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Gave a double platelet and an unit of red blood cells today for the Austin Blood and Tissue Center.

Took all of 50 minutes.

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Gave blood platelets, and plasma. 50 min, cold drinks, popcorn and a tv. it was like fat assing at home but it will help others.

It was my first time using the new machine. I really like it. The tech walked me through every step pre doner and post. EVERYTHING that tuches blood is replaced. It's not sterilized or cleaned, it is REPLACED. This makes me feel a lot safer as a doner, especially since I'm O-, they always want to bleed me.....


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Gave 2 units of platelets, one unit of RBCs, and one unit of plasma. Feeling great, plus I got to talk to the friendly neighborhood red cross techs.

It also helps that I'm getting VAP time 76 minutes at a time.

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Dropped another pint off on Wednesday. No pics though, as my new cell phone doesn't have a camera...


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Donating today at 12:15.

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Last week Tossed another pint of the red stuff to the mid mo red cross.

And got a Skynnard T Shirt


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Gave platelets and plasma, feeling fine.


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Check this out:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/search/displ ... wn_out.php :(

Looks like im gonna have to drag some friends along on the promise of free tea and biscuits next time i go!


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Convinced a Mate of mine to sign up to be a blood doner, as the mobile wagon showed up. Will be taking pictures, both of us booked in for wednesday at 2pm.


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I signed up a little over a week ago, and got confirmation mail saying I'll be called for a medical check-up to see if I'm ok to give blood. I will keep you posted :)
Edit: Ad'lan, be sure to post the pics. I want to go in there *prepared*!


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Well, Both me and My Mate, Johnny Thundersticks Gave Blood. So thats 2 more pints for the Zombie Squad Chart. It was Thundersticks first donation, though I'm an old hand at it.
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And Here's me, wearing ZS Colours. Thundersticks promises to join up, as soon as zombie beaters are back in stock.


We trekked from Johnny's house (Cambridge BIL No.1) to the Cambridge park and Ride (the rest of the Uk meetup crew can tell you how far that is). There we managed to locate the blood mobile. Their faces were priceless when two leather Jacket Wearing, Tattooed (Johnny had his done 13 months back), Scruffy youths showed up, half a head taller than all the nurses there. But it was fine, apparently some idiots had been showing up and taking the piss. Which kinda makes you sad.

Well, we filled out forms (the most painful part of the whole process), and then we had to wait to be tested for Anemia (After both of us having devoured a Prime Aberdeen Angus Beefburger before setting off :roll: ).

I got seated First, and got some photo's, one from my camera, and Johnny also took one.
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I gave blood in 15 minutes, I have a Low heart rate and Blood pressure. But, Johnny had to wait to get a bench space, and although by no means squeemish, had fun watching them drain their pint out of me.

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Then it was his Go!

He has wiry Drummers arms does old Thundersticks, though much stronger than me, and I guess a Higher blood pressure, because the moment they put the needle in, a 6" spurt of blood rocketed out.

After laughing over that, we had a grand old time, making the staff put on Country Music and just enjoying the endorphins of doing good.

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After only 10 minutes, Thundersticks had given his pint, and we moved onto the most important bit.
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I understand that in the States, and some other places, the shortage of blood is such that they pay you to donate at some places. In the UK, you get a Cup of Tea and a Biscuit. Mine were Ginger Nuts. I call this a sucess.

Post up your pictures Grue :D


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I was called today - my checkup (medical test, 3 vials of blood ( Gah! Big needle ) ) will be the 10th of june.
I will freely confess I'm already terrified, I hate needles :-/
Pictures will be posted afterwards if I can keep a steady hand ;)


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Thanks For the info Ad'lan. I would have never thought that the collection tech's over there don't wear gloves. Here if there is any chance what so ever for the professional to contact bodily fluids we have to wear Gloves at the least to minimize our chances of getting a blood borne infection like HIV, Hep-C, etc.. Did they at least cleanse your arm with alcohol before piercing ya? Here they use an Iodine solution before sticking with the needle. They even use a iodine wash for lethal injections, like cleaning the arm would really matter if you are pushing some cocktail of drugs to kill a person.


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I gave today and so did Neil.


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My wife Gin, our friend and hopefully future ZSer Ida and I went to the blood bus today to donate. it was Ida and my first times, but my wife is a pro. I'll post some pictures later if I can.


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nice work guys! Don't forget to keep track of it for free stuff.

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Gave platelets again yesterday and then went straight to ZS movie night. There was a new trainee for the apheresis machine, and I was her first donor. It was all good, but it took about a half hour more.


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Saw the Bloodmobile heading south this morning as I was finishing my 4 miles on the beach. How cool that it was parked across the parking lot when I got to work! So I got the OK from the boss and headed over to the bus.

My hemoglobin count was 15.4; looks like the iron supplements are working *grin*

I give all the time, so it was no big deal. Still can't watch that big needle go in, though. Fifteen minutes later, my pint was in the bag and I was sipping a bottle of water while they wrapped me up in *ick* HOT PINK.

Next time, I think I'll head down to the blood bank and see about giving platelets. *bigger grin*


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Gave blood last week(5th)!!!

I got a thank you card for proof with the date and the next time i can give more which is 7-31-08. if i went in on the 6th I would of got a free shirt, one of those hippie ones.

I'll scan the card tomorrow and post.


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Woohoo, I gave blood!

My tests checked out ok, so I am qualified to donate and will donate "for real" in four weeks. This time I just gave 5 vials of blood and had a chat with the doc.
My iron count was high, so that's good. My blood pressure had gone up from 100/70 to 145/78, so that's an improvement too.
At least I conquered my fear of needles as I forced myself to watch the needle go in ;)

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I gave platelets again last night, after going on a 20 mile bike ride that afternoon. Came out like a hummingbird.

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gave blood in Brownsville last friday at work. Mobile unit for United Blood Services.


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Well, I tried.

Yesterday I went to give blood for the first time. After a drop sample and blood pressure test they checked my arms for good veins and concluded that I only had one good vein in my left arm and even that one was pretty skinny. So they set me in the chair, rubbed alcohol on my arm and needled me up.

Well, I got to three vials before it got thick and they had to stop. After some discussion with each other they decided to give my right arm a shot (pun intended). But that vein kept rolling away. When finally caught it stopped working after a few seconds.

I rescheduled a new appointment and will drink lots and lots of tea and water that day, and otherwise it's just not going to work I guess.

Too bad :-/

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Gave a single unit of platelets today.

Just an FYI, you can give platelets every 10 days, plasma twice a week and red blood cells every 8 weeks.

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