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Bud76

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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2011 10:17:01 PM

Are you a blood donor if not have you thought about donating? Long time donor here the blood bank has my number and knows it well I am always trying to recruit new donors and your reward is saving a life and orange juice and cookies after donating.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2014 12:22:24 PM

Last time I wrote on this thread I alluded to house hunting. Well, unless the surveyors, the title company, or the home inspectors come up with a show-stopper I'm moving in early to mid November. Just about three miles to the west, but I'm probably going to be going to a new Neighborhood Donor Center. The closest one had their phlebotomists comment "We've hurt you enough! Go try another Neighborhood Donor Center!" I went to the next nearest one and they didn't have any trouble until August 4th. But the next nearest one from my current location will be a long ways away. Probably be closer to go to another one.

I was commenting on a story that used SI (metric) units and I commented healthcare worked in SI units and has for over a half-century. (I remember my doctor prescribing something in cubic centimeters when I was a kid and me asking "how much is that?") The blood bank still measures the donor's temperature in degrees F, and the plateletpheresis computer here accepts the donor's weight and height in US Customary units. The computer immediately turns around and spits out an estimated blood volume in milliliters - a SI unit.

Oncology drugs are typically dosed in milligrams per square meter of skin area. But they estimate the skin area based on US Customary height and weight measurements.



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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 8:24:11 PM

Figured out my deferral runs sixteen weeks from August 4th, the botched donation. Only bad thing is I'll probably forget how to donate blood. I'm also planning to move and if it is to the house we're looking at tomorrow I'll be going to a different Neighborhood Donor Center. The old one will be on the other side of Houston.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 5:30:37 AM

Blood bank apparently has a list of those who can't donate for a while that they don't link to their online listings. Tried to donate Wednesday. They told me thanks but no thanks, come in November 24th.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 7:09:58 PM

On Sep 1, 2014 8:28:39 AM, nichols wrote:

>Is it true that only a little over 1% of the population donates ?

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center says that about 50% can donate, but only about 5% who can donate do donate. So that would be 2.5% that are donors.

However, when the need for blood becomes critical, a lot of "do it occasionally" donors donate.



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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 12:50:03 PM

On Sep 1, 2014 8:28:39 AM, nichols wrote:

>Is it true that only a little over 1% of the population donates ?

The local blood bank here says about half the population can donate, but of the half that can only about 5% do donate.
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nichols
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 9:28:39 AM

Is it true that only a little over 1% of the population donates ?
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 8:35:21 PM

Turns out that the proper date I could give next was November 24th. That was because a batch of blood got caught in the plateletpheresis machine and they could not rinse it back. I may be going to another Neighborhood Donor Center at that time because my BFF's BF and I are planning to move but we don't know where yet.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 10:14:49 PM

Didn't get the $100 gas gift card from Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

I've gotten two "Pint for a Pint" Blue Bell coupons, however. Plan to get another one on the 25th.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 12:22:17 AM

Tried to donate this afternoon.

They looked at the blood bruise on my left arm and they commented they didn't want to stick a needle through it.

They looked at my right arm and commented that they'd done it before and they'd try it again.

They checked my hematocrit and said it's low... we're not going to stick a needle in either arm.

I still got my free Blue Bell Ice Cream coupon but the stupid store clerk didn't know how to take it so I had to buy my ice cream.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 6:11:16 PM

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center redid their Web site and got rid of the statistics. So the only way I'll be able to find out what's in demand is to go by.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 2:36:01 PM

Had an appointment on the 11th, but I went on a trip to San Antonio that was spur-of-the-moment. I ended out canceling and rescheduling the appointment for the 18th.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 7:25:07 PM

Finished off the Blue Bell Cherry Vanilla ice cream I got in the "Pint For A Pint" promotion.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 5:57:28 AM

Got a blood bruise. People who don't know look at them and ask if they hurt. (I've never had one hurt.)
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 6:51:03 PM

Had a bad poke, the blood clotted in the line. They said I can come back and try on the 11th.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 6:29:27 PM

In the Pasadena Neighborhood Donor Center waiting for them to get all ready for me to go.
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diva katana
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 4:51:36 PM

I donated yesterday. Princess Katan tried to donate, but her hemoglobin was too low. The donor center requires 12.5. Hers was 12.4. She'll be eating plenty of beef over the weekend.
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 4:31:58 PM

Donated yesterday the local blood bank here is way down on donations some of the staff took time out and donated as the supply is that critical.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 11:28:37 PM

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is looking hot and heavy for donors in the Friday-Monday timeframe. I was going to schedule for the 11th of August, but after going to their Website I decided to go in on the 4th.

