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Old Feb 20, 14, 5:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Canarsie View Post
You might save 20 minutes at most, if that...
It seemed to me that my donation times went up when I went to two arms :P Though it's been a while, so I could be remembering wrongly.
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Old Feb 20, 14, 5:09 pm
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Originally Posted by im.daniel View Post
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.
Changing the variables or the needle stick seem to be beyond the capabilities of the staff at the donation center near me. I've tried giving platelets twice, and failed twice with the puncture site becoming horribly painful.

If they get dual-needle ones, I'll try again. Otherwise, I'll stick to whole blood.
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Old Mar 1, 14, 11:59 am
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Another pint in the bag. It's surprisingly crowded here today, which is a good thing.
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Old Mar 6, 14, 1:28 am
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Originally Posted by Calcifer View Post
Another pint in the bag. It's surprisingly crowded here today, which is a good thing.
Always a good thing. Sadly, due to deployments and low iron, they do not want my blood.

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Old Mar 6, 14, 4:47 am
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No puncturing of the veins today, all went smoothly thankfully. - took 40minutes using a single needle machine to process 900mL plasma from 1900mL of blood.
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Old Mar 13, 14, 1:55 pm
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I'm very petite i can't officially donate. I weight 99lbs, not to international standards to donate!
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Old Mar 13, 14, 4:46 pm
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Originally Posted by mvtm View Post
I'm very petite i can't officially donate. I weight 99lbs, not to international standards to donate!
Clearly you need to start hitting the ice cream stand a lot.
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Old Apr 16, 14, 12:13 pm
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Donating blood as we speak

Pint #: 88
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Old Apr 16, 14, 5:41 pm
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Great to everyone who donates; I do, too. Although I am only about 75% of goalie's volume.

Please also consider being a donor. Heck, at that point in life, when they want to take your organs, you don't need them no more! Someone else might!
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Old Apr 24, 14, 7:38 am
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No matter where you are in the world...

From Shinjuku Station in Tokyo for the Japan Do this past weekend:
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Old May 3, 14, 4:38 pm
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Went to donate today and failed the hematocrit--I guess my new doctor was right that I'm anemic! Just surprising since I've never been so before (and because I've been supplementing for the past few weeks since she told me). Time to rejig the diet a little more and try again in a few weeks.
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Old May 31, 14, 10:09 am
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Got the iron back up and just put another pint in the bag--life is good.
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Old May 31, 14, 4:13 pm
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Got the iron back up and just put another pint in the bag--life is good.
Good on you (and it must be all those red-meat burgers that did it )
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Old May 31, 14, 5:49 pm
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There's a dengue outbreak where I am at the moment (North Queensland) - which means that they won't be taking in whole blood for at least a month!! That's why it was so quiet yesterday at the blood bank!
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Old Jun 3, 14, 6:26 pm
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Dengue?! Nasty stuff.... Hope the blood bank doesn't run into any shortages as a result.

NY Blood Center just sent me an email that they're devaluing their points program. I'm surprised I haven't seen a thread about it on FT already.
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