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BE A BLOODY LEGEND

It's National Blood Donor week this week.

If you're a regular donor, good on you.

If you used to be a regular donor, but haven't for a while. get back in there.

If you haven't donated before, try it. It's worth it.

If you can't donate for whatever reason, get a mate to donate.

 

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Used to have a fear of needles, was thinking today while booking in for my annual hayfever shot that I handle them alot better now (guess 3 visits to the hospital with kidney stones and being made a pin cushion in the process each time does that).  Guess I don't have a reason to avoid not helping out any longer, booked in for number 1 when the mobile centre is in town end of the month.  I might even find out what type of blood I have, 43 years old and apparently the best guess is "One of the O's"

Only question now is will I be fine to do parkrun the next day?

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5 minutes ago, Cottoneyes said:

Used to have a fear of needles, was thinking today while booking in for my annual hayfever shot that I handle them alot better now (guess 3 visits to the hospital with kidney stones and being made a pin cushion in the process each time does that).  Guess I don't have a reason to avoid not helping out any longer, booked in for number 1 when the mobile centre is in town end of the month.  I might even find out what type of blood I have, 43 years old and apparently the best guess is "One of the O's"

Only question now is will I be fine to do parkrun the next day?

I find 'exercising' is easy but 'training' or 'workouts' can be a bit below par for a couple of days...

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7 minutes ago, Cottoneyes said:

Only question now is will I be fine to do parkrun the next day?

Yep you will be OK, but probably wont be at 100%. 

Best thing to do is do a few donations then get onto the plasma or platelets donations. 

They take a bit longer but dont knock you about as much as they return the red cells to you. 

Oh and good on you for getting on board. 

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48 minutes ago, roxii said:

Yep you will be OK, but probably wont be at 100%. 

Best thing to do is do a few donations then get onto the plasma or platelets donations. 

They take a bit longer but dont knock you about as much as they return the red cells to you. 

Oh and good on you for getting on board. 

This.

I did a Plasma donation at 7am, then set a PB for the 1600m loop in the dam about 9 hours later, then a crown fitted to my front tooth an hour later. No ill effects from the Plasma donation. The only thing that really hurt was the tooth. :)

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On 10/09/2018 at 3:30 PM, roxii said:

Reached a milestone today 

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I hit 25  aussie donations  not long ago. They didnt even pick it, let along give me a badge! 

So awesome

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46 minutes ago, Turts said:

I hit 25  aussie donations  not long ago. They didnt even pick it, let along give me a badge! 

So awesome

They sometimes miss it. It will be on their computer whether you got the badge or not. I got my 125 & 150 badges at the same time when I did my 150th & they saw I hadn't received the former.

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2 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

They sometimes miss it. It will be on their computer whether you got the badge or not. I got my 125 & 150 badges at the same time when I did my 150th & they saw I hadn't received the former.

Not that it's about the medal.........

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55 minutes ago, Turts said:

Not that it's about the medal.........

Agreed. I threw out my old work bag & found three unopened in one of the pockets. Once you get up a few though, it's all about the free dinners at Government House, or the Convention Centre. But then I passed up on those as well. I'll wait till I get to a round number (it's that damn OCD again) and go along then. :)

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I was thinking when I put the above, "Why do I donate, and why do others donate?"

I think for me, part of it is to provide something for those that need it. It's something I can do that costs me nothing and can save the lives of others. Win Win.

Then when I thought about that, I thought, "Is that selfish?" I think in a way it is. I don't really give anything that costs me , but I get that satisfying feeling of giving something. I know for some people they give because it's personal. They know someone that has needed it in the past, so they feel a personal connection to it. For me though, I can't think of anybody I know that has had blood transfusions.

 

What are other people's thoughts on that, and why do you donate?

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I donate because it’s helps others and it doesn’t really take any effort from me. 

It’s helping but lazy at the same time. And I do get a good feeling when I get the message saying I’ve helped someone 

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30 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Agreed. I threw out my old work bag & found three unopened in one of the pockets. Once you get up a few though, it's all about the free dinners at Government House, or the Convention Centre. But then I passed up on those as well. I'll wait till I get to a round number (it's that damn OCD again) and go along then. :)

Meh. I've had tea at Govt House with the GG. It was part pies. Same as after a donation! 

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29 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I was thinking when I put the above, "Why do I donate, and why do others donate?" I know for some people they give because it's personal. They know someone that has needed it in the past, so they feel a personal connection to it. What are other people's thoughts on that, and why do you donate?

Refer to the first post of this thread :)

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I do it to help other people. 

It helps them, and it makes me feel good to have helped.

Theres no such thing as that bullshit they call random acts of kindness. It always helps the helper

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3 minutes ago, Turts said:

Meh. I've had tea at Govt House with the GG. It was part pies. Same as after a donation! 

