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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: Jan 31, 2015 4:21:14 PM

Scheduled my next appointment for May 18th.

Noticed I had blood bruises on both arms (they did the donation from the left arm, they pulled blood from the right arm when the sample bag clotted) this morning. People always ask me if they hurt but they don't.

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ministorage
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 6:27:46 PM

I got my call this afternoon. It is amazing how quickly 56 days goes anymore. Scheduled the next bloodletting for next Thursday.
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Good job Toadman.

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Sneakers, I'm sorry your donation wasn't successful, and that you're deferred. I understand the concern about new phlebotomists; as I'm a 'tough stick.' So I dread a newbee poking me. Enjoy your 'holiday.' :)

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Bud76 - I hope you're on the mend and beating that abscess.

[Edited by: ministorage at 1/30/2015 6:32:47 PM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 6:06:40 PM

Calculated that my sixteen week donation deferral ends the Monday before Memorial Day. I had one last year and the first donation afterwards they did a Combo RBC (plasma, platelets, and red blood cells).
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Toadman7
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 3:54:07 PM

I just donated last week.
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Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 3:49:51 PM

Havent donated in a while. Need to do it and soon !!!!
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 10:27:15 PM

Tried to donate today but things weren't successful. They had a phlebotomist who had never poked me before and he admitted he messed up. Things were flowing slow and I had a clot, but they cleared it for a while.

Turned up that the sample bag clotted, so they stuck a needle in my right arm to fill the sample tubes while my left arm was busy donating blood. They used a winged collection set on my right arm, so I didn't end up with a huge hole although it did leak blood.

Things were working good for several minutes, then my red blood cells started overflowing the return circuit and going up into an overflow bag. The plateletpheresis machine then shut off and told the phlebotomist to disconnect me from the machine.

I got a sixteen week holiday where I'm deferred from donating.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 10:14:08 PM

On Jan 24, 2015 3:16:47 AM, ministorage wrote:

>Sneakers, you are very dedicated.

I'm out of commission for sixteen weeks because the blood prime got caught in the plateletpheresis machine and they couldn't do a rinseback. I've had that happen before.
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ministorage
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 4:16:47 AM

Sneakers, you are very dedicated.

Bud, I pray that you get to feeling better and that your infection goes away quickly.

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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 2:05:41 AM

Got a phone call driving home from the grocery store Friday night. It was a volunteer from Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center reminding me of my Monday afternoon appointment to give something. (With me, it isn't whole blood any more. I've been doing various components since May 2014.)
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 4:27:19 PM

Unable to donate fighting infection known as abscess when all is well then back on board for donation.
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runnerpaul
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 8:23:19 AM

No, as I am from the U.K. and am on the banded list.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 11:00:04 PM

Scheduled my next appointment for Monday the 26th of January. While I have observed that there are very few holidays on Tuesday, I've also observed that Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center typically runs donor incentives Friday through Monday. If there's a Monday holiday, I can always switch to Tuesday for that week. My goal is to give every other week (given that you can donate 24 times a year that will mean that I'll have some down time) but the time between platelet donations is a minimum of seven days.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 11:35:14 AM

On Jan 18, 2015 10:25:07 AM, GasMiser718 wrote:

>Haven't in a few years.....

Didn't donate between 1977 and 2009 largely because i wasn't asked. Some of the places I lived they didn't seem to have a blood bank.
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 11:25:07 AM

Haven't in a few years.....
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emrgcy
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 7:59:20 AM

I'm no longer allowed to donate due to a heart attack. I had donated regularly for over 35yrs though.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 12:55:19 PM

After I finished donating, the phlebotomist brought over my post-donation refreshments (Gardetto's and OJ). I sat there and ate and drank and watched the 5:30 PM news.

