation Tips thread (http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=68331.0) in case any of you have some additional ideas that could be added for new donors!

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Post by: kitty-cat on September 09, 2010, 08:40:25 PM
Well, my next date up is Sept 14. I'm planning on going after class :)
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Post by: DottyG on September 11, 2010, 12:32:29 PM
I tried to give today in honor of those affected by 9/11.  I'm one point too low on iron. They won't take my blood today. I'm kinda upset by that. :(

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Post by: DottyG on September 12, 2010, 03:17:09 PM
Sometimes the cheerleader needs some encouragement, too. :(
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Post by: kitty-cat on September 12, 2010, 03:49:56 PM
Dotty, you are amazing- not just for starting this miles-long thread, but for your persistance in donating even though your iron likes to argue :)
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Post by: EduardosGirl on September 13, 2010, 08:49:01 AM
I'm going to try for the first time in over 6 months in a couple of weeks, as my iron and haemoglobin levels are back to normal. Woo!

DottyG, you know you're a star, right?
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Post by: DottyG on September 17, 2010, 03:20:29 PM
Anyone given lately?

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Post by: Lynnv on September 17, 2010, 05:06:47 PM
I just got my Bonfils newsletter today.  One of the platelet donors who goes to the same center I do (we have donated together from time to time and chatted a bit) hit 75 gallons back in June and got written up in the newsletter.  He is Bonfils' top donor. 

75 GALLONS!  That just blows my mind.  And here I sit, just working on my 5-gallon pin.  :>

He has been doing biweekly platelet donations (just like I do) since 1990.  He was doing blood donations starting in 1946.

600 pints later, he hit 75 gallons (and he continues to donate, I just saw him 2 donations ago-so 4 weeks).
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Post by: kitty-cat on September 17, 2010, 07:32:33 PM
I went in today and walked out with band-aids on both elbows, but I donated :D
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Post by: EduardosGirl on September 19, 2010, 08:10:08 AM
I did plasma a few days ago! They've started doing a new thing where they put 500ml of saline after the donation has completed, to help you recover faster and avoid complications.

Well, that's the idea, I guess. Given that I apparently went quite pale and they had to put the head of the chair back, maybe my body was just not quite expecting it?

Still, feeling thrilled I could donate for the first time in 9 months. And I took my little sister with me for her first ever whole blood donation! So proud.
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Post by: JoW on September 20, 2010, 06:56:34 PM
Me again.  Still lurking.  Still donating. 

I donated today.  That makes lifetime #106.  I had an appointment for September 6 but I had to cancel.  I had a cold and they won't take blood from someone with a contageous illness. 
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Post by: Lynnv on September 27, 2010, 12:23:14 PM
Me again.  It has been a couple of weeks, so I am bleeding for the cause again right now.  

My platelet count is up again, so I am making my usual large triple and should be done in about 75 min (that is quick for a triple).
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Post by: DottyG on September 27, 2010, 12:31:35 PM
I got a tad behind in updating the tally.  Sorry!  But, WAY TO GO ALL OF YOU!  We even had a new donor!  HatStrap, give your sister a hug for donating for the first time ever!

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Post by: Layla Miller on September 27, 2010, 12:41:37 PM
I'm signed up for another blood drive at work next month.  Here's hoping I keep up my streak!
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Post by: DottyG on October 01, 2010, 02:52:42 PM
Guess what everyone.

We have a whole new 31 days of giving opportunities!  The October Tally is waiting for you to fill it up!  Who's first?

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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on October 01, 2010, 04:39:23 PM
My work is hosting a blood drive this month and hopes to get 26 donations.  I'm already signed up!
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Post by: DottyG on October 09, 2010, 09:11:57 AM
Ok gang, we're lagging this month! Anyone tell anyone else about donating? Or, give themselves?

Everyone that reads this, I challenge you to post an update on your Facebook Wall and/or send an email to someone telling them about donating blood. Let me know when you do, and I'll add you into our tally for the month!

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Post by: Lynnv on October 09, 2010, 12:53:09 PM
Ok gang, we're lagging this month! Anyone tell anyone else about donating? Or, give themselves?

Everyone that reads this, I challenge you to post an update on your Facebook Wall and/or send an email to someone telling them about donating blood. Let me know when you do, and I'll add you into our tally for the month!



I always post my appointments on FB....usually while I am sitting there donating. :>

DH is scheduled for whole blood tomorrow, and I am in for my bi-weekly platelet donation.

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Post by: Lynnv on October 10, 2010, 02:37:02 PM
Ok gang, we're lagging this month! Anyone tell anyone else about donating? Or, give themselves?

Everyone that reads this, I challenge you to post an update on your Facebook Wall and/or send an email to someone telling them about donating blood. Let me know when you do, and I'll add you into our tally for the month!



I always post my appointments on FB....usually while I am sitting there donating. :>

DH is scheduled for whole blood tomorrow, and I am in for my bi-weekly platelet donation.



Posted on FB, DH donated whole blood, and I am typing one-handed and bleeding reight now.  I have hit my yearly max, so am going to have to schedule dates as old ones fall off ffor a while.
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Post by: DottyG on October 15, 2010, 05:10:04 PM
HELP!!!

We're already halfway into this month, and our tally looks so lonely!

Anyone need to be added in?

What about this weekend?  Anyone have plans to give, take food, tell someone about blood donation or anything like that?

GO TEAM!!!

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Post by: Bethczar on October 17, 2010, 11:53:46 AM
Whoops, I forgot to write down the next time I could donate. It's got to be time again... I'll shoot for this Thursday on my day off.

Sorry for letting down the team!  ;)
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Post by: Ereine on October 17, 2010, 01:20:34 PM
I've gone too many years without donating but the week before last my boyfriend and his brother invited me to go with them (it was my boyfriend's first time and it went well). I suspected that I wouldn't be able to donate and unfortunately I wasn't but not for the reason I thought (I used to be slightly anemic but now I had more iron in my blood than ever). My veins are rather hard to find but in the past I've managed to give blood (though twice there were problems). This time they didn't manage to get the needle right into either of my arms and so they sent me home and asked me to come back when the bruises have faded. I still have one large bruise that's fading but now I'm starting to come down with a cold so I don't think that I can do it next week either. But I'll go soon, I promise :)   
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Post by: faithlessone on October 18, 2010, 01:16:07 PM
Heya - just posted on Facebook! No replies yet, but I'll let you guys know if there's any good news.

*hugs Ereine* Sometimes it just doesn't come together.
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Post by: Lynnv on October 18, 2010, 01:25:05 PM
I went for a motorcycle ride with my club on Saturday and was asked about my pins (I just put my 4-gallon pin on my riding vest).  I explained what they were for and two people told me that they are headed in to donate because I reminded them how important it was-and neither of them had been in years.  :>
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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on October 18, 2010, 01:54:04 PM
Office Blood Drive is Friday morning.  I'm scheduled to donate at 11:30, but I'll be helping out all morning too.  Turn out's low right now, so I'm a bit worried.

I've been playing up 1) how convenient it is to donate at work, 2) how easy it is to save 3 lives with 1 donation of whole blood, 3) how much blood our medical center typically uses in 1 week, and 4) that sickle cell anemia is commonly treated with transfusions. 

I'm hoping that #4 will move someone to donate.  Many of our employees and most of our clients are African American, and sickle cell anemia is most common in African Americans.  One of my Sweet Pattootie's employees has a child with SCA.  Unfortunately, because both parents carry the SCA trait (though don't have it themselves), they're not suitable blood donors for their daughter.  So it's really important that people without SCA in their family history donate blood.   

Any tips for encouraging donations at my office? 
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Post by: Tuhis on October 21, 2010, 11:34:36 AM
As the required 4 months have now passed since I had my tattoo done, I went and donated for the second time. :) I know my blood type now as well; I'd like to insert here a joke about getting an A+ in the blood test.

Took my husband along, but unfortunately he was not eligible.
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Post by: DottyG on October 21, 2010, 11:45:14 AM
I've add all of y'all in!  These posts are so exciting!  I love reading about all the things y'all are doing in your communities.

And, those of you who weren't able to give for some reason but tried, WAY TO GO ANYWAY!!!  Trust me (as someone who keeps having iron problems and can't give), the fact that we're trying really does make a difference.  You're still a ROCK STAR! :)

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Post by: DottyG on October 21, 2010, 11:48:12 AM
I would like to announce that we have ONCE AGAIN gone over the character limit on the original post.  This means that so many of you have done such a phenomenal job in your communities that we've run out of room to post more!  This is WONDERFUL NEWS!!! :)

I'm moving the excess here, so we can continue!  Please note these past donors and volunteers.

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JUNE EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:
JUNE 14 IS WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY!
http://wbdd.org/index.php?id=1.

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
10 (Arista (4 more trips and she gets her 1 gallon pin!), DigitalPumpkin46 (almost made it to be #1 in the tally! :D), Sharnita  (platelets and plasma!), Lynnv AND her husband!, snowfire AND her husband!, TotterGirl (they were able to get a good vein, and she had no problems!), DigitalPumpkin46, Lynnv (more platelets!)   )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
 ( )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
* Arista is planning to take goodies to her donation site next time she goes! YUM!!!
* DigitalPumpkin46 is going to donate a whole bunch of DVDs to her donation center!  THAT'S SO GENEROUS!
* vorbau is taking (get ready for this - your mouth is going to water!) Death by Chocolate Brownies as well as Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, White Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies, Key Lime Bars, and Cashew Surprise Cookies to her donation site.  AND, she's willing to give us the recipes!
* vorbau delivered half of her goodies and is going to deliver the rest later in the month! This way, they don't disappear all at once!


People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* vorbau is urging everyone at work to give.  They "had a rash of police shootings last month in various states, and between that and the holidays (people driving, drinking, boating, and doing other dumb and dangerous things causing life-threatening injuries) the need for blood will be high. I understand from the blood bank that O Negative is especially needed right now."


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* When Arista donated, the place was PACKED. It took her an hour to get into the chair, because there were so many people. THAT'S WONDERFUL!
* DigitalPumpkin46 will be going back for a whole blood donation the 2nd week of June!
* vorbau's son is taking his girlfriend to donate FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!!!  vorbau's son ROCKS!  (As does Ann, his girlfriend!)
* vorbau's son's girlfriend tried to give, but her hb was too low.  So he's stuffing her with raisin cookies and spinach spanakopita and she's going to try again next week after school is out!  Persistence!  I love it!
* kitty-cat tried to give, but it was a no-go.  Darn - she was even prepared and well hydrated.  BUT, she's going to try again!  So, she still ROCKS!





MAY EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
11 (JoW (Lifetime #104!), kam0706, Layla Miller (2 for 3! AND, she loves the free cookies! :D), LynnV (her usual large triple donation of platelets!), nutraxfornerves, kitkatswing (her iron levels are finally within range to give - I'm jealous! :D  She did have a fainting spell, but it was for a good cause, right?!), DottyG, Bethczar, Breezygirl, CluelessBride, LynnV (large triple of platelets)  )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
2 (vorbau's son, Koshka, gave for the first time!!!  He's now 18, so he's able to now give.  He did beautifully and even had the staff cracking up at his voice imitations.  He got extra goodies (I'm hoping some of his mother's goodies that sound yummy!) - WAY TO GO, Koshka!), Tuhis (WAY TO GO, Tuhis!)  )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
* vorbau is taking French Vanilla muffins with dried cherries, triple chocolate chip cookies, white chocolate pumpkin cookies, and Irish soda bread to her donation site (and now I want to go there, too, and get some - YUMMMM!)
* Odyssey got some great ideas from this thread (yea!) and may be doing something for her own donation site in the coming weeks!


People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* vorbau's son, Koshka, persuaded his girlfriend to give!  Let's all wish her well and hope that her first donating experience goes as wonderfully as his did!
* MissBrit's friend encourages other people to donate on her radio show!
* Odyssey pushes for everyone she knows to donate. Her "grandmother died of a cancer that had metastasized to her lungs. I remember my mother telling me she might look funny because of her chemo treatments. During her treatments and her final hospital stay she was constantly in need of platelets."


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* DigitalPumpkin46 will be giving in May!  And, according to her, "they were able to get a full donation out of what I donated last time (despite the shortened time I donated), so I was very very happy about that! Apparently, I have a lot of platelets in my blood"!
* kitty-cat cashed in her points from her donations and got a cool backpack!
* vorbau's son is now 18 and is going to give for the first time!!!
* vorbau's husband is also going to give!
* Bellantara wants to give (and has in the past) but can't now because of the restrictions on people who have spent 6+ months in Europe in the '80s.  But, that's still ok, because there's a TON of things she can still do! ;)
* kam0706 is participating in an iron study for the Red Cross in-between donations!
* LynnV's scheduled her next platelet donation! Yea, Lynnv!
* LynnV's hubby tried to give.  He was deferred due to a slight fever, but he'll try again in a couple of weeks!
* While nutraxfornerves was giving, a couple came in off the street.  They said, "We've always meant to donate and we realized we were in the neighborhood--so here we are!"!  YEA!!!
* MissBrit's friend has been donating for over 20 years now!  Can you imagine how many lives she's saved?!
* miss_ann_thrope had a cold on the day of her appointment, so she couldn't donate.  BUT, she rescheduled for June 18!
* juliasqueezer has donated for years.  She's O-neg and CMV-neg, "so it's normally collected in a quad-bag: a regular sized bag with seals that divide it into 4 sections. It can then be cut into 4 small bags for easier transfusion to newborns and babies."  She has FOUR gallon donor pins!
* kitty-cat is scheduled to give June 11 and is drinking lots of water in preparation!
* Lynnv went in for her regular donation.  The people there that day weren't able to deal with her difficult veins, so she rescheduled.  Hopefully, she gets a more experienced person next time!
* DigitalPumpkin46 is scheduled for June 3!


APRIL EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
14 (Deep-fried Twinkie, LynnV (platelets), faithlessone, Nurvingiel, kitty-cat (see her post on Pg 42 - we need to do a little dance with her! :D), LynnV (yes, you see her name twice in this month's tally! She's donated platelets again! Way to go!), snowfire's hubby (made 6 gallons!), snowfire (a little ahead of hubby!), Kitty_Cat (and at a cost to herself to do so - she almost fainted :( ), TotterGirl (traded enough blood to get to her 3 gallon mark and got a pretty bruise as a prize! ;)), LynnV (yes, you're seeing her name again! And, please go down a bit to the "People Who Need Recognizing" section to find out just how incredible this EHellion is), Valentines Mommy (plasma and RBCs - and become a bronze commit for life member in the process!), Valentines Mommy's DH (platelets and RBCs), AndreaBeth105 (she's finally eligible again after some problems with her iron - she's been taking vitamins, and they're working! Not only that, but she's put a reminder on her calendar to make sure she remembers to give again the next time she's able!   )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
2 (Vorbau's former partner is a rare blood type (B+) and donated for the first time ever (and had such a great experience (the goodies afterwards? ;)) that he's going to go back again! I'm always excited to see a new donor give - and one that's going to continue giving!), sparrow bones (AND SHE'S HOOKED AND WILL GIVE AGAIN!)  )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
* vorbau takes at least 1 "batch" of muffins/cookies/cake/brownies to the donation site each month. She takes goodies at Christmas, New Year's and Easter and whenever they have special drives or are facing peak demand (i.e., Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day) - what an amazingly wonderful treat! (I wish I were donating at her site - yum!)


People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* miss_ann_thrope tweeted about donating!
* miss_ann_thrope's friend, Lacey, also tweeted about donating AND booked her own donation appointment!
* Yet another friend of miss_ann_thrope (our EHellion's a busy lady!) tweeted WHILE he was at the donation site!


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* Deep-fried Twinkie's church is having a Blood Drive!
* DigitalPumpkin46 got a blood donor card of her own!
* Vorbau's son is now 18 and is going to donate for the 1st time next month! (We're going to get to add someone to the New Donor section then!  I'm excited!)
* M. tried to give, but her hemoglobin was too low.  She'll try to get it up and attempt again!
* miss_ann_thrope booked her appointment for May 7!
* miss_ann_thrope's friend has donated 33 times!
* And, miss_ann_thrope's friend's father has donated 85-90 times!!
* miss_ann_thrope has joined OneMatch (this is a database for people who are willing to donate bone marrow and stem cells - if she gets called to do it, we're all going to cheer her on, because this is WONDERFUL! I'm so proud of her for doing this!)
* Layla Miller signed up for her campus Blood Drive (we're crossing our fingers and toes for her - she's 1 for 2 on these Drives!)
* I'm putting this in 2 places in our tally, because I think this really needs to be recognized.  One of the platelet locations in Boulder, CO flooded, so they were suddenly and unexpectedly low on platelets.  LynnV quickly stepped in and scheduled an appointment the next morning to help replenish the supplies. She missed Sunday services, but I'm thinking God understood! :)  She even got her 3 gallon pin at the same time!
* kitty-cat has been giving long enough with our Challenge that she's already been mentioned in 3 tallies!
* sparrow bones was mentioned above, but I wanted to add her in here, too.  Because I think the 1st time donating is AMAZING!  It's such a scary but big step in the process.  As one of our other EHellions put it, "The step from zero to one is a huge one...a lot bigger than the step from 23 to 24!"  How very true that is!
* sparrow bones shared something else with us - At her Drive, out of the 27 people signed up, 25 were actually allowed to donate.  Out of those 25?  22 were first-time donors.  I think that ABSOLUTELY deserves a mention here in the list!  And, one of those 22 was our VERY OWN SPARROW BONES HERSELF!!!

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Post by: Layla Miller on October 21, 2010, 11:53:55 AM
Oh!  I completely forgot to post that I gave at another blood drive at work on Tuesday.  Another success, with no trouble at all!  Apparently my veins have decided that they like donating, after all.  Yay for non-stingy veins!  ;)
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Post by: kitty-cat on October 21, 2010, 11:56:11 AM
One of the fraternities on campus had 2 bloodmobiles on campus yesterday for a blood drive, and a good number of my sisters donated. I would have, but I'm not up till Nov. 12...
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Post by: hyzenthlay on October 21, 2010, 11:59:17 AM
My DH got me back in after a 2 year lag in my donations.

Saturday morning really is the best time to donate.
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Post by: DottyG on October 21, 2010, 12:00:21 PM
I was just looking back at the July numbers and saw this:

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* HeebyJeebyLeebee submitted a suggestion to her job about getting a Blood Drive started.  Her job is open to suggestions from the employees, and she thinks this will be a great way of helping her company have the opportunity to serve the community!  And, she did the legwork to get it up and going by calling her local Blood Center to get details on how they could get started!

This month, she's already working the blood drive and asking for suggestions from us on getting people interested.  In other words, in just a few months, someone from EHell took charge of getting a blood drive started in her area and is making a tremendous difference in the people around her.  I'm blown away by this.  Seriously!  The fact that she has taken this step and is this proactive in getting blood donors involved where she is just so incredible!!!

HJL, you really do deserve a STANDING OVATION from your fellow EHellions!  You're amazing!

