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Grabbed a free cookie at lunchtime.....and left a deposit of the good red stuff with those friendly folk at the blood bank,

Who's next to save a few lives....???

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Can't believe it's nine years since I started this thread and ten since Reg left us. My wife is giving blood tomorrow in his memory because I'm currently unable.

If you haven't donated in a while, tomorrow would be awesome.

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1 hour ago, trinube said:

Can't believe it's nine years since I started this thread and ten since Reg left us. My wife is giving blood tomorrow in his memory because I'm currently unable.

If you haven't donated in a while, tomorrow would be awesome.

plasma yesterday mate.

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Thought I'd bump this, as a few years ago this thread prompted me to get back into donating semi-regularly again.

Anyway, just punched out 20th donation this week & since this is the Tri Forum, I'll add a pic I snapped from said donation, to keep it forum appropriate -:

 

 

 

 

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Donated on Monday....first time this year and managed four donations last year...

the process is sooo simple these days...rebook whilst im there...you get coupla txt reminders leading up to it....

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Went last Thursday instead of the regular Friday fortnightly visit. 

Do Plasma/Platelet donors know that you can donate a day early up to 3 times a year. It lets you keep up the regular routine and not miss an appointment if you can't be there that day, or it's a public holiday etc. Great idea on RCBS part.

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19 hours ago, \m/ Moshboy \m/ said:

Thought I'd bump this, as a few years ago this thread prompted me to get back into donating semi-regularly again.

Anyway, just punched out 20th donation this week & since this is the Tri Forum, I'll add a pic I snapped from said donation, to keep it forum appropriate -:

 

 

 

 

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Why the mask?

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1 hour ago, Cranky said:

Why the mask?

Old mate got a little woozy & fainted during his donation.............this wouldn't have happened in the old days when Ironman was hard :D

Hope he's feeling better now!

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40 minutes ago, \m/ Moshboy \m/ said:

Old mate got a little woozy & fainted during his donation.............this wouldn't have happened in the old days when Ironman was hard :D

Hope he's feeling better now!

I was so tough last week, I decided I wanted bandages on both arms. For the first time in over 160 donations, the nurse miss fired with the needle & must have overshot the vein. They couldn't get a drop of blood out of the arm on the first attempt. So then they had to put the needle in the 2nd arm to see if it was just their error, or I'd run out of blood during my long swim earlier in the morning. :)

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22 Donations last year.

First donation this year resulted in a Phone call from Red Cross saying I am not allowed to donate for 6months and go see my doctor - NOW. (2 sets of blood tests since then, and now a list of specialists to see, and not close to a diagnosis on why my bloodwork is... 'not normal')

If some other Canberra peoples could join the Red25 club and donate in my place, that would be good - keep our end up :D

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Number 180 this morning. The lovely nurse did her job so well I hardly felt the needle at all.

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I'm back - medication was cleared and donated next day.

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16 minutes ago, Dalai said:

Nice Ex-Hasbeen! My donation last week was only my 15th...

Don't worry Dalai. That's 15 more than most people. :)

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Apparently most people only donate once - anything above one is gold.

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Back on the horse after a while.

was planning on doing whole blood but they wanted plasma.

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I found out an interesting fact last week when I donated. I've been knocking off the nurofen & putting up with a bit of pain for the week before donations because I'd been told that you can't donate if you've had anti-inflammatories. I figured I could put up with a little pain each fortnight. It turns out that you can't donate whole blood, but plasma is still fine.

That will make things a bit easier from now on.

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On 10/04/2018 at 5:38 PM, trinube said:

Apparently most people only donate once - anything above one is gold.

And I thought my 180 was good.

https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/final-donation-for-man-whose-blood-helped-save-2-4-million-babies-20180511-p4zerp.html

1173 donations over 60 years. The man's a pincushion.

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Back again today.

now I’m being harassed for platelets due to my high count and awesome vein.

