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I am getting better every day!


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

I was a busy lady yesterday what with taking my Dad to the surgeon (he is doing very well with his first Fistula surgery, next one in 2 months) and had some time before his Dialysis so I went to donate blood earlier in the day.

Well, long story short, I am a hard stick and always have been. Tiny veins!

Jerry usually has to take my donation because so many are afraid of my tiny veins. I have often said in the past, if I was lucky enough to be tiny anywhere, why my veins?!

Well, you should know what is coming . . . they ain't tiny no more! Jerry was beside himself when the vein popped up at him for the first time in over 2 years!

I am also blessed to be Type A which is just loaded with platelets and he was never able to get them out of me. Well he said he can now! So next week I go in for a platelet count (last time was 498 which is very high) and with any luck at all I will be able to be a Blood Platelet Donor, I can give Triple Platelets! FYI, Cancer patients are in great need of platelets!

I thought at first it was the weight loss and the water drinking. But no, I started my Strength Training this past month and that is really the only thing different from my last donation 2 months ago.

I just wanted to share this. I have been busting at the seams with joy! It is a true blessing to be able to donate blood and/or platelets. Even if for whatever reason they still cannot get them from me, nothing can take away this wonderful feeling I am having today!
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JENIFIREHARP 4/9/2009 10:35PM

    That is very interesting. emoticon

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 4/9/2009 8:48AM

    Linda -- you are getting better each day and you're giving us all an opportunity to see what could be down the road for us. Thank you for helping others as you do, for taking care of yourself and for sharing with us. You are truly an inspiration. emoticon Laurie

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SASSIFRASSTEA 4/8/2009 11:42PM

    Way to go Linda. That is very enlightening. One more benefit of a strength training. Thanks

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MYSHERO 4/8/2009 10:04PM

    Linda,
One more thing...
You shine! I feel so energized when I read what you are doing for yourself and for those around you. It makes me want to be better and I am thankful that God sent you my way. I haven't known you very long but I can feel your spirit and it is truly amazing.
I just wanted you to know that.

Love, Yvette

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MEADSBAY 4/8/2009 8:38PM

    Good for you.
I've given blood for 25 years or so
(I always joked it was for the guilt free cookies!)
and since I've retired I've done platelets about 10-15 times.
You can do that every 4 weeks but Jerseygirl is right,
it CAN take a long time (not always, but sometimes).
I feel so good about doing it, though.
elizabeth
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JERSEYGIRL24 4/8/2009 8:29PM

    Linda,

That is great!!! I have donated blood three times in the last 8 months after many years of not doing it at all. I am O positive, and the second time I went I donated platelets. However, it was not a great experience. It took a very long time. I know it is a lot longer than a whole blood donation, but another woman started donating platelets at the same time and got out a lot sooner than me. I run toward low blood pressure, and I think they had a hard time drawing the blood. The machine kept beeping. My arm was so black and blue afterward, and it took a few weeks to return to normal. So I probably have to stick to whole blood donations for now. Maybe when I get into better shape.

But I seriously admire anyone who gives blood. I heard that the number of eligible people who actually donate is very low (under 10%), and if we could get it up to 25% (maybe even lower) there would not be shortages.

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FORMYDARLINGS 4/8/2009 8:13PM

    You are such a wonderful person and I love that great things happen for you. I can no longer donate blood due to medications I take but I started when I was 17 and donated faithfully until I was 43. It is like no other gift. ( and they give you cookies) !!!

Gini

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DINA:-) 4/8/2009 7:53PM

    thank you for giving blood- you saved a life!

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MARTY19 4/8/2009 7:00PM

    I hate giving blood because the needle hurts. But at least, it is not difficult. I'm so glad is was easy this time.

Marty

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MYSHERO 4/8/2009 6:54PM

    So cool and very thoughtful! Tiny veins are not fun - - glad to see that they are fattening up :-)
Many hugs, Yvette

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VICKI-BISHOP-56 4/8/2009 6:47PM

  That's wonderful. I'm A positive myself.
Vicki

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