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Lynnv

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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1080 on: August 06, 2011, 12:23:28 AM »
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.
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Re: Let the Blood Donation Fireworks begin!
« Reply #1081 on: August 12, 2011, 05:59:00 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 :| .

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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1082 on: August 16, 2011, 07:01:19 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.
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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1083 on: August 16, 2011, 07:55:47 PM »
YEA!

(And YEA for the workers - anything that makes the donations fun is a plus! :) )


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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1084 on: August 16, 2011, 08:12:47 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.
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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1085 on: August 17, 2011, 09:18:06 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
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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1086 on: August 17, 2011, 12:51:15 PM »
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. :) )


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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1087 on: August 18, 2011, 09:38:32 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.

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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1088 on: August 19, 2011, 12:25:16 PM »
My boss and I donated yesterday!
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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1089 on: August 19, 2011, 12:26:15 PM »
GREAT!!!!  Yay!!!


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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1090 on: August 20, 2011, 09:08:37 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.
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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1091 on: August 23, 2011, 05:25:11 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.

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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1092 on: August 23, 2011, 06:02:55 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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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1093 on: August 23, 2011, 07:25:41 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. :)


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Re: Scented blooms, giant clouds and watermelons (see page 73 :) )
« Reply #1094 on: September 01, 2011, 10:09:57 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.
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