There's a couple of good Mexican restaurants in the area around the Neighborhood Donor Center and I'm going to go to one of them for Monday's lunch. One of them also has a location in Clear Lake but I'm going to Pasadena to donate. There's also a Neighborhood Donor Center in Clear Lake but their phlebotomists commented that I was too difficult of a stick. I've donated four times this year in Pasadena with minimal problems.

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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 10:02:43 PM

Remembering the comments and questions that I had when I talked people into giving blood in college. I commented to one guy that they laid you flat on a table to give blood. He said "THEY'RE GOING TO PUT ME IN BED?" I (having had previous experience) said it's a good idea as you might get lightheaded. I was lightheaded enough the first time that they fed me some refreshments before they let me off the table.

Now that I'm going to the Neighborhood Donor Centers they have nice recliners that they can adjust to the most comfortable position. I let them put me back so there's no chance of me slipping out.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 11:36:35 PM

Finished up the double platelets without incident. I can go back in seven days and do more, but I can only do that 24 times a year. I figure I'll start doing them every other week and that way I can give most of the year.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 5:42:39 PM

Currently donating double platelets. Up to 1.1x10^11 on the first.bag. The TRIMA ACCEL is estimating 76 minutes to run and I've been going 23.
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Toadman7
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 4:59:33 PM

I am O+ and I gave blood about a month ago.
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sirreal1984
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 4:19:04 PM

I will also be donating later this week.
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diva katana
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 4:00:12 PM

I have an appointment to donate later this week.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 12:34:47 PM

The 11:00 AM KTRK-TV (ABC 13 Houston Eyewitness News) did a story that there is a shortage of blood nationwide.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 7/28/2014 12:39:19 PM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 1:31:12 AM

Got an appointment to go in and try to donate at 4:00 PM today. All I can do is platelets and plasma.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 2:00:22 PM

Blood bank in Houston needs O- and B- arms to come in and donate, but I suspect they can use everything.
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Kulas1
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 10:53:40 AM

I used to donate I received my 6 gallon pin right before I found out for health reason I can not donate now that was about 10 years ago
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 10:45:31 AM

Helped out a friend of mine who didn't have a vehicle. She had seen an ad touting vehicles for $495 down and $75 a week. What she wanted me to do is contribute the down payment (she's going to work it off when she's not working one of her other jobs).

It was a KIA dealer, and you can buy a new KIA for $495 down and $75 a week ($305 a month). Since I was driving her around, the salesman was interested in how we got there.

He saw my "Be A Blood Donor" plates, and he'd commented that he had never given blood.

I then gave him my old blood donor spiel from college days. Talked at lot of people into giving blood. I was very apologetic when one of them had a bad reaction. Seems when the guy was a pint low, he responded with severe nausea and vomiting. He'd down some refreshments, and they'd come back up. They ended out having to take him over to the University Hospital and give him IV fluid replenishment. It's a rare possible reaction to donating. HE wasn't mad at me, he said I couldn't have known.

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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 8:58:53 PM

Scheduled an appointment for July 28th.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 8:31:12 AM

Seems GasBuddy isn't the only one giving away gas cards. This is the current promotion for Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center:

"Donate or attempt to donate at a Neighborhood Donor Center or mobile blood drive in July, and you’ll be entered into a daily drawing for a $100 gas card! One lucky winner will be randomly selected every day.

Additionally, everyone who donates or attempts to donate in July will receive a Commit for Life T-shirt!"

