Blood Donation, whole blood, Platelets, Red Cells, Plasma

Posted by Leonard Holloway @jakedduck1, Tue, Jan 1 6:05am

I’ve always wanted to donate but at 20 I was diagnosed with Hepatitis B so it never happened until I wised up a mere 45 years later when I asked for the Antibody and Antigen testing. Never had HepB
Have been deferred last 5 times mostly from low Hemoglobin. My doctor says I’m anemic from Chronic Illness. My question is how to build up my iron level, liver isn’t going to happen. Any suggestions?
Thanks for your help,
Jake

@jakedduck1 Hi I worked for the blood bank denying people because of !ow hemoglobin the red cross told me tell people to eat raisins this will do the trick .Happy New Year

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@lioness

@jakedduck1 Hi I worked for the blood bank denying people because of !ow hemoglobin the red cross told me tell people to eat raisins this will do the trick .Happy New Year

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@lioness
I was so excited today at the Red Cross. My Hemoglobin was high enough to be able to donate. I was deferred 4 times for low hemoglobin and once for high blood pressure. Today I was able to donate Platelets. My doctor said I may have to stop giving blood.
I read only 5% of people donate. That’s a shameful number. Please donate. Each donation can potentially save 3 lives, who wouldn’t want to help save lives.
Help encourage your friends and families to donate.
Please give,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@lioness
I was so excited today at the Red Cross. My Hemoglobin was high enough to be able to donate. I was deferred 4 times for low hemoglobin and once for high blood pressure. Today I was able to donate Platelets. My doctor said I may have to stop giving blood.
I read only 5% of people donate. That’s a shameful number. Please donate. Each donation can potentially save 3 lives, who wouldn’t want to help save lives.
Help encourage your friends and families to donate.
Please give,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 My dad donated every six weeks for over 20 years. I used to donate, but in 1988 when they diagnosed systemic lupus, I was told I could no longer donate. At that point I had even been matched for apherhesis and bone marrow donation.
Ginger

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@jakedduck1

@lioness
I was so excited today at the Red Cross. My Hemoglobin was high enough to be able to donate. I was deferred 4 times for low hemoglobin and once for high blood pressure. Today I was able to donate Platelets. My doctor said I may have to stop giving blood.
I read only 5% of people donate. That’s a shameful number. Please donate. Each donation can potentially save 3 lives, who wouldn’t want to help save lives.
Help encourage your friends and families to donate.
Please give,
Jake

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@lioness I used to donate every chance I got until I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 20. My husband also donated until he developed a bloodborne illness. My oldest son has donated a great deal but has not started again since moving across the state. It is the easiest and best way to be helpful.

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Hello all
The American Red Cross is currently experiencing a platelet emergency and I’m sure they are not the only organization with a shortage – and it's serious.

Whole blood can be stored for 42 days. Each platelet donation expires after only five days. During those five days, each donation must be tested, processed, packed and shipped to a hospital or cancer center. Over 50 percent of donated platelets are used for cancer patients of all ages. And the need never lets up.

We deeply appreciate all our donors, but our platelet donors are particularly special. Please give ASAP to help end the emergency. Just one donation may help save more than one life.

I hope whoever reads this can help fill the shortage. A very satisfying experience knowing you are helping others.
Thank you for reading,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

Hello all
The American Red Cross is currently experiencing a platelet emergency and I’m sure they are not the only organization with a shortage – and it's serious.

Whole blood can be stored for 42 days. Each platelet donation expires after only five days. During those five days, each donation must be tested, processed, packed and shipped to a hospital or cancer center. Over 50 percent of donated platelets are used for cancer patients of all ages. And the need never lets up.

We deeply appreciate all our donors, but our platelet donors are particularly special. Please give ASAP to help end the emergency. Just one donation may help save more than one life.

I hope whoever reads this can help fill the shortage. A very satisfying experience knowing you are helping others.
Thank you for reading,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Nice post hope more people respond I use to work for red cross in testing the blood First person you see if the test denied them we told them eat more raisins and spinach to build your iron. Speaking of spinach have to fix my spinach lasagna for supper That's an easy one for you 😂😁

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@jakedduck1

Hello all
The American Red Cross is currently experiencing a platelet emergency and I’m sure they are not the only organization with a shortage – and it's serious.

Whole blood can be stored for 42 days. Each platelet donation expires after only five days. During those five days, each donation must be tested, processed, packed and shipped to a hospital or cancer center. Over 50 percent of donated platelets are used for cancer patients of all ages. And the need never lets up.

We deeply appreciate all our donors, but our platelet donors are particularly special. Please give ASAP to help end the emergency. Just one donation may help save more than one life.

I hope whoever reads this can help fill the shortage. A very satisfying experience knowing you are helping others.
Thank you for reading,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

I appreciate this post, Jake. Thanks for letting us know about the shortage.

