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DottyG

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Re: March's Blood Drive (Remember! Both donors AND NON-donors are stars!)
« Reply #1395 on: April 02, 2013, 01:27:51 PM »
Way to Bottlecaps for wanting to donate and for doing all that research into how you can go about doing it!  I agree with LadyD - try calling them and asking.  They should be able to clarify it for you.  You might also mention, if you want, that their website is a little unclear on the topic.  Maybe they need to just be made aware that someone did have the problem of understanding it and pass that info up the line to whoever might be able to fix it.


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Re: March's Blood Drive (Remember! Both donors AND NON-donors are stars!)
« Reply #1396 on: April 02, 2013, 01:31:01 PM »
And Doll Fiend, I can't tell you how very much posts like yours mean to me.  It is so wonderful to hear from someone that actually knows what the donations are used for.  Makes it more personal and makes me want to donate even more!

Thank YOU for posting here and letting us know that it really does make a difference in someone's life. :)


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Re: April's Blood Drive (Remember! Both donors AND NON-donors are stars!)
« Reply #1397 on: April 02, 2013, 03:29:04 PM »
I am glad to share with others. It is an interesting experience. Not just the physical feelings but the thoughts as well. Knowing that part of some one is becoming a part of me and making me better. That some one cared enough to donate, even though they would never meet the people who benefited from their kindness. Even though it costs no money to donate, it is giving a part of yourself to the world and that is priceless.

When I was able to donate, it was always in my mind about those who were in accidents were the ones getting blood. Now I know that there are many other reasons. For me, it is severe anemia. I get so bad every so often that I need the transfusion. Such a simple reason that isn't really publicized for the need of blood.

Though. . . Now my friends like to tease me that I am a Vampire.

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« Reply #1398 on: April 02, 2013, 03:53:17 PM »
I was supposed to participate in a blood drive later this month but just received word it was cancelled. The high school is having a drive but the Red Cross rep I spoke with said she didn't think it was a public drive. It may be a few months before I can donate again.

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« Reply #1399 on: April 02, 2013, 11:49:03 PM »
I have an appointment to donate again on the 13th.

Many years ago I worked in fast food and we had a regular group of customers that would come in every Wednesday (seniors day) twice a day, as we had a morning special and an afternoon one.

One day I had missed the morning to go donate, and was there for the afternoon.  One of the elderly gents mentioned he'd missed me that morning, and asked about the bandage on my arm with polite concern.  I told him I was just fine and that I hadn't gotten a blood test or anything, but that I'd donated.  He nodded thoughtfully, then sat down to have his pie and coffee.  I noticed he left much earlier than he normally would, as he came in regularly with his wife and another couple to socialise.

As it turned out, he hadn't left early at all, but had actually gone to a florist's up the street to buy me a VERY large and beautiful flower arrangement.  He gave it to me and explained he had a medical condition that required him to have regular blood transfusions, and he wanted to give me something as thanks for donating.

I haven't worked at that job or seen that gentleman for many many years, but I think of him every time I donate.
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« Reply #1400 on: April 03, 2013, 01:54:12 AM »
Oh GEH, that is such a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it with us! What a wonderful thing for him to do - and a wonderful memory to have when you donate.
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Re: April's Blood Drive (Remember! Both donors AND NON-donors are stars!)
« Reply #1401 on: April 13, 2013, 08:08:07 AM »
I donated yesterday! My iron levels co-operated, and even though I was late for class, it was so worth it!
My first donation since 2012 (darn iron)!

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« Reply #1402 on: April 13, 2013, 09:57:10 AM »
I donated yesterday! My iron levels co-operated, and even though I was late for class, it was so worth it!
My first donation since 2012 (darn iron)!

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I kept having trouble with my iron a few years ago, even when I was using pre-natal vitamins daily.  I was sent home more often than allowed to donate.  I started taking an iron supplement as well, and they've been great ever since.  If you don't want to take it daily, try taking it for 3-4 days before your donation appointment. I managed to get two bottles BOGO at Kroger, for about $4.00.