Same here. And I had 2 black eyes at the time, one totally closed. :)

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Just because it costs you nothing and makes you feel good certainly doesn’t make it a selfish act. If that were the case all good deeds would be selfish when in fact they are the exact opposite. 

The amount of eligible people who don’t donate, don’t even contemplate it is shocking and that alone is enough to prove that donating is a special act. 

I don’t  feel guilty when I donate, I feel guilty when I don’t.

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4 minutes ago, roxii said:

Just because it costs you nothing and makes you feel good certainly doesn’t make it a selfish act. If that were the case all good deeds would be selfish when in fact they are the exact opposite. 

The amount of eligible people who don’t donate, don’t even contemplate it is shocking and that alone is enough to prove that donating is a special act. 

I don’t  feel guilty when I donate, I feel guilty when I don’t.

Exactly. 

Theres a difference between doing something for others BECAUSE it feels good, or doing something for others and it happens to make u feel good too. 

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Thanks guys. I feel better now (is that good).

My Friday donations are just part of my regular routine now, even my staff and boss know it & organise meetings around it. My goal these days is to bring new people into the centre to help that way.

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34 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Thanks guys. I feel better now (is that good).

My Friday donations are just part of my regular routine now, even my staff and boss know it & organise meetings around it. My goal these days is to bring new people into the centre to help that way.

I can only do the 3 monthly whole blood. First they dont do plasma up here. 

Second, being O neg, they prefer my blood anyway. 

So takes a while to accumulate the numbers. Reckon I did around 30 overseas too.  

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I never remember to take a photo while I'm there.

Another Plasma this morning. Only issue is I was stupid when I got back to work and struggled to lift a heavy box in an awkward position. Popped the hole & didn't notice it at the time. I did what I could, but had to run 2 x job interviews with a wet & blood stained white business shirt. The better half will probably kill me when I get home too. :oops:

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12 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I never remember to take a photo while I'm there.

Another Plasma this morning. Only issue is I was stupid when I got back to work and struggled to lift a heavy box in an awkward position. Popped the hole & didn't notice it at the time. I did what I could, but had to run 2 x job interviews with a wet & blood stained white business shirt. The better half will probably kill me when I get home too. :oops:

what time were you there? I finished about 8 so might have been in there with you..

 

I just popped mine too so am in a meeting looking like a junkie..

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33 minutes ago, pieman said:

what time were you there? I finished about 8 so might have been in there with you..

 

I just popped mine too so am in a meeting looking like a junkie..

Normally you would have been, but I had an 8:15 this morning.

Do you go every fortnight? I'm normally a 7:30 starter.

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I went in a day early today, as my team are doing a volunteer day, packing donated Xmas presents for kids in developing countries.

Anyway, while I was there, one of the staff came up & asked if I'd have my photo taken for the Xmas promo they are running with Quest Newspapers. They asked a few questions, and I mentioned that my daughter, who is scared of needles, is going to come in & donate with me when I do my 200th next year. I hope that bit gets in the paper. She won't be able to chicken out then. :)

 

And, just sayin'.

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Hey Cranky, Mike, are you guys registered with Red 25? That just looks like my Plasma for the year.

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10 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I went in a day early today, as my team are doing a volunteer day, packing donated Xmas presents for kids in developing countries.

Anyway, while I was there, one of the staff came up & asked if I'd have my photo taken for the Xmas promo they are running with Quest Newspapers. They asked a few questions, and I mentioned that my daughter, who is scared of needles, is going to come in & donate with me when I do my 200th next year. I hope that bit gets in the paper. She won't be able to chicken out then. :)

 

And, just sayin'.

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Hey Cranky, Mike, are you guys registered with Red 25? That just looks like my Plasma for the year.

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I am sure I was registered and I have done 2 whole bloods this year and heading to try a plasma soon... I will go an double check my details

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17 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

And, just sayin'.

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Hey Cranky, Mike, are you guys registered with Red 25? That just looks like my Plasma for the year.

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Is this a list of a registered trannys donations? How do you get on it?

i donated last week but the needle was pinched against the side of the vein or something. Hurt like buggery and they couldn’t get the full amount.

Said they could still use it. But haven’t got my message yet to say I’ve saved someone so think it was wasted 

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On 28/09/2017 at 2:47 PM, Cape_Horn said:

Bugger that

It is when they go - "Oh, you are doing triples this week"

So 62mins on the machine becomes 100mins, plus a bit more faffing about with a second blood draw post donation. Work is... understanding (And Fridays is my standard late finish anyway)

What's triples?

On 09/02/2018 at 8:56 AM, Cape_Horn said:

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

Sorry to hear :(

On 12/09/2018 at 7:52 PM, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I was thinking when I put the above, "Why do I donate, and why do others donate?"

I think for me, part of it is to provide something for those that need it. It's something I can do that costs me nothing and can save the lives of others. Win Win.