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Post by: DottyG on October 21, 2010, 12:06:06 PM
Got the others of you added in as well.

hyzenthlay, I put your husband in there, too.  I think he needed some recognition for getting you back into giving! :)

October started out slowly, but take a look at it now.  Wow! :)

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Post by: hyzenthlay on October 21, 2010, 12:20:51 PM
Got the others of you added in as well.

hyzenthlay, I put your husband in there, too.  I think he needed some recognition for getting you back into giving! :)

October started out slowly, but take a look at it now.  Wow! :)

Well I got him into it, and then got frustrated with 3 appointments in a row where they were behind or a computer broke down. But he kept on going in and pulled me back in. Between us we've donated 3 or 4 people's worth of blood  ;D
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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on October 21, 2010, 12:39:15 PM
I was just looking back at the July numbers and saw this:

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* HeebyJeebyLeebee submitted a suggestion to her job about getting a Blood Drive started.  Her job is open to suggestions from the employees, and she thinks this will be a great way of helping her company have the opportunity to serve the community!  And, she did the legwork to get it up and going by calling her local Blood Center to get details on how they could get started!

This month, she's already working the blood drive and asking for suggestions from us on getting people interested.  In other words, in just a few months, someone from EHell took charge of getting a blood drive started in her area and is making a tremendous difference in the people around her.  I'm blown away by this.  Seriously!  The fact that she has taken this step and is this proactive in getting blood donors involved where she is just so incredible!!!

HJL, you really do deserve a STANDING OVATION from your fellow EHellions!  You're amazing!

AWW!  I'm blushing!!!

The big event is tomorrow.  We still have a lot of open slots, so I'm nervous about making goal.  I'm not sure if the Blood Center will be willing to come back out here with the donor coach if we don't meet goal.  Of 32 available appointments, only 21 have been filled.  Of course, not all of the 21 may be able to donate.  The goal is 26 units.  I'm nervous. 
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Post by: Lady Snowdon on October 24, 2010, 05:28:14 PM
On Friday I gave blood for the first time ever!  There was a blood drive at work that made it super easy and convenient to sign up, so I figured I might as well take the chance I'd been given.  I also agreed to be tested for platelet apheresis, since I apparently clot very quickly.  Found out later that both my mom, my dad and my grandfather all used to donate platelets, so I'll probably start doing that as well. 
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Post by: DottyG on October 24, 2010, 05:34:38 PM
Oh, Dogzard, I'm so excited for you!!! Congratulations! And, on behalf of whomever gets your donation, thank you!

I'm on my phone right now, so I'll have to update the tally tomorrow when I'm on the computer. But, I had to respond to your post right now.

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Post by: Bethczar on October 24, 2010, 06:10:26 PM
Forgot to say that I gave last Friday. Once again, I was just shy of giving doubles (needed 14, was 13.9). The nurse told me to make sure that my hands were very warm & that should help next time?
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Post by: DottyG on October 24, 2010, 07:18:38 PM
Yea Bethczar! No clue about the warm hand advice. Anyone else know what the deal with that is? ???

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Post by: hot_shaker on October 24, 2010, 07:27:50 PM
Yea Bethczar! No clue about the warm hand advice. Anyone else know what the deal with that is? ???

I just had to give a lot of blood for a clinical trial.  They had a special little hand warmer box for me to keep my hand in during the study.  I assume it's to keep the vessels dilated to ease blood collection.
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Post by: Lady Snowdon on October 24, 2010, 08:27:25 PM
Oh, Dogzard, I'm so excited for you!!! Congratulations! And, on behalf of whomever gets your donation, thank you!

I'm on my phone right now, so I'll have to update the tally tomorrow when I'm on the computer. But, I had to respond to your post right now.



Thank you!  I was very, very apprehensive at first...a bunch of people on my team also gave and one guy was so ill afterward that he fainted and ended up having to go home for the rest of the day.  I, however, had no ill effects.  Not even the really common ones.  So I have no excuses to not donate anymore. 
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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on October 25, 2010, 08:21:10 AM
We got 21 donations of Friday!   (including me)
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Post by: Bethczar on October 25, 2010, 10:36:01 AM
Woohoo! Way to go, HJL!
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Post by: Lady Snowdon on October 25, 2010, 12:10:13 PM
We got 21 donations of Friday!   (including me)

Yay, how awesome!
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Post by: DottyG on October 25, 2010, 12:35:16 PM
We got 21 donations of Friday!   (including me)

Oh, HJL, that's wonderful! What a tremendous beginning to what is now a tradition at your office! I'm so happy for you - and PROUD of you!  You took this idea of yours and actually made it work!!!  Congratulations!!!

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Post by: DottyG on October 25, 2010, 12:46:12 PM
The October tally includes a special recognition. :)

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Post by: faithlessone on October 25, 2010, 01:46:36 PM
Wow HJL!!!!! You should be very proud. :D
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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on October 25, 2010, 03:05:54 PM
We got 21 donations of Friday!   (including me)

Oh, HJL, that's wonderful! What a tremendous beginning to what is now a tradition at your office! I'm so happy for you - and PROUD of you!  You took this idea of yours and actually made it work!!!  Congratulations!!!


I'm a little hesitant to call it a tradition.  If we have another blood drive next quarter, then I think it's safe to call it a tradition.  I really want to see more education & recruitment happen if there's a next time. 

We did have some first time donors - many of whom were surprised at how easy it was.   ;D  We're hoping to incorporate them into a little internal rah-rah article for the employee website. 
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Post by: DottyG on October 25, 2010, 03:29:01 PM
We did have some first time donors - many of whom were surprised at how easy it was.

That's what really shocked me.  I spent all those years being scared to give, because "it's going to hurt too much!"  Then, I got my courage up and donated for the first time.  And, I still remember thinking, "THAT'S IT?!  THAT'S what I've been scared of all this time?!  That was nothing!"

I think the fear of donating keeps a lot of people away that really could be great givers.  I wish there were a way to tell them that it really doesn't have to hurt.  Get an experienced person taking the blood the first time, and you really won't feel a thing.  It really isn't anything like what you're thinking it's like.  It's so easy and quick.

Honestly, the blood pressure cuff is the part that hurts the most for me.  I HATE getting my blood pressure taken.  That thing is horrible.  The needle and giving blood is nothing.



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Post by: kitty-cat on October 25, 2010, 03:31:37 PM
For me the worst part though, is when they test for iron. That hurts more than the needle in the arm...

(until my veins decide to act up and needle moving gets involved...)
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Post by: Bethczar on October 25, 2010, 03:32:54 PM
For me the worst part though, is when they test for iron. That hurts more than the needle in the arm...
Even the nurses admit that's worse. It stings like the dickens all day.
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Post by: M-theory on October 25, 2010, 03:40:42 PM
For me the worst part though, is when they test for iron. That hurts more than the needle in the arm...

(until my veins decide to act up and needle moving gets involved...)

Ha, I was just talking to someone about that yesterday. Got made fun of, too. "You can handle tattoos and blood and marrow donation, but the hemoglobin test makes you cringe? Weirdo." Well, maybe I am.
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Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on October 26, 2010, 07:56:23 AM
I hate the hemoglobin test too - and I'm used to lancing myself when I was monitoring for diabetes!  The glucose monitors today use so much less blood than the older one, so in comparison the glucose monitor my old hospital used and hemoglobin tests take a lot.  Fingers are so darn sensitive.  And of course, they have to pinch & squeeze your finger to get enough blood. 

Donating blood is a completely different experience than having an IV.  When you get an IV, you're usually sick or otherwise not feeling well, you may be slightly dehydrated making insertion harder, it's going to be in for more than an hour (possibly a few days), and putting stuff in the blood stream seems trickier than getting stuff out of it. 

The phlebotomy team that came to us was awesome - they had the radio going, were singing along, joking and laughing.  They were doing an awesome job of keeping the atmosphere light.  Since it's my job to take photos at work, I brought the camera and the phlebotomists had a ball taking funny photos of each other, of me, and anyone else who agreed to have their photo taken. 

That afternoon after the donor coach left, I was able to round up most of the donors for a group photo.  My favorite shot was when we all posed flexing our bandaged arms like body builders.  Instead of "cheese!" we said "Welcome to the Gun Show!".

We got some good quotes and our success story's already on the employee website's front page.  (I was teasing that where else can you lay back for about 30 minutes, enjoy juice & cookies, and still get paid! - none of us had to use our break time to cover the donation)
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Post by: EduardosGirl on October 28, 2010, 07:56:32 AM
I tried to donate plasma again 2 weeks ago but they refused after I told them (being all honest and everything) that I was awaiting thyroid function blood test results. Apparently, if you have a hypo or hyperactive thyroid, you can't donate blood. I didn't argue the point, since it's for my own protection and all, and I'd pulled an all nighter the night before and was just a little punchy.

So I got a voicemail from my doctor the next day that said my thyroid function was all normal and I donated today. Yay!

I also found out exactly what my plasma would be used for, which was interesting and a bit nice. You know that it's useful, obviously, but hearing that they're stockpiling my blood type's plasma in advance preparation for someone's operation gave me a nice feeling. Maybe it was the saline, though. Either way, I waved goodbye to my plasma and I hope it's enjoying itself and behaving well in the freezer.
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Post by: DottyG on October 28, 2010, 09:45:27 AM
So I got a voicemail from my doctor the next day that said my thyroid function was all normal and I donated today. Yay!

Sounds like this deserves TWO big WHOO HOOOOs!!!  Congratulations on both things!

And, I love how you found out where the plasma is going.  Giving is always nice, but finding out that it really, truly is being used for something really important makes it even better.

Way to go HatStrap!

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Post by: DottyG on November 02, 2010, 11:01:19 AM
WHO'S GOING TO BE OUR FIRST ENTRY FOR NOVEMBER?! :)

We KNOCKED it out of the ballpark in October!  We started out slowly and then WHAM!  Let's see if we can get even more people involved this month!

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Post by: nutraxfornerves on November 05, 2010, 03:53:44 PM
I donated today. And made my next appointment for exactly 8 weeks form now--New Year's Eve!

The phlebotomist told me she does a lot of high school blood drives and always likes to tell the kids stories to encourage donation. So I told her how Mr. Nutrax's life was saved by 12 generous people when he had a bleeding ulcer. The story is long, but she said the  part that will probably get to the kids is when he was in the hospital and the ulcer suddenly blew into an artery. I wasn't there, but the head nurse later told me how there were suddenly a ton of people in the room and she sat in the only available spot, underneath the bed, frantically squeezing bags of blood to get the blood into Mr. Nutrax as fast as possible. They got him to emergency surgery in time, but he wound up getting 12 units of blood.
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Post by: Lynnv on November 05, 2010, 04:46:21 PM
WHO'S GOING TO BE OUR FIRST ENTRY FOR NOVEMBER?! :)

We KNOCKED it out of the ballpark in October!  We started out slowly and then WHAM!  Let's see if we can get even more people involved this month!



I am sidelined because I have reached my yearly maximum-which is, I suppose, a good thing. 

Middle of the month I can start going back again.
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Post by: DottyG on November 05, 2010, 06:59:42 PM
I donated today. And made my next appointment for exactly 8 weeks form now--New Year's Eve!

The phlebotomist told me she does a lot of high school blood drives and always likes to tell the kids stories to encourage donation. So I told her how Mr. Nutrax's life was saved by 12 generous people when he had a bleeding ulcer. The story is long, but she said the  part that will probably get to the kids is when he was in the hospital and the ulcer suddenly blew into an artery. I wasn't there, but the head nurse later told me how there were suddenly a ton of people in the room and she sat in the only available spot, underneath the bed, frantically squeezing bags of blood to get the blood into Mr. Nutrax as fast as possible. They got him to emergency surgery in time, but he wound up getting 12 units of blood.

Wow, I don't know about the kids, but that story got to me.  I'm glad he was ok!

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Post by: DottyG on November 05, 2010, 07:02:52 PM
By the way, has anyone played the Blood Donor game mentioned in the first post of the thread?  How'd you do? :)

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Post by: Just Lori on November 10, 2010, 01:17:18 PM
Went in today.  Apparently our area has a shortage of my blood type.  After three reminder phone calls and an email, I finally got my act together and donated.  Now I'm tired, but it's a good tired. :)
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Post by: DottyG on November 10, 2010, 04:13:13 PM
YEA!!!

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Post by: EduardosGirl on November 13, 2010, 12:49:46 AM
I did plasma on Thursday, right after my last exam. Not my best idea, though I did feel quite virtuous.

Initially they were worried since my heart rate and blood pressure were waaaaay too high, but when I told them I'd just finished an exam, they said they would take it again when I was in the chair, by which time they had both come down considerably. Phew!

It put a slight damper on my plan to have celebratory drinks that night since the saline didn't go through, so I thought I shouldn't attempt to replenish it with beer. I'm so responsible it hurts.
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Post by: katiescarlett on November 15, 2010, 11:48:53 PM
I will be donating platelets next Friday.  I usually donate my platelets every month.  They really like my B+ blood type in my small town!  I always have them credited to a 5 year old girl with leukemia, who was in my niece's pre-school class last year.
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Post by: Lynnv on November 16, 2010, 02:22:47 AM
I am back in the game this week.  I am scheduled for Wednesday morning.  Then I should be fairly on track for bi-weekly donations again....at least until I hit another patch where I am hitting my annual maximum (it is based on a rolling calendar year).
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Post by: kitty-cat on November 16, 2010, 10:28:04 AM
I got a call from them yesterday- I'm going in next tuesday :D
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Post by: JoW on November 16, 2010, 06:06:32 PM
I went in this afternoon.  #107.  On my way out one of the staff members said "Thank you. See you next year." 
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Post by: DottyG on November 16, 2010, 06:27:20 PM
WHO HOOO to ALL of you!!!

Those of you who are planning to give in the next few days/weeks, I have you down in the "Needs Recognition" section, but let me know when you actually give, so I can add you into the actual donor section as well!

This is great!  Y'all are amazing!!!

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Post by: Lynnv on November 17, 2010, 12:14:18 PM
I am bleeding and surfing the net right now.  Another large triple platelet donation.  As always, I put my donation in my FB status.
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Post by: DottyG on November 17, 2010, 12:16:37 PM
I am bleeding

Well, I sure hope in a bag and not just all over the floor! ;)

I'll add you into the tally!

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Post by: Lynnv on November 17, 2010, 12:21:12 PM
I am bleeding

Well, I sure hope in a bag and not just all over the floor! ;)

I'll add you into the tally!



That has only happened once (bad seal let blood from the tube escape custody).   ;D
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Post by: kitty-cat on November 23, 2010, 02:17:21 PM
Just got home from the Blood Alliance.

It took both arms (once again :P) but I got a bag full!  It was rather funny- one of the techs was surprised I filled a unit; usually when I get the full wait period its because some got in the bag, just not a full bag.


And since I had both arms, I had one arm wrapped red and one arm wrapped green :P
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 23, 2010, 02:22:33 PM
At least 4 of my coworkers are donating blood as I type this.  One coworker set up a drive from our office and pledged a specific number of units for the year.  I think they have just made their pledge with today's donations.

Unfortunately, I'm still not allowed to donate but at least my coworkers are!

ETA:  It was actually 7 people, 6 of whom were able to donate.  And they definitely fulfilled their pledge for the year!
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Post by: pharmagal on November 24, 2010, 07:19:22 AM
I am donating Plasma (or is it platelets - I have no idea, it's late for me and I'm tired) on Tuesday next. 

I've donated blood twice this year - the first times in over 10 years due to various things that excluded me for a while.  And since I'm a relative new comer to Australia, I thought a good way of saying thanks for having me, was to say here have my blood.

Well, I thought it was a fair swap.
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Post by: DottyG on December 07, 2010, 09:47:01 AM
Ok, it's 7 days into the month (sorry - I'm a little late in getting the tally up).  But, YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO DO SOMETHING FOR DECEMBER!!! :)

Let's make this a WHOPPING month of donations and getting the word out!!!

Who's first?!

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Post by: Lynnv on December 07, 2010, 11:19:15 AM
I am in the chair donating platelets right now.  Should be done in a couple of hours.
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Post by: hyzenthlay on December 07, 2010, 11:46:58 AM
My DH and I made our appointments for whole blood for Saturday morning.
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Post by: DottyG on December 07, 2010, 01:46:55 PM
Yea to all of you!

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Post by: EduardosGirl on December 07, 2010, 08:33:45 PM
Just booked in to donate plasma this Friday morning, while my little sister is donating whole blood.

Woot!
Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: Lady Snowdon on December 10, 2010, 03:37:26 PM
So I mentioned in October that I'd donated, and had requested that my blood be tested for platelet levels, to see if I was eligible to donate platelets.  Well, I got a call on Monday, telling me that I have an very high platelet count (358,000 "units", whatever that means) and I'm set up for my first platelet donation on Saturday morning!  Better still, I can donate platelets much more frequently than whole blood, so I'm going to try and make it a habit to donate every couple of weeks. 
Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: Lynnv on December 10, 2010, 04:07:02 PM
So I mentioned in October that I'd donated, and had requested that my blood be tested for platelet levels, to see if I was eligible to donate platelets.  Well, I got a call on Monday, telling me that I have an very high platelet count (358,000 "units", whatever that means) and I'm set up for my first platelet donation on Saturday morning!  Better still, I can donate platelets much more frequently than whole blood, so I'm going to try and make it a habit to donate every couple of weeks. 

Plus you get the good beds, or at least you do here, when you donate platelets.  Movies and TV and internet, oh my!!!  :>

Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: DottyG on December 10, 2010, 04:13:28 PM
YEA DOGZARD!!!

You and LynnV are in competition now! ;)

Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: DottyG on December 10, 2010, 04:13:46 PM
Movies and TV and internet, oh my!!!  :>

I love it! :D

Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: EduardosGirl on December 10, 2010, 09:50:49 PM
So, I had to reschedule my donation to next week, as my brother wound up in hospital on the other side of town and I needed to visit him.

I feel guilty. Silly, but there it is.
Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 12, 2010, 01:48:33 PM
One of my coworkers organized everyone at the office to donate blood at the permanent clinic in my city.  He had pledged 50 units for the year from our office.  With the last donation for the year made on Friday, my coworkers hit 57 units for the year!

He will be pledging 45 units for next year, as a few people have been deferred for tatoos and the like and we're not sure if there will be summer students, who help bump up the counts - money is getting a little tight for extra staff.

I wish I could join them but they won't take my blood.  I bake for my coworkers, instead.   :D
Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: faithlessone on December 13, 2010, 08:44:58 AM
One of my coworkers organized everyone at the office to donate blood at the permanent clinic in my city.  He had pledged 50 units for the year from our office.  With the last donation for the year made on Friday, my coworkers hit 57 units for the year!

Congrats!!

I just got a phone call from the UK blood people, wishing me a happy Christmas and asking if I was still intending to go to my next appointment (7th January - dingdangity the UK's 16 week waiting period!). Put a huge smile on my face! :D

Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: DottyG on December 14, 2010, 02:59:46 PM
One of my coworkers organized everyone at the office to donate blood at the permanent clinic in my city.  He had pledged 50 units for the year from our office.  With the last donation for the year made on Friday, my coworkers hit 57 units for the year!

He will be pledging 45 units for next year, as a few people have been deferred for tatoos and the like and we're not sure if there will be summer students, who help bump up the counts - money is getting a little tight for extra staff.

I wish I could join them but they won't take my blood.  I bake for my coworkers, instead.   :D

Outdoor Girl, that's WONDERFUL!!!!  I love this thread!  I swear y'all really keep posting things that just brighten up the day!

Tell your coworker that I think he's terrific!  (As are all the people who participated in making it a success and the EHellion that told us about it here! ;))

Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: DottyG on December 14, 2010, 03:00:52 PM
So, I had to reschedule my donation to next week, as my brother wound up in hospital on the other side of town and I needed to visit him.

I feel guilty. Silly, but there it is.

