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Post by Rooster » Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:05 pm

I got my 3 gallon pin today! For some reason it took dang near 11 minutes to fill the bag. The lady had to keep adjusting the needle. I must have been fiddling to much or something.
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Post by Gunny » Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:30 pm

Just got off of the machine at Carter Blood Care in Ft. Worth TX, ended up donating a double platelet and a single RBC.

Where's my Zombie Squad multiple donation pin?

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Post by TheLastRifleMan » Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:42 pm

Donated today. Working on my 6th gallon donated to the Red Cross. :D
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Post by randomusername » Thu Apr 13, 2006 12:27 pm

Donated today. Hit my half gallon mark. They gave me a badass nalgene style red-cross water bottle instead of a shirt, woot, PAW gear for blood.

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Post by kyle » Thu May 18, 2006 12:04 pm

Is everyone donating thier blood? It's a cheap and easy way to do your part in saving the world. :)

I just set up an appointment to donate on Tuesday, when my 56 day waiting period is up.
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Post by Gunny » Thu May 18, 2006 4:18 pm

Dropping off a pint this weekend, followed by 250 rounds at the local indoor range in Bryan/College Station if any of you Texas mooks want to come along.

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Post by evening » Fri May 19, 2006 10:38 am

i guess if kyle's 56 day waiting period is over, so is mine. i just found out i'm type 0 negative. they'll never let me get away now!

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Post by kyle » Fri May 19, 2006 11:32 am

evening wrote: i just found out i'm type 0 negative. they'll never let me get away now!
Same here.
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Post by Ivan » Fri May 19, 2006 12:48 pm

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Post by evening » Sat May 20, 2006 9:33 am

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Post by TheLastRifleMan » Sat May 20, 2006 12:14 pm

I'm 0+. The Red Cross is always calling me when my 56 days has expired.
They never seem to have enough surplus blood in my area of ANY type, so I am always glad to help out. Who knows, maybe I saved someone's life?

If that isn't a good enough reason to donate blood, what is?
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Post by Bald Chihuahua » Sat May 20, 2006 12:30 pm

TheLastRifleMan wrote:If that isn't a good enough reason to donate blood, what is?
The chance to get free cookies?
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Post by Gunny » Mon May 22, 2006 10:21 am

I give blood because it makes me feel good.

Honestly, after giving blood I feel like I could run a 5k. This is mainly due to my body's overproduction of red blood cells, which causes them to bunch up a bit if their numbers get too high.

Besides, I get to help someone, I get free cookies and the occasional t-shirt and it only takes 30min-2h of my time on a weekend. I can spare that.

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Post by kyle » Tue May 23, 2006 1:04 pm

They talked me into donating a double. They take one pint out, while removing the red blood cells, then put part of the plasma back in. then repeat.

The putting back in part was weird. Made me all cold and tingly.

But, I got a cool OD green Red Cross shirt out of the deal.
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Post by randomusername » Tue May 23, 2006 1:17 pm

I'm 0+ and i get calls every time they are coming by, what can i say, i love the attention :D

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Post by phammm » Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:59 pm

Hey all I'm going to be donating on friday 06/30/06, O neg and something the Red Cross calls a CMV Hero, do not know what it is, but they can give my blood to infants.

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Post by 66606 » Thu Jul 13, 2006 2:05 am

Yayyyy, just booked my first blood donation. 27th of this month, they have to make sure my med's are OK but everything should be fine.

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Post by Brash » Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:17 am

O+ here and my 12 month time limit from my last tattoo is up. They're holding a blood drive at the sports centre nearby soon so I'm going to round up a few local ZEN members and go donate their blood too. If they won't go I have a bucket ready. :lol:
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Post by CLEAR CUT » Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:05 pm

I donated blood for the first time today. I can't say I enjoyed the huge fuckin' needle they stuck me with but it is a small price to pay for doing my civic duty. I also received a nifty T-Shirt for donating.
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Post by Shmerlin » Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:30 pm

OK, this is kind of off topic, but I have a friend who is going to school for her nursing cert.

She was want to know if anyone knew how to actually organize a blood drive?

I realize this is kind of a off kilter question, but I figgured if anyone would know, it would be someone from ZS.


Thanks in advance for the help.
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Post by kyle » Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:33 pm

Shmerlin wrote:OK, this is kind of off topic, but I have a friend who is going to school for her nursing cert.

She was want to know if anyone knew how to actually organize a blood drive?

I realize this is kind of a off kilter question, but I figgured if anyone would know, it would be someone from ZS.


Thanks in advance for the help.
It's easy! Well... mostly.

Obviously, you first need contact a blood harvester like the Red Cross or a local hospitol. If you don't have a location, they might be able to give you suggestions of local community centers or local businesses that will donate space for it.

Next big step is to get people to show by advertising and getting people to sign. I recommend getting people to sign up for a time to be there. General advertising is important for walk ins, but when you get people to commit they will usually show up. Plus, if they sign up they are kinda giving you permission to bother them the day before or day of to "remind" them. :)

Having a sign up sheet will also give the organization who is collecting the donations an idea of how much staff and equipment they will need.

Advertising:
- Posters - display in high traffic areas like univerisities and shopping areas
- Flyers - have on hand to give out when meeting with potential donors
- Briefings/presentations/announcements - you can pretty much contact anyone and they will pimp you (radio stations, newspapers, websites, etc)
- Brochures - make available during briefings and in high traffic areas
- E-mail - Spam the hell out of people. It's for a good cause. They'll get over it.

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Post by TheLastRifleMan » Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:40 pm

My 56 days has been up and I need to go down to the RC and doante, but they are open the same hours I work, which sucks.

I think they are open one Saturday a month. I will have to try that.
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Post by Gunny » Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:01 am

Hooking up to the machine this Saturday for the ARC, range report to follow.

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Post by Ryushi » Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:32 am

nicklefish wrote:I can't donate because I've had two tats in the past 6 months, and I don't think I can wait a whole damn year to get another one. I guess they won't get my blood, even though I'm a willing donor until I'm content with my tat count for a year. I really don't see the big deal about it. I mean, I go to a professional artist with all the right gear (individualy sealed needles, the steam maching thing, so on and so forth).
I was about to donate when I found out about the tattoo thing as well but I was actually at the center so I asked the person why that policy is there. The policy is there because who ever makes the policies believes that there is tattoo ink still in your blood for that first year after you get a tattoo. It has nothing to do with the needles or sanitary concerns.

After she told me this she stated that she thinks it is BS and she hates turning people away for something stupid like that.

That reminds me... I think it has been a year since my last tattoo.
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