I had the Neighborhood Donor Center to myself. Sometimes, they will get a batch of whole blood donors coming in right before closing time. But not yesterday.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 1/14/2015 1:01:18 PM EST]
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ECMM
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 10:56:39 PM

I am a regular donor. My blood is perefect for pediatric and trauma...O-
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 5:30:31 PM

Nine minutes into a 64 minute split plateletpheresis.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 1:55:39 PM

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center put on on Facebook that if you donate or attempt to donate January 2-15, you'll get a $5 SUBWAY gift card. So, I decided to go in Tuesday the 13th. Probably their intended result. They won't get the Combo RBC, however.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 1/10/2015 1:57:51 PM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2014 10:18:10 AM

Scheduled (probably) a Combo RBC for the 20th of January. Or at least I will be eligible to do everything.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 4:42:15 AM

Not going to go to the blood bank today. I'm going to be busy at the house all day. It seems that I can only do platelets every other week as my iron levels are too low.

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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2014 11:43:57 PM

Gave a unit of plasma and a unit of platelets this afternoon and it was a piece of cake as far as donations go. Had one of the phlebotomists who was there a week ago Sunday and I told her "the difference was I drank up at lunch."
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2014 6:30:43 PM

Heard on the local news that the FDA is going to replace the lifetime gay male blood ban with a one-year deferral, same as all the other categories of high risk.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 7:45:47 PM

On Dec 20, 2014 9:36:43 AM, I wrote:

Got a phone call from the blood bank this morning after the two E-mails. They were reminding me of my Christmas Eve Eve donation.

>If I don't succeed Christmas Eve Eve, I'll schedule an appointment for
>New Year's Eve Eve (their last full day of being open at the blood bank
>in 2014). If I do, I'm going in January 12th and get on an every-two-weeks
>schedule.

On second thought, I'm going to stay with Tuesday afternoons, which will be January 13th. Capital One ShareBuilder has noted that only rarely does a holiday fall on a Tuesday.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 12/20/2014 7:47:06 PM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 10:36:43 AM

Got two E-mails from the blood bank this morning. The first was asking me to rate my non-donation Thursday. The other was reminding me of my next attempt Tuesday, Christmas Eve Eve (their last full day of being open at the blood bank before Christmas).

If I don't succeed Christmas Eve Eve, I'll schedule an appointment for New Year's Eve Eve (their last full day of being open at the blood bank in 2014). If I do, I'm going in January 12th and get on an every-two-weeks schedule.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 8:28:15 PM

Attempted to give platelets at 4:00 PM today. Iron levels were low. Going to try again Tuesday, the last full day the blood bank is open before Christmas.
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 5:11:36 PM

A good friend of mine will be donating blood for the very first time she is only 64 years old.Hope all goes well.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 2:17:06 PM

On Dec 14, 2014 2:44:47 PM, ministorage wrote:

>I donated a couple weeks ago. They were short staffed and it took
>an hour and 55 minutes before I got out of there.

When I take an hour and fifty-five minutes, I'm usually donating components.

Every time but twice, I've gone in with an appointment which pushes you to the front of the line. Especially if you're doing components, which I have been doing ever since March 2014.

But I've never had much of a wait even during the times I came in without an appointment. But December 2nd, I decided to go in after lunch because it was a slow day.

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ministorage
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 3:44:47 PM

I donated a couple weeks ago. They were short staffed and it took an hour and 55 minutes before I got out of there. it would have taken longer but one lady in front of me was turned down for iron, and another man gave up waiting left. Each time one of the volunteers apologized for the delays, I said don't worry about it, its not your fault.

Once I was in the chair my donation went perfectly. I wished them all a Merry Christmas as I walked out the door.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 3:03:31 PM

Decided to give some platelets at 11:15 AM this morning. The blood bank phlebotomists managed to hit a completely dry hole. I commented that I usually come in after drinking up at lunch and all they got was breakfast.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 11:05:22 AM

On Dec 5, 2014 5:40:01 AM, catfish99 wrote:

>Did a double red cell donation last night.

At least in Houston, double RBCs are something they do on Type O donors. They also comment that they need more Hispanic donors because Hispanics have an above-average chance of being Type O.