How's your brother doing, HS?  Is he ok now?

Don't feel guilty.  You did exactly what you were supposed to do. :)

Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: EduardosGirl on December 14, 2010, 08:02:52 PM
So, I had to reschedule my donation to next week, as my brother wound up in hospital on the other side of town and I needed to visit him.

I feel guilty. Silly, but there it is.

How's your brother doing, HS?  Is he ok now?

Don't feel guilty.  You did exactly what you were supposed to do. :)



Cheers, Dotty!

Yes, he's supposed to be released this afternoon and is talking about driving up to see mum tonight. (!) A 1.5 hour car trip, less than a week after emergency surgery for a serious bowel obstruction, and being on a drip of hardcore painkillers for several days. Yeah, we're a stubborn lot.

My appointment is this Friday morning before I go to work. Shazam!
Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: Winterlight on December 16, 2010, 09:43:33 AM
I just got back from donating, and have chivvied two of my coworkers upstairs.
Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: DottyG on December 16, 2010, 11:24:12 AM
WTG Winterlight!

Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: EduardosGirl on December 16, 2010, 07:11:52 PM
Just donated 884ml of plasma. Got a bit lightheaded so they're making me wait in the chair longer to make sure I'm okay.

Cookies, here I come!
Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: DottyG on December 16, 2010, 07:18:52 PM
Very big smile for HatStrap!

Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: Lady Snowdon on December 20, 2010, 11:01:44 AM
Well, my planned donation on Saturday didn't work out.  My veins did not cooperate, either for platelet donation or for whole blood donation.  My arm is a mass of bruises though...you can't claim the phlebotomists didn't try!  I'm going to make an appointment to try again in a couple of weeks, and concentrate on drinking lots of water til then!
Title: Re: We need YOU! (ALL of you! Blood donors and NON-donors!)
Post by: DottyG on December 20, 2010, 11:26:36 AM
Awwwww....I'm sorry to hear about your sore arms. :(  Put some ice on them and get them feeling better.

You can try again later.  But, for now, just let yourself heal. :)

Congrats on trying, though.  You totally rock!

Title: Take a look at Post #905 (Pg 61) everyone!!! CONGRATULATIONS EHELLIONS!!!
Post by: DottyG on December 20, 2010, 11:35:47 AM
Ok everyone, what I'm about to tell you CAN STILL CHANGE!  I would LOVE to be able to update the below and make it an even higher number, so PLEASE KEEP GIVING UNTIL 2010 IS OFFICIALLY OVER!!!!

But, as of right now, we have had (MAJOR DRUMROLL PLEASE!)

167 REGULAR DONATIONS OF BLOOD AND PLATELETS
and
10 NEW DONORS!!!


this year alone!!!



Title: Re: Take a look at Post #905 (Pg 61) everyone!!! CONGRATULATIONS EHELLIONS!!!
Post by: Lynnv on December 20, 2010, 03:02:32 PM
I am scheduled for Wednesday morning, so there should be at least one more platelet donation before year's end.

I would say that I am sorry for messing up your count.  But, well, I really am not.  :>
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #905 (Pg 61) everyone!!! CONGRATULATIONS EHELLIONS!!!
Post by: DottyG on December 20, 2010, 03:04:33 PM
I am scheduled for Wednesday morning, so there should be at least one more platelet donation before year's end.

I would say that I am sorry for messing up your count.  But, well, I really am not.  :>

I LOVE that you're "messing up the count"!!!  I'd love to have to edit that post multiple times between now and Dec 31!!!

(By the way, Wednesday morning, I'll be having a root canal done (see the I Need A Hug folder).  So, if the count doesn't get updated immediately, it will be later.  I'm thinking I might not be feeling like doing much that day.)

Title: Re: Take a look at Post #905 (Pg 61) everyone!!! CONGRATULATIONS EHELLIONS!!!
Post by: faithlessone on December 20, 2010, 05:08:32 PM
Aw, and my next donation is on January 7th!

Oh well, maybe I'll get to be one of the first in the new year.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #905 (Pg 61) everyone!!! CONGRATULATIONS EHELLIONS!!!
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on December 22, 2010, 07:49:52 AM
HR just asked me to help with the next blood drive - scheduled for Jan 11.  WOOT!

I want to do a lot more with getting the word out - daily emails with tips, more posters and flyers, and a BIG ad on the employee website. 
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #905 (Pg 61) everyone!!! CONGRATULATIONS EHELLIONS!!!
Post by: Lynnv on December 23, 2010, 10:44:11 AM
I am scheduled for Wednesday morning, so there should be at least one more platelet donation before year's end.

I would say that I am sorry for messing up your count.  But, well, I really am not.  :>

I hate to say that I was not able to donate.  I guess when you make your appointment online, the system doesn't notice if you are at your annual maximum.  And the guy who stuck me last time forgot to let me know I was back up against the limit. 

It is a limit of 24 donations in a rolling year.  So I rescheduled for next Wednesday instead.  Being unemployed has had me being very good about going in every other week....so I am going to run into this again and again.  I will have to start calling for my appointments rather than making them online.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #905 (Pg 61) everyone!!! CONGRATULATIONS EHELLIONS!!!
Post by: Bethczar on December 23, 2010, 11:07:21 AM
I should be able to get one more donation in before the new year... still one week left.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #905 (Pg 61) everyone!!! CONGRATULATIONS EHELLIONS!!!
Post by: Lynnv on December 29, 2010, 06:35:36 PM
And the guy missed the stick today.  So no last minute donation for me after all.  But my oldest nephew just made his very first donation today.  :>
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #905 (Pg 61) everyone!!! CONGRATULATIONS EHELLIONS!!!
Post by: whylime13 on December 29, 2010, 06:39:32 PM
Hey Dotty!  Thanks for cheering us on this year!

Will you start a new thread for 2011?  I bet we can get more than 61 pages in the next one!!!
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #905 (Pg 61) everyone!!! CONGRATULATIONS EHELLIONS!!!
Post by: Bethczar on December 30, 2010, 10:11:50 AM
I couldn't get in this week due to incompatable scheduling, so I'll just have to try to be one the first in the new year. Just want to also say thanks to Dotty for getting me back into donating. It feels nice to give  :D
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #905 (Pg 61) everyone!!! CONGRATULATIONS EHELLIONS!!!
Post by: nutraxfornerves on December 31, 2010, 03:06:03 PM
Am I the last?

Just got back from donating whole blood. I was the Blood Bank's last appointment of the day. They were pleased that I pump it out so fast, as everyone was looking forward going home early.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #905 (Pg 61) everyone!!! CONGRATULATIONS EHELLIONS!!!
Post by: faithlessone on December 31, 2010, 03:44:26 PM
Yay Nutrax!!!

The nurses/technicians love us fast ones. :)
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: DottyG on January 03, 2011, 12:10:33 PM
I'm back everyone. :)  And, I have (I hope!) everyone added in with what they did in the last few days of 2010.  If you don't see your contribution, let me know.  I definitely want to get all of you added in where you should be.

So........some updated numbers for you!  In 2010, we had:


168 REGULAR DONATIONS OF BLOOD AND PLATELETS
and
11 NEW DONORS!!!

Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: DottyG on January 03, 2011, 12:10:58 PM
AND, we're all set for 2011!  Let the activity begin!!!

Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: faithlessone on January 04, 2011, 08:27:54 AM
I've had to cancel my appointment on Friday. :( Got a stomach bug.

Hoping to make it on the 28th now. It'll be my 5th donation!
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: DottyG on January 04, 2011, 09:46:51 AM
I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well. :(  Drink lots of fluids and get some rest.  Take extra good care of yourself right now, ok?

Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Bethczar on January 05, 2011, 07:44:56 AM
Made my appt for this Saturday morning.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Just Lori on January 05, 2011, 08:41:51 AM
I'm going tomorrow.  Does it count if I'm motivated by the free home team T-shirt they're giving away, plus a chance to win playoff tickets?  Don't worry.  I won't win the tickets, and if I did, I'd probably give them away.  I'm notorious for pacing and moving positions during a game to influence the outcome, and it would be hard to do that if I were confined to just one seat. :)
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on January 05, 2011, 03:08:05 PM
Now that I'm back from wedding vacation, I've already started making sure that the Jan 11 Blood Drive at my office is well advertised and promoted. 

I've recently been put in charge of content for the external website and emplyee website, so I'm trying to get some official graphics to add to the employee site announcement.   ;D
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Just Lori on January 06, 2011, 06:00:44 PM
OK, donated a pint today.  I am one pint away from my first "official" gallon.  (I've given in the past, but this is the first time I've given seven pints in the same state, therefore they're on record.)  Yay!
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Lynnv on January 10, 2011, 01:40:26 PM
I am doing my first platelet donation for the year right now.  And they are giving out t-shirts this time around!
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Reddie321 on January 10, 2011, 02:04:00 PM
Archer and I both donated a unit of whole blood on Saturday!  Been almost a year since the last time we gave, but we gave, so I think that's all that matters...we'll try to be better this year.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Bethczar on January 10, 2011, 02:57:27 PM
Gave mine on Saturday. I'm glad I made an appointment - the place was packed!!!
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Layla Miller on January 11, 2011, 10:37:18 AM
Scheduled to donate again on January 31st.  I'll be just squeaking in for this month!
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: DottyG on January 12, 2011, 02:47:08 PM
Got y'all all noted in the tally.  We're doing great this month!  Keep 'em coming!

Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: kitty-cat on January 12, 2011, 05:06:37 PM
I'm due back on the 20th so I might go during break, or I'll go after class on the 21st.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on January 13, 2011, 02:12:51 PM
We had 17 people participate in the Jan 11 Blood Drive at my office.  I donated Double RBCs for the first time - BAD idea.  I nearly fainted a few hours later despite eating and drinking lots of juice and water.  Whole blood from now on only for me. 
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 13, 2011, 02:16:29 PM
2 of my coworkers donated blood today - the first two donations for the year for the office commitment.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: megswsu on January 17, 2011, 10:09:21 AM
So I'm proud to say I finally gave blood again after not doing it for 10 years. The last few times I'd gone in, my iron was always low for some reason, so I stopped bothering since I always got turned down. DH was off Friday, so I decided to take advantage of not having to find someone to watch Little Coug.  :) WELL, this time my iron was just fine and I was able to give blood at the post blood donation center which will help soldiers in the field. From now on I'm going to go every 8 weeks since I know my type (O-) is needed. Woo-hoo!  ;D
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Bethczar on January 17, 2011, 12:36:02 PM
So I'm proud to say I finally gave blood again after not doing it for 10 years. The last few times I'd gone in, my iron was always low for some reason, so I stopped bothering since I always got turned down. DH was off Friday, so I decided to take advantage of not having to find someone to watch Little Coug.  :) WELL, this time my iron was just fine and I was able to give blood at the post blood donation center which will help soldiers in the field. From now on I'm going to go every 8 weeks since I know my type (O-) is needed. Woo-hoo!  ;D

Awesome! That's practically my story, only I skipped 7 years. I have wonder-iron blood now.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: EduardosGirl on January 17, 2011, 09:37:17 PM
I made my first donation of the new year yesterday. Shazam!

Unfortunately, it kind of wiped me out. I was meant to have yesterday off work, but I was called in last minute. This morning, I overslept and was an hour and a half late for work. The biggest problem (aside from a $40 cab fare that I did *not* need)? I work in a shop and I needed to open this morning.

Sigh.

Still, I did a good thing.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: DottyG on January 18, 2011, 07:34:59 PM
Have just updated our tally with some incredible people's donations. :)

Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: snowfire on January 19, 2011, 12:01:13 AM
DH & I both donated yesterday.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: DottyG on January 19, 2011, 10:20:42 AM
:)

Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 19, 2011, 10:24:34 AM
5 of my coworkers have headed off to donate today.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: DottyG on January 19, 2011, 10:38:05 AM
I love your coworkers Outdoor Girl! :)

Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: kitty-cat on January 21, 2011, 03:38:53 PM
Well... I went today. And they let me go without even sticking me because they couldn't find a vein in either arm...

Guess it's time to guzzle Gatoraide and try again next week.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: DottyG on January 21, 2011, 04:58:33 PM
We'll be cheering you on next week. :)

I'm still adding you into the bottom section of our tally.

Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: faithlessone on January 21, 2011, 05:21:26 PM
Ooh, I persuaded one of my co-workers to come with me when I go donate next week!

She's never been before, so I'll keep you guys posted if she manages to donate.
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: DottyG on January 21, 2011, 05:22:45 PM
YEA faithlessone!!!  Way to go in encouraging others! :)

(Crossing my fingers that all goes perfectly and that she becomes a regular donor!)

Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: kitkatswing on January 23, 2011, 08:39:40 PM
Ive just come back from donating blood!!! YAY! Last time was dismal as my blood refused to leave my body..

I had a phone call from them on Friday wanting my blood type.

But today, no problems at all.. Felt a little light headed afterwards, but all good now.

Very happy to donate!
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: faithlessone on January 28, 2011, 12:01:28 PM
I went today, and although they managed to find a vein and get some samples, my blood just wasn't flowing well enough to get the whole donation. :(

Feeling both kinda annoyed and bad. I've never really had a problem before.

ETA: On the other hand - Hanna's donation went great!
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: kitty-cat on January 28, 2011, 05:25:00 PM
I donated! And there wasn't a problem at all this time! 

I got in the chair, she looked at my left arm, looked at my right arm, and then went to prepare the bag. (they don't pre-prepare the bag with me anymore...)

I flowed beautifully too according to the tech. It was only the second time that I haven't been rushing at the end of the 15 minutes. (there was one time the bag got to weight literally 25 seconds before time was up)
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Lynnv on January 29, 2011, 11:25:58 AM
DH did whole blood today.  And I am donating platelets again right now.  Typing with one arm tied down does make for some slow posting.   ;D ;D
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Layla Miller on January 31, 2011, 05:40:29 PM
I donated today!  Unfortunately, I also had to spent quite a bit of time out in the cold scraping ice off my windshield when I left work later on.  Turns out lots of exertion + cold + blood loss = not so good.  I started to feel woozy as I was driving, but luckily I was very quickly able to pull into a parking lot, recline my seat, and prop my feet up on the steering wheel until I recovered.  I'm sure it was an amusing sight to anyone who happened to walk by.  :P

I'm fine now, but let that be a PSA to all blood donors--when they say take it easy after donating, they aren't kidding around!
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: Tuhis on January 31, 2011, 07:05:14 PM
My 91 days were up, so donated today for the third time. Mentioned that the two first times the bag had filled really quickly, and it filled really quickly today as well. 4 minutes 20 seconds!
Title: Re: Take a look at Post #918 (Pg 62) everyone!!! UPDATED on JAN 03!
Post by: EduardosGirl on February 01, 2011, 03:27:58 AM
Donated plasma again today. No problems at all, despite the 38 degree weather!

Oh, that's degrees celsius, so that's... 100 degrees Fahrenheit?

Yeah, I need a nap. Very looking forward to finishing work and going home to my couch!
Title: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 03, 2011, 11:54:56 AM
Sorry for the delay, y'all!  February's tally is up and going!

And, I didn't get a chance to say this, but THANK YOU to those of you who donated at the end of January!!!  We even had a newish member join our group here!  WELCOME TUHIS!  What a way to get involved here at EHell!!!

Ok, let's make this a month to remember!  Get out there and encourage everyone you know to join the cause (and then come back here and tell us about it)!

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: Bellantara on February 03, 2011, 12:12:19 PM
I'll never be able to donate blood ( :'(), but I put this up as my Facebook profile pic:

(http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn42/bellantara/giveblood.jpg)


I don't know if the show is even on any more, but I loved it!
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 03, 2011, 12:38:09 PM
B, I love it!  And, putting something up on FB definitely counts in the tally! :)

THANK YOU for posting that!  You rock!

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: Winterlight on February 04, 2011, 10:54:09 AM
My boss and I both donated in January- sorry, I forgot to list it. :-[
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 04, 2011, 05:05:10 PM
Never too late to update that tally!  THANKS Winterlight! :)  (And, thank your boss, too - you BOTH are terrific!)

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: hyzenthlay on February 05, 2011, 11:42:57 AM
Well our recent cold weather snap had the Blood service people running low. And since today was the first day I could donate again my DH and I went in this morning. I did a whole blood, he did a double donation.

Slightly gross story follows

Unfortunately I caused a bit of a mess for the staff after they wrapped my arm up. . . I've never not clotted well before and didn't realize for a few minutes that I was creating a puddle of blood on the floor  :-[  I was standing chatting with my DH and it took me, I swear, at least 2 minutes to realize that slowly growing blood spot was from me . . .
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: faithlessone on February 05, 2011, 12:00:32 PM
Eeep Hyzenthlay - I hope you're okay!!
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: hyzenthlay on February 05, 2011, 12:04:40 PM
Eeep Hyzenthlay - I hope you're okay!!

Oh I'm just fine. It didn't hurt a bit. I just felt bad about the mess I didn't realize I'd been making. I think the phlebotomist put the needle in a little deeper then usual or something because I've never not just clotted right up before.
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 05, 2011, 03:33:30 PM
H! You poor thing! I'm glad you're ok!

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 08, 2011, 09:06:53 AM
My coworker (and skiing buddy) donated on Friday.
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: StarDrifter on February 08, 2011, 09:46:26 PM
Husband (Ace) will be donating tomorrow night (and we get to go to Nando's after, because it's right next door to the blood bank!)

I'm not donating at the moment because we're trying for a baby and if the blood bank nurses even *think* they get a whiff that you might be pregnant they won't let you donate. But this will be Ace's 20th!! donation!
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: Winterlight on February 10, 2011, 12:32:04 PM
I was wrong- we donated in December. I know this because we just had a blood drive today- my iron was too low but my boss donated, and we got a new coworker in there as well!
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: Lynnv on February 13, 2011, 05:53:19 PM
Me again with my usual triple load of platelets.  I am surfing the net and typing one handed while I donate.  Heidi (my favorite vampire) got me on the first stick today....and I am scheduled to be done in 70 minutes. 
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: Lynnv on February 14, 2011, 03:13:45 PM
I have a severe phobia of my own blood and needles going into myself.... but on Saturday I decided to conquer my fear.


I donated blood!   :) :) :) :) :)

I didn't have a panic attack (almost doesn't count!) and didn't pass out!  And I will be going again in 8 weeks when I'm eligible!!!!   ;D  It wasn't so bad even though DH says I was shaking like a leaf through the entire thing.   So it was my First official Time (I tried once 11 years ago and it ended badly) and DH's 34th time.  He says I have to go 33 more times to catch up with him.   :P

Now I have a nasty purple bruise on my arm but its worth it!  I will keep doing it and I feel good about myself!

Huzzah!  You can let your DH know that the difference between zero donations and one donation is a lot bigger than the one from 34 to 35!  :>
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 16, 2011, 06:22:18 PM
I got a little bit behind in my tally, but we're good to go now!

WE HAD A NEW DONOR THAT I GOT TO ADD TO THE TALLY!!!  I'm SO EXCITED when that happens!!!

Congratulations codenamekristen!!!  Way to go!!!

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: sooverit on February 17, 2011, 09:38:11 AM
Thanks!   ;D  I'll be doing this more often now!  It wasn't half as bad as I thought...  and hey- FREE JUICE!!!   :P
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 21, 2011, 04:35:15 PM
Thanks!   ;D  I'll be doing this more often now!  It wasn't half as bad as I thought...  and hey- FREE JUICE!!!   :P

That was my impression, too!  I kept thinking, "THIS is what I've been scared of all this time?!"  It kinda bums me a little that I waited so long to start giving - I missed out on so many times that I could have donated.  And, I'd be so much further along now in getting my own Gallon(s) mugs! :)

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 21, 2011, 04:35:31 PM
JUST A LITTLE OVER A WEEK LEFT FOR EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE IN BLOOD DONOR FEBRUARY!

