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I gave blood!
« on: March 05, 2021, 09:24:00 AM »
thought we could suggest or facilitate our great members donating blood.  let us know when you give, or feel free to ask questions.  a side benefit, is you will find out if you have covid antibodies.  and now if you use the app, you will bet info on what you blood was used for.  

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Re: I gave blood!
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2021, 01:26:58 PM »
I haven't given blood in many years. When I last gave I was up to 3 gallons. That was back in the 80's I believe. I have been thinking about giving again but there is no place close by to do so. The link you posted gave a location right here at home mid March. I'm signed up. Thanks for the link.
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Re: I gave blood!
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2021, 02:05:55 PM »
And here I thought this was going to be a post involving a sawmill "incident". :o
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Re: I gave blood!
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2021, 07:26:51 PM »
Seems the only blood drives around here are not until april
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2021, 09:35:50 AM »
My wife is a phlebotomist and just started working for a blood collection company.  Covid has put collection numbers critically low.  I didnt know this but apparently your donation record offsets your cost if you ever need future transfusion.  She rattles off the stats on what your donation can do and it really is impressive how many can be saved by your contribution.  


I gave a lot at smith and wesson and then started giving platelets for a few years.. Until i dated one of the girls there and she was a psycho i didnt care to see again! Back then it was a needle in each arm for 2 hours and no scratching your itchy face.  Wife says theyve got it down to a one arm system now.  Ive got to go again soon.
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2021, 09:51:19 AM »
My blood donations are usually when I sign my work.
No appointment needed, just a lack of foresight and thought.
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2021, 09:55:40 AM »
 Rita goes to Vt about 9 miles to give blood if in Ma she would have to go to Springfield 50 mi. She started when they told her she could give in my name for if I needed some because of the cancer. I sometimes feel bad she's doing it for me, but she is the bestest.

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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2021, 11:37:49 AM »
I tend to give blood when I am not paying attention but that's another  story.
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2021, 07:49:06 PM »
Good you started this, it will shame me into starting donating again, just need to check if atorvastatin, or lisinopril is a problem. I know I was up to several gallons a few years back and then just stopped for no good reason.
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2021, 09:54:37 PM »
but she is the bestest.
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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2021, 11:56:35 PM »
Whole blood you can donate once every 8 weeks.  Did you know that it takes between 4 and 6 whole blood donations to make one unit of platelets?  Platelets are what stop you from bleeding out.  Its used for surgeries and for some cancer patients.  So, a unit of platelets can expose a recipient to potential issues with the 4 to 6 donations it took to produce.  Also, platelets only have a shelf live of 5 days.

The alternative is to give platelets directly.  I give platelets every 2 weeks, as does my 16 year old son.  They take 3 units of platelets from me and 2 or 3 from my son.  They will also take a unit of plasma most of the time.  My donation is reducing the potential exposure of a recipient by a factor of up to 18 (if all 3 units are used)!  It does take a while for me - about 2 hours door to door.  They draw a little faster from my son - usually under 2 hours.  There is one guy that can get it done in 45 minutes!

I donate with Vitalant (formally Blood Source).  The staff is great and I get to watch a DVD while in process.  My only complaint is a new law went into effect at the first of the year so they no longer serve pre-wrapped cheese snacks.  They would have to have trained/certified food handlers (rather than the volunteers) to hand out the sealed packets that would have to be stored in a certified food storage unit (refrigerator).

To date, I've made 360 donations over the last 8 years since I retired.  They don't total those into gallons anymore.  They were counting a platelet donation as 2 donations - so that would put me at 45 gallons.
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2021, 02:44:57 AM »
Thats pretty awesome 👍

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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2021, 07:07:01 AM »
Sad to say in my neck of the woods, the red cross just gave up with blood drives. Long ago when the territories got broken up in NH, the Red Cross decided Coos County NH (northern most county in NH) is part of VT. With Covid, the VT red cross just stopped coming across the border. They used to fill out a pretty steady supply when they ran the drives locally. I used to try to give consistently if i could find a drive which was not on Friday as its quite noticeable climbing mountains the day after giving blood. 

When I go on the website it sees my local address is NH and defaults to the Red Cross in NH and tells me there are no nearby drives. The closest option are usually mid week drives an hour plus away. I have been burned a couple of times with their reservation system on the small town drives. Either the slot I reserved is not open when I get there or the local drive was postponed due to some local issue. What started out a voluntary effort turns into a entire morning or afternoon.

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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2021, 08:15:25 AM »
John that is incredibly noble of you.. Wow.
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2021, 08:44:42 AM »
my wife gives every 2 months, with her friend Barb.  they make an afternoon of it, going to lunch after.  Plasmapheresis is great and we give what is called a pheresis pack of platelets.  a big deal back in the HIV early days to reduce the risk.  of all blood products are tested.  very sad to have a cancer kid or someone with a coagulopathy get HIV or Hepatitis.  blood is considered an organ, so it is like donating an organ.
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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2021, 03:57:09 PM »
 I just got home from giving platelets.  Versiti, formerly MI Blood is 30 minutes away. I try to give about every 3 weeks.  They cant do mobile blood drives now but schools etc. can organize drives and have donors go to one of there centers.  You should be able to look online for medical deferral lists and allowable conditions etc.  If not,  your local center can answer any questions.  I didnt start donating until I was about 50.
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« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2021, 07:12:25 PM »
Went and got harpooned today. Even got a tee shirt for my efforts.
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« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2021, 07:21:53 PM »
great job gents!
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« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2021, 09:01:51 PM »
I will do it once I get enough time.  My 10 year old son is only in school 2 days a week because he is going to a special new school.  The other 3 days a week he is home with me.
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« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2021, 11:24:58 PM »
Even got a tee shirt for my efforts.
My old Blood Source would occasionally give out tee shirts that were once sold on their rewards site.  When ever they "messed up" on me, they'd give me a new shirt.  I probably have 20-25 different tees now - not that they mess up that often.  I guess I have a high threshold for pain.  In the "old days" they would cover my arm with a drape to keep it warm.  They'd peek under every now and then.  So one time they peek and look at me and say, you ok?  I say sure and they say they have to stop the donation.  I had a leak in the stick under my skin so I got a golf ball sized hematoma and didn't feel a thing.  So I said, want to stick the other side since I'm already here?  So they did and gave me a shirt.  The blood reabsorbed pretty quickly and I only got a minor bruise. 

Another time, I just got stuck and they do the blood vial fill thing.  They use a heat crimp to seal a little bag off and then fill the test vials.  The next donor over just hit end of cycle and played a chime on the machine.  So my phlebotomist went into autopilot - crimped my lines. ::)  She then had a Dooh moment.  Rather than pull the needle, they did a line splice to a new kit (they have a special machine for just such a screw-up).  They gave me a shirt.
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