>They said they were in low supply on platelets

Around here, they particularly like platelets from Type A donors. Platelets can only be stored for five days, so they need a constant supply. The blood bank here takes blood seven days a week (it's like the car dealers in Houston, half of them are off Saturdays and the other half are off Sundays). IIRC, in Kansas City the blood bank opens Sunday but they only take platelets.

They like plasma from Type AB donors as Type AB is the universal plasma donor.

I don't remember what specifically they want from Type B donors and the blood bank took away their list of what components are most in demand by blood type.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 12/7/2014 11:09:56 AM EST]
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fart7878
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2014 8:15:21 AM

Yes I donate
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sirreal1984
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2014 7:51:19 AM

Donated yesterday. 5th this year and 67th lifetime.
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2014 6:40:01 AM

Did a double red cell donation last night. They said they were in low supply on platelets, so if anyone can find the time to donate you will surely be helping someone in need.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2014 1:39:39 AM

Scheduled an appointment for December 23rd. That's the last full day the blood bank here will be open before Christmas.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 10:03:43 PM

On the way home from the blood bank, I heard an article on All Things Considered where they stated the FDA is currently reconsidering the "gay male blood ban" (having gay sex, even once, since 1977 results in a lifetime donation ban). There are a large number of organizations that think it is outmoded. However, patient advocacy organizations for diseases that require frequent transfusions petitioned to keep the status quo.
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 8:17:04 PM

Donated on Saturday the supply is way down as is during the holidays.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 6:09:14 PM

On Nov 3, 2014 9:23:10 PM, Bud76 wrote:

>This Ebola will produce a lot more questions at point of interview.

New update to the donor instructions: if you have been exposed to somebody who has Ebola, do not donate for 28 days.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 5:53:39 PM

Decided it was a slow day and I went and gave 7.0 x 10^11 platelets without incident.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 10:41:57 AM

They didn't give me the informational brochure this time but I can go in and donate platelets on the 1st of December if my hematocrit has recovered enough. (Looked that up on-line.)

But since you can only donate platelets 24 times a year, I'll skip to the 8th of December.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 7:24:15 PM

Just left the Neighborhood Donor Center. I was the last donor out the door!
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 6:51:30 PM

They won't take my blood as I was overseas for 35 1/5 years.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 6:04:40 PM

Finished with the unit of plasma, have given 2.8 x 10^11 platelets.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 5:39:06 PM

Currently donating a unit of platelets, a unit of plasma, and a unit of red blood cells.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 1:50:35 AM

Today is DAY OF ATTEMPTED DONATION after a sixteen-week hiatus.

And I"m going to break them in at a different Neighborhood Donor Center closer to where I'm moving to.
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TheRealDeal78
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 3:37:44 AM

It's been a while.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 2:56:26 AM

yes
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 2:34:30 AM

On Nov 17, 2014 1:13:24 PM, I wrote:

>Scheduled myself for November 24th, the Monday before Thanksgiving

Just realized that's tomorrow!
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 2:13:24 PM

Scheduled myself for November 24th, the Monday before Thanksgiving. It will be sixteen weeks from my last attempted donation.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 2:59:08 PM

On Nov 15, 2014 9:37:51 AM, I wrote:

>On Nov 3, 2014 9:23:10 PM, Bud76 wrote:

>>This Ebola will produce a lot more questions at point of interview.

>There are a number of neglected tropical diseases that make it difficult
>for donors from Africa to donate.

None of which you see in the Donor History Questionnaire if you haven't been outside of the US or Canada.

IIRC, if you've received a blood transfusion in certain African countries, you're indefinitely deferred because of the potential of diseases that have no screening tests. FDA enacted the gay male blood ban back when there was no test for HIV, but now they screen using two different tests that use different principles of operation.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 10:37:51 AM

On Nov 3, 2014 9:23:10 PM, Bud76 wrote:

>This Ebola will produce a lot more questions at point of interview.

There are a number of neglected tropical diseases that make it difficult for donors from Africa to donate.
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