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 21, 2011, 04:38:21 PM
My Dad, after donating 139 times, may actually need blood himself on Thursday when he gets his hip replaced.  So any O+ donors out there who will be donating before Thursday?   :)

Dad quit donating in 2009, at the age of 75!
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: pharmagal on February 21, 2011, 05:51:51 PM
I was supposed to donate last week, however due to a changed work schedule, I've had to reschedule for mid March.   I offered to pop in and give them some platelets, but they said no, not until they've sucked out my blood....lol
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 21, 2011, 06:59:32 PM
My Dad, after donating 139 times, may actually need blood himself on Thursday when he gets his hip replaced.  So any O+ donors out there who will be donating before Thursday?   :)

Dad quit donating in 2009, at the age of 75!

I think he's owed a pint or two by this point!  With a bow tied on top!*

I'm O+, but I'm not going to be able to go in before Saturday! Darn!  I'd love to be able to (even just mentally) feel like I'm donating to your dad.





*  Although, like I said in our tally, I'd prefer that he not even need blood.  I hope his surgery goes so perfectly that he doesn't even need a transfusion. :)

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 21, 2011, 07:03:21 PM
I was supposed to donate last week, however due to a changed work schedule, I've had to reschedule for mid March.   I offered to pop in and give them some platelets, but they said no, not until they've sucked out my blood....lol

Still gonna count you in the Needs Recognizing part of the tally on the first page, because the fact that you're willing to go in means a lot!

Let me know when you actually do donate! :)

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: Lynnv on February 21, 2011, 07:33:10 PM
My Dad, after donating 139 times, may actually need blood himself on Thursday when he gets his hip replaced.  So any O+ donors out there who will be donating before Thursday?   :)

Dad quit donating in 2009, at the age of 75!

DH won't...but he did donate pretty much the first day he was eligible last time.  And will again within a week of his next eligibility date. They definitely prefer his whole blood to his platelets/plasma/blood parts.

Me-I will be in for platelets again this weekend, if all goes well.

edited to fix typos and because something just plain didn't make any sense at all
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 21, 2011, 09:02:32 PM
20 years ago, my Mom banked 3 pints of her own blood for her hip surgery and they had to give her another pint from the general stores afterwards.

Now, they don't expect to use any banked blood at all!  But they did call him in for a bunch of extra blood tests so I'm wondering if they saw something on the X-ray that makes them think they might need some blood.  I guess we'll find out on Thursday.

I can't donate at all; my brother can but neither one of us would be much good because we're both type A.  He's +ve and I'm -ve.

ETA:  not much good for Dad, but of course, good for others.
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 21, 2011, 09:42:00 PM
I know you said that you can't give. But, if you were able, I did want to clear something up.

This is not true:
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but neither one of us would be much good because we're both type A.  He's +ve and I'm -ve.

If you gave your A blood, it could go to another A. That would free up the O that would have gone to that person before. So, your donation would still (even indirectly) help tremendously.

People of ALL types need to be giving. If there's enough of all types in the bank, everyone benefits.

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: RedDwarf on February 25, 2011, 05:05:03 AM
I'm feeling quite devastated that I've been told not to donate blood anymore. :( I have anxiety disorder. I've managed to do it three times now, but two of those times I felt really faint. They think it's because I was so nervous, it made my blood pressure higher (even though when they tested me I had lowish blood pressure), then the extreme relief when it was over sends me plummeting. They said if I faint the next time I can't come back again for years, so they suggest I wait six months before I try again. Really sad for me. I really want to be able to do it successfully.

If I, someone with anxiety disorder, can do it, and not freak out while the needle is in, and go in there willingly, then you can do it too. :)

The signs up in the clinic suggest that they're very short on blood.
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on February 25, 2011, 03:48:16 PM
Just got back from donating a pint.

The woman in the chair next to me was absorbed in thumbing away at her cell phone with her free hand. When the phlebotomist approached to check on progress, the donor cheerfully announced "I'm playing scrabble."
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 25, 2011, 03:49:52 PM
Just got back from donating a pint.

The woman in the chair next to me was absorbed in thumbing away at her cell phone with her free hand. When the phlebotomist approached to check on progress, the donor cheerfully announced "I'm playing scrabble."

Ok, you did make me laugh! :D

YEA for you for donating!

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 25, 2011, 03:51:31 PM
And, RedDwarf, very wise words! :)  Whether you actually donate or not, you can be a tremendous help in getting the word out!  And that doesn't provoke fainting!  So, you can still do your part whether you blood goes into a bag or not. :)

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 26, 2011, 02:24:49 PM
Just tried to give. I'm 3 points under the iron requirement. The main nurse did it this time. She knows my struggles with this and was going to fudge if it were 1 point away. But, 3 is too much.

I know I tell y'all that just trying is still great. But, I'm having trouble taking my own advice. I need encouragement now. :(

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: RedDwarf on February 26, 2011, 05:59:10 PM
Aw. You can go back another day to try again, right?
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 26, 2011, 06:37:43 PM
Yeah. It's just that I seem to have a hard time with that iron requirement. I'm usually under and can't give because of it. That's why the main nurse was doing it this time. If it was only one point under, she could fudge me a little and let me give. But, not with 3.

I even called ahead to make sure my angiogram and the aspirin I've been taking wouldn't keep me from giving. They were going to let me donate even with those two things. But, not with that iron count. :(

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: RedDwarf on February 26, 2011, 06:41:28 PM
Are supplements an option, or are you already on them?
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on February 26, 2011, 07:26:54 PM
I tend to run low-normal on hematocrit. I find that taking an iron supplement for 3 days before donating does the trick. But you do need to be sure your doctor doesn't have a problem with that.
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on February 26, 2011, 07:41:42 PM
I'll try the supplements.

But, I think you might be missing my plea here.  Tell me I did good in at least trying. :( Your cheerleader needs encouragement. :(



Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: hot_shaker on February 26, 2011, 07:50:31 PM
I'll try the supplements.

But, I think you might be missing my plea here.  Tell me I did good in at least trying. :( Your cheerleader needs encouragement. :(

Aww, I'm in the same position as you.  Chronically low iron despite eating what I think is an iron-rich (or at least least iron sufficient) diet plus a multi-vitamin.  It sucks not being able to give.

But, unlike me (because I'm a sulky baby), you keep on trying.  And even when you can't donate, you're great at encouraging others.  I'm sure that dozens of people have been helped by your efforts here on EHell.  So, go you!  :)
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on February 26, 2011, 07:51:25 PM
I have had periods where I kept showing up and kept getting rejected for iron. But I tried and tried and finally figured out the supplement deal.

So, of course, you get credit for perseverance and, even more, for wanting to be of service to mankind in this way!
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: RedDwarf on February 26, 2011, 08:22:48 PM
I think you're fantastic for trying. You went and you got stuck with a needle to get your iron tested! You keep going back!
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: Lynnv on February 27, 2011, 09:17:31 AM
Another round of platelets here.  I love that they have it set up so that we can surf the net while donating! 
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on February 27, 2011, 09:27:31 AM
I got an automated email today that made me feel good:

Nutrax, Thank you for donating!

Less than 10% of those eligible donate blood and even fewer donate regularly. You are one of those special few.

Fact: Approximately one out of every seven people entering the hospital needs blood.

Thanks for being a [Blood Bank Name] blood donor.

Yes, you do save lives.
Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: Lynnv on February 27, 2011, 11:17:17 AM
But, I think you might be missing my plea here.  Tell me I did good in at least trying. :( Your cheerleader needs encouragement. :(

I told my tech about eHell Blood Donor month...and this ongoing thread. Not only do I say 'good job and just keep trying' but the entire staff at my center also adds their support and a whole herd of attagirls.

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: DottyG on March 01, 2011, 12:23:08 PM
March's tally is ready!  Who's first to be added in somewhere? :)

Title: Re: February is Heart Health Month. Need a way to celebrate? :)
Post by: faithlessone on March 01, 2011, 12:47:32 PM
Ooh! Not me, but a friend of mine (Zoe) posted on her Facebook that she donated this morning!

In her own words: "Zoe just got back from donating some premium O-. What's your excuse?"  

;D
Title: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: DottyG on March 01, 2011, 12:50:57 PM
I love it!  And, she's actually O-?!  YEA for her!!!

I'm adding her into our tally.  A friend of an EHellion still counts!

Tell her I say that SHE ROCKS!!!

Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: Lynnv on March 01, 2011, 04:32:08 PM
I talked to a friend yesterday.  She hasn't donated in a couple of years because she had a bad experience with what sounds like an inexperienced tech.  She has agreed to go with me to my location and try again! 
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: catgal on March 02, 2011, 07:34:15 PM
DottyG - I POD others who thank you for inspiring us to donate or encourage others and spread the message about donating blood.

I had some health issues that prevented me from donating for the last 7 months.  I have announced at work that we should get a group together and donate - I've got 7 colleagues organised. Our local Red Cross even sends a little bus to collect us and then drop us back.  We went on Tuesday and guess what - I was rejected.  :(   I had a cold sore last week and showed the tech the little mark still left on my lip and she said that they won't take blood until there is no sign at all.  I didn't know this and thought that Ehellions should know that this might be the case in their area as well.  I felt like a bit of a failure to be declined, but at least I got 6 others there including a first timer.  We are all booked in for 12 weeks time.
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 07, 2011, 01:38:27 PM
For the ladies who often have lower iron levels when you are trying to donate, have you considered at what stage you are in your cycle?  Maybe try to schedule an appointment just before your next period, instead of after?

I don't know if it would work but it is worth a try.

And for those of you considering iron supplements, make sure to up your fibre intake.  They tend to be constipating for many.
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: faithlessone on March 07, 2011, 03:48:03 PM
I've also found (with iron levels) that the time of day affects it. It might just be me, but I find my iron is better in the afternoon/early evening than it is in the morning.
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: DottyG on March 16, 2011, 11:43:41 AM
I didn't want to overshadow Ticia's wonderful thread earlier this month, but I think we're ok bumping this one up now. :)  Anyone giving blood soon?

Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 16, 2011, 12:05:46 PM
Several people from my office headed out to donate today.  5 or 6, I think.  Cudos to my coworker who spearheads the organizing to get people to go.
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: DottyG on March 16, 2011, 12:55:05 PM
Several people from my office headed out to donate today.  5 or 6, I think.  Cudos to my coworker who spearheads the organizing to get people to go.

YEA!!!!

Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: katycoo on March 16, 2011, 06:09:03 PM
Its been too long for me.  I've made an appointment for Saturday.
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: Lynnv on March 16, 2011, 06:36:03 PM
My former company hired me back to do some temp work for them, which means I am out of state for 3 months.  I will start seeing about donating here for a while, or about making donations when I am home.  But this is probably going to slow me up for a while.  But I figure I need to have a roof over my head more than I need a 5 gallon pin (although I would like to have both). 
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: JoW on March 19, 2011, 10:19:22 PM
I'm still here.   Still mostly lurking.  Still know my approach to the world is too harsh for this board.

And still donating blood.  Today was lifetime unit 108.  They called me twice trying to catch me to set-up the appointment, then 2 e-mails and 2 calls reminding me to come in.  Apparently they are pretty desperate. 

The center was more crowded than I've ever seen it.  That may be normal for a Saturday.  I usually donate during the week. 
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: katycoo on March 19, 2011, 11:45:00 PM
Its been too long for me.  I've made an appointment for Saturday.

I had to reschedule :(

I got in the car to go to the blood bank and my car wouldn't start.  Fortunately we only had to replace the battery terminals, but still, it was enough that I missed my apointment.  Going next Saturday.
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: catgal on March 20, 2011, 09:07:57 AM
Hey DottyG and all the Aussie Ehellions,

The Australian Red Cross is promoting "Club Red" - where groups of friends, colleagues, sporting teams etc can register then have their group's donations recorded.  I am going to register the 7 of us in my team at work who are donating in May.  I have put up posters about Club Red and the Red Cross in our lunch room.  Blood donor week is held here in July and I will be challenging other business areas in our department to set up groups and engage in some friendly competition.  Maybe there will be some groups on EHell that would also care to join the competion?

I spoke to some lovely volunteers in the Red Cross kitchen last time I was there.  They said that they are unable to donate blood for various reasons, but they can donate their time.  The non-blood donating people are very important and the Red Cross can use anyone  :D
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: DottyG on March 20, 2011, 01:46:23 PM
I swear this thread never ceases to amaze me or warm my heart. All of you people are more incredible than words can express. Thank you ALL for everything you're doing out there!

I'm going to update our tally when I'm actually on the computer instead of my phone. But, I didn't want any of you to think I wasn't noticing all the things you're doing in your communities for this cause.

Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: DottyG on March 20, 2011, 11:18:15 PM
DottyG - I POD others who thank you for inspiring us to donate or encourage others and spread the message about donating blood.

I had some health issues that prevented me from donating for the last 7 months.  I have announced at work that we should get a group together and donate - I've got 7 colleagues organised. Our local Red Cross even sends a little bus to collect us and then drop us back.  We went on Tuesday and guess what - I was rejected.  :(   I had a cold sore last week and showed the tech the little mark still left on my lip and she said that they won't take blood until there is no sign at all.  I didn't know this and thought that Ehellions should know that this might be the case in their area as well.  I felt like a bit of a failure to be declined, but at least I got 6 others there including a first timer.  We are all booked in for 12 weeks time.

Oh my goodness.  I, somehow, didn't see this post until now.  You got 6 returning donors to give AND a first time donor?!!!!  You so seriously ROCK, catgal!!!  I'm so excited for y'all!!!

Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: DottyG on March 20, 2011, 11:26:25 PM
We've run over our character limit again!!!  That's wonderful!  That means that so many people are taking some kind of part in this thread that I'm having to move some of our data from the OP over to make room for more!!!

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DECEMBER EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
62 (LynnV with her platelets!, Outdoor Girl's coworker "organized everyone at the office to donate blood at the permanent clinic in [her] city.  He had pledged 50 units for the year from [their] office.  With the last donation for the year made on Friday, [her] coworkers hit 57 units for the year!" WAY TO GO!!!!, Winterlight and 2 coworkers!, nutraxfornerves donated - and it went quickly! )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
1 (LynnV's nephew donated for the FIRST TIME!!!) )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
* Outdoor Girl bakes for the coworkers who donate!  What a wonderful contribution that I KNOW everyone loves!!!


People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* HeebyJeebyLeebee's HR asked her to help with the next blood drive - scheduled for Jan 11!  AND, she's going to "do a lot more with getting the word out - daily emails with tips, more posters and flyers, and a BIG ad on the employee website."  SHE'S AMAZING!!!


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* hyzenthlay and hubby have made their appointments for Saturday!
* HatStrap and her sister are going to donate this week!
* Dogzard is going to give LynnV a run for her money!  She can now donate platelets and is planning to do so regularly!  Watch for details on this race! :D
* faithlessone's "blood people" called her to wish her a Merry Christmas and reminded her about her next appointment to give. :)
* Dogzard tried to give, but her veins weren't cooperating.  She's a mass of bruises. :(  But, she did go in and give it a majorly great try!  And, she rocks for that!
* LynnV tried to donate again before the end of the year, but she was at her limit for donations (I'd say that's a pretty great "problem" to have!)
* Friend of Eeyore will be donating again soon!
* Bethczar's going to be donating soon!


NOVEMBER EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
15 (RegentMom's neighbor - going to Killeen today to give blood in remembrance of the Ft Hood tragedy a year ago, nutraxfornerves (be sure to read the story of how donations saved her husband's life on Pg 58!), Just Lori (her area is short on her blood type, so she donated! Way to go!), HatStrap (celebrated her last exam by donating plasma - how cool is that?!), JoW (#107!!!), LynnV (a large triple platelet donation!), kitty-cat (and got Christmas color bandages!), SEVEN of Outdoor Girl's coworkers!!!), enjoli (to celebrate being in Oz! :)) )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
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Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
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People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
*


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* nutraxfornerves already made her next appt - New Year's Eve!
* LynnV is sidelined for the moment, because she's hit her max.  But, she'll be back (said in an "Arnold voice" of course!)
* katiescarlett will be donating her precious B+ blood next Friday! She always has them credited to a 5 year old girl with leukemia who was in her niece's pre-school class last year!  What a generous gift!
* Lynnv's BACK!
* kitty-cat's going next Tuesday!


OCTOBER EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

A special recognition for this month
I wanted to highlight one of our EHellions for a moment.  Back in July, the tally included this note: "HeebyJeebyLeebee submitted a suggestion to her job about getting a Blood Drive started.  Her job is open to suggestions from the employees, and she thinks this will be a great way of helping her company have the opportunity to serve the community!  And, she did the legwork to get it up and going by calling her local Blood Center to get details on how they could get started!"  On Monday, October 25, HJL updated us with this information "We got 21 donations of Friday!   (including me)"  I'm so impressed that she took an idea that was not being implimented at her office and ran with it.  She was instrumental in getting this whole thing started there.  To the point that 21 people donated blood!!!  Way to go HJL!


Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
9 (LynnV gave her usual platelets!, LynnV's hubby also donated!, Ereine's boyfriend's brother!, HeebyJeebyLeebee at her office's blood drive!, Tuhis - it was her 2nd time to give! Welcome back!, Layla Miller - whose veins decided they like donating!, hyzenthlay - she's back!, Bethczar!, HatStrap (plasma AND her thyroid level is normal!) )

New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
2 (Ereine's boyfriend!!!, our very own Dogzard!!! (there was a blood drive at work, so she decided to sign up. AND, she's going to start giving platelets!!!  How cool is that for a first-time donor?!) )

Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
* HeebyJeebyLeebee is helping with her office's blood drive!  She's been playing up the reasons why it's so important to give - especially the fact that it benefits those with Sickle Cell Anemia - something that's really close to the heart of those in her office.  In particular, one family with a daughter who needs transfusions.

People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* LynnV posted a message on her FB page about donating!
* faithlessone posted a message on her FB page about donating!
* LynnV went on a motorcycle ride with her club. When asked about her pins, she told them about blood donations.  And (this is so exciting!) "two people told me that they are headed in to donate because I reminded them how important it was-and neither of them had been in years."  WAY TO GO LYNNV and her motorcycle club!


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* Bethczar is going to schedule some time to go!  YEA!
* Ereine tried to give, but her veins weren't cooperating.  (BUT! Her iron was good!  Of that, I'm jealous! :D)  She's going to try again in a couple of weeks!
* Tuhis' husband tried to give, but wasn't able to.  He still ROCKS, though! :)
* kitty-cat's university had 2 bloodmobiles (one of the fraternities sponsored it), and lots of her sisters donated!  She would have as well, but she's not eligible until November.  (I suspect that she was a great encourager to others in donating, though. ;) So, I think she deserves applause as well.)
* hyzenthlay's husband got her back into donating!  Way to go H's hubby!
* A lot of people at Dogzard's office gave in their blood drive!