Then when I thought about that, I thought, "Is that selfish?" I think in a way it is. I don't really give anything that costs me , but I get that satisfying feeling of giving something. I know for some people they give because it's personal. They know someone that has needed it in the past, so they feel a personal connection to it. For me though, I can't think of anybody I know that has had blood transfusions.

 

What are other people's thoughts on that, and why do you donate?

Dunno.  Cause it's the right thing to do. Cause I want my kids to see me do it in the hope they will too.

 

On 14/09/2018 at 1:11 PM, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I never remember to take a photo while I'm there.

Another Plasma this morning. Only issue is I was stupid when I got back to work and struggled to lift a heavy box in an awkward position. Popped the hole & didn't notice it at the time. I did what I could, but had to run 2 x job interviews with a wet & blood stained white business shirt. The better half will probably kill me when I get home too. :oops:

Conversation starter. Might get some more donors. Just tell them not to lift heavy stuff after!!

On 22/11/2018 at 9:04 PM, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I went in a day early today, as my team are doing a volunteer day, packing donated Xmas presents for kids in developing countries.

Anyway, while I was there, one of the staff came up & asked if I'd have my photo taken for the Xmas promo they are running with Quest Newspapers. They asked a few questions, and I mentioned that my daughter, who is scared of needles, is going to come in & donate with me when I do my 200th next year. I hope that bit gets in the paper. She won't be able to chicken out then. :)

 

And, just sayin'.

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Hey Cranky, Mike, are you guys registered with Red 25? That just looks like my Plasma for the year.

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Pretty sure. I'll double check when I'm in next. Jumping online to make an appointment now.

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37 minutes ago, Cranky said:

What's triples?

Triples are what they are looking to do with platelet donations, basically, three bags of platelets taken, instead of the standard two, but for some reason, the third bag seems to take a lot longer than the first two :( 

The benefit is that they won't need as many platelets donors a week to come in (I have been swapped from platelets to plasma previously), or if there is a sudden uptick in the amount of platelets required then this can be dealt with easily as well.

 

Hoping to see my doctor in the next week or two and get another blood test and see if he will sign off on allowing me back to donating in January.

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Timely thread, have literally just got off the phone from my centre & they've asked me if I could do platelets, instead of the plasma I was booked in for this Sunday. This will be first platelets, there was no mention of "triples" & was told it should be around the same time as plasma, I'm assuming this is correct!?!?

Barring any issues between now & then, you can chalk up an unregistered donation to the Mexicans tally.

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Here is what I said after my first platelets. 

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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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13 minutes ago, Cranky said:

Couldn't get in for a week and a half. That's gotta be good!!

I'm in tomorrow morning. I'm on holidays at the moment so not working in the city, but figured I'll go in and use the free CBD parking they provide for the first time in the 10 years I've been going to that blood bank. :)

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On 22/11/2018 at 9:04 PM, Ex-Hasbeen said:

 

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Hey Cranky, Mike, are you guys registered with Red 25? That just looks like my Plasma for the year.

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Just checked.  Yes I am registered. 

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I know I'm a crazy lady taking photos of strangers but seriously.... This guy pulls people out of burning buildings AND donates blood. What a ripper guy! Wouldn't it be nice if everyone in this world was like this guy. ❤

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Did number 187 this morning. I missed 3 fortnights this year, so I'm not going to be able to make number 200 on my birthday in June, but my daughter is still promising to make her first the day I do. And I found the perfect nurse to help. Sydne put the needle in so well I never even felt it go in today. Apparently they use her for all the newbies too, so in a few months we can start planning Amber's first.

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i use to donate very regularly, but living up here we dont have the option to donate, except when the blood bank van comes to town once a year

 

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23 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Did number 187 this morning. I missed 3 fortnights this year, so I'm not going to be able to make number 200 on my birthday in June, but my daughter is still promising to make her first the day I do. And I found the perfect nurse to help. Sydne put the needle in so well I never even felt it go in today. Apparently they use her for all the newbies too, so in a few months we can start planning Amber's first.

Lily asked them this morning (she's 9, lol). Turns out the knew age is 18, not 16. That sucks!

 

Ps - No sausage roll photo from me.  I'm in the middle of treating a BCC with cream so they weight take my plasma :(

rejected!

 

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33 minutes ago, Cranky said:

I'm in the middle of treating a BCC with cream

Is that a cortisone cream?

You may have to get a backdated TUE for those couple of wins Cranky.

#crankstrong

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20 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Is that a cortisone cream?

You may have to get a backdated TUE for those couple of wins Cranky.

#crankstrong

Only started the cream 2 weeks ago.

 

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Seems an appropriate time to mention the Xmas shortage of donors. I had sentimental reasons for donating in November but it was always a great feeling to donate on Xmas Eve - just nice to be giving something that can't be bought I guess.

If you can, consider a donation in the next couple of days and perhaps give the ultimate Xmas present.

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15 hours ago, Shrek said:

Was making it a regular thing....however cant for another 3 months due to recent tattoo addition...

Photo or it didnt happen!

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