Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Community > Flyertalk Cares
Reload this Page >

Give Blood. It may save a life...YOURS!

Give Blood. It may save a life...YOURS!

Reply

Old Apr 13, 12, 12:08 pm
  #331  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: in the vicinity of SFO
Programs: AA PLT 1MM
Posts: 18,575
Originally Posted by kipper View Post
If you don't mind sharing, why have you opted not to be an organ and tissue donor?
I'd be happy to debate this in more length in OMNI/PR, but in really short form:
1) I've got too many ethical qualms about how the medical community applies the criteria for "death" and "brain death" in organ donation, and the accompany risk (though very small) of accelerating my own death. This would apply to any tissue donation done before full cardiac death.

2) My impression is that most forms of tissue donation are done after full cardiac death, but unlike blood donation (which is lifesaving, and well-regulated), many of these products are less clearly lifesaving and represent a less clearly well-regulated, for-profit industry.

Similarly, I'd like to think I'd have the strength to refuse a non-live organ donation even if lifesaving, and I've actually been in a position to frustrate my doctor by saying I would not accept a human tissue product where she thought it would be better for surgery than using an autologous graft.

Neither of these objections apply to a close family member for whom I might be a match needed a live donation (kidney or liver lobe,) nor blood donation, nor bone marrow donation.
nkedel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 13, 12, 2:00 pm
  #332  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Either at the shooting range or anywhere good beer can be found...
Programs: HH Diamond, Priority Club Platinum
Posts: 37,481
Originally Posted by nkedel View Post
I'd be happy to debate this in more length in OMNI/PR, but in really short form:
1) I've got too many ethical qualms about how the medical community applies the criteria for "death" and "brain death" in organ donation, and the accompany risk (though very small) of accelerating my own death. This would apply to any tissue donation done before full cardiac death.

2) My impression is that most forms of tissue donation are done after full cardiac death, but unlike blood donation (which is lifesaving, and well-regulated), many of these products are less clearly lifesaving and represent a less clearly well-regulated, for-profit industry.

Similarly, I'd like to think I'd have the strength to refuse a non-live organ donation even if lifesaving, and I've actually been in a position to frustrate my doctor by saying I would not accept a human tissue product where she thought it would be better for surgery than using an autologous graft.

Neither of these objections apply to a close family member for whom I might be a match needed a live donation (kidney or liver lobe,) nor blood donation, nor bone marrow donation.
I'm not looking to debate, just was curious as to why you felt that way. Thanks for sharing, and I understand your views.
kipper is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 17, 12, 1:17 pm
  #333  
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Home Airports: CAE/CLT
Programs: Hyatt Globalist, National Executive
Posts: 5,436
I wish I could once again give blood.

Sadly I lived in Germany in the early-mid 90s and the American Red Cross has deemed me unclean. Something about the possibility of Mad Cow Disease.
Gamecock is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 22, 12, 4:59 pm
  #334  
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Oz
Programs: QF WP, Velocity FF Platinum, HH Diamond, PC Platinum Ambassador, SPG Gold, UA Nothing
Posts: 1,849
I'm on a 5 year moratorium after having had Prostate cancer. About 2.5 to go!
Itsalongwaydown is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 8, 12, 12:47 pm
  #335  
Moderator: Smoking Lounge; FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: SFO, CDG, PBI
Programs: Lifetime (for now) Gold MM, HH Gold, Giving Tootsie Pops to UA employees, & a retired hockey goalie
Posts: 28,255
Donating blood as we speak

