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

@Jake Thanks for posting statistics about blood. Organ transplants also need numerous units of blood. And because of highly sensitive modern laboratory testing for viruses, blood is very safe. There one chance in a million of getting HIV, Hep B or C from a donated unit. The main problem is blood given to the wrong patient, which still happens occasionally despite ultra-strict guidelines regarding patient identification. I got started donating blood because my father, a WWII pilot, was a regular donor and encouraged me to give blood.

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@jakedduck1

@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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@jakedduck1

You are donating a gift of life, Jake! On behalf of all of the people you have helped, I would like to thank you .

You have helped to save a lot of lives and also helped to maintain the quality of life for many others.

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@hopeful33250

@jakedduck1

You are donating a gift of life, Jake! On behalf of all of the people you have helped, I would like to thank you .

You have helped to save a lot of lives and also helped to maintain the quality of life for many others.

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@hopeful33250
Hello Teresa,
Thank you for your very kind and generous words. They mean a lot to me.
Jake

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THIS STORY IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF
HOW IMPORTANT BLOOD DONATIONS ARE.
IM DONATING TOMORROW, PLEASE JOIN ME.

Mere hours after birth, Finn was admitted to the hospital for what was assumed to be a minor respiratory problem. His parents' joy turned to fear when they learned their newborn son had severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of his body.

Finn's condition made him a high priority to receive a pediatric heart transplant…at just 6 months old. In order to bridge Finn to his new heart, he needed many transfusions.

After receiving his lifesaving heart, he spent three months fighting rejection, infections, blood clots, kidney failure and lung disease, and received even more transfusions. Three months post-transplant, Finn went home with a new heart.

"We never truly understood the impact that donating had. We credit donation with making Finn stronger and helping keep him alive long enough to receive a new heart. Finn is living proof that donations help save lives." – Finn's mother, Ali

Thanks to donors like you, Finn is heart-healthy, doing well and celebrating a 2nd birthday!

Be proud to be an American Red Cross Platelet donor today. Schedule your next donation appointment, and help spread the word that more donors like you are needed.

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@jakedduck1

THIS STORY IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF
HOW IMPORTANT BLOOD DONATIONS ARE.
IM DONATING TOMORROW, PLEASE JOIN ME.

Mere hours after birth, Finn was admitted to the hospital for what was assumed to be a minor respiratory problem. His parents' joy turned to fear when they learned their newborn son had severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of his body.

Finn's condition made him a high priority to receive a pediatric heart transplant…at just 6 months old. In order to bridge Finn to his new heart, he needed many transfusions.

After receiving his lifesaving heart, he spent three months fighting rejection, infections, blood clots, kidney failure and lung disease, and received even more transfusions. Three months post-transplant, Finn went home with a new heart.

"We never truly understood the impact that donating had. We credit donation with making Finn stronger and helping keep him alive long enough to receive a new heart. Finn is living proof that donations help save lives." – Finn's mother, Ali

Thanks to donors like you, Finn is heart-healthy, doing well and celebrating a 2nd birthday!

Be proud to be an American Red Cross Platelet donor today. Schedule your next donation appointment, and help spread the word that more donors like you are needed.

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@jakedduck1 There are many of us who cannot donate fluids. I was heartbroken to find out that I was not able to do that as my dad left such a legacy of donating blood. Instead I find other ways to donate: my time, my resources, my funds. And I am signed up on Donate Life to be able to donate whatever organs possible when I no longer need them in this earthly body. You too can be a donor!
Ginger

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@gingerw
I hope I didn’t imply everyone could or should donate I realize and understand the restrictions. I remember your Dad donating for 20 years or so WOW. Hope I can live that long to match his generosity. There are countless ways to help others. It’s a wonderful feeling isn’t it Ginger.
Thank you for all you do.
Gratefully,
Jake

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@gingerw

@jakedduck1 There are many of us who cannot donate fluids. I was heartbroken to find out that I was not able to do that as my dad left such a legacy of donating blood. Instead I find other ways to donate: my time, my resources, my funds. And I am signed up on Donate Life to be able to donate whatever organs possible when I no longer need them in this earthly body. You too can be a donor!
Ginger

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Ginger–No one should feel guilty because they are ineligible to donate. I've been able to donate blood these many years, but there are many things that prevent donors from giving, things that affect the donated blood and things that protect the donor. I worked at a Blood Bank for several years and know that they are under constant pressure to get enough blood. Community donors who donate regularly are the backbone of the blood supply. I worked during 9/11 when the lines to donate blood stretched around the block. Regrettably, only a small fraction of the first-time donors who showed up to donate in a crisis ever came back to donate again for the day-to-day community needs.

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@gingerw

@jakedduck1 There are many of us who cannot donate fluids. I was heartbroken to find out that I was not able to do that as my dad left such a legacy of donating blood. Instead I find other ways to donate: my time, my resources, my funds. And I am signed up on Donate Life to be able to donate whatever organs possible when I no longer need them in this earthly body. You too can be a donor!
Ginger

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@jakedduck1 I cant donate but am signed to give my organs when I dont need them anymore I wont need them up there

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@jakedduck1

@gingerw
I hope I didn’t imply everyone could or should donate I realize and understand the restrictions. I remember your Dad donating for 20 years or so WOW. Hope I can live that long to match his generosity. There are countless ways to help others. It’s a wonderful feeling isn’t it Ginger.
Thank you for all you do.
Gratefully,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 I know that you did not imply what you thought I heard. I know from experience that sometimes people will pigeonhole themselves thinking this is all they can do and not think outside that pigeonhole or box so to speak. They need to understand that there are so many ways to be helpful to others. It seems like in this day and age there are simply people who are so so blinded by things that they can't seem to be creative in the process of thinking of ways to be of service. I don't know if any of this makes any sense to you and I think I'm probably just really rambling now. My apologies mid-afternoon slope of energy.
Ginger

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@jakedduck1

@hopeful33250
Hello Teresa,
Thank you for your very kind and generous words. They mean a lot to me.
Jake

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@jakedduck1
Those words were well deserved!

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Interested in learning about blood? I thought these videos were interesting.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HQWlcSp9Sls

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9-XoM2144tk

Jake

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You can take slow-release iron pills. Red meat has a lot of iron. But more important, find out about the chronic illness and how it affects your hemoglobin. You fix that, you've got it made.

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