Donating:  I made my appointment when I left my last one.  I'm not eligible until May 10.
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« Reply #1403 on: April 13, 2013, 05:11:32 PM »
I donated on Thursday 4/11.  I do every 8 weeks (usually on the day I'm eligible again), I just forget to post about it.  :-\  Very good tech this time.  She popped right in and I was done in 6 minutes.

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Re: April's Blood Drive (Remember! Both donors AND NON-donors are stars!)
« Reply #1404 on: April 14, 2013, 09:44:45 PM »
I donated yesterday! My iron levels co-operated, and even though I was late for class, it was so worth it!
My first donation since 2012 (darn iron)!

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I kept having trouble with my iron a few years ago, even when I was using pre-natal vitamins daily.  I was sent home more often than allowed to donate.  I started taking an iron supplement as well, and they've been great ever since.  If you don't want to take it daily, try taking it for 3-4 days before your donation appointment. I managed to get two bottles BOGO at Kroger, for about $4.00.

Donating:  I made my appointment when I left my last one.  I'm not eligible until May 10.


I took iron supplements two weeks before my donation appointment. The last three times I tried to donate, I was *just* under the minimum amount. It was very disappointing. And you have to wait 56 days between donations whether you donate or not, which I understand, but it still sucks.

One of the nurses at the blood clinic said that there are two types of iron supplements, and to check with your doctor. One of them (can't remember which) doesn't really increase iron in your body, but increases the hemoglobin in blood. Or something, I can't remember exactly, but she did emphasize to check with your doctor, as you're not supposed to be on iron supplements for more than 3 months continuous.


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Re: April's Blood Drive (Remember! Both donors AND NON-donors are stars!)
« Reply #1405 on: April 15, 2013, 10:27:23 AM »
I donated yesterday! My iron levels co-operated, and even though I was late for class, it was so worth it!
My first donation since 2012 (darn iron)!

 ;D

I kept having trouble with my iron a few years ago, even when I was using pre-natal vitamins daily.  I was sent home more often than allowed to donate.  I started taking an iron supplement as well, and they've been great ever since.  If you don't want to take it daily, try taking it for 3-4 days before your donation appointment. I managed to get two bottles BOGO at Kroger, for about $4.00.

Donating:  I made my appointment when I left my last one.  I'm not eligible until May 10.


I took iron supplements two weeks before my donation appointment. The last three times I tried to donate, I was *just* under the minimum amount. It was very disappointing. And you have to wait 56 days between donations whether you donate or not, which I understand, but it still sucks.

One of the nurses at the blood clinic said that there are two types of iron supplements, and to check with your doctor. One of them (can't remember which) doesn't really increase iron in your body, but increases the hemoglobin in blood. Or something, I can't remember exactly, but she did emphasize to check with your doctor, as you're not supposed to be on iron supplements for more than 3 months continuous.

When I was sent away for low iron, they allowed me to come back the next week?  When I was on antibiotics, it was only a 10 day wait.  You may want to call and ask about that.  The eight week wait is so your body can replenish the blood taken, if they don't take the blood, you don't need the eight weeks.

Have you tried lots of red meat or spinach?
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Re: April's Blood Drive (Remember! Both donors AND NON-donors are stars!)
« Reply #1406 on: April 15, 2013, 06:47:58 PM »
typing one handed. donating platelets right now. red cross has wi fi

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« Reply #1407 on: April 15, 2013, 07:48:25 PM »
The Red Cross in Boston has said that they do NOT need extra blood donations. They sent out this Tweet

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Due to the generosity of our donors we don't need blood at this time. Please schedule for a future donation http://redcrossblood.org #marathon

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Re: April's Blood Drive (Remember! Both donors AND NON-donors are stars!)
« Reply #1408 on: April 16, 2013, 04:48:39 PM »
Wow.

Back in the 1st week of the month, my office's blood drive collected 38 units. Our next drive is in early June.
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« Reply #1409 on: April 16, 2013, 05:27:56 PM »
Just got back from donating--my 75th, noted the nurse.

They were busier than usual--a fair number of walk-ins. One woman accompanied her husband, who had an appointment. She sat around for a few minutes, then said "what the heck," and marched up to th dest to sign in.

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