Are you a blood donor?

    Maybe others follow the news more closely than I do and already knew this, but I learned today that there is a severe blood shortage because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Drives are being cancelled because the typical high-population sites that host them are closing for safety, so exponentially less blood is coming in.

    We (DH and I) were routine donors years ago, but tapered off as I dealt with health issues that made the gatepost question, “Are you feeling well and healthy today?” more often a “no” for me. I wasn’t sure whether the various medications I take would prevent me from being able to donate.

    The American Red Cross website has a very in-depth Eligibility Requirements section that lists the relatively few things that will prevent someone from donating and I was able to clear every concern I had for myself.  DH and I have appointments for Monday.

    This is one very concrete, safe, action we can take to help others during this crisis.

    A little juice and a semi-restful evening will be more than enough recovery time to fuel your reward-yourselves-for-a-good-deed sex! 😉

    Under the stars Asked on March 20, 2020 in None of The Above.
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      Thanks for letting us know!

      Under the stars Answered on March 20, 2020.
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        I do but it’s rare because I don’t usually see the bus when I have an hour to spare.

        Queen bed Answered on March 20, 2020.
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          Have in the past, and wish that I could do so. Unfortunately, too many aged-out reasons.

          Blanket on a secluded beach! Answered on March 20, 2020.
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            Back in the day I gave blood regularly. There was a Red Cross donation center near our home and donating was easy. This center moved some years ago and along with my own health issues I stopped donating. I was aware of the shortage and should do my part and start donating. It’s like the old gospel tune “Excuses, Excuses”!

            Queen bed Answered on March 20, 2020.

            No judgement:  I’ve been thinking for way too long that i needed to check into my ability to give again, but just hadn’t gotten around to it until I saw the severe shortage. Now that I have a shiny new appointment, I can piously beat the drum! 😉

            on March 21, 2020.
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              I have always wish I could donate blood, but something with my veins doesn’t cooperate. They collapse or something. I’ve tried!

              Blanket on a secluded beach! Answered on March 20, 2020.
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                I’ve wanted to be, but a severe bout with mono as a 16 year old affected my liver and I’m ineligible in my county. As tall as I am, I’d be able to donate platelets otherwise. I couldn’t donate the vast quantities of breast milk I had after my son was born, either.

                Wish I’d socially distanced myself from that girl I sat next to in my English class that year. Mono is much more contagious than we realized in those days.

                Blanket on a secluded beach! Answered on March 20, 2020.

                What a shame! I had mono at that same age, but was blessed to not have lasting effects. I was just always bummed that I had the “kissing disease”, but didn’t get it from kissing! 😛

                on March 21, 2020.
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                  I donated once in college, but otherwise, nope. My husband gives every few months to keep his hematocrit down, I guess I could start going with him. I just never think of it.

                  Under the stars Answered on March 21, 2020.

                  It’s a great togetherness thing. We have always tried to go together. (I actually feel guilty because when I stopped being able to give regularly, I resented him going without me, so he stopped too. It was very selfish of me.)

                  on March 21, 2020.
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                    DD and I donated earlier this year. I plan to again when I’m  eligible in April. I’ve been a semi-regular donor, but have ramped it up the last few years. Bryanna mentioned having problems. I too had a problem a few years ago where it would clot vs. flowing and they gave up after a bit saying my hydration level may have been too low.  The last several times, I’ve made sure I was fully hydrated and I haven’t had a problem, but I don’t know for sure that it helped.

                    Queen bed Answered on March 21, 2020.

                    You could ask them about taking aspirin. I know aspirin (at least the daily low dose) is not a disqualifier for whole blood, because that is what we are giving Monday and I take daily aspirin.

                    ETA: Sorry–I re-read that and realized you said you didn’t have the problem last time. Eyes are going on me.

                    on March 21, 2020.
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                      I appreciate all those willing but unable! That was me for a while, then I was just not motivated enough to check on my eligibility until it became an emergency. I wish I had been disciplined enough to look into it–and follow through–sooner.

                      I don’t know what the Red Cross does, but the blood bank we used to give to (it was run by our local hospital) used to be able to use a “butterfly needle” (it’s smaller) to access my veins more easily. For those who have difficulties, perhaps the butterfly needle is a possibility at your donation location.

                      No guilt trips from me for anyone; we all do what we can and what we feel God calling us to. I’m spouting encouragement, not preaching!! 🙂

                      Under the stars Answered on March 21, 2020.
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