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    Hello a little topic that has nothing to do with nutrition, but could be important.
    In the summer months when people start motorcycling and doing outdoor sports most accidents happen, and in summer fewer people are donating blood.
    Now i hope everyone here is healthy and all relatives stay healthy and no one needs an operation, there are people who do and people whos life depend on blood.

    So i guess Grok used to bleed sometimes. Wrestling Tigers and so. As there are fewer tigers to fend off we can combine the act with a good reason and the good feeling of doing good.

  • #2
    I just donated some blood yesterday as I do once every 8 weeks. I wish more people would take the time to do this.

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    • #3
      I have my donation appointment scheduled next week. Good call!

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      • #4
        I donate regularly, but I find you have to be very specific about where you give it. A lot of businesses don't seem to want it at all!

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        • #5
          My donation site has been ramping up their efforts, so it looks like their supply is running low. So I guess I'll have to make an appointment pretty soon.

          Just a reminder that coconut water is a really good rehydrator after blood donation.
          Durp.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
            Just a reminder that coconut water is a really good rehydrator after blood donation.
            This ^^ and also that it's very important to pre-hydrate before your donation especially if you are in a hot climate right now. If you are at all dehydrated going in, it can make it hard for them to find a vein and keep things flowing right.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
              This ^^ and also that it's very important to pre-hydrate before your donation especially if you are in a hot climate right now. If you are at all dehydrated going in, it can make it hard for them to find a vein and keep things flowing right.
              I agree. I was not able to donate enough blood to be used as a donation once because I was not hydrated enough. They still use it for other purposes, but now I make an effort to hydrate well for 24 hours or so before I go in.

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              • #8
                The blood bank has put me on deferral a couple of times for visiting Africa and the South Pacific. That's a valid concern about malaria.

                The Europe concern is about mad cow disease and they only refuse you if you have spent time that adds up to five or more years there, not just a vacation in Paris. And not all returning service members are put on deferral, only those who have been in one of those spots where there is a concern such as malaria or mad cow.

                Your info on the caner part is off. It is one year post treatment. That is to give your system time to clear out all the drugs. I don't think that's unreasonable and you really wouldn't feel up to it any sooner anyway.

                I'm not sure how I feel about the gay part. There is a valid concern that there is a statistically greater chance of having HIV if you are gay but then again they test everybody's blood for HIV before giving it to anyone so they would hopefully catch any cases that did come up.

                I had to look up haemochromatosis and I'm really sorry that you have that condition but, as nice a person as I know you are, I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of a blood donation from you. Sorry.
                Last edited by Paleobird; 06-29-2012, 10:15 PM.

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                • #9
                  I haven't been able to give blood within the US for 9 years, before that I only had a one year window lol. And no I'm not gay.
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                  • #10
                    I would gladly accept blood donated from a hemochromatosis donor. It's not a blood-borne or contagious disease.

                    Pre-primal I donated every 8 weeks for about two years before I was deferred due to low hemoglobin. Turns out my iron stores (ferritin) were depleted. I've since started giving blood but on a less-regular basis. I bet now with the amount of red meat I eat and the lack of grains I could go back to giving more often.

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                    • #11
                      I would love to give blood, but the first time I did I passed out afterwards when I was walking out of the room. The second time it was during and they pulled the plug. It's not because of needles or the sight of blood, I find the process fascinating and the little see-saw thing mesmerizing...I don't know what it is, but I just can't stay conscious.
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                      • #12
                        I have a friend who was dx'd with Acute Myelocytic Leukemia last week. I gave platelets a few days ago. Can't say it was the most fun I've ever had, but...

                        I was surprised at the amount of questions they asked. I have been to a bunch of Caribbean islands in the last few years- we had to go over each and every one. But I can see why they screen so thoroughly!

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                        • #13
                          Another reason - I can't donate blood because I weigh under 110 pounds.

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                          • #14
                            @june68
                            That happens sometimes. Specialy when people don't eat or drink enough before donating and also most times for vegetarians or vegans. Which i consider fun

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                            • #15
                              That's interesting, Australian_Carnivore. Maybe after a few months of this WOE, I'll give it another go. I felt fine about giving and I'm a good candidate so I'd like to try again.
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                              PB start June 2, 2012
                              Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
                              Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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