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(Mother Nature Network)   Tips for donating blood. Always B positive   (mnn.com) divider line 106
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2014-01-12 09:53:03 PM  
30 years of giving O neg.  Most years 6 times, a couple times 7, 8 weeks to the day for years.  My dog was a regular donor for 4 years too.  Closing in on a 20 gallon pin.  Also gave marrow twice but not for transplant just leukemia study.   Did have to skip a year after visiting Kingston, Jamaica.  If I had stayed on the North side of the island no deferral would have been required.
 
2014-01-13 02:07:42 AM  
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My mom worked for the American Red Cross for a few years on their mobile blood units. She has some great stories about all the different kinds of people who would come to donate blood. The doners had to answer several specific questions, and here are two of my favorites:

Mom: What is your gender?
Hard-of-hearing old man: Oh, uh-huh, ho, ho, ho.
Mom: What is your GENDER?
Old man: Right, uh-huh. yes.
Mom: WHAT IS YOUR SEX?
Old man: OH! I'm German.

Mom: What is your gender?
Lady: I'm a lesbian.
 
2014-01-13 02:52:03 AM  

catmandu: Nogale: catmandu:

Anemia is a very common condition and very treatable. I know, I've been through it. At one point my hemoglobin was 7. Last year I had my ferritin tested and it was so low the doctor was amazed I was walking around and functional.

Through certain dietary changes and, if necessary, supplements, you can get your levels right back up.

I am already seeing that. My hemoglobin was 5.7 which is why they sent me to the hospital (my ferritin was also extremely low: 3 where the range is 10-204). They were expecting me to keel over at any time. The first two pints brought it immediately up to 7.2 and the second two to 9.3. I got tested again on Thursday and I am up to 11.4. I am on a higher iron diet plus a supplement.

Thanks to the donors who gave their blood!


I'm glad to hear it. Did the doctor discuss the other tweaks you should make? Two things inhibit the body's ability to absorb iron - dairy and caffeine. Which means if you pop an iron pill with your morning coffee, it's not doing as much good. Vitamin C is also key - it helps the body absorb iron. So have a red pepper with your steak ;-)
 
2014-01-13 09:23:49 AM  

Nogale: catmandu: Nogale: catmandu:

I'm glad to hear it. Did the doctor discuss the other tweaks you should make? Two things inhibit the body's ability to absorb iron - dairy and caffeine. Which means if you pop an iron pill with your morning coffee, it's not doing as much good. Vitamin C is also key - it helps the body absorb iron. So have a red pepper with your steak ;-)


So having a grapefruit with breakfast and my iron pill is a good thing besides being my favorite fruit?

Thank you for the suggestions. I'm meeting with a nutritionist this week so i am sure I will get more.
 
2014-01-13 11:33:07 AM  
I happen to be B+, so I'm getting a kick out of these comments...
 
2014-01-13 11:34:21 AM  
According notalwaysworking.com, another tip is "try to look a little bit nervous."

FTFWebsite:

Really Gets The Blood Pumping
Health Clinic | Minneapolis, MN, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid, Health & Body

(I'm at a clinic to give a blood donation. Everything is going smoothly, and I'm making small talk with the nurses, until I lay down to actually make the donation.)
Nurse #1: "I'm sorry. I can't take your blood today."
Me: "What? I thought everything was in order. All my tests came back within normal range."
Nurse #1: "I know, but I can't take your blood. You're too calm."
Me: "What?"
Nurse #1: "You obviously get some kind of sexual satisfaction from donating, so I can't take your blood."
Me: "WHAT? That's ridiculous. Just because I don't freak out at needles doesn't mean I have a fetish for it!"
Nurse #1: "I'm sorry. I just can't-"
Nurse #2: "Shut the f*** up and stick the f****** kid!"
Nurse #1: "But he's going to-"
Nurse #2: "Stick. The. Kid."
(Nurse #1 took my blood and didn't say another word the rest of the time I was there.)
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