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(Examiner)   84-year-old Florida man donates his 100th gallon of blood. Doctors say it's the most blood ever given outside of an IRS audit   (examiner.com ) divider line
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2013-06-01 10:40:40 AM  
I'd donate but they ask too many questions. If I answer honestly I'll just get rejected.
 
2013-06-01 10:41:26 AM  
IN A ROW?!?!
 
2013-06-01 10:50:18 AM  
How big was this man?
 
2013-06-01 10:52:51 AM  
You can donate whole blood every 8 weeks.  That means 6 1/2 "pints" every year if you never miss.  If you donated for 100 years, you could donate 65 gallons of whole blood.

This guys accountants should work for Goldman Sachs.
 
2013-06-01 10:52:55 AM  
Ah, he's actually donating platelets, not whole blood.  I was wondering since the math doesn't work for whole blood- you can give roughly 6 times per year, so it's 1.25 years per gallon if you donate at the maximum rate. He would have had to start donating at something like age 12.

/Somewhere aroung 6-7 gallons right now
//MIght hit 15 lifetime- work only brings the blood bank in 3x a year
 
2013-06-01 10:53:08 AM  

leevis: I'd donate but they ask too many questions. If I answer honestly I'll just get rejected.


Just lie man, its $20 and a free cookie!  I donate all the time and my blood is as good as anyone else's.  All those things they accuse me of having add to its value, screw them doctor types.
 
2013-06-01 10:56:07 AM  
I'd probably give blood more often if mine was a "rare" type like his, but A+ isn't that sought after...

I just wished they had a more open mind about some of their questions that kill your possible donations, such as "If male, have you ever had sexual contact with another male, even once"... If you say yes to that, you're outta there...

So much for equality. since they never ask about female+female couplings...

Giggity...
 
2013-06-01 10:56:20 AM  

leevis: I'd donate but they ask too many questions. If I answer honestly I'll just get rejected.



You have babeiosis or Chargas' disease?
/My favorite questions on the screening
 
2013-06-01 10:57:22 AM  
You can give platelets once every two weeks (or was it ten days?). I used to do it. The amount of stuff they pull out of you is far less than a pint, but it counts as a donation just like a pint of whole blood.

The drawback is it takes much longer, over an hour.
 
2013-06-01 11:00:38 AM  
I got my 5-gallon pin years ago but had to stop donating because of the meds I take.
 
2013-06-01 11:00:54 AM  
How do you measure the number of pints given via a process where whole pints of blood are not donated?

/confused
//apheresis donor
 
2013-06-01 11:02:13 AM  
Quite an accomplishment!  Hooray for blood donors!
 
2013-06-01 11:02:38 AM  

dforkus: You can give platelets once every two weeks (or was it ten days?). I used to do it. The amount of stuff they pull out of you is far less than a pint, but it counts as a donation just like a pint of whole blood.

The drawback is it takes much longer, over an hour.


At my blood center they do platelets using an apheresis machine and it's 16 weeks between donations.  But it counts as two, so it's the same as for whole blood.
 
2013-06-01 11:11:58 AM  
I wanted a picture of the man, not a bag of blood.
 
2013-06-01 11:12:10 AM  

Mr. Eugenides: dforkus: You can give platelets once every two weeks (or was it ten days?). I used to do it. The amount of stuff they pull out of you is far less than a pint, but it counts as a donation just like a pint of whole blood.

The drawback is it takes much longer, over an hour.

At my blood center they do platelets using an apheresis machine and it's 16 weeks between donations.  But it counts as two, so it's the same as for whole blood.


You are thinking of double-reds, not platelets...

you can give platelets  http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/types-donations/platelet- d onation much more often than that
 
2013-06-01 11:28:10 AM  
The article is all kinds of inaccurate.  Not only the mix-up between pints of whole blood and platelets, but they call out O+ as the universal donor, when it's really O-.
 
2013-06-01 11:36:42 AM  
I was a regular donor from 87 to 2004-5. That's when the Mad Cow (Kreutzfeld-Jakob) rules hit for living overseas during certain periods.  I was stationed in Germany from 88-90 and now I am no longer allowed to donate.  Haven't felt the urge to say, "Moo,  motherfarker, moo." yet.
 
2013-06-01 11:40:19 AM  
Only 100 gallons?  He obviously has never been through a divorce.
 