SEPTEMBER EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
11 (Lynnv (donating platelets and trying to type one-handed!), DigitalPumpkin46 (having eaten hamburgers all week to prepare!  PLUS, her upcoming trip won't mean that she's deferred next time - yea!), snowfire (they love her O- blood!), snowfire's husband, nutraxfornerves (who got to be treated by a trainee student nurse who was "petite, cute and quite charming! :)), DottyG convinced a friend to give, DottyG's friend convinced one of HER friends to give, kitty-cat, HatStrap (plasma), JoW (Lifetime #106!), LynnV (triple platelets) )

New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
1 (HatStrap's little sister - WAY TO GO!!! )

Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
*

People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* Sharnita posted an update on FB encouraging people to give over the Labor Day Weekend!

Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* Sharnita tried to donate, but her iron was a bit too low.  She's going to try again in a few weeks!
* DigitalPumpkin46 also tried to donate, but that pesky iron wouldn't coorperate.  But, like a trouper, she's going to bulk up on her red meat and try again soon!
* hot_shaker signed up to donate, but is anemic.  She had to cancel this appointment, but I still say she gets a gold star!
* snowfire and hubby have already scheduled their next donation in November!
* DottyG tried to give, but iron was one point too low
* See the story LynnV told about a man who has given 75 GALLONS! (Pg 55)





AUGUST EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
7 LynnV (triple platelets), Bethczar, Arista, LynnV (MORE triple platelets!), Just Lori, Misha726's husband (and, she went along for moral support)!, faithlessone (in under 4 minutes!)  

New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
2 (penguinpants' baby! :D (cord blood), Faithlessone's friend Rheanna! )

Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
* HeebyJeebyLeebee's hubby went in to his work's blood drive to set up and coordinate - he's TERRIFIC!
* Arista donated homemade banana bread and chocolate chip cookies!  YUM!

People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!

Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* kitkatswing tried to give, but her veins wouldn't cooperate - she's still a winner, though!
* HeebyJeebyLeebee's office is still considering doing a blood drive!  Keep your fingers crossed!
* TotterGirl tried to give, but her veins weren't cooperating, either.  Dang those veins! :D  Like kkw, she's still a winner, though!

JULY EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:


Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
2 LynnV (triple platelets!), JoW (Lifetime #105!), whylime13 (who "actually felt good about my decision to donate after I was finished"!), nutraxfornerves (who didn't get a colorful wrap this time :( ), LynnV (her usual triple platelets!), kitty-cat (took a little extra help from the techs, but she did it!  AND, got a pretty pink wrap as well!)


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
 ( )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!



People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
*  Interesting fact that nutraxfornerves found out: "High schools account for a significant amount of donated blood. In one county, 30% of blood comes from school kids. So this looks like a real opportunity for non-donors (and donors, for that matter)."
*  More from nutraxfornerves: "My blood bank awards a $500 college scholarship in each participating high school. It goes to a graduating senior who has "has chaired or participated on a blood drive committee at their school." A student can be part of the committee even if the student can't (or is scared to) donate. The application talks about recruiting, making posters, distributing flyers, writing articles, helping with refreshments, etc."
* HeebyJeebyLeebee submitted a suggestion to her job about getting a Blood Drive started.  Her job is open to suggestions from the employees, and she thinks this will be a great way of helping her company have the opportunity to serve the community!  And, she did the legwork to get it up and going by calling her local Blood Center to get details on how they could get started!


Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: DottyG on March 20, 2011, 11:33:35 PM
OUR TALLY IS UP TO DATE!!!  If you are not in there and should be, LET ME KNOW!!!  I don't want to leave anyone's efforts out!

Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: DottyG on March 28, 2011, 02:28:00 PM
BUMPING UP - ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS LEFT IN MARCH!!!
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 31, 2011, 01:24:26 PM
Two of my coworkers have headed out to donate this afternoon - just to add to March's tally.   :)
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: DottyG on March 31, 2011, 01:59:59 PM
WHOO HOOOO!  Under the wire, but they made it!!!

Give them a "high five" for me!* :)





* I would have said a hug, but I didn't know if you wanted to hug your coworkers! :D

Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: katycoo on March 31, 2011, 05:32:37 PM
I finally donated last Saturday.  Woot!
Title: Re: When the saints go MARCHing in....they give blood!
Post by: DottyG on March 31, 2011, 05:41:28 PM
I finally donated last Saturday.  Woot!

WAY TO GO KAM0706!!!!!!!!

Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: DottyG on March 31, 2011, 05:44:35 PM
Tally's ready for April! :)

Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: little bird on April 04, 2011, 06:45:48 PM
DH and I both donated today at our office blood drive -- he got to do a double red donation, I couldn't as I don't meet the weight requirements for more.  My veins were good but I had the worst time recovering... 6 hours later and I'm still light-headed... I actually wasn't sure they were going to let me out of the bloodmobile at all for a while there.  DH did well though and our office as a whole donated 21 units which makes it all worth it!  :)
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: Eisa on April 04, 2011, 06:54:13 PM
I want to, but I don't see how I could. :-\ I'm needle-phobic, but I think I could work around that. Biggest thing is that my veins are tiny, extremely difficult to find [you don't want to know how many times I get stuck for necessary blood tests], I faint if I look at all, and I'm almost perpetually dehydrated. :-\ The dehydration I might be able to help, but I got my veins from my dad--his are sneakier, though, they LOOK all nice and easy, and then like literally disappear on the person drawing blood. :P

Maybe I should just spread the word instead...I think it's a wonderful cause. :) I almost donated in high school, but I was sick that week. :( [And I believe needed my parents' permission since I was only 17, but that wouldn't have been a problem.] My mom used to donate blood and plasma all the time, but her health has gotten too bad for her to do it anymore.
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: sooverit on April 06, 2011, 01:09:43 PM
I'm eligible to go back next week but due to work and school I won't be able to go till the last weekend in April- but i'm going back!   ;D

Even though I had a nightmare that I went to give blood and there were vampires waiting and the chairs kept floating away... I'm still going back.  Vampires and floaty chairs be darned- I'm giving blood!   ;)
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: Winterlight on April 07, 2011, 11:17:30 AM
I tried today but I was running a 12.  :'(

However, my boss donated and I grabbed a friend who was able to donate- he'd thought they weren't taking walk-ins anymore, and when I found out they were I ran down and got him. :)
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: GirlyJock on April 07, 2011, 10:20:17 PM
I did it. It hurt and the Red Cross person was rude, but I did it.
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: DottyG on April 07, 2011, 10:52:36 PM
Don't let that turn you off of giving, GJ. Know that you just got a jerk to do it, but that's not the norm.

And......yea for you for donating!!!!! You totally rock!!!!

Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: Lady Snowdon on April 08, 2011, 10:53:59 AM
I donated today.  Just a regular donation, not platelets.  The consensus among the folks I talked to today was that the people who told me I couldn't donate platelets in December were absolute idiots, and as long as I'm hydrated I should be fine. 

One of the guys I talked to had a great line.  He gave everyone a mint Lifesaver and said, "My name is Mint, but you guys are the lifesavers!".  He was awesome!
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on April 11, 2011, 12:46:22 PM
Our company's next drive is scheduled for April 27.  I'm trying to get the announcement up on our internal website today.

Alas, I will unable to to donate this time around, but I'm happy to help out as best I can.
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: nutraxfornerves on April 22, 2011, 03:59:40 PM
Just got back from a whole blood donation. The phlebotomist was a very garrulous guy who turned out to be a history buff. I discussed my history museum and asked him if he had attended the annual big time living history extravaganza, some of which I described in this thread, OP #post #16 (http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=64593.15). Not only had he attended last year, but he recognized my character.
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: Just Lori on April 26, 2011, 03:43:07 PM
Made it in to donate today.  I've hit a gallon.
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: Layla Miller on April 26, 2011, 03:48:55 PM
I'm signed up for another blood drive next Wednesday.  Here's hoping my streak holds!
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: kitty-cat on April 26, 2011, 05:15:09 PM
Well, my streak of donating whenever possible is currently on hiatus. My doctor has me on an asprin regimine while my leg is healing. Which means no donating.

Not that I think I could anyways with a 5 day stay in hospital, surgery, and antibiotics.
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: Lynnv on April 26, 2011, 08:28:24 PM
Well, my streak of donating whenever possible is currently on hiatus. My doctor has me on an asprin regimine while my leg is healing. Which means no donating.

Not that I think I could anyways with a 5 day stay in hospital, surgery, and antibiotics.

I am feeling kind of bad that I have been off the list too.  I am working out of state.  The town I am in is not set up to do platelets, and I can't make it to the next town (which does do platelets) after work.  So I can only go in when I am home on weekends and don't have 20 other things that must be done (since I have been out of state all week). 

I did make it in last Saturday and forgot to post here.  I am hoping to make it again next month sometime, though time is going to be tight.  Realistically, I am going to be pretty spotty at least until August.
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on April 27, 2011, 04:51:19 PM
We had a our 2nd quarter blood drive today.  19 donations!

I got some really nice photos of the new CEO donating and showing off his bandage and t-shirt.   8)

ETA:  I was not elligible to donate this month. 
Title: Re: Don't be an April FOOL! Be COOL!
Post by: Layla Miller on May 04, 2011, 01:22:55 PM
Well, it's May now, but I donated earlier today.  I got three compliments on my iron levels!  Probably the weirdest compliment I've ever gotten, but I'll take it.  :D
Title: May flowers of donations!
Post by: DottyG on May 04, 2011, 07:01:44 PM
Y'all, I am so, so, so sorry.  I lapsed in getting things on the tally in April.  And, ALL of you deserve so many kudos for what you did last month.  You are so amazing!

The tally is updated and is ready for May.

Please forgive me for getting behind.  I don't have a good excuse.

Title: Re: May flowers of donations!
Post by: StarDrifter on May 04, 2011, 10:12:06 PM
Mr Garny (Ace) went and did his 3-monthly donation this morning. He's part of Club Red now, he works for the local University so joined the Club Red that represents them. He was one of five guys from his work who donated this morning - two of them were first-timers.

So proud! (I can't donate at the moment, but I'm calling Ace as a proxy!)
Title: Re: May flowers of donations!
Post by: DottyG on May 05, 2011, 10:03:20 AM
YEA for all of you anna_garny!!!  And, y'all even got some first-timers in as well!  You totally rock! :)

Title: Re: May flowers of donations!
Post by: DottyG on May 09, 2011, 10:35:20 AM
Anyone given blood lately?

Title: Re: May flowers of donations!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 11, 2011, 12:35:58 PM
5 of my coworkers donated today.
Title: Re: May flowers of donations!
Post by: DottyG on May 11, 2011, 12:37:55 PM
Yay!!!

Title: Re: May flowers of donations!
Post by: catgal on May 25, 2011, 07:37:37 AM
We are donating next week, last day of the month but will just make it for May's tally  ;D  The Red Cross will send a little bus to collect us and bring us back - 7 people!!  I'll report back as there is a chance they can send a second bus and take another 7 people.
Title: Re: May flowers of donations!
Post by: DottyG on May 25, 2011, 10:57:24 AM
:)

Title: Re: May flowers of donations!
Post by: Lynnv on May 25, 2011, 11:34:36 AM
Next weekend is a 3 day-so I am finally in state long enough to make an appointment again.  I am scheduled for platelets Sunday morning.  They just sent out an email from Bonfils to platelet donors (or at least to me) trying to get a big push for Memorial Day-so I am in for that.
Title: Re: May flowers of donations!
Post by: Lynnv on May 29, 2011, 09:39:28 AM
And here I sit.  Donating again.   It has been really strange not to be here every other week. 
Title: Re: May flowers of donations!
Post by: DottyG on May 31, 2011, 03:50:26 PM
YEA! :)

Title: Re: May flowers of donations!
Post by: catgal on June 01, 2011, 09:36:35 AM
Well, a little bit of a let down.  We only had three people donate yesterday as a nasty virus hit over the weekend afflicting 4 of the 7 people due to go.  I had a good experience and my coworker who donated for the first time 3 months ago was back for her second time. She was given a great key ring with her blood type on it - very good idea!  The third person has not donated for several years but keen to get back regularly.  The three of us proudly showed off our bandaged arms and it generated a lot of interest, especially from people who have not donated for a long time.  I am letting staff know that it really is easy for them to get a group together and the Red Cross will collect them and drop them off.
Title: Re: May flowers of donations!
Post by: DottyG on June 01, 2011, 11:05:11 AM
only had three people donate yesterday

No such thing as "only"!  That's THREE whole donations!!!  That's wonderful!  Sure, 7 would be better, but I think 3 is terrific!!!

Congratulations!  And, next time, maybe you'll get an even bigger response!

Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: DottyG on June 01, 2011, 11:12:58 AM
Everyone, I wanted to share this with you.  PASS THE WORD ALONG AND LET'S PAINT THE WORLD RED!!!

Quote
On 14 June 2011, countries worldwide will celebrate World Blood Donor Day with events to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2011 is, "More blood. More life." This theme reinforces the urgent need for more people all over the world to become life-savers by volunteering to donate blood regularly.

http://www.who.int/worldblooddonorday/en/

Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: Lynnv on June 01, 2011, 12:54:43 PM
Everyone, I wanted to share this with you.  PASS THE WORD ALONG AND LET'S PAINT THE WORLD RED!!!

Quote
On 14 June 2011, countries worldwide will celebrate World Blood Donor Day with events to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2011 is, "More blood. More life." This theme reinforces the urgent need for more people all over the world to become life-savers by volunteering to donate blood regularly.

http://www.who.int/worldblooddonorday/en/



I popped it up on my Facebook page.  And will do so at least a couple more times over the next couple of weeks.
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: snowfire on June 14, 2011, 09:43:54 PM
DH & I donated today.
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: WolfWay on June 16, 2011, 05:19:33 AM
Whoops, forgot to add myself. Our office invited the blood collection service to come to our office. They signed up 7 first time donors (including me).  They also ran out of bags and had to turn people away.
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on June 20, 2011, 09:46:58 PM
Today was  the Big Save (http://toronto.about.com/b/2011/06/15/blood-donation.htm) in Toronto, sponsored by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (the owners of Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors). The goal was to collect 500 units of blood; we collected 574 units of blood, a Canadian Blood Services one day record! :D
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: Winterlight on June 23, 2011, 12:48:10 PM
For the first time since December I was able to donate!!! Yay for 14.2 iron counts!! ;D
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: nutraxfornerves on June 27, 2011, 03:46:33 PM
Dumped off my latest pint. "You know," said the phlebotomist, "you just lost a pound."  His list of physical activities to avoid for the next couple of days included skydiving and bungee jumping.
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: Sharnita on June 29, 2011, 02:40:04 AM
I donated platelets but got really sick just an hour or so ago.  I think I am reacting to the process, the anitcoagulent - not really sure. I'm going to call them tomorrow but I think this i=might be my last time pheresing after doing it for years.  I will still do regular donations if that works out.
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: Lady Snowdon on July 02, 2011, 11:17:50 PM
I donated whole blood today.  Still no luck with the platelets.  Ah well.

Also the phlebotomist mentioned something interesting to me while I was there.  Apparently there is a huge lack of blood supplies in the summertime because many areas get most of their blood supply in the fall, winter, and spring from high schools.  Plus people are on vacation, don't want to take time to come in, etc.  So if you can, this summer, go in and donate!  I'll bet they'll be even more grateful than previously!   ;)  The blood center I went to was giving out T-shirts and offering a drawing for some seriously awesome prizes to try and draw people in. 
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: Sharnita on July 03, 2011, 04:53:10 AM
I donated whole blood today.  Still no luck with the platelets.  Ah well.

Also the phlebotomist mentioned something interesting to me while I was there.  Apparently there is a huge lack of blood supplies in the summertime because many areas get most of their blood supply in the fall, winter, and spring from high schools.  Plus people are on vacation, don't want to take time to come in, etc.  So if you can, this summer, go in and donate!  I'll bet they'll be even more grateful than previously!   ;)  The blood center I went to was giving out T-shirts and offering a drawing for some seriously awesome prizes to try and draw people in.

They are seriously low all summer and around holidays - 4th of July, Labor day, etc.  get even lower because their regular donors might be off on vacation.
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: faithlessone on July 03, 2011, 05:04:07 AM
I've got an appointment booked for the 27th July - so hopefully I'll be able to help!
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 06, 2011, 12:25:11 PM
4 of my coworkers were able to donate today - including one girl we didn't think would be able to but she was willing to give it a go!
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: Bethczar on July 08, 2011, 03:37:23 PM
I donated yesterday for the first time since JANUARY! I didn't realize it had been so long. Why didn't you good E-Hellions give me a kick in the butt?!

(just kidding - entirely my fault!)

Hooray for your coworkers, Outdoor Girl!
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: dawbs on July 12, 2011, 02:11:27 PM
I haven't been able to donate in eons...
so on Friday I dropped by with Little Dab while running errands.

Apparently I need more iron.  So I got a stab in the finger and couldn't give.
I'll eat well and hope to try again this weekend.
Title: Re: The Merry Month of June!
Post by: Just Lori on July 12, 2011, 03:05:53 PM
Add me to the July list.  I gave a pint today and hope to go back next week and donate platelets.  I never realized that AB+ platelets from women were in high demand.

Our blood center had these little forms you could fill out in honor of loved ones who are fighting cancer.  I was sad to realize how many names I had to list. :(
Title: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: DottyG on July 16, 2011, 04:12:25 PM
Y'all, I am so sorry - I just now realized that I had you July people listed under the June tally.  I don't know how I got them mixed up.

Can you go through and make sure I got all of you moved over correctly?  I think I have, but I don't want to miss anyone! Y'all are too important to overlook!
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 16, 2011, 04:34:21 PM
My 4 coworkers can go in July's tally, Dotty.  3 returnees and 1 new donor.
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: Bethczar on July 17, 2011, 11:51:23 AM
So, like I said, I donated earlier this month. Friday I came home from work at there was a package from the Red Cross for me. I had forgotten that when I went in to donate they were having their "Beach Days Blood Drive" and I had put my name in for a drawing. I won the following:
an Red Cross Personal Safety Emergency Pack (first aid & other stuff)
a Titletown Towel (celebrating our beloved Packers' Superbowl victory)
a Superbowl XLV commorative pin
several gift cards for free food/bowling

I never win anything! It was so cool to come home and find it waiting for me.
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on July 17, 2011, 04:09:02 PM
Next office drive is next week.  It will be my last drive there, but I won't be participating due to medical issues of my own.  I hope they continue it after I leave.  I like to think of it as my legacy.
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: Lynnv on July 17, 2011, 07:42:21 PM
I was able to make a platelet donation this weekend when I was home. DH donated whole blood at our church's blood drive last weekend.  My mom donated at her work blood drive last week and my oldest nephew went in to make his second donation ever!!!
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: DottyG on July 17, 2011, 11:19:37 PM
That motion you see out of the corner of your eyes is DottyG jumping up and down in joy. At legacies of blood donations, at EHellions that win prizes, at donors who give platelets, at donors who return to give again, at people who get their friends and family to donate....

:)

Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: Bethczar on July 18, 2011, 08:44:17 PM
It's all for you, Dottie! If it hadn't been for this thread I would never have started giving again after so many years away.
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: Reuth on July 28, 2011, 10:53:56 AM
Does anyone know if I can donate blood after having surgery? (In the US.) It has been one month since I had my gallbladder removed. The Red Cross web site says:

"It is not necessarily surgery but the underlying condition that precipitated the surgery that requires evaluation before donation.  Evaluation is on a case by case basis.  You should discuss your particular situation with the health historian at the time of donation."

