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post #31 of 41
Just went and checked on Blood Donors website and you have to answer a few questions, so I did.
Didn`t even get to a question about medication! It said I couldn`t after I ticked 'Yes' for having recieved a blood transfusion after 1981 ( or 1980, can`t remember). That`s disappointing. I always presumed I wouldn`t be able to because of my meds!

I expect it`s different there but heres the questionaire
http://www.blood.co.uk/pages/flash_questions.html
post #32 of 41
Ooo, I got sick all of the three times I donated blood when I was in my early 20s. I had a couple of autoimmune diseases I didn't know about, including pernicious anemia. It took me too long to recover, and I was told not to donate, and now I couldn't if I wanted because of the meds in me.
post #33 of 41
I've been a regular donor for years; I go every 8 weeks like clock-work, altho' once or twice a year they send me home because my iron level is too low. I take iron tablets, and they don't really seem to help much. Besides raisins, sunflower kernels are supposed to be high in iron. The only thing that really seems to help my iron is to eat beef for a few days before I donate.
post #34 of 41
I can't donate blood due to megaloblastic anemia. I think anyone who donates blood is a very good person.
post #35 of 41
I used to donate at least twice per year but since I had cancer in 1972 they don't want my blood anymore.
post #36 of 41
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
...What type of donation do you do? I've been doing whole blood donation every eight weeks like clockwork for almost thirty years. It doesn't worry me much, because nothing comes back into my body.

But last year, when they had a desperate need here for my type (A+), I went ahead and started doing "double red" donations, because that helps several more patients than a straight whole blood donation. In double red, they separate the elements of your blood and return some of them to you, along with some anticoagulant medication... and I don't like the idea of anything coming back in, because of course that opens the possibility of trouble, some kind of contamination in the anticoagulant, who knows... but I've been doing it anyway.

Now they want me to start doing platelet donation. As I understand it, that involves the return of parts of your own blood, plus the anticoagulant, plus some additional fluids of some kind -- and instead of waiting four months to become eligible to donate again, you can donate every two weeks.

Obviously, that would benefit many more patients than I can help now, and that would be great. But it would also drastically increase my exposure to potential problems, and I'm just plain scared of it.

So my questions are...

1. Does anyone have experience with blood donation, either as a donor or as a blood draw technician? I'd love to know what you think about the process and its safety.

2. If you've ever worked in a draw center or a blood lab, what is your feeling about the sterility and safety procedures involved? At the place I go to here in Plano, I often feel extremely doubtful of the very young, very cavalier technicians they hire. They're usually too involved in their personal conversations, or in the soap operas on TV, to even make eye contact with me. I'd feel a lot better if they concentrated on what they're doing, but... am I just being oversensitive?

3. Does anyone know of any cases of infection or trouble of any kind related to blood donation?

Thanks for any insight you can provide...
I cannot tell you all of the information you want but I did want to take this time to tell you what a great person you are. (Not just because you live in Plano, either.) You will note that I have a sole ribbon and that is for prostate cancer. I like you, gave blood as often as I possibly could (whole blood) until that time. After five years, I was allowed to start giving blood again and soon came down with melanoma. So I cannot give any blood once again but I admire highly all those that do including my DW, who knows how important it is. So I just want to tell you and everybody else reading this that

YOU ARE A HERO!
post #37 of 41
I wouldn't mind donating -but i can not. I have severe Vertigo and any amount of blood loss like that can make me very very ill. My veins are also AWEFUL!! They roll very badly- when my doctors/nurses try to get blood from me just for a simple test they often have to stick me multiple times-it's horrid!! My blood type is O+ I am however an organ donor so hopefully someday someone will benifit from that.

Colin however donates every few months I think he's O+ too.
post #38 of 41
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Originally Posted by Bonnie1965 View Post
I have tried to donate but every time they tell me my veins are too narrow. Not sure what that means exactly. So glad you can - thank you for being a lifesaver
That's my problem. It takes them 5 minutes to get a small vial when they do a blood test on me. I've tried to donate blood a few times and they always reject me because they can't get the blood out quick enough and it probably take me hours to give a pint.

I'm A-, so my blood would be very useful. How does one make your veins grow anyway? I've tried drinking a lot of water before hand and it hasn't helped.
post #39 of 41
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Originally Posted by libby74 View Post
I've been a regular donor for years; I go every 8 weeks like clock-work, altho' once or twice a year they send me home because my iron level is too low. I take iron tablets, and they don't really seem to help much. Besides raisins, sunflower kernels are supposed to be high in iron. The only thing that really seems to help my iron is to eat beef for a few days before I donate.

Eat raisins right before you go to donate, that is what I always do. And this past week, my blood even sank after they pricked my finger. They usually hafta do something else to see if my iron is ok.
post #40 of 41
I've done both whole blood and platelet donations (I'm 0+). I found I have WAY fewer side effects with platelet. No light headedness (sp) that I get for a couple days after whole blood, but I do rotate back and forth. Also, with platelets, you can donate more frequently than with whole. For now, I've back off on donating, b/c I may be a match as a kidney donor for my bro-in-law. Need to keep my blood for now until I know if I'll be a match or not.
post #41 of 41
I don't donate blood but I do donate plasma. It is safe to donate twice a week. I have to wait a day in between. My DH and I go every Tuesday and Thursday morning. We do get paid for it, thats mostly why we do it, we are ablt to pay half our rent a month just from that. I have gotton to know the procedure very well and feel completely safe. There is a doctor on staff and a head RN, the rest of the employees are licenced in blood, I forget the name for it. The reason plasma can be done 2 times a week is because they run your blood through a centerfuge and remove the water(plasma) and then return your blood. You do feel dehydrated after words but other than that I usually feel rejuvanated. When it goes into the centerfuge it also goes through a filter, when the procedure is over if you look at the filter you can atually see the fat that has been removed from your blood. I don't know if its true but I have heard that regular donantions can lower you cholesterhol.
I also have learned that you need to eat a really healthy meal that is high in protein the night before. Also drink a ton of water and orange juice, it will make the draw faster. The only down side id I now have a small scare on my left arm from the needle. Its more like a whole but other than that I don't mind it at all.
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