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Old Dec 31, 13, 1:09 pm
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Today is an excellent day to donate and reduce your bar bill later tonight.

It hasn't been 58 days yet for me alas.
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Old Dec 31, 13, 2:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Spiff View Post
It hasn't been 58 days yet for me alas.
I donated a double red cell donation on December 26 instead of platelets, so it will be roughly twice as long before I can donate again.
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Old Jan 1, 14, 11:50 am
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TY for your donations and reminders on behalf of us all.
If anyone learns of a change in the rule preventing those who've had Hep A (my Nepali souvenir) to donate blood products, please post.
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Old Jan 16, 14, 12:31 pm
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Donating blood as we speak

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Old Jan 17, 14, 5:20 pm
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Donating atm too! Great way to start the weekend!

BP 108/58
Hb 155
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Old Jan 18, 14, 1:04 pm
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Three cheers for everyone who donates!

Thanks to two units of blood (and a lot of grit on her part) my elderly mother surprised everyone and pulled through an infection which would have otherwise certainly killed her. You rock.

I give from time to time, but more often am turned away for low hematocrit. :-( I'll keep trying, though. In the meantime the blood center offers consolation cookies and juice. :-)
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Old Jan 25, 14, 6:40 am
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Originally Posted by Lumeria View Post
Three cheers for everyone who donates!

Thanks to two units of blood (and a lot of grit on her part) my elderly mother surprised everyone and pulled through an infection which would have otherwise certainly killed her. You rock.

I give from time to time, but more often am turned away for low hematocrit. :-( I'll keep trying, though. In the meantime the blood center offers consolation cookies and juice. :-)
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Old Jan 29, 14, 7:41 pm
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Donated yesterday
Lifetime Unit #2.
YTD Unit #1.
Regular blood.

No idea on the other stats
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Old Jan 30, 14, 7:07 am
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I'm at just over 3 gallons lifetime. Very cool to think how many people could be helped or even saved by a blood donation. Hope I never need the favor returned. But in the meantime I've got a drawer full of T-shirts from the local hospital's blood bank and I've enjoyed many excellent plastic-wrapped cookies and containers of juice
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Old Feb 20, 14, 9:21 am
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At my normal Red Cross center, they use Trima machines for platelets (i.e., one needle for both draw and return). Didn't realise how spoiled I was to be able to have the use of one arm for the two-hour process. Earlier in the week, I went to a different center which uses the Amicus machines that use one arm for draw and one arm for return. Definitely not a fan of the double needles (though rumour has it that those are being rolled out to all centers in my area within the next few quarters).

I don't mind being pricked twice, but I like being able to read, type emails on my ipad, and generally feel productive during the 2-hour draw process - even if I only have access to one arm. With both arms immobilised, I guess I can catch up on some movies , but my biggest fear is "what if I end up getting an itch on my nose?!?"
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Old Feb 20, 14, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by JY1024 View Post
Definitely not a fan of the double needles (though rumour has it that those are being rolled out to all centers in my area within the next few quarters).
I regret to inform you that that is no rumor.

I expressed my thoughts accordingly with a board member of the local American Red Cross in the area where I am based.
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Old Feb 20, 14, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by Canarsie View Post
I regret to inform you that that is no rumor.

I expressed my thoughts accordingly with a board member of the local American Red Cross in the area where I am based.
Sigh...boooo!

Oh well, I guess before I head in, I'll sit in my car and scratch my nose vigorously to ensure that I don't have any itchy spells during the donation process.
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Old Feb 20, 14, 1:31 pm
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Originally Posted by JY1024 View Post
At my normal Red Cross center, they use Trima machines for platelets (i.e., one needle for both draw and return). Didn't realise how spoiled I was to be able to have the use of one arm for the two-hour process. Earlier in the week, I went to a different center which uses the Amicus machines that use one arm for draw and one arm for return. Definitely not a fan of the double needles (though rumour has it that those are being rolled out to all centers in my area within the next few quarters).
Frankly, I hope they get double-needle machines in my area (although I go through Blood Centers of the Pacific, not Red Cross); they are after me for platelets, and my veins can't take the return volume with the single needle machines.

I don't KNOW that the double needle machines would work better for me, but the nurses thought so last time I tried and failed with single-needle.
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Old Feb 20, 14, 4:54 pm
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and my veins can't take the return volume with the single needle machines.
That could've been because the needle was too close to the edge of the vein (?) - happened to me 2 weeks ago. I was only able to get back ~ 250ml of saline + RBC before they had to stop because the puncture site was becoming edematous. They can also slow down the flow rate of the return - if that helps.


Double needle platelet machines?! - I hope this means that it takes twice as fast. I find it hard enough to manoeuvre around, read the newspaper etc. with one needle in my arm, let alone two :P
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Old Feb 20, 14, 5:01 pm
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Double needle platelet machines?! - I hope this means that it takes twice as fast.
You might save 20 minutes at most, if that...
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