I know they have to do it case-by-case, but is it likely I would be turned down?
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: DottyG on July 28, 2011, 03:40:56 PM
It's all for you, Dottie! If it hadn't been for this thread I would never have started giving again after so many years away.

 :-*

Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: DottyG on July 28, 2011, 03:44:11 PM
Does anyone know if I can donate blood after having surgery? (In the US.) It has been one month since I had my gallbladder removed. The Red Cross web site says:

"It is not necessarily surgery but the underlying condition that precipitated the surgery that requires evaluation before donation.  Evaluation is on a case by case basis.  You should discuss your particular situation with the health historian at the time of donation."

I know they have to do it case-by-case, but is it likely I would be turned down?

Hard to say.  Call them and ask.  That's what I've done when I've had something that I think may or may not prevent me from being able to donate (not that it matters with my stupid iron count that stay juuuuuust a point or two low enough that I'm not eligible :()

Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: Ruelz on July 28, 2011, 04:10:58 PM
Interesting. I've also tried to donate blood several times...and always been rejected (anaemia mostly).  I'm B-...I think that's one of the blood types they need more of?

I should try again...maybe I'm good now...taking vitamins...
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: Kitty_Cat on July 29, 2011, 11:03:48 PM
I finally donated again today! ;D
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: kitty-cat on July 30, 2011, 12:01:29 AM
Hey Dotty- there's another kitty on the board :P

I'll go back once I can drive again. At least to see if I can anyways. I've missed donating.
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: DottyG on July 30, 2011, 03:48:09 PM
There can never be too many kitty cats in the world! :) (Although it might be a liitle less confusing if one of you added a number or something to your name.)

Will get the tally updated when I'm on my real computer.

Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: Quack on July 31, 2011, 06:33:26 AM
After reading this thread, I started to look up on donating blood in my country and I saw 'Donors who have spent five years or more cumulatively in France from 1980 to the present will be permanently deferred from any type of blood donation. '

So how does the french get the blood they need?

And I'll try to get over my fear of pain to donate >.<
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: catgal on August 01, 2011, 07:03:52 AM
Well, after realising that no-one in my 4,000 strong Government department would ever do it, I put on my DottieG hat and signed us up for the Red Cross Club Red. This means that any of our staff who donate can join our "Insert workplace name here" club and it will keep a tally of the donations given and number of lives saved.  I have also contacted our Public Relations area and asked that they put an article about this on our intranet so that all staff spread across our huge state can feel included. There is talk of clarifying policy to ensure that staff can leave and donate during work hours.  I'm getting a group together to donate on 30 August.

Thanks again Dottie for bringing donating back into our focus.  You have done a lot to get people back to donating, encouraging new donors and cheering us on.  You have saved lives via us and we appreciate you.
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: shadowfox79 on August 01, 2011, 08:36:34 AM
After reading this thread, I started to look up on donating blood in my country and I saw 'Donors who have spent five years or more cumulatively in France from 1980 to the present will be permanently deferred from any type of blood donation. '

So how does the french get the blood they need?

I think I read somewhere that I wouldn't be able to donate in the US because I've lived in the UK all my life and therefore may have been exposed to CJD. However, I can donate over here just fine (well, I can once my year is up since my tattoo). Is it something like that, possibly?
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: Reddie321 on August 04, 2011, 01:19:14 PM
My office had a blood drive today, so I gave!  First time in...8ish months?
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 04, 2011, 01:29:40 PM
My coworker who organizes the blood drives is being recognized by our division with an award for public service!
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: EduardosGirl on August 04, 2011, 08:30:12 PM
Oy, the needle marks in my left arm make me look *very* disreputable but I've made a bunch of plasma donations of my rarified blood type. Need to take a little break now as I'm a bit concerned about my Hb levels.
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: Sharnita on August 05, 2011, 09:22:51 AM
After the last time I donated platelets I got sick and thought I was going to have to stop donating platelets.  I tried yeasterday and just did a single load instead of the triple load - no problems afterward.  In addition the blood center was having a promotion where they were giving away stuff made in Michigan (a pint of ice cream, a bottle of Vernors...) and there were a lot of donors coming in.
Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: DottyG on August 05, 2011, 07:09:22 PM
The subject line for this month comes from a poem I found by Mary Naylor:

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HARVEST

August, with its clouds of scented blooms,
August, with its great stacks of giant clouds,
August, with corn plants standing like rows of soldiers,
August, with watermelons, full and heavy, dozing in the sun,
August.

August, remember swimming in the lake?
August, remember baby Alice daintily eating berries from the vine?
August, remember Richie playing with the goat?
August, remember Donald practicing on his new saxophone?
August.

August, and its lightening laced sky,
August, and newlyweds Pat and Chet decorating their first home,
August, and Billy the Brave, Billy the Fearless, on his two wheel bike,
August, and shimmering memories hanging like drops of dew,
August.

August, the bountiful, August the full,
August, Mama hot, but smiling, over a platter of succulent roast chicken,
August, Daddy mixing her a frosty mint julep,
August, blessed harvest of memories,
August.

 
Remember on the last page when I was jumping up and down in excitement?  I'm still doing it! :)
 
We have a new kitty_cat member here who decided to make one of her first posts at EHell one about donating!  Our other kitty-cat is going to start donating again!  Yet another newbie here may be donating again (will keep my fingers crossed that it doesn't hurt a bit, Q! :) ).  Shadowfox, Reuth and Reulz are checking into donating.  Reddie321 donated again!  Outdoor Girl's coworker is being honored for his part in donating! (YEA!) Hatstrap is battered but gave! :D  And Sharnita donated despite getting sick the last time!  I love that dedication.
 
AND Catgal posted the sweetest message!  And is putting on her own DottyG hat in her workplace and getting blood donations going there.  I can't tell you how much that post of yours touched me!  You really made my day.  Thank you so much for your very kind words!
 
ALL of you in this thread make my day! :)
 
 
Edited to fix Outdoor Girl's coworker's gender!
 

 
Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 05, 2011, 07:12:06 PM
Minor detail, Dotty!  My coworker is a he.   :)
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Post by: DottyG on August 05, 2011, 07:13:19 PM
Minor detail, Dotty!  My coworker is a he.   :)

Guess he'd want me to correct that, huh?! :D  I'll do it right now!  (Sorry!)

Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: Lynnv on August 05, 2011, 11:23:28 PM
I am in again!  Home for the weekend, so managed to get in for a donation.

Next month I will be in San Diego, so I will be able to make donations (hopefully) closer to where I am working, instead of having to wait for an unbusy weekend in Denver.  Where I am in Florida, they don't have an apherisis machine for platelets.
Title: Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
Post by: Quack on August 12, 2011, 04:59:00 AM
After reading this thread, I started to look up on donating blood in my country and I saw 'Donors who have spent five years or more cumulatively in France from 1980 to the present will be permanently deferred from any type of blood donation. '

So how does the french get the blood they need?

I think I read somewhere that I wouldn't be able to donate in the US because I've lived in the UK all my life and therefore may have been exposed to CJD. However, I can donate over here just fine (well, I can once my year is up since my tattoo). Is it something like that, possibly?

But in the offical website for my country it says something like, people residing in UK for 5 years from 1980s to 1990s ( I can't rmb the date sorry >.<) can't donate, but people residing/resided in france for 5 years from 1980s- to now still can't donate :/

I haven't donated yet but I will, I promise. I need my parents to bring me though 'cause I'm not yet 18 :| .
Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: EngineerChick on August 16, 2011, 06:01:19 PM
I gave blood at the work drive last week.   

The people who were there from the Red Cross were hilarious, which made the process seem to go by much faster.
Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: DottyG on August 16, 2011, 06:55:47 PM
YEA!

(And YEA for the workers - anything that makes the donations fun is a plus! :) )

Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 16, 2011, 07:12:47 PM
I remember listening to one nurse giving me the do's and don'ts after donating:  No heavy exercise, drink lots of fluids, several other things, all in a dead pan voice, ending with no smoking for three weeks.

Wait, back that up.  What did you say?  She told me that one shouldn't smoke for 3 hours after donating but that no smokers ever listen to her so she started saying three weeks.  I just laughed.
Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: catgal on August 17, 2011, 08:18:06 AM
Hey DottyG, great news!  Our Public Affairs branch posted a feature article today on our work intranet about Red Cross blood donations and encouraging all donors to join Club Red, including the links to make it easy. I will keep checking to see many donors we have registered; it was 17 people when I left this afternoon.  There have been people talking about the article with a couple of people letting me know that they have made appointments for the next couple of weeks.  Even my boss said that after never donating in his 58 years, he should really give it a go, so he'll be with me on 30 August.  Thanks for giving me the encouragement to be bold enough to talk about this great cause.  ;D
Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: DottyG on August 17, 2011, 11:51:15 AM
Hey DottyG, great news!  Our Public Affairs branch posted a feature article today on our work intranet about Red Cross blood donations and encouraging all donors to join Club Red, including the links to make it easy. I will keep checking to see many donors we have registered; it was 17 people when I left this afternoon.  There have been people talking about the article with a couple of people letting me know that they have made appointments for the next couple of weeks.  Even my boss said that after never donating in his 58 years, he should really give it a go, so he'll be with me on 30 August.  Thanks for giving me the encouragement to be bold enough to talk about this great cause.  ;D

This is......amazing!  Thank you for sharing this!  I'm so happy for y'all and hope this proves to be a huge success.

(Adding y'all into the tally. :) )

Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: Bethczar on August 18, 2011, 08:38:32 PM
I gave blood at the work drive last week.   

The people who were there from the Red Cross were hilarious, which made the process seem to go by much faster.
Yup, the workers at my Red Cross branch are always a lot of fun, too! I guess you have to be, if you want people to come back & let you stick needles in them.
Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: Winterlight on August 19, 2011, 11:25:16 AM
My boss and I donated yesterday!
Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: DottyG on August 19, 2011, 11:26:15 AM
GREAT!!!!  Yay!!!

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Post by: Lynnv on August 20, 2011, 08:08:37 AM
Platelets.  Again.  In a couple of weeks I will be working in San Diego for at least a month.  Since the area I am working at in FL doesn't have an apheresis (hope I got that right) machine, I have been limited to when I can get in to my donation center here on weekend trips home.  Depending on where I am in CA for the couple of months after that, I should get back on track a bit.
Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: nutraxfornerves on August 23, 2011, 04:25:11 PM
Just dropped off my latest point. Phlebotomist said she'd never had someone donate so fast--3 minutes!

When I arrived, there was a woman, I'd guess around 60, sitting in the waiting area reading the informational materials. Just as I was called, she walked up to the receptionist and said "Yes, I'll do it."

While I was donating the woman was escorted to a donation chair and the escort told the staff "this is Eve (not her real name) and it's her first time."

I chatted with Eve later in the refreshment area. Her story:
My mother used to do this all the time. I was waiting at the transit stop over there across the street and I saw the Blood  Bank sign. So I thought I'd come in and do it. What if I need blood sometime? I'd want to know there are lots of people giving.

It was so easy and it didn't hurt at all. And everyone here is so nice and friendly. I'll be back. And I'm going to tell my son that he must come in, too.

The volunteer asked her what she'd like to drink and she said "a glass of wine?" in a joking voice. "The closest thing we have is grape juice. How about that?" "Of course. I even get free drinks! What a nice place! Are those pretzels?"
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Post by: Larrabee on August 23, 2011, 05:02:55 PM
I haven't posted on this thread before, although I do give blood.

I just wanted to say, as someone who works on a unit where we use a heck of a lot of blood products every single day, thank you very much, all of you. 

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Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: DottyG on August 23, 2011, 06:25:41 PM
I like "Eve". :)

And Larrabee, it's feedback like that that really makes it hit home that this isn't all for nothing - that it really does matter.  Thank you for posting that message. :)

Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: catgal on September 01, 2011, 09:09:57 AM
Hey DottyG, a quick update on our work donations.  I took 5 coworkers with me on Tuesday including my boss who has never donated and another guy who has not donated for at least 10 years.  All went well and my boss can't understand why he has not done this before.  All the guys said that having me organise things so they just turn up makes it easy for them.  I said they should be thanking a good friend (DottyG).  Four other workers from another area on my floor also went this week and came to let me know.  There has been a problem with the Club Red website, so I can't give you an up-to-date figure on how many people have signed up.  Will let you know when it's working.

I guess like anything, it just takes one person to get the ball rolling.
Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: DottyG on September 01, 2011, 01:50:41 PM
MAJOR KUDOS TO OUR CATGAL!!!  YOU DESERVE A STANDING OVATION! :)

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All the guys said that having me organise things so they just turn up makes it easy for them.

I'm so excited for you and what you're accomplishing there!
Title: Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 01, 2011, 01:53:11 PM
6 of my coworkers are donating today, as I right this.  Two of them are borderline due to iron issues most of the time so they are hoping they are accepted today.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: DottyG on September 01, 2011, 01:59:20 PM
WHOA!!!!!  I JUST NOW got the September tally up and I already get to update it with some donors!!!!!  I LOVE this!!!

If the ones who are borderline don't get to donate after all, tell them that I empathize with them completely.  I know that feeling of wanting to donate and having that dang iron get in the way.  Crossing my fingers that things work out for them - not just so that they can donate but so that they are healthy in general themselves. :)

WAY TO GO!!!  Tell all 6 of them that they are definitely September Superstars in my book!
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 01, 2011, 02:04:33 PM
My coworker, who coordinates the crew, like catgirl, is driven crazy by all these people who end up cancelling appointments on him last minute but he continues to do it.  So kudos to him.  He generally doesn't suffer fools gladly and the fact that he has not had a major blow up at any of the offenders is quite the achievement, too.   :D

I wish they'd let me donate.  I never had any trouble doing it but since the melanoma in 1999, they won't take my blood.  Even though I didn't have any treatment beyond excision.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Bethczar on September 03, 2011, 01:58:00 PM
Woohoo! I did doubles today for the first time! It's a far cry from when I used to get turned down for donating at all because of low iron.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: DottyG on September 03, 2011, 05:48:38 PM
Yea!!!!

What are doubles, by the way? I keep hearing about them, but I'm not clear on what the difference is.

Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Lynnv on September 03, 2011, 05:52:24 PM
I was scheduled for today, but had to cancel as I seem to have picked up a cold (probably on my last plane trip-I was seated next to a toddler with a cold).  Will try again once I am over this thing.  Grumble.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Bethczar on September 03, 2011, 08:02:50 PM
Yea!!!!

What are doubles, by the way? I keep hearing about them, but I'm not clear on what the difference is.

From the Red Cross web site: "Double red cell donation is similar to a whole blood donation, except a special machine is used to allow you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation while returning your plasma and platelets to you."
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: faithlessone on September 09, 2011, 02:34:21 PM
Hey Dotty - just dropping in to say that I donated this evening! The blood was flowing like nobody's business. I'd filled half the bag before my nurse had finished putting the samples away. Took just over 3 minutes to fill it up. ;D

After the mess that happened in January (took 4 goes to find a vein, and even then, it collapsed before I could fill even a quarter of the bag), it was really extra-satisfying to have it go well.

Also, while I was sitting and waiting to be checked over, I noticed that a girl I went to secondary school with was sitting in the next row! She said that it was her first time, and she was totally terrified, but I reassured her, and it all went very well. She was just finishing up when I left. ;D
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: DottyG on September 09, 2011, 10:48:56 PM
I really love these kinds of stories!  Congratulations on having yours go so well - and so QUICKLY! :D Dang, girl! It's not a race there! :D

And I so love that there's a brand new donor out there - and one who had a positive experience and may become a lifelong donor because of it. You are absolutely a "superstar" for encouraging her and helping to calm her fears!

Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: DottyG on September 10, 2011, 02:51:53 PM
I WAS ABLE TO DONATE BLOOD TODAY!!!!! My iron was just at the acceptable limit, and I got to donate!!!!

NO pain at all (except that of waiting for the results of the iron test). Went perfectly!

I can't do much to help the 9/11 victims, but I could do this. This was in honor if the lives that were lost or changed on that day. You aren't forgotten.

Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: faithlessone on September 10, 2011, 03:35:42 PM
Congratulations Dotty!!! Awesome! ;D

I hate the iron test. It's the worst bit of the whole experience, for me at least.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: DottyG on September 10, 2011, 04:09:46 PM
At first, my iron was 2 points too low. I was almost in tears. I wanted to donate so badly. The lady doing the test knows how hard I've been trying to donate. So she put the blood back through. That time, it registered ok. So I was good to go.

I'm always amazed by how easy and painless the whole process is (when the iron cooperates!) I was scared of giving for so long. And it doesn't hurt at all. I wish more people realized that. I think fear keeps a lot of people away.

Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: DottyG on September 10, 2011, 04:15:06 PM
I can only go by my own experience. And that is that it has never hurt.

Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Bethczar on September 11, 2011, 08:18:41 AM
I WAS ABLE TO DONATE BLOOD TODAY!!!!! My iron was just at the acceptable limit, and I got to donate!!!!

NO pain at all (except that of waiting for the results of the iron test). Went perfectly!

I can't do much to help the 9/11 victims, but I could do this. This was in honor if the lives that were lost or changed on that day. You aren't forgotten.
HOORAY!
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: snowfire on September 13, 2011, 12:04:20 PM
DH & I donated again last evening.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: bobsyouruncle on September 14, 2011, 03:35:41 PM
I had posted a couple of days ago in this thread but deleted it after I received a chastising PM from another poster on here.  However, after thinking it over I really do think my original post should be in this thread.

I don't think that it is universally true that there is no pain in donating - the last time I tried I had to give up after the 4th time the nurse couldn't find the vein - I was pretty much in tears because of the pain and still have some scarring on my arm. I think its disingenuous to imply there is no chance of pain, much better to let people know there might be and take their chances.

I'd hate to have people donate blood thinking it was going to be pain free and come away a bad feeling towards this thread.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Red1979 on September 14, 2011, 03:53:15 PM
I work at a blood center (although not in donation area, but in research).  Blood donation most certainly *can* hurt.  I, in fact, don't give blood because my veins are so very tiny that it is incredibly painful as the tech tries to find a vein.  When my coworkers tried to draw my blood (not for donation but for a vaccine testing), they had to call in a more experienced staff memberwho ended up having to take it from the back of my hand rather than my arm.  They advised me to save myself a lot of angst and not donate blood.

Responsible technicians will help you along the process--but to say it is "pain free" is not at all true.  For many it's not.  There's no reason to be afraid, as there are trained professionals to help you along the way, but to say its a pain-free procedure is misleading.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on September 14, 2011, 04:13:12 PM
I'm permanently deferred as a blood donor, but if other donations count - especially as we near the winter holidays - Amazon has a subscribe and save where they will send 6 jars of peanut butter every 1, 2, 3, or 6 months to your address with no shipping charge for $10.81 (I believe) per shipment.

This is easy to donate for food drives, shelters, etc. 
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: faithlessone on September 14, 2011, 04:24:50 PM
Weirdly, the actual blood donation bit doesn't hurt that much for me.

The finger-stick to get a drop of blood for the iron test, on the other hand - that hurts me so much!! It's the bit I hate more than anything else.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: DottyG on September 14, 2011, 05:18:25 PM
I wanted to apologize for making it sound like blood donating is totally painless for everyone.  As I said above, the only way I have to judge the pain level is by what I've experienced myself.  It has honestly never hurt to have my blood drawn.

However, that may not be true of everyone.  I can't determine anyone's level of comfort except my own, and I'm sorry if I implied otherwise.  That was wrong of me.

I agree that going into donating with any advice and knowledge of other experiences you can get from other people is a wise idea.  It's better to be prepared for whatever happens than not.
 