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I’m donating platelets today. Anyone care to join me in the Nation wide shortage. Platelets can only be stored for 5 days. Let’s help our friends with Cancer!
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Good for you, Jake! Will you get juice and cookies afterwards?
Just wondering, if you have cancer, can you give platelets?

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@hopeful33250
They offer various things but I can only have water. Not allowed to have juice or snacks. My mean doctor won’t allow it. Can only drink water and 2 cups of milk a day. I lost 62 pounds but 20 more to go.
Here are issues that may prevent donating.
http://web.princeton.edu/sites/september11/eligib.htm
Health and happiness to you,
Jake

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@hopeful33250
They offer various things but I can only have water. Not allowed to have juice or snacks. My mean doctor won’t allow it. Can only drink water and 2 cups of milk a day. I lost 62 pounds but 20 more to go.
If you have cancer it depends on what type and if it’s active. If it was a blood related cancer you must wait usually 12 months after successful treatment.

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@jakedduck1

@hopeful33250
They offer various things but I can only have water. Not allowed to have juice or snacks. My mean doctor won’t allow it. Can only drink water and 2 cups of milk a day. I lost 62 pounds but 20 more to go.
If you have cancer it depends on what type and if it’s active. If it was a blood related cancer you must wait usually 12 months after successful treatment.

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@jakedduck1
Wow, 62 pounds is quite a weight loss! How long did it take you to lose that much weight?

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Why should we donate blood? Because blood saves lives. It is correct that only about 5% of the population donates blood.There are a lot of myths about blood donation, too numerous to list. If you're not sure you are eligible to donate, or have been told by someone you shouldn't donate because (fill in the blank), don't assume that you can't. Call the blood donation center in your area, Red Cross or Independent Blood Center, and ask. They will give you the correct answers that follow FDA regulations. I am 70 years old and have been donating blood for 50 years, averaging about four donations a year. I donate whole blood, which is split into components (red cells, plasma, and platelets) to be used for three different individuals. I take a daily multivitamin with 18 mg of iron to keep up my iron stores. One in three of us will need a blood transfusion in our lifetime. Thankfully, I have never been on the receiving end, but am glad I am still eligible to be on the giving end.

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@tim1028

Why should we donate blood? Because blood saves lives. It is correct that only about 5% of the population donates blood.There are a lot of myths about blood donation, too numerous to list. If you're not sure you are eligible to donate, or have been told by someone you shouldn't donate because (fill in the blank), don't assume that you can't. Call the blood donation center in your area, Red Cross or Independent Blood Center, and ask. They will give you the correct answers that follow FDA regulations. I am 70 years old and have been donating blood for 50 years, averaging about four donations a year. I donate whole blood, which is split into components (red cells, plasma, and platelets) to be used for three different individuals. I take a daily multivitamin with 18 mg of iron to keep up my iron stores. One in three of us will need a blood transfusion in our lifetime. Thankfully, I have never been on the receiving end, but am glad I am still eligible to be on the giving end.

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@tim1028 Thank you for making a difference. I used to be able to donate. But due to medical issues it is impossible now. My father donated every 2.5 months for over 40 years.
Ginger

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@tim1028

Why should we donate blood? Because blood saves lives. It is correct that only about 5% of the population donates blood.There are a lot of myths about blood donation, too numerous to list. If you're not sure you are eligible to donate, or have been told by someone you shouldn't donate because (fill in the blank), don't assume that you can't. Call the blood donation center in your area, Red Cross or Independent Blood Center, and ask. They will give you the correct answers that follow FDA regulations. I am 70 years old and have been donating blood for 50 years, averaging about four donations a year. I donate whole blood, which is split into components (red cells, plasma, and platelets) to be used for three different individuals. I take a daily multivitamin with 18 mg of iron to keep up my iron stores. One in three of us will need a blood transfusion in our lifetime. Thankfully, I have never been on the receiving end, but am glad I am still eligible to be on the giving end.

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@tim1028
@gingerw
Hi kids,
Tim, Ginger & your Dad, thank you for your generosity for so long. Imagine how many lives you helped save.
I would be celebrating my 45th year of donating had I not been so ignorant but I was wrongly diagnosed with Hepatitis B. No one ever told me about the Antibody & Antigen testing. I got tested and I never did have it.

When I stated 5% I used that as an average. The American Red Cross states 3%. Although I have read donation statistics ranging from 3 to 10%.
The following information is provided by the American Red Cross.
The Red Cross provides about 40% of our nation’s blood and blood components.
Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the U.S. donate blood.
13.6 million whole blood and red blood cells are collected in the U.S. in a year.
Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 units.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.7 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

Red blood cells must be used within 42 days (or less).
Platelets must be used within just 5 days.
A type of white blood cell (Granulocytes) must be used within 24 hours.
I have volunteered numerous places and as rewarding as it was, to me, nothing has compared to donating blood. I hope, if you can, you too will help with this never ending need.
Blessings to you all,
Jake

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