Pint# 79
Pulse 76
BP 118/65
Blood type red

Next donation is a 10 Gallon Hat

Edited to add: My 22,000th post

Last edited by goalie; Jun 8, 12 at 2:30 pm Reason: Added post milestone
goalie is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 8, 12, 1:06 pm
  #336  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Either at the shooting range or anywhere good beer can be found...
Programs: HH Diamond, Priority Club Platinum
Posts: 37,481
Thanks for reminding me that I have my next appointment scheduled for a week and a half from now.
kipper is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 8, 12, 1:19 pm
  #337  
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Orlando, FL, US
Programs: DL-Dirt Medallion;US-Cast Iron Preferred; HH-Gold; Avis First
Posts: 3,605
Originally Posted by goalie View Post
Next donation is a 10 Gallon Hat
Early congrats on the 10 gallon. My next donation will take me to 5, but I don't really need another pin to go in the junk drawer with the 3 and 4 gallon ones. I think something a nice pint glass would be appropriate, since that would give an exact refill for how much they take
djk7 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 8, 12, 2:30 pm
  #338  
Moderator: Smoking Lounge; FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: SFO, CDG, PBI
Programs: Lifetime (for now) Gold MM, HH Gold, Giving Tootsie Pops to UA employees, & a retired hockey goalie
Posts: 28,255
Originally Posted by djk7 View Post
Early congrats on the 10 gallon. My next donation will take me to 5, but I don't really need another pin to go in the junk drawer with the 3 and 4 gallon ones. I think something a nice pint glass would be appropriate, since that would give an exact refill for how much they take
and it would then be nice to fill said pint glass with a pint of one's favorite beer, ale or stout
goalie is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 8, 12, 3:30 pm
  #339  
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Orlando, FL, US
Programs: DL-Dirt Medallion;US-Cast Iron Preferred; HH-Gold; Avis First
Posts: 3,605
Originally Posted by goalie View Post
and it would then be nice to fill said pint glass with a pint of one's favorite beer, ale or stout
Great minds think alike!
djk7 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 8, 12, 11:48 pm
  #340  
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: IAD, and sometimes OMNI/PR. Currently: not far from IAD, but home will always be SAN (not far from the "touch my junk and I'll have you arrested" Memorial TSA Check Point) even if I'm not there so much these days.
Programs: UA, CO, Calcifer Award for Mad Haiku Skillz
Posts: 5,074
Originally Posted by goalie View Post
Donating blood as we speak

Pint# 79
Pulse 76
BP 118/65
Blood type green

Next donation is a 10 Gallon Hat

Edited to add: My 22,000th post
Ha! I told you it was green.
youreadyfreddie is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 9, 12, 9:56 am
  #341  
Moderator: Smoking Lounge; FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: SFO, CDG, PBI
Programs: Lifetime (for now) Gold MM, HH Gold, Giving Tootsie Pops to UA employees, & a retired hockey goalie
Posts: 28,255
Originally Posted by youreadyfreddie View Post
Ha! I told you it was green.
Well whaddya know about that
goalie is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 12, 9:34 am
  #342  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Either at the shooting range or anywhere good beer can be found...
Programs: HH Diamond, Priority Club Platinum
Posts: 37,481
Donated at work today. So easy and convenient!
kipper is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 7, 12, 9:26 am
  #343  
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Orlando, FL, US
Programs: DL-Dirt Medallion;US-Cast Iron Preferred; HH-Gold; Avis First
Posts: 3,605
Originally Posted by bcmatt View Post
I'd love to give blood, but I am in a country where they don't want blood from gay men (UK). The ban was partially lifted last year, but only those who have had sex with another man in the past 12 months. I know it is possible to lie, but that does not sit well with me. Commence the flaming and criticism, no doubt.
Looks like there is a push in the US to lift that ban:
http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/06/health...html?hpt=hp_c1


Just donated my 40th pint a couple of days ago.
djk7 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 7, 12, 9:51 am
  #344  
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: WAS
Posts: 2,924
I've switched to donating platelets, I think? I'm AB+. I moved at the end of last summer, and after my first donation at my new home I got a call from the Red Cross asking if I could come and specifically donate platelets, since AB+ is the universal donor for that (and plasma). Since then I've given platelets twice. Unfortunately, donating platelets takes a couple hours, plus about 30 minutes each way to the donation site, so it's a little tricky to arrange on my end. I'm up to around 14 pints of blood--I really should keep better track.
cmn.jcs is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 9, 12, 10:04 am
  #345  
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Indianapolis, IN USA
Posts: 1,974
Overdue (they were calling and emailing - yikes!).

Last Donation: Date: 07/02/2012
Type: Whole Blood
Location: Fishers [IN]
Last Cholesterol: 214
DonorPoint Rewards: Member Since: 04/04/2008
Level: Gold
Store Points: 3,250
Year to Date: Credits: 3
Gallons: 3/8 th(s)
Lifetime to Date: Credits: 34
Gallons: 4 & 2/8 th(s)
Eligibility: Whole Blood: 08/27/2012
Double Red Cells: 08/27/2012
bowdenj is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread