A call for help - donors needed

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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby ApacheFlame on Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:45 pm

That's awesome dude, good luck! My top tip, just don't look :) It sounds stupid, but I promise it works!
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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby Cole Scuttle on Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:09 pm

Good on yer! That's two down and... how many in the community to go?

As it happens I had a complete fear of needles before I started, and I still don't like them. You can have the option of a local anaesthetic before the main needle goes in and that can be a help if you and sharp things don't mix.

The finger-prick anaemia test that Apache mentions is interesting to see. The way it works is they take a tiny, disposable lancet to prick the tip of your swearing finger (middle digit) and the resulting drop of blood is sucked into a pipette and then immediately dropped into a transparent tube of greenish copper solution. The drop should immediately sink to the bottom of the solution and this means you're good to go. If it floats, it's an indicator of anaemia and then you'll have a chat with one of the nurses for further information. I've never seen anyone fail it and I've never failed it myself, but there you go. Mine of information, me :D


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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby ApacheFlame on Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:34 pm

My other half failed it... She also had to bail on a donation as she wasn't bleeding quick enough. It turns out that I would probably fail it too at the moment!

Fun fact, I have a massive "phobia" of that lancet test. The thought of something pricking my finger tips freaks me out. Stab me anywhere else with the biggest needle you like and I'm good, fingertips makes me shiver. It doesn't help that my mother is diabetic and so tests her blood sugar a lot and knows about my "phobia". She has chased me around the house with her blood glucose meter before, I was not amused :(
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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby Rico on Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:37 pm

I always used to watch. :D I still do when I go for my INR blood tests. \o/
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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby mfodor on Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:59 pm

Don't like needles myself, those huge ones especially. But I still always looked when my blood had to be taken from me. Found it interesting, for lack of a better word.

Can't seem to remember who or why they were taking it. I should get Mulder on this...
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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby misterchx on Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:41 pm

I do it regularly and something you could always do is also donate things like books or games if you got them in good condition. Donated a lot of books when I sold my bookstore and donated my 360+ games which I wasn't using. If you can't donate blood, there's always other ways to help.


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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby Security on Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:50 pm

Personally I am really sceptical about charity and donations in general but Apache's post (2nd post of the thread) really is inspirational and informative. :D

ApacheFlame wrote:That's awesome dude, good luck! My top tip, just don't look :) It sounds stupid, but I promise it works!

Ah yes this really is the solution. And I am speaking from personal experience.
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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby rgslane the trackpad on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:22 pm

Gave blood on my 17th birthday then had to go into hospital because i had quite a severe reaction. heh.

i'd encourage everyone to do it, you get a jaffa cake


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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby Cole Scuttle on Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:38 am

It's penguin bars for us. Or Garibaldi biscuits sometimes. Scariest thing about the whole blood donation team where I go is the number of tattoos. Two of the male nurses look more like Hell's Angels than healthcare professionals. I can almost picture them cracking their knuckles and saying to donors, "One way or another, you're gonna BLEED!"


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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby ApacheFlame on Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:09 pm

Best of luck to SiebenAuf, he is going for his first donation today :)
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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby Cole Scuttle on Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:58 pm

Best of luck, Sieben! And we need a report!


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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby rgslane the trackpad on Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:38 pm

rip sieben


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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby just annoying boo on Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:51 pm

Just been and donated for the 1st time, was shaking like mad drinking my water^^
But done, didn't hurt and second appointment booked for August :cheers:
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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby ApacheFlame on Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:58 pm

Nice one boo!
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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby ListerofSMEG-2 on Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:59 pm

Nice one Boo! :cheers:
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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby Cole Scuttle on Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:07 pm

Good on yer Boo :cheers:


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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby Rico on Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:03 pm

Well in, Boo. You're doing a great thing.
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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby I Blame my Mother on Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:08 pm

I used to donate regularly. But I recieved a transfusion 18 months ago so I'm not allowed to anymore. I'm still on the organ donor register however.
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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby Cole Scuttle on Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:44 am

Welp, big day tomorrow. Blood platelet donation session at 8.30am. Trip report pending...


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Re: A call for help - donors needed

Postby Cole Scuttle on Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:31 am

Well, give me a drum roll...

Actually, no need. I couldn't donate. Turns out ibuprofen affects platelets and stays in the body far longer than I ever thought it would, so they said no and sent me home again. On the plus side, I got the paperwork out of the way, at least, and then I'm going back on May 16th.

Apparently I have to drink a lot of milk too. Something to do with counteracting the side-effects of the anticoagulant that they use, the calcium in the milk bonding with the molecules in the anticoagulant.

As an aside, I'm sure Anticoagulant is an Aztec god from the same stable as Quezalcoatl...


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