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1 hour ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Maybe your doctor will put you on a different medication. Hope you let us know what you and your doctor decide to do.
I’m so sorry about your friends. My friend hung himself. I had no clue he was suffering so much. A major problem is some never seek treatment and others wait to long before getting help. I hope your starting to feel better. You are so right when you said “depression is evil.” Hopefully someday soon they will know what actually causes it.
Always thinking about you buddy,

10 hours ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Not that this will help but back in the day if we didn’t work we didn’t eat. My grandfather had a brain tumor which he died from in 1926.
When he could no longer walk my Dad hitched up his team and my Dad and his older brother carried him and tied him to the plow and at lunch they untied him and carried him to the house to eat. After lunch it happened all over again and was repeated until he died.
I believe we’re spoiled. In the past I think people were to busy just trying to survive to be depressed etc. In the past people didn’t enjoy the luxury of being able to pick and choose if they would work, stay in bed or watched tv etc. Just my 2 cents.

1 day ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

On the Epilepsy Society Forum in England the hug thread was the most popular with the most posts.

1 day ago · Blood Donation, whole blood, Platelets, Red Cells, Plasma in Heart & Blood Health

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.

Tue, Feb 5 11:35pm · Blood Donation, whole blood, Platelets, Red Cells, Plasma in Heart & Blood Health

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,

1 day ago · Blood Donation, whole blood, Platelets, Red Cells, Plasma in Heart & Blood Health


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.

1 day ago · Blood Donation, whole blood, Platelets, Red Cells, Plasma in Heart & Blood Health

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

Wed, Mar 13 1:10pm · Inability to live a normal life. in Epilepsy & Seizures

I don’t understand what the problem is in asking for help. True loyal friends don’t mind at all. I enjoy helping my friends whenever and however I can. If I take them somewhere or help them out when they are home I m able to spend more time with them which I enjoy. Of course they all know better than to ask me to cook, probably because of the yucky slop I always conjure up. I can even ruin a TV dinner. As far as being taken advantage of that is your fault if you allow it. I have been in that position too, but I only blame myself. As far as support goes sometimes people don’t think they are getting support because it’s not what they want to hear. But it’s often the best support you could ask for. A true friend doesn’t just offer superfluous advice but what they consider honest helpful meaningful advice. How can you not appreciate their concern and honesty.