2013-06-01 12:06:11 PM  

dforkus: Mr. Eugenides: dforkus: You can give platelets once every two weeks (or was it ten days?). I used to do it. The amount of stuff they pull out of you is far less than a pint, but it counts as a donation just like a pint of whole blood.

The drawback is it takes much longer, over an hour.

At my blood center they do platelets using an apheresis machine and it's 16 weeks between donations.  But it counts as two, so it's the same as for whole blood.

You are thinking of double-reds, not platelets...

you can give platelets  http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/types-donations/platelet- d onation much more often than that


Ahh, so I am.  They simply don't do platelets at my blood center at all.
 
2013-06-01 12:12:01 PM  
Can't give blood, Lyme.
 
2013-06-01 12:19:09 PM  

SpdrJay: IN A ROW?!?!


At a sitting.
 
2013-06-01 12:25:07 PM  
You don't donate gallons, you donate pints.

/or something
//donated 2 in high school, years ago
/card still in my wallet
//just taking up space...
 
2013-06-01 12:58:07 PM  
I tried to give blood once and was sent away without even a free cookie to ease the rejection. Not even saying that I had B+ blood would sway them. Bummer, too, since not only can you feel as if you've done a good deed, but my employer gives a free lunch for donating.
 
2013-06-01 01:07:21 PM  
I thought you couldn't donate blood past 65 years of age.
 
2013-06-01 03:06:01 PM  
All blood types are useful.  None are wasted.  Most transfusions have enough time for typing.  O neg is only a little more useful in extreme emergencies that don't allow time for typing.

O neg.  RC calls me at 8 1/2 weeks if I have not come in.  150 donations in 29 years.  Can't give for one year because I was in Kingston, Jamaica.

My dog gave blood.  She was universal donor.  About 6% of dogs are universal donor, same as people.

If you are getting 20 bucks it's not a donation.  True volunteer donors make a safer blood supply.
 
2013-06-01 03:22:48 PM  
Not impressed ...


www.bundyology.com
 
2013-06-01 03:47:13 PM  

belhade: Can't give blood, Lyme.


Yet.  It's only a 1 year deferral.
 
2013-06-01 04:17:52 PM  
I was a regular donor (O-negative), and closing in on my 5-gallon pin when my hair started falling out.  My ferritin was at a count of 6.  Severe anemia kicked in alopecia universalis, so no more donating for me, ever.  Drat.

/last donation was on a Halloween
//wore fangs
 
2013-06-02 12:46:07 AM  
Mr. Eugenides: You can donate whole blood every 8 weeks.  That means 6 1/2 "pints" every year if you never miss.  If you donated for 100 years, you could donate 65 gallons of whole blood.

This guys accountants should work for Goldman Sachs.


well if you are a heavy weight an donate 2 pints at a time you could donate like 130 gallons in the same time frame
 
2013-06-02 02:31:27 AM  

DogBlack: All blood types are useful.  None are wasted.  Most transfusions have enough time for typing.  O neg is only a little more useful in extreme emergencies that don't allow time for typing.

O neg.  RC calls me at 8 1/2 weeks if I have not come in.  150 donations in 29 years.  Can't give for one year because I was in Kingston, Jamaica.

My dog gave blood.  She was universal donor.  About 6% of dogs are universal donor, same as people.

If you are getting 20 bucks it's not a donation.  True volunteer donors make a safer blood supply.


Yea. red cross is funny about Jamaica. My family is from Montego Bay and they don't have a problem with me going there.

I'm o neg and cmv neg so the red cross keeps track of me. I'm twenty seven and somewhere around fifty three units deep. I think the plasma gallon figure is misleading because of how often you can donate.

I don't mind not getting paid, it is honestly a routine at this point. However, free steak every once in a while would be nice.
 
2013-06-02 02:44:43 AM  
Frozenhotchocolate, do you go to the one on Packard?  Ask them if they remember the guy who brought hi black service dog named Harper Lee every 8 weeks.
 
2013-06-02 03:18:25 AM  

DogBlack: Frozenhotchocolate, do you go to the one on Packard?  Ask them if they remember the guy who brought hi black service dog named Harper Lee every 8 weeks.


Usually. I prefer the donor center since it usually empty. I'll ask, went a couple tuesdays ago, but I'll ask.
 
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