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Yes, I was able to donate!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

After trying, unsuccessfully, to regain 5 lbs, I did manage to regain 2!

This brought me to 120 which has a nice ring to it! Anyway, I was 120.8 so I told them 121 and I was able to donate single platelets and single plasma at the same time! It's weird that I can't donate double platelets but can do plasma with the platelets. (not enough body mass! never thought I would live to hear those words said about me!) emoticon

The truly great news is I can give them both at the same time and the machines were recently reprogrammed and I did it in half the time, 48 minutes!! The only change is now I must wait 28 days - this is truly a win-win scenario because I am giving clotting factor for cancer patients and any other patients at the same time and only go once a month! (plasma is a clotting factor - I had to ask too, lol.)

Anyway, this is just an update for the people that I know were praying for me to find a viable solution and I believe The Lord has shown me the way. But then, I always knew He would. I told Ray that The Lord would not allow me to hurt myself and He would show me the way if I was going to be able to donate platelets.

FYI, this was also the first time my lips didn't tingle! I can't explain this but anyone that has donated platelets should understand.

Love to you all today and always,
Linda emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JERSEYGIRL24 10/6/2009 2:00PM

    So glad!!! If I could give platelets in 48 minutes I would do it frequently. Unfortunately, the last time I did it was not a good experience. It took about 2 hours, I desperately had to pee in the middle of it, and I had a bruise on my arm that took several weeks to heal. But you are truly special for trying so hard to find a way to do this.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/5/2009 10:09AM

    Linda - You're such a kind and giving person. I'm glad to hear you're able to give both blood and platelets. emoticon

Hage a great day! emoticon

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SUPREME5 10/3/2009 3:09PM

    thank you for the blood i needed 2 transfusions at one time.
i wish i coukd give but no i have blood thiners and can not.
i thank all who do we would not be here if you didn't
take care cause i care

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MEADSBAY 10/3/2009 1:05PM

    Linda, you are such a good person.
I switched from whole blood to platelets when I retired but I must admit I hate the increased time commitment and am not good about getting in there as frequently as I could.
You inspire me to do so!

Have a good weekend!

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MRE1956 10/3/2009 9:22AM



That's gotta take a great load off your mind!

I've yet to donate platelets - I keep saying to myself that since I'm (temporarily, hopefully) at home during the day I should look into it, but as I've been getting calls and contacts on job opportunities I've let that slide - perhaps I should put that on the fast track on my "to do" list just in case....

Tks for your blog, BTW - it reminded me that there's a blood drive today that I should check out.

Take care!

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MARTY19 10/3/2009 8:39AM

    You always find a way to make things you want happen. I am so happy for you.


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PALESEPT 10/3/2009 8:09AM

    I'm so proud of you! I know you're happy too! Way to go! emoticon emoticon


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    I'm so happy to hear that!

Now all I can do is hope that the laws in Japan will change and that I will be able to give blood again too.

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/3/2009 7:55AM

    Linda, I just left another comment on a blog talking about balancce and here we find you working your balance into your life. I am proud of you for realizing that the number on the scale isn't the most important thing in your life. Life is going on all around us and it is up to us to join the race and keep up. emoticon and keep donating,


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JUST-AMY 10/3/2009 7:42AM

    This is really awesome. Glad you are a helper to patients both known and unknown who need heroes like you. By the are a hero and true example of "how its done" around here at Spark! Thank you for that! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/3/2009 7:35AM

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IUHRYTR 10/3/2009 7:34AM

    From one blood donor to another, thank you for your donation. Blood is vitally important and it is because of concerned people like you that many lives are saved. -- Lou

Comment edited on: 10/3/2009 7:36:47 AM

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