 
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Eisa on September 14, 2011, 10:37:37 PM
While I haven't been able to donate blood yet [I'm too dehydrated :-[ ]...getting my blood drawn for anything has always hurt. :( Even when the expert lab techs take it, it at least hurts a little bit.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 15, 2011, 08:28:23 AM
The only time it really hurt for me was when they were doing some sort of study on my specific blood type so they had a separate set of collection bags just for those with my blood type.  For some reason, the needles on those were DULL.  It took a fair amount of force to get the needle inserted and so was quite painful.  Once it was in, it was fine.

For those of you with smaller veins but are still capable of donating blood, ask for the most experienced nurse to insert your needle at a blood donor clinic.  At least where I live, a lot of the roving clinics are staffed with junior nurses who don't have as much experience.  If you are a hard stick, there is nothing wrong with asking for someone with more experience, either during the screening process or after the first stick has been missed!
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Bethczar on September 16, 2011, 09:41:14 AM
Weirdly, the actual blood donation bit doesn't hurt that much for me.

The finger-stick to get a drop of blood for the iron test, on the other hand - that hurts me so much!! It's the bit I hate more than anything else.
Request that they do it on the side of your finger - much less pain!
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 17, 2011, 07:08:26 PM
Here's one way to encourage blood donation:
Stanford Blood Center offers job-hunting twist (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/17/BULQ1L5MGC.DTL)
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What is something people really need, something that might motivate them to try something new, such as donating blood?

Help with job hunting was an answer hit upon by the Stanford Blood Center.

Facing a shortage of blood in August, the blood center decided to offer donors an event that could potentially transform their lives: a career networking workshop, resume clinic and job fair.
They got 140 extra donors as a result--a third of them were new donors.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Kitty_Cat on September 23, 2011, 09:35:58 PM
Today I donated again, and I requested that they test my platelet levels so that I can donate extra platelets if I have enough. I also posted a comment about donating blood to a blog post about volunteering.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: DottyG on September 23, 2011, 10:19:13 PM
:) Yay Kitty_Cat!

Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Kitty_Cat on September 24, 2011, 09:10:51 PM
Unfortunately, I became sick today, so they had to throw away the blood.  :-\
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: DottyG on September 25, 2011, 03:06:57 PM
Nooooo. Oh, K_C, I'm sorry. I know that's disappointing.

I hope you feel better soon. Take good care of yourself. Get some rest and let your body heal. Get some fluids in you and just stay in and relax.



Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: kitty-cat on September 25, 2011, 09:05:54 PM
I'm gonna break out the Gatoraid. I'm gonna try for Saturday.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: bobsyouruncle on September 29, 2011, 02:15:21 PM
I'm gonna break out the Gatoraid. I'm gonna try for Saturday.

Good luck! ;D
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: Kitty_Cat on September 29, 2011, 09:50:03 PM
Fortunately, my platelet level is high enough for me to donate platelets.  ;D I plan to go in two weeks after my whole blood donation.
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: DottyG on September 29, 2011, 11:02:14 PM
Cool! Let me know how that goes. I've thought about it but haven't done it.

Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: kitty-cat on October 01, 2011, 02:01:26 PM
Do I get credit as first for October???? WE HAD SUCCESS!!!!
Title: Re: September Superstars! (Remember you're a superstar whether you donate or not!)
Post by: DottyG on October 01, 2011, 07:40:35 PM
Yes, you do. :)  I'll have to update the tracker when I'm on my real computer. But you get to be first.

Great job with the donation! You rock!

Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: EngineerChick on October 03, 2011, 05:39:03 PM
I am scheduled to give blood next week at the work blood drive.

By the way, I saw the (US) National Bone Marrow Registry mentioned in this thread, and I wanted to mention that the name has  changed.  It is now called Be The Match Registry.

I have been on this bone marrow donor registry for over 5 years.  They had a drive at work, and it took less than 5 minutes to register.
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Kitty_Cat on October 10, 2011, 09:59:40 PM
I donated platelets for the first time today! The needle is noticeably thinner than the one used for whole blood. The phlebotomists were very supportive and gave me calcium supplements when I felt tingly due to the anticoagulant.  :)
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on October 10, 2011, 10:33:50 PM
That's great! Congratulations!

I may have to think about doing that.
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Winterlight on October 13, 2011, 10:14:42 AM
I woke up with a massive migraine so I couldn't donate this time :'( but I did remind my boss to do it and he's upstairs right now.
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on October 13, 2011, 11:34:01 AM
I'm so sorry you're not feeling well, Winterlight.  :(  I know those headaches.  Go lie down in a dark room for a while and see if you feel better.  I hope it goes away soon.

Tell your boss I sent him a "high five" for donating.  Yay for him!  (And a special YAY and "high five" for you for reminding him to do it!  Yet another example of how someone who's not giving blood herself can still make a major impact!)

Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: EngineerChick on October 13, 2011, 01:56:41 PM
Donated blood at work today. 
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Shea on October 14, 2011, 01:25:32 PM
I wish I could donate, but I don't weigh enough apparently :(.

I am a regular donor to some of the labs at my university (I have a couple friends who are doing advanced degrees there). It's less blood than a regular donation, and it's used in medical research. Not as good, but I like to think I'm doing a tiny bit to help advance medical science.
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Lady Snowdon on October 15, 2011, 12:51:47 PM
Donated whole blood today!  It was kind of scary this time around -- they were having issues with my blood flowing correctly, and it ended up being painful.  However, I got through it, and now I'm kind of excited that 56 days will be around Christmas, and I can donate for the holiday season!  Somehow, the idea of donating around the holidays makes me feel extra good.
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Arista on October 16, 2011, 01:54:10 AM
I had forgotten about this thread!  Nice to see that it's still going strong.

I had my last donation on Sept. 29, and I earned my 1-gallon pin that day.  :)  The tech was very impressed with my hemoglobin levels; normally I average around 14.5-14.7, and this time I was at 15.3!  He said he'd never seen a woman with such a high iron level before. 
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: crella on October 16, 2011, 02:06:02 AM
I'm AB- and would love to donate, but I lived in Zurich from 4/1982-8/1983, so I can't donate, yet. Japan did away with it's ban on donors from Britain but the ban on those who lived in other European countries remains.
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on October 16, 2011, 03:25:29 AM
I. Love. These. Posts!  I'm so excited for all of you!

I'm on my phone right now, so updating the tally will have to wait until I'm back on my computer. But I couldn't not post to tell all of you how wonderful I think you are!

Shea, as far as I'm concerned, that TOTALLY counts! And Crella, the fact that an AB- wants to donate (even if you're not able to) makes you a winner as well!

Like I keep saying, the blood in the bag isn't the only way someone can do a world of good. Even just telling a friend about what donation is (or even just posting in this thread to share your stories) is a major help! And very much a part of the whole picture.

And EngineerChick, Dogzard and Arista, YAY!!! I love y'all's stories about donating - and the "giving during the holidays" and the 1 gallon mark and the great iron level (share some with me! :D) and everything else!

Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on October 19, 2011, 10:49:52 AM
Donated yesterday and got a T-shirt because I reached the 8-gallon mark. (I have probably donated twice that, but there were several years when I couldn't donate due to foreign travel, so fell off the books.)
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on October 19, 2011, 11:29:38 AM
EIGHT gallons (possibly more)?  I am so incredibly impressed!  And blown away - just think how much that is and how many lives you've saved with that!

Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: crella on October 20, 2011, 08:24:08 AM
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And Crella, the fact that an AB- wants to donate (even if you're not able to) makes you a winner as well!

Thank you!

8 gallons, that's amazing!
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Kitty_Cat on October 25, 2011, 03:16:41 PM
I donated platelets yesterday, but I unfortunately felt a bit dizzy afterwards, so I will only be able to do it once per month rather than every other week.
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on October 26, 2011, 10:46:25 AM
 :) to donating platelets!  You're terrific!  But :( that you got dizzy.  That's not good.  Are you feeling better today?  Did they tell you what you can do when that happens to make it stop?

Take care of yourself, ok?  Donating's great, but we want you to be ok when you do it!
Title: Re: October EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Kitty_Cat on October 26, 2011, 03:25:38 PM
:) to donating platelets!  You're terrific!  But :( that you got dizzy.  That's not good.  Are you feeling better today?  Did they tell you what you can do when that happens to make it stop?

Take care of yourself, ok?  Donating's great, but we want you to be ok when you do it!
Thank you very much for asking! I'm feeling fine now. I am on the small side of being eligible to donate, so I just need to do it less often.
Title: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on November 01, 2011, 12:39:10 PM
Time to start a new month!  Who's going to be first to get added to the tally (remember that can be a blood donor OR a non-blood donor!)

 
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Bob Ducca on November 01, 2011, 12:59:17 PM
Dotty, please forgive me if this is off-topic or distracting, but I'd like to say something.

Last week I became suddenly, seriously ill.  I was rushed to the ER where it was found I had lost a great deal of blood internally.  I had to have two different transfusions to get me up to functional.

Everyone who donates blood, thank you.  I know we all understand that donating blood saves lives, but people like you quite possibly literally saved mine last week.  I just wanted to say that and thought this thread would be as good a place as any.

Back to your regularly scheduled thread...

:)
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on November 01, 2011, 01:22:32 PM
"Off-topic or distracting".... are you kidding?!  Your post is EXCELLENT!  It can be easy to lose sight of exactly why blood donation is so important.  You have so perfectly illustrated why donations are needed.  Thank you so much for posting this.  It really means a lot to read your post.

Now, that said, ARE YOU OK NOW?!  Deb, you have me worried now.  Are you feeling ok?  Did the transfusions work?  You take care of yourself, ok?  Just rest and let your body heal.  Don't overdo things.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Bob Ducca on November 01, 2011, 01:59:21 PM
"Off-topic or distracting".... are you kidding?!  Your post is EXCELLENT!  It can be easy to lose sight of exactly why blood donation is so important.  You have so perfectly illustrated why donations are needed.  Thank you so much for posting this.  It really means a lot to read your post.

Now, that said, ARE YOU OK NOW?!  Deb, you have me worried now.  Are you feeling ok?  Did the transfusions work?  You take care of yourself, ok?  Just rest and let your body heal.  Don't overdo things.


Oh, Dotty, I didn't mean to worry you. :)  I am feeling better, still searching for the original cause.  I am going in for more tests tomorrow and hopefully back to work Thursday.  The transfusions were almost miraculous and helped a great deal.  I'm working very hard at resting. :)
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Kitty_Cat on November 01, 2011, 02:54:56 PM
"Off-topic or distracting".... are you kidding?!  Your post is EXCELLENT!  It can be easy to lose sight of exactly why blood donation is so important.  You have so perfectly illustrated why donations are needed.  Thank you so much for posting this.  It really means a lot to read your post.

Now, that said, ARE YOU OK NOW?!  Deb, you have me worried now.  Are you feeling ok?  Did the transfusions work?  You take care of yourself, ok?  Just rest and let your body heal.  Don't overdo things.


Oh, Dotty, I didn't mean to worry you. :)  I am feeling better, still searching for the original cause.  I am going in for more tests tomorrow and hopefully back to work Thursday.  The transfusions were almost miraculous and helped a great deal.  I'm working very hard at resting. :)
I am very glad to hear that you are feeling better!
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Bob Ducca on November 01, 2011, 04:07:55 PM
"Off-topic or distracting".... are you kidding?!  Your post is EXCELLENT!  It can be easy to lose sight of exactly why blood donation is so important.  You have so perfectly illustrated why donations are needed.  Thank you so much for posting this.  It really means a lot to read your post.

Now, that said, ARE YOU OK NOW?!  Deb, you have me worried now.  Are you feeling ok?  Did the transfusions work?  You take care of yourself, ok?  Just rest and let your body heal.  Don't overdo things.


Oh, Dotty, I didn't mean to worry you. :)  I am feeling better, still searching for the original cause.  I am going in for more tests tomorrow and hopefully back to work Thursday.  The transfusions were almost miraculous and helped a great deal.  I'm working very hard at resting. :)
I am very glad to hear that you are feeling better!

Thank you! :)
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on November 01, 2011, 06:58:24 PM
Will be thinking about you. :)

Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: vorbau on November 03, 2011, 08:27:07 PM
Dotty - unfortunately I can no longer donate owing to my MS diagnosis and the meds I take for it, but - we are having monthly blood drives at work as well as in my reserve unit.

Also good news:
- DH's office has organized a twice-yearly blood drive, and gives each donor 4hrs of "free" admin leave for donating
- DXH is trying to organize one at his office (I suspect my recent deployment has motivated both Husband 1.0 and Husband 2.0, even though I didn't need any kind of treatment)
- DS, now the proud owner of a pharmacy tech license, is trying to organize his coworkers to start a drive.

After 8 months in unpleasant places with people shooting at me and my team, mere words cannot remotely begin to express the gratitude those of us in harm's way feel for all of you who give of yourselves for our benefit.

Vorbau
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: pharmagal on November 07, 2011, 08:45:38 PM
I went and donated Plasma on Friday - and while I was there, the nurses had a special gift and round of applause for a lady who had just finished her 75th donation.  Impressive.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Larrabee on November 08, 2011, 09:09:46 AM
I went and donated Plasma on Friday - and while I was there, the nurses had a special gift and round of applause for a lady who had just finished her 75th donation.  Impressive.

My granddad gave his 75th donation at the same time as I gave my first, that was pretty cool. 

Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on November 08, 2011, 01:54:05 PM
I donated last Friday! Been trying for the past year+, but my iron level was too low.

A friend came with me; she couldn't donate, but she did tweet it, and started a discussion about donating. A couple people said after that it made them go and donate, too.

 :)
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on November 08, 2011, 03:14:19 PM
See that movement out of the corner of your eye?  That's DottyG doing a jig around the room at the lastest posts in here!

People who've donated 75+ gallons; people donating, telling others and, in turn, encouraging them to donate as well; someone whose iron has been too low in the past but was actually able to give this time (YAY!!!  I know that feeling - isn't it wonderful?!); someone who, instead of getting the kudos herself for what she has done for us, is thanking the donors for what they're doing; ....  This list is wonderful!!!

Y'all, seriously, you really do touch me with your stories.  Thank you to everyone in this thread; you're really making such a difference in so many ways.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Just Lori on November 10, 2011, 07:01:52 PM
Well, pooh.  I went to donate today and my hemoglobin was low.  I'm posting this to hold myself accountable. If I don't post an update saying I tried again in the next week or so, feel free to call me out.

I read that a little molasses on oatmeal can bring up your iron count.  Does anyone have any other suggestions?  I'd like to try again Monday or Tuesday.

I also want to share that my mom had some serious complications following knee replacement surgery a few weeks ago.  Her blood pressure plummeted and her heart even stopped, but thankfully they brought her back.  When I arrived at the hospital, she was pretty confused.  I was in the room during her blood transfusion, and the transformation was amazing.  She went from not knowing who I was to naming my kids, my dog and my birthday.  Who knows, maybe some of the transfused blood came from an Ehellion.  Strangers things have happened.

Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 10, 2011, 07:30:53 PM
I think it is vitamin C that helps with iron absorption from particularly vegetable sources.  Spinach and broccoli and other dark green leafy veggies are high in iron, as is red meat, of course, with the highest being liver.

My SIL used to take an all natural iron supplement that was a liquid.  It tasted horrendous so she'd take it with orange juice.  I'll wrack my brain for the name!
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: EduardosGirl on November 11, 2011, 05:47:25 AM
I feel really guilty but I can't donate for 6 months. :(

I got a new tattoo when I was in London a few weeks ago, so I'm not allowed. At least it's not the 12 month ban it used to be. I may need a transplant myself when mama sees the new tattoo anyway.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on November 12, 2011, 02:17:38 PM
HatStrap, you kinda made me giggle a bit at your comment! Hopefully your mom won't freak too much!

Just Lori, I'll keep you accountable and you keep me accountable, ok? I just tried to give. And my iron was......too low. AGAIN. :( I'm going to have to try again next week.

Your story about your mother was so cool, though. And who knows. It just might have been an EHellion - or the result of an EHellion's telling others - that resulted in the donation she got! How cool would that be?!

Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on November 22, 2011, 07:19:21 PM
A friend of mine from work donated this past weekend.  She sent me an email the next day to tell me that she thought of me when she gave.  That made me smile. :)
 
 
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: StarDrifter on November 26, 2011, 04:57:37 AM
Ace did his 20th donation the other day, and I did my 10th. Mum did her 30th and my brother did his first ever, with his new girlfriend, who is blood type O-negative, which is really rare around here, apparently.
All five of us coming in together, laughing and chatting unnerved the nurses a bit at first, because we have four last names between the five of us and it was late at night on a Thursday, so we clearly weren't a 'work' group. But once we explained how we were all related they thought it was great.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on November 26, 2011, 06:05:05 PM
That is wonderful!!! Yay for all of you! And a special "yay" to the O- donor. That is a rare but EXTREMELY VITAL type to have on hand. The ultimate "Universal Donor."

I'm adding y'all into our tally when I'm back on my real computer.

Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Kitty_Cat on November 28, 2011, 07:45:59 PM
I tried to donate today, but I have lost a little weight since the last time, so I was not allowed to donate.  :( I know that they have these rules for health reasons, but I still feel disappointed!
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on November 28, 2011, 08:48:39 PM
Yeah. I know the feeling. The rules are there for us. But they can be frustrating when you really want to give. I don't have the weight problem, but that dang iron gets me so often.

You tried. I'd say that's still a huge accomplishment. And still worthy of a DottyG "WAY TO GO"! :)

Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Kitty_Cat on December 01, 2011, 05:37:41 PM
The blood center where I donate is connected to a research university. While I do not weigh enough to donate blood for patient use, I found out today that I am still allowed to donate blood for certain kinds of research because only a fraction of a cup is taken at a time. I'm glad that I can still do something!  :)
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on December 01, 2011, 08:15:05 PM
That's great!  Both that there is a way for you to still help out and that you're willing to do so!  Research is so extremely important, so you're doing a world of good by donating to it.

:)

Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Winterlight on December 08, 2011, 09:52:27 AM
Well, I tried this morning, but my iron was too low. I'll try again next time.  :(
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: faithlessone on December 08, 2011, 11:53:59 AM
Just booked my next appointment - January 6th. ;D It'll be my 7th donation!
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Portugal79 on December 11, 2011, 07:19:47 AM
i've recently done my 12th donation, which i totally love. as lets face it there are few pains in life you can choose to go though and they told me that the blood i gave can save the life of 9 premature babies...how awesome is that?
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on December 19, 2011, 02:16:21 PM
From an obituary about a local philanthropist in today's San Francisco Chronicle.
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Warren Hellman, the San Francisco financier whose willingness to fund an unlikely range of passions made him a force in Bay Area politics, education and music, died Sunday evening from complications of leukemia...
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the San Francisco Free Clinic, the Bay Citizen and the San Francisco School Alliance. The family also requests a donation of blood or platelets to a local blood bank.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Lady Snowdon on December 19, 2011, 05:22:42 PM
I donated on Saturday!  I'm slightly concerned...almost every time I donate, someone near me either passes out, or comes very close to passing out.  Is it really that common?

Next donation is scheduled for Feb 11th.  Am I weird in getting a kick out of the fact that I'll be donating blood around Valentine's Day?
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: jedikaiti on December 19, 2011, 06:00:44 PM
I've donated more than a gallon, and I have only ever seen one person faint... and that was before she'd even gone near the donation chairs!

