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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: 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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chocolateflash
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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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southtown43701
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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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Bud76
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 10:23:10 PM

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