I vant your blud!

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  • Nice job, Wayne, and I hope you get better soon.

  • They won't take my blood here in Australia because I lived in the UK during the Mad Cow Disease scare.

  • Ah, yes! Good ol' BSE.

    We had an interesting development today. My household had its fifth case of pneumonia diagnosed this year: our poodle went in to have her teeth cleaned and they heard crackling in her lungs. It was confirmed with x-ray and now she's on antibiotics. We're confident she'll be fine.

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  • Wayne, it's always worth highlighting the need for blood donors and hope you are on the road to recovery.

    The UK Blood Doning Centre and details of where to donate are can be found here www.blood.co.uk

  • At the risk of sounding like a moaning Jock, that one's only for England and Wales. The Scottish one's http://www.scotblood.co.uk/

  • That's an eye opener indeed !

    In many cases we only see the beauty of life, once we have to mis part of it.

    For Belgium these links may get donation started:

    Flemish region - www.bloedgevendoetleven.be

    or via http://www.redcross.be/

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  • Andrew Watson-478275 (10/30/2009)


    At the risk of sounding like a moaning Jock, that one's only for England and Wales. The Scottish one's http://www.scotblood.co.uk/

    ...bloody English...;-)

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  • Wayne, great article, hope you're doing well at the moment. (and in the future)

    For those who don't wish to be regular donors (i.e. donate every 56 days as acceptable) it's worth a thought to call the Red Cross and ask for their times of greatest need. Every donation is used and appreciated, but particularly if you have a rare bloodtype there may be seasons in which your donation is more likely to be used and will therefore do more good.

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    "stewsterl 80804 (10/16/2009)I guess when you stop and try to understand the solution provided you not only learn, but save yourself some headaches when you need to make any slight changes."

  • I want to especially encourage anyone who is CMV Negative to give as often as you can.

    FYI a large portion of the adult population (at least in the US) are CMV carriers, and it doesn't affect us. However, CMV can be deadly to young children or anyone with a weakened immune system. CMV Negative donors, like Type O Negative donors, are especially in demand.

    I also want to encourage current donors to inquire about Double Red donations because it helps more patients.

    Good luck Wayne! I hope you are better soon!

    Best regards,

    Dave Fulton

  • I've given my share over the decade, 6 + gallons. Stopped now due to flu season in the area being rampant and other schedule conflicts. Debated continuing, the local donation centers make it a big hassle for no reward, it's like spitting in the face of a wind storm.

  • I was a "double red" donor for several years and a blood donor for 15 years. Unfortunately, I had a little encounter with Mr. Cancer so I'm not allowed to donate until I've been cancer free for five years. I'm at 2.5 years now so I have high hopes that I will be able to begin donating again in another 2.5 years.

    Donating is easy, takes little time, and there are usually some excellent goodies to be had after donating. The place I usually donate is an Elks lodge and one of the volunteers makes this really great chili. It's worth it just for the chili.

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  • I have been giving blood for 35 years ( a grad school classmate had a blood disorder and needed donations). Many people first give to help a friend and then continue giving to help many strangers. I try to give every 8 weeks.

    I have heard people say they were afraid to give blood because they might catch something. Not true, you don't catch anything by giving blood. Recently, a family member gave blood for the first time, for herself, prior to surgery. She was surprised at how easy and painless it was and promised to donate blood in the future.

    In my area, blood is often needed most at holidays. They say people are busy so donations are down at those times. Often people travel on holiday weekends and there are more traffic accidents, upping the need for blood.

    My most moving donation story is 9/11/2001. I waited, with many others here in New Orleans, LA, USA, for 8 hours at the blood center to give blood for the victims of the world trade center. I met people who had never donated blood before but wanted to do something to help. Sadly, there were few survivors...

    If you are a healthy person, giving blood is a simple way to help others. In addition, donating blood once a year covers my family with free blood product for a year should it be needed.



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  • Donating blood is easy, painless (except for the needle ;-)), and a nice thing to do. And, you get free juice and cookies. What could be ebtter than that. Before the military, I gave blood regularly. Now, because of hepatitis exposure in the service, I am unable too. I now volunteer and help out at the blood drives.

    Great editorial!

  • I give blood every 2 months (as often as allowed). Can't do the double-red thing, have a reaction to the anticoagulent used in that, so just give whole blood. Did it yesterday, as a matter of fact.

    One thing to be added to this: Selling your blood, while populare in certain low-income crowds, isn't the same thing. In the US, purchased blood can't be used medically, so its main use is in cosmetics (it's an ingredient in the binding compounds used in lipstick - and knowing that makes lipstick more than a little icky). To save lives, the blood has to be donated through specific organizations. Make sure, before you donate, that it'll go to medical use, not be sold to cosmetics companies.

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