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no where to donate blood in Karratha, unless the truck comes to town :(  i use to be a regular donator, despite the fact the needle gives me nightmares

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A holiday in the UK while mad-cow disease was rampant means I still cant donate 😔

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How long do people normally feel the effects after giving blood? I made a donation last Tuesday then had a pretty easy week but on Saturday I had nothing during a race

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6 minutes ago, Limited said:

How long do people normally feel the effects after giving blood? I made a donation last Tuesday then had a pretty easy week but on Saturday I had nothing during a race

I give plasma now, and basically have no after-effects. I did a 1km season's best swim once, 10 hours after the donation.

It takes up to 6 weeks for the body to fully replace the blood from a whole blood donation. I think however you would not notice a normal blood donation much after 3 or 4 days, except doing something like an endurance race where you want to dig deep. I wouldn't donate whole blood for 2 weeks before a race, and 6 weeks before an A-race.

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Yeah I wouldn’t normally donate so close to a race but it was just an Olympic that I hadn’t really trained for and I’ve missed my last couple of donations due to races or sickness. As it was I got a flu a couple of days after so I called them and think they threw it out anyway

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Whole blood for the Blues today - we'll eventually beat those stinking Queenslanders,

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20 minutes ago, trinube said:

Whole blood for the Blues today - we'll eventually beat those stinking Queenslanders,

Do you think they may need it?

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Another one today, was booked in for platelets but in a peasant twist they already had their quota so I did plasma instead. 

This is becoming s good habit. 

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I do blood regularly. 

No platelets here, but they'd prefer my blood anyway being O neg.

 

But.....

What does the "OT" in the thread title mean?  I'm finally asking........

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3 minutes ago, Turts said:

What does the "OT" in the thread title mean?  I'm finally asking

Ordinary Trannies?

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"Off Topic", as in it's not really a trichat topic as such, but feel it's important enough to include it there.

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25 minutes ago, goughy said:

"Off Topic", as in it's not really a trichat topic as such, but feel it's important enough to include it there.

Makes sense. 

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27 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Ordinary Trannies?

No such thing.

We're all extraordinary!

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4 hours ago, roxii said:

This is becoming s good habit. 

I don't post much here any more but when this thread gets bumped I'll occasionally read the entire thing from start to finish. My original post still raises a tear when I think of the old man and how much I missed really knowing him in adult life with his long illness and death.

I'm just immensely proud of everyone here who donates and particularly those who started (or resumed) after reading about Dad. What you guys do - especially you legends who have dozens if not hundreds of donations - is incredibly generous and reading Slunnie and Shuffla's posts really brings home the point of just how special you all are.

Every one of you has my heartfelt thanks. Please keep it up. 💪

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The other thing to note is that if you are worried about blood donations affecting your performance you can do plasma or platelets and you don’t lose red blood cells.

no more excuses. 

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Sadly, it would appear I am now out permanently.

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23 minutes ago, trinube said:

Sadly, it would appear I am now out permanently.

What happened? It was only a few weeks ago you last donated?

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10 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

What happened? It was only a few weeks ago you last donated?

Re-occurance of a pulmonary embolism (first was 6 years ago). It means a life time of Warfarin.

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On 12/06/2018 at 6:44 PM, Turts said:

No such thing.

We're all extraordinary!

Special 

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On 06/07/2018 at 9:26 PM, trinube said:

Re-occurance of a pulmonary embolism (first was 6 years ago). It means a life time of Warfarin.

Sorry to hear that mate. Look after yourself. 

We will keep on donating for you. 

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3 hours ago, roxii said:

We will keep on donating for you. 

Yes indeed. Another whole blood donation made last week.

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Gotta say doing platelets was a bit more "hard work" than red blood or plasma. 

In saying that you still get to lay down and have a milkshake, but unlike plasma where you have a BP cuff on your arm which inflated and deflates depending on whether it is draw or return, and then you know whether to squeeze or relax, the platelets machine does not have a cuff, and the cycles are quite quick so you need to pay attention to the machine teh whole time, so you cant just zone out or read a book etc. 

Luckily for me my platelet count is pretty high at 303 so the total time is reduced for them to get the required count of platelets at 55 minutes, some can take up to 2 hours. 

Anyway its done now and they treat you like a rock star for doing it, and hey if that's the toughest thing I have to do this week I'm doing ok. 

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And after my last blood test, out for another 6 months :(

(Ferritin levels at 28, still no known reason, time to see more specialists) 

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