I think you've just had a bit of bad luck, there. Either that or something wonky with the screening process where you donate.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: nutraxfornerves on December 21, 2011, 01:44:21 AM
Dumped of another pint today. I had a chat with the phlebotomist about donating and syncope (the fancy word for fainting)

She said that the biggest problems were at high school and college blood drives. It can be a sort of crowd thing--one person goes out and all of a sudden everyone else does as well. When the do these drives, they reconfigure the bloodmobile, so that donors face the back of other chairs instead of the faces of other donors. This has really cut down the number of fainters.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: snowfire on December 21, 2011, 09:36:20 AM
DH and I donated again  yesterday.  I've donated over 60 pints & I've rarely seen people faint.  The only time I was aware of a mass fainting/feeling woozy was when a couple of guys were "racing" to see who could get their pint out the fastest.  ::)

Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: catgal on December 31, 2011, 03:45:33 AM
I can't believe that I haven't updated this yet. 

We had 8 donate at the beginning of December from work.  I had twice that number booked in, but a terrible flu is doing it's second round at the moment.  The blood bank were grateful for anyone going in as the flu and upcoming Christmas break meant a shortage was looming.  While we were waiting to going through, one of the nurses asked if anyone would donate plasma as they were a bit desperate. No-one said anything, so I thought I should be a bit of example and volunteered. I have never donated plasma as it seemed too scary.  Turns out I'm good at it - nice and fast with no reactions  ;D  I'll now be donating whole blood each three months with work and then go in each month in between and do plasma. When I went back to work everyone asked how plasma went - turns out a lot of people have considered it but were scared like me.  I now have 4 people lined up to do plasma with me each month!

Once again, thanks DottyG for getting this started and helping me get back to donating and helping others.  Special place in heaven for you.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 31, 2011, 09:42:16 AM
My Dad no longer donates but he still puts up the boards around town to direct people to the regular blood donor clinic.  In their infinite wisdom, Canadian Blood Services scheduled the clinic for Boxing Day.  I figured they'd be lucky to get 50 people through the door.

We stopped in at the end of the night when we were picking up the signs.  They'd had 130 people come in!  I don't know if all of those were able to give but it was still more than twice as many donations as I thought they'd get.  Normal numbers are close to 200.

Again, in their infinite wisdom, the clinic for this time next year is schedule for New Year's Eve!  It may actually be a good clinic if the late teens/20 somethings who party hearty realize that by donating a pint of blood, it'll take less alcohol to get drunk that night.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: Kitty_Cat on December 31, 2011, 11:34:40 PM
I gained two and a half pounds, so I tried to donate blood, but my blood pressure was too low. :(
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: jedikaiti on January 01, 2012, 11:36:01 PM
I've given plasma a few times, and do NOT enjoy it. The local donation center has these nice chairs set up for plasma/components donors, with a computer you can play with, but I can hardly manage to look at the thing, as I keep having to pay attention to how fast/slow I am squeezing the ball to keep the flow rate in the right zone. That, and I always end up a little queasy afterwards.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: catgal on January 02, 2012, 07:22:22 PM
jedikaiti, that would be frustrating having to sit and watch your flow rate the whole time as plasma takes far longer than whole blood.

It's summer here and we've had really hot days already.  With the plasma donation I found that I was really cold on the last return cycle.  I felt cold for a couple of hours after as well, so I will be taking a warm jacket next time I do plasma, even if it is in the mid 30oC.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: miss_ann_thrope on January 02, 2012, 07:32:31 PM
I donated today! And I brought my brother with me, who also donated (his second time!) :D

Tweeted and Facebooked it, and spread the word. :)
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: jedikaiti on January 03, 2012, 01:33:27 PM
Yes, it is frustrating. I like to help, but I think I will be sticking with whole blood from here on out - both because of that, and because I'm now organizing regular blood drives at my office.
Title: Re: November EHell Blood Drive (NON-donors can participate as well!)
Post by: DottyG on January 11, 2012, 07:07:08 PM
Hi y'all, the tallies are updated.  I'm really sorry for not getting that done more quickly.

BUT can I just say that ALL of you are amazing?!  You are so totally terrific!!!

Title: January Jewels (that's you NON-donors as well!)
Post by: DottyG on January 11, 2012, 07:10:21 PM
We have a bit of a problem.  It seems that we have SO MANY incredible people here that we've run out of space in the first post of the thread again!!!  A WONDERFUL problem to have!!!  So, I'm moving part of the tally here to allow us more room in the post.

 
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JULY BLOOD DONATION CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
4 (Dogzard (who has a VERY important message for everyone re: giving during the summer months), Bethczar (who's back to giving!), Just Lori (gave a pint and may be giving platelets soon, too!), kitty_cat (donated again - AND she's another kitty_cat on our site! Welcome!  )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
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Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
*

People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
*

Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* FOUR of Outdoor Girl's coworkers!
* dawbs tried to give, but her iron was a bit too low (I know the feeling, and I empathize,  )
* Reuth is looking into giving after surgery (I have my fingers crossed!)
* Reulz may be giving again soon!
* Our other kitty-cat may be giving again soon!
* Quack (one of our new members) may be giving again soon!

 

JUNE EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
5 (Snowfire and hubby! Winterlight's iron is up again (I'm jealous! ), nutraxfornerves (who may have found a surefire way to lose weight!  ), Sharnita (platelets - although, I'm sorry the experience affected her badly this time  )  )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
7 (Wolfwench!!!  YEA!!!!  AND 6 more of her coworkers!!! )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
*

People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
*

Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* Catgal's coworkers gave!  Some couldn't because of a nasty virus, but some were able to give!  One even got a key ring with her blood type on it.
* miss_ann_thrope's community - 574 units IN ONE DAY!!!
 

MAY EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
13 (Layla Miller (who got a compliment on her iron levels! ), anna_garny's husband and 3 of his coworkers (anna_garny's husband is now a member of Club Red, too)!, FIVE of Outdoor Girl's coworkers!, LynnV (she's back!!!), catgal and her coworkers donated (one was back for her 2nd time and another is back after a few years - WAY TO GO!!!)  )  )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
2 (Two of anna_garny's husband's coworker donated for the FIRST TIME!!!  Congratulations!!!,  )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
*

People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
*

Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* anna_garny can't give right now, but her husband is her proxy - and I think she still deserves a mention, too!
* codenamekristen can't at the moment, but will as soon as she can!
* Four of catgal's coworkers wanted to give, but a nasty virus prevented them from going.  Hope they feel better soon!


APRIL EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
28 (Sparrow Bones and her husband!, Winterlight's boss and coworker!, GirlyJock (even though she had a meanie taking it - BUT, that didn't stop our GJ!), Dogzard (who found out that she can donate platelets after all!), nutraxfornerves (who had a GREAT person taking her blood!), Just Lori (HIT HER GALLON MARK!!!), Lynnv (back to giving - even if sporatically until August!), HeebyJeebyLeebee's office had 19 donations!!!! )  )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
0 ( )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
*

People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* Eisa is spreading the word about donating - YEA!!!

Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* Sparrow Bones' office donated (drumroll) 21 units!!!
* codenamekristen had a dream that vampires were going to take her blood!  (I think that deserves some kind of mention here!)
* Winterlight tried to give but couldn't this time.  BUT, she got a coworker to donate!
* HeebyJeebyLeebee put an announcement up on her company's internal website!
* Layla Miller signed up for another blood drive!
* kitty-cat can't give at the moment, but she's still willing as soon as she's able to!


MARCH EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
17 (faithlessone's friend, Zoe, donated (in her words, "Zoe just got back from donating some premium O-. What's your excuse?" - YEA FOR HER!), LynnV's friend had a bad experience in the past, but she's agreed to go with LynnV and try again! (I'm crossing my fingers for you!), Catgal got SIX of her coworkers together and they all gave!  Catgal, unfortunately, was not able to give on that day, but she still ROCKS both for trying and for getting so many other people to give!!!, SIX of Outdoor Girl's coworkers gave (she gave kudos to her coworker for organizing it, but I suspect OG, herself, deserves some kudos here, too  I think she was instrumental in getting this put together!), kam0706 gave on Saturday!, TWO of Outdoor Girl's coworkers donated (they made it just under the wire - March 31!)  )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
1 (Catgal got a FIRST TIME DONOR coworker to give!!!! )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
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People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
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Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* codenamekristen deserves a special mention for her post to me.  Sometimes, I need encouragement, too.  And, I cannot tell you how very special her message was when I read it!
* catgal also posted a very sweet message to cheer me on.  THANK YOU so much!  Y'all are going to make me cry!
* Lynnv may have to either give at another location for a while or wait until she returns home, but the fact that she's still thinking about donating and trying to find a way to give deserves some credit!

FEBRUARY EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:
FEBRUARY IS BLOOD DONOR MONTH HERE AT EHELL!!!

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
10 (HatStrap (who is looking forward to a recuperating nap!), hyzenthlay (made a slight mess, but that's ok! The floor is cleanable!), hyzenthlay's husband (double donation!), Outdoor Girl's coworker/skiing buddy!, anna_garny's husband! (And, anna_garny would have donated, too, but she's trying to get pregnant - yea!), Winterlight's boss and new coworker!, LynnV (her usual!), codenamekristen's husband (his 34th!), nutraxfornerves (I'm not even going to mention what the lady next to her was doing )   )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
1 (codenamekristen gave for the very first time!!!  I'm so excited for her! Read her account on Pg 65!)) )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
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People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
* Bellantara posted a great picture on her FB profile!  It's cool - take a look at Pg 64!!!


Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* Outdoor Girl's dad may NEED blood this week due to hip surgery.  Having donated himself up until age 75, I think it's time he get a pint or two back!  (Although, I'd prefer he not have to need it - I hope his surgery goes perfectly and that he recovers without even the need of a donation.)
* Pharmagal wanted to donate, but her work schedule prevented her from doing so right now.  But, she still gets kudos! Plus, she offered to go in and donate platelets in the meantime (they said they'd like her to wait until they've sucked her blood )!
* RedDwarf wants to give, but tends to get faint when attempting it (don't do that, RD!). But, there are some wise words from our EHellion on Pg 66.


JANUARY EHELL CHALLENGE TALLY:

Returning Donors - YAY TO ALL OF YOU!
42 (LynnV - her first platelet donation for the year (AND, she got a t-shirt out of the deal! Sweet!), Reddie321 and Archer (both back after a year! WELCOME BACK!!!), Bethczar (was so crowded, she had to make an appointment!  I love that!), HeebyJeebyLeebee (her first double RBC donation!), SEVENTEEN of HeebyJeebyLeebee's coworkers!, TWO of Outdoor Girl's coworkers ("the first two donations for the year for the office commitment")!, megswsu (she's back after 10 years!  WELCOME BACK!!!), HatStrap (her first of the year!), snowfire and husband!, FIVE MORE of Outdoor Girl's coworkers!, kitkatswing (was happy to donate!), faithlessone (blood wasn't cooperating, but I think she still gets credit for getting "stuck"!), kitty-cat (with NO problems this time!), Lynnv (her usual platelets!), Lynnv's husband!, Layla Miller (has an important reminder for all of us! See Pg 64!), Tuhis (and the bag filled up quickly!), Winterlight, Winterlight's boss!   )


New Donors - CONGRATULATIONS NEW DONORS!
1 (faithlessone's coworker, HANNA!!!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!) )


Volunteers/People Providing Food for Donors/Etc - Y'ALL ARE SO VITAL TO THE PROCESS!
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People EHellions Have Told In Their Communities About Donating - YOU ROCK!
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Other (People who also need recognizing) - WAY TO GO, Y'ALL!
* Layla Miller - scheduled to give on Jan 31 - way to go!  She's going to round out our month!
* Kitty-cat - tried to give, but her veins wouldn't cooperate.  BUT, she's going to guzzle her Gatorade and try, try  again next week!  Perserverance!
* faithlessone is giving next week. AND, she's persuaded her coworker to give, too - FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!
Title: Re: January Jewels (that's you NON-donors as well!)
Post by: DottyG on January 11, 2012, 07:14:03 PM
This is a snippet from an email that my blood donation place sent me.  I thought it should be repeated here, because it shows that non-donors are just as important as those who donate.

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If you have been told previously by [the local blood donation center] or another blood center that you should never donate blood, you can still help save lives by spreading the word about the importance of blood donation. Please forward this message to family, friends and associates and encourage them to become life saving blood donors. If you recently made a blood donation, or if you have already scheduled an appointment to donate blood, please accept our thanks on behalf of the patients whose lives you may have touched.
Title: Re: January Jewels (that's you NON-donors as well!)
Post by: Bethczar on January 12, 2012, 08:42:27 AM
I forgot add myself on to the list for this month - I gave on 1/5. They were giving out free "donate blood" t-shirts, so now I can stylishly encourage others to give as I stoll down the street.  :)
Title: Re: January Jewels (that's you NON-donors as well!)
Post by: DottyG on January 12, 2012, 11:36:31 AM
I want a shirt!

YEA Bethczar!  Congratulations! :)

Title: Re: January Jewels (that's you NON-donors as well!)
Post by: Just Lori on January 12, 2012, 11:51:52 AM
I gave my pint today.  My hemoglobin was right at the cutoff, so yay Flintstone's Vitamins with iron.

Indulge me for a moment, because I'm also excited about another donation I have scheduled January 29.  I will be donating samples of healthy breast tissue to the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank.  This bank was started a few years ago in response to a shortage of healthy breast tissue for ongoing research.  I love that they are swamped with volunteers every time they have a donation event.  As far as I know, this is the only tissue bank of its type, but researchers from all around the world can ask for tissue samples for research.

http://komentissuebank.iu.edu/

It is especially meaningful for me, as a friend of mine who was diagnosed last year celebrates her birthday this month. 

It may be sagging and going south in other ways, but maybe this body is still good for a few things!  ;)
Title: Re: January Jewels (that's you NON-donors as well!)
Post by: DottyG on January 12, 2012, 12:11:05 PM
I love that, JL!  What a wonderful thing to do!!!

Title: Re: January Jewels (that's you NON-donors as well!)
Post by: jedikaiti on January 12, 2012, 12:54:20 PM
We had our office blood drive on Tuesday, but alas my hematocrit level was 1 point too low. Hopefully I can get it back up and stop by the donation center for a quick pint in time to be eligible for the next office drive in March.

BTW, is anyone else here signed up for bone marrow donation? Has anyone actually donated bone marrow?
Title: Re: January Jewels (that's you NON-donors as well!)
Post by: Outdoor Girl on January 12, 2012, 12:57:04 PM
BTW, is anyone else here signed up for bone marrow donation? Has anyone actually donated bone marrow?

I signed up to be on the registry years ago.  I had blood drawn at my regular clinic and they typed 4 of the 6 match points on that.  If you came up as a match for someone, you'd then have to go to a permanent clinic to get blood drawn for typing of the remaining two points.  I did get that call but I wasn't a full 6 point match so I never donated marrow.

And sadly, they won't take mine anymore.
Title: Re: January Jewels (that's you NON-donors as well!)
Post by: EngineerChick on January 19, 2012, 10:55:47 AM
I donated blood this morning.  I came into work and there was a blood drive truck parked in the parking lot!  When I went in, all of the beds were full, as were a couple of seats.  Shortly after I started my paperwork, all of the other seats filled up, and there were 8-10 people in their for the rest of the time I was there (~45 minutes).  They were asking people to come back later, they were so busy.  So, yay for my co-workers and the others who work with us here at the airfield.

BTW, is anyone else here signed up for bone marrow donation? Has anyone actually donated bone marrow?

I signed up on the bone marrow donor registry 5-6 years ago, during a drive a work.  I have never gotten a call from them about donating.
Title: Re: January Jewels (that's you NON-donors as well!)
Post by: DottyG on January 19, 2012, 12:05:53 PM
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They were asking people to come back later, they were so busy.

What a TERRIFIC problem to have!!! :)

My donation center has been putting out frantic emails and news updates that they are really low on O (both pos and neg) blood due to some urgent needs they've had in the past few weeks.  I'm going to try to give this weekend - if my iron level will cooperate.  I hope my center has the same "problem" yours does and it's hard to get in.

Title: Re: It's Blood Donation Month at EHell! (NON-donors are very important as well!)
Post by: DottyG on February 01, 2012, 10:55:32 AM
It's that time of the year again, everyone!
 
Just a reminder that you do NOT have to actually donate blood to be a part of this exciting experience.  There are TONS of extremely important things that non-donors can do as well.  Even just posting something about donations on your FB page is huge and can do amazing things!  Please don't think that actually donating blood is all that you can do or all that we care about here.  WE NEED NON-DONORS as well as donors!!!
 
Ok, who's going to start us off this month? :)
 
 
 
Title: Re: It's Blood Donation Month at EHell! (NON-donors are very important as well!)
Post by: faithlessone on February 01, 2012, 11:15:38 AM
I went to try and donate last week, and got told I was too light!!

I've been trying to lose weight over the last year, but I never thought that 118 pounds would be too light - on the Blood.co.uk website it says 110 pounds (7 stone 12) is the cut off. I was right on the boundary (the nurse who talked to me said that they would have let me do it if I was 120), but it seems that unless I want to put on a bit more weight, I'm out.

:(

I am going to send an email inquiry and see if this is the policy, or just a "we do not advise" case, so I'll report back on that.
Title: Re: It's Blood Donation Month at EHell! (NON-donors are very important as well!)
Post by: DottyG on February 01, 2012, 11:25:57 AM
No way!  Darn. :(

Definitely report back on this one.  I'm curious to know what you find out.

(Still adding you to the tally as having tried, though :) )

Title: Re: It's Blood Donation Month at EHell! (NON-donors are very important as well!)
Post by: Winterlight on February 02, 2012, 08:49:24 AM
I'm signed up to donate next Thursday- wish me luck!
Title: Re: It's Blood Donation Month at EHell! (NON-donors are very important as well!)
Post by: DottyG on February 02, 2012, 10:31:49 AM
Crossing my fingers for you! :)

Title: Re: It's Blood Donation Month at EHell! (NON-donors are very important as well!)
Post by: Surianne on February 06, 2012, 06:36:29 PM
Best of luck, Winterlight!

Finally finished my latest tattoo (giant back piece several years in the making) so I'll be back to donating in 6 months or so... 
Title: Re: It's Blood Donation Month at EHell! (NON-donors are very important as well!)
Post by: Winterlight on February 09, 2012, 06:38:45 PM
I did it! One pint A-neg has been delivered!

Congratulations on the tatt, Surianne!

Title: Re: It's Blood Donation Month at EHell! (NON-donors are very important as well!)
Post by: emwithme on February 17, 2012, 04:39:21 PM
I can't give blood any more - they don't want mine because I've got ME.  I did get my ten pints in though...

When I was at work (I'm currently off sick) when the blood wagon comes (we are able to give during work time), I used to cover the phones of the other secretaries who were off donating (and their dictations, if necessary)
Title: Re: It's Blood Donation Month at EHell! (NON-donors are very important as well!)
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 17, 2012, 04:40:35 PM
emwithme, what does ME stand for?
Title: Re: It's Blood Donation Month at EHell! (NON-donors are very important as well!)
Post by: DottyG on February 17, 2012, 06:17:55 PM
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I used to cover the phones of the other secretaries who were off donating (and their dictations, if necessary)

That is HUGE!  Thank you for doing that!  You probably freed up a lot of people that were able to donate who might not have otherwise!  In a way, you did donate during that time by allowing them the ability to do so.