I can attempt (and hopefully donate) platelets and plasma on the 28th of July. I could do platelets now, but I'm not sure I want to become a human pincushion.
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wackiness
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 2:57:03 AM

I donate blood every three months
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 11:26:56 PM

My July 3rd donation makes 5 gallons.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 6:18:55 PM

I've pretty much decided I'm not going to get into platelets only. The question is if I'm going to do platelets and plasma by themselves or wait the whole 56 days and do everything in one fell swoop.
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Toadman7
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 3:23:03 PM

I donated blood on June 25th. Type O+
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 2:26:24 PM

Have appointment for donation on the 23rd the blood bank is way down on donations.
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KatmanDo
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 11:03:58 PM

"Gave yesterday. It was a very busy place."

That's good news on both account. Thank you for donating, ministorage!
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 5:00:52 AM

Gave yesterday. It was a very busy place.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 5:21:44 PM

On Jun 30, 2014 9:56:16 PM, KatmanDo quoted me, then wrote:

>>"Did platelets, plasma, and RBCs this afternoon."

>Congratulations, Sneakers! And thank you for your resumed donations!

There was only two weeks in there between the Clear Lake Neighborhood Donor Center chickening out and the Pasadena Neighborhood Donor Center going in and taking blood from me as it was no big deal.

They've even got me doing automated blood collection which means they can get up to two whole units of platelets from one donor. That spares cancer patients exposure to platelets from a multiplicity of donors. They got 6.4x10^11 platelets from me last time.

I can do platelets only on the 7th of July, and I can do platelets and plasma on the 28th of July. But if I want to do another combo RBC I have to wait until the 25th of August.

The Pasadena Neighborhood Donor Center does an awful lot of automated blood collection, they have one wall for the automated donors and the other for the whole blood donors. When I went in the first time there, I said I wanted to do whole blood as I was a difficult donor. Then, when they got me in the second time, they did a combo RBC successfully. Third time, I had a bit of difficulty because I inadvertently rotated my donor arm. It gets kind of hard to stay in a needle-up position for about 90 minutes.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 7/2/2014 5:23:42 PM EST]
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diva katana
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 11:37:16 PM

Made a reservation today to donate at the end of July.
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:56:16 PM

"Did platelets, plasma, and RBCs this afternoon."

Congratulations, Sneakers! And thank you for your resumed donations!
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:07:38 PM

Did platelets, plasma, and RBCs this afternoon. I was the last donor out the door. I've been going up to Pasadena, Texas as the nearest Neighborhood Donor Center had given up on me.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 6:40:20 AM

My 56 day deferral for a RBC donation is over, I'll be attempting this afternoon. My BFF and her BFF have been destitute for cash, and they're cleaning up my apartment. I told them they'd be getting a break today.

One of my cleaners will be starting a new job Thursday.

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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 7:00:07 AM

It's 54 days since Cinco de Mayo. I'll be able to go in Monday, June 30th.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2014 8:16:15 AM

Houston is scraping the bottom of the barrel on O- and B- blood types, and type A- is in short supply.

Fortunately, Tuesday was an above-average day for donations. Even with the rain.

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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2014 8:26:52 PM

Seven days to go. Good thing it wasn't today. Today was a major disaster, although it would have probably helped had I had lunch before 5:00 PM.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 6/23/2014 8:29:09 PM EST]
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KatmanDo
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2014 11:53:19 PM

"I've had the screener tell me to grab something to drink on the way out when I've been deferred,"

The place I went to donate is a church which is the party that provides the cookies and juice for those who do actually donate blood. I expect nobody would've stopped me if I had gone to help myself to those rewards, but I wouldn't have felt right about it.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2014 10:30:48 AM

Houston needs a batch of O- arms to go in and give a unit or two. Preferably double reds. It doesn't take too much longer, and it keeps you out of the donor chair for 112 days!
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2014 9:27:13 AM

On Jun 20, 2014 10:56:11 PM, KatmanDo wrote:

>However, I ended up with a deferral letter because it has not yet
>been six months since a health issue I had back in March and April.
>So, no juice and cookies for me today.

I've had the screener tell me to grab something to drink on the way out when I've been deferred, but than this is in Houston where you always need something to drink.

Just typing that comment makes me feel like getting up and getting a bottle of Diet Coke!
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KatmanDo
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2014 11:56:11 PM

I went in today to donate per the appointment I made eight weeks ago. However, I ended up with a deferral letter because it has not yet been six months since a health issue I had back in March and April. So, no juice and cookies for me today.
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