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Old Mar 16, 10, 3:31 pm
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Blood pressure: 119/65
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Old Apr 20, 10, 2:57 pm
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Your blood type is: O+
Last Donation:
Date: 04/13/2010
Type: Whole Blood
Location: North Branch
Last Cholesterol: 177
Year to Date:
Credits: 2
Gallons: 2/8 th(s)
Lifetime to Date:
Donations: 23
Gallons: 2 & 7/8 th(s)
Whole Blood: 06/08/2010
Platelets: NOW
Plasma: 05/11/2010

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Old Apr 20, 10, 5:29 pm
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When I was younger I donated 7 or 8 pints of A+. Then I was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease and forbidden to donate. I received a cadaveric kidney transplant nearly 10 years ago during which I received a pint or two back. Unfortunately, the immunosupressant drugs still make me unable to donate - want to, but they won't take it for fear of what any un-metabolized immune suppressant compounds might do to the recipient.

My wife is AB- and as you might expect is in high demand. She gives as often as she can but often is excluded due to being borderline on a number of the measurements. That, and she's fainted numerous times.

Thanks to whoever donated the blood for my operation, and thanks, too, for all of you who have signed your organ donation card!
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Old Apr 20, 10, 9:07 pm
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This thread continues to give, after all these years. Kudos to the OP.
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Old Apr 21, 10, 11:44 pm
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Originally Posted by jtaft View Post
My wife is AB- and as you might expect is in high demand. She gives as often as she can but often is excluded due to being borderline on a number of the measurements. That, and she's fainted numerous times.
Is fainting more common with smaller donors, for whom the typical 500ml donation is a greater percentage of their blood volume than for larger donors?
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Old Apr 21, 10, 11:49 pm
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I'm O- and I do this at least 8 times a year. "For the babies". What they tell me all the time is that problems in birth and after draw a lot on O- blood. I love babies, so that's all I had to hear.
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Old May 11, 10, 2:29 pm
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Old May 11, 10, 3:39 pm
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Got a call asking my wife to donate, and when I pointed out that she was at work and would take the message for her, they asked if I was a donor. I'd be about due for my next donation (last was in mid-march), but I'm on deferral for a year (which is why I made a point of donating right before heading to the Philippines).
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Old May 25, 10, 7:05 pm
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New Threats to U.S. Blood Supply


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...86-search.html
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Old Jun 25, 10, 11:16 pm
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Your blood type is: O+
Last Donation:
Date: 06/16/2010
Type: Whole Blood
Location: North Branch
Last Cholesterol: 176
Year to Date:
Credits: 3
Gallons: 3/8 th(s)
Lifetime to Date:
Donations: 24
Gallons: 3 th(s)
Whole Blood: 08/11/2010
Platelets: NOW
Plasma: 08/11/2010

130/78
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HGB: 14.4
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Old Jun 26, 10, 6:35 am
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Originally Posted by bowdenj View Post
Your blood type is: O+
Last Donation:
Date: 06/16/2010
Type: Whole Blood
Location: North Branch
Last Cholesterol: 176
Year to Date:
Credits: 3
Gallons: 3/8 th(s)
Lifetime to Date:
Donations: 24
Gallons: 3 th(s)
Whole Blood: 08/11/2010
Platelets: NOW
Plasma: 08/11/2010

130/78
60
HGB: 14.4
How do you get this information? I donated through redcross, I can't find any links on their website which might show me this info.
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Old Jun 26, 10, 11:45 am
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How do you get this information? I donated through redcross, I can't find any links on their website which might show me this info.
IN Blood Center uses:

https://www.donorpoint.org/

And there is a historical charts that show past below results charts and numbers, etc. Its all tied to your blood donation profile.
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Old Aug 29, 10, 9:16 pm
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Old Aug 30, 10, 12:55 am
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Never had "high iron" (not sure how you get it). But I'm totally down with giving blood, esp. for O- people like me. Been doing it for years. People tend not to think about how lives are saved in hospitals, but blood transfusions are one of the critical things done (childbirth, car accidents, what have you). And all that blood must come from donors. So there's a good chance most of us know someone who wouldn't be alive except for millions of blood donors. And it seems like there's never enough of them.

Such an easy thing to do. A lot of charitable work really dents your calendar or bank account. This one costs ZERO and can be done in a half hour or less. Maybe I do it because I have a big lazy streak. How else can I do this much good while lying in a REALLY comfortable chair trading jokes with a phlebotomist?
Its the one version of organ donation that doesn't create any issues for me.
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Old Aug 30, 10, 1:03 am
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I've been a fairly regular blood donor. (Not quite clockwork, but reasonably close, meaning I try pretty hard to donate quickly once I become eligible.) My closest convenient blood donation point is the Stanford Blood Center; they supply blood to several medical facilities including Lucille Packard Children's Hospital that have high percentage of infants and immunocompromised patients. As a result, the fact that I'm negative for cytomegalovirus makes my relatively common O+ blood slightly more desirable than it otherwise would be. (Infection by this virus results in mild symptoms for most people, and about 50% of the population tests positive for antibodies.)

In recent years, I've mostly donated double red blood cell through apheresis -- one visit every 16 weeks instead of every 8 weeks, and they take twice the red blood cells but give me my plasma (& platelets?) back. Quite recently, though, I've discovered to my annoyance that once I've donated double red blood cells, I'm ineligible to donate anything else for 16 weeks, even platelets apheresis donations. A whole blood donor is eligible to donate platelets through apheresis as soon as 3 days after their whole blood donation, but somehow donating double the red blood cells makes me ineligible to donate platelets for 16 weeks. Sigh.
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