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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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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 katan
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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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ministorage
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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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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 katan
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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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KatmanDo
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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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sirreal1984
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2014 10:27:01 AM

I also donate every 8 weeks and have just reached the 8 gallon mark.
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roadkingfl
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2014 9:51:02 AM

Yes, I donate every 56 days and I'm grateful that I can help save lives one pint at a time :)
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 12:11:37 PM

Today is World Blood Donor Day. If you haven't given in a while and you're not deferred for something, why not today? It was a holiday the last time I donated, it was Cinco de Mayo. Can't do any procedure involving red blood cells today. Anyway, the location I go to is closed on Saturdays and I'd have to walk in somewhere else. My BFF also wants to clean my house..

It's also the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the father of transfusion medicine.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 6/14/2014 12:12:43 PM EST]
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mindylacey
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 7:03:58 AM

I wish I could, but still can't. Hopefully when they re-test my blood in September, things will be back to normal. Fingers crossed.

God bless those who do. :)
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DonKofAK
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Message Posted: May 31, 2014 9:29:32 PM

Blessed be those who can and will donate blood products.

At one time I could, but no longer. I gave my gallon. Will you?
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: May 31, 2014 7:22:29 PM

Houston is scraping the bottom of the barrel on A- and O- types.

I could go in and do platelets and plasma Monday, but I figure I just as well wait and do it all in one fell swoop.
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Bud76
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 1:24:30 PM

My donation yesterday was a no go encountered scar tissue will attempt donation next week.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: May 21, 2014 8:44:52 PM

On May 21, 2014 11:16:42 AM, taxguy wrote:

>I'm AB- and try to donate as often as possible.

In Houston, they like type AB donors for plasmapheresis.
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taxguy
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Message Posted: May 21, 2014 12:16:42 PM

I'm AB- and try to donate as often as possible.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: May 21, 2014 11:49:02 AM

Houston is in good shape for all the Rh+ types and B-. All the Rh- types other than B- are in short supply.
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Bud76
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Message Posted: May 19, 2014 10:02:06 AM

Will be donating whole blood this Thursday the local blood bank is still low on donations.
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KatmanDo
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Message Posted: May 14, 2014 12:19:49 AM

"Well, she not only was able to use the inside vein, it stung less and the blood drained faster. One of the easiest sticks ever. "

It can be rather amazing at times just what a big difference the skill level of the person drawing the blood can make. I'm glad that your career as a blood donor has not yet come to an end.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: May 13, 2014 9:24:08 AM

I have one of my cousins who is also a hard-core donor but he hasn't said much about scar tissue building up. He complained that he got wore out from all the squeezing in an automated process. The machine they use in Houston (Trima Accel) you get to watch a screen that indicates when to squeeze and when to rest. I found the automated process to be easier but more time consuming because you rested about half the time. And when I got done, I went off to the bathroom before the refreshments as I needed to pee!

And as to Bud76 - around here, they frequently do combination procedures that include red blood cells. They get a whole unit of platelets and a whole unit of red blood cells.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 5/13/2014 9:27:25 AM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: May 11, 2014 9:27:17 AM

In Houston, all the Rh- types except B- are in short supply.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: May 11, 2014 9:17:34 AM

On Apr 27, 2014 6:09:18 AM, catfish99 wrote:

>Donating tomorrow after work. ALEX red cell donation.

The blood bank in Houston has TerumoBCT (formerly CaridianBCT, formerly GambroBCT) Trima Accel machines. I liked it because you don't have to squeeze constantly. I first had to watch the screen, then I learned the sounds the machine made when the roller pump that returns the unwanted blood to the donor activates.

I sat there with my iPad and didn't type a thing on it.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: May 7, 2014 1:48:56 AM

Scheduled another automated procedure for June 30th (the first day I"ll be eligible to give RBCs again). I could do platelets only on the 12th of May.
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