SparkPeople Give Blood - The Gift of Life Team Messageboard Every two seconds, someone needs blood. Someday it may be you or someone you love! This team is open to everyone, especially those who have given or received blood, or who have stories or questions! SparkPeople Give Blood - The Gift of Life Team Messageboard Low pulse rate frustration One of my goals for 2013 was to work on donating a gallon of blood. My 'first' donation (I haven't donated in years) was scheduled for Dec 26th. We had a lot of company on Christmas Day and I was so hyped up after everyone left that I didn't sleep that night - at all. I went to the donation center at 8 am the following morning and was turned down due to a pulse rate of 40. My pulse has always been slow but 40? They told me I had to go to the doctor and get a note saying that I wasn't goi... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 04:52:31 EST How much blood have you donated over the years? Since 2003, I looked it up and I'm up to 5 gallons. I read somewhere about a vet who had donated for decades and was up to some ridiculous number. How much have you donated? Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:34:13 EST Platelet Count Hi All, <BR> <BR> I got a call from my local blood bank last week. They told me that my platelet count was a little low on my last donation. I was at 148,000 platelets and the minimum is 150,000. So I have to go get tested before my next donation (scheduled for 04/28). If it is still too low I can do a whole blood donation (thankfully!). I asked if it is possible my weight loss caused it and she said it is possible, so maybe once my body adjusts to the new "normal", my bone marrow will ... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:59:25 EST Trade Secrets from fellow team members I just read the following article and thought it was interesting and useful. I figured I'd put it out there to see what my fellow team members are doing to get some insight on what is working for everyone. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=467 </link> <BR> <BR> 1) In my fridge, you’ll always find ________. <BR> Milk, eggs, kimchi, salsa <BR> <BR> 2) My favorite “go-to” exercise: <BR> Cycling (mountain & road) <BR> <BR> 3) When I usually wor... Sun, 15 May 2011 17:10:15 EST Lover of blood and giving blood! Hey <BR> I am Haley and I am new to the team! I love giving blood(EVERY TIME I possibly can)! I love watching the blood come out of my arm(the lady who takes the blood thinks I am funny because most people don't watch the needle go in or the blood coming out)! Check out my page! Wed, 8 Sep 2010 20:59:15 EST Need encouragement I am giving blood on the 26th. If I don't have a snack afterwards, I know I will faint, because it has happened before. I need some encouragement to go ahead and eat the snack without being guilty! <BR> <BR> JG Mon, 8 Feb 2010 17:21:45 EST I want to ... introduce myself! <BR> <BR> Hi, My name is Cheryl and I do love to give blood. I was a volunteer Fire Fighter EMT and would host our local blood drives. Then, I had a day care kid who was a Hemophiliac, so I began donating Platelets. That was cool because I had a very high count so they would take a double donation every time. I can no longer donate them but still donate whole blood. <BR> <BR> I have currently donated 2.5 gallons my goal is 10. <BR> <BR> Believe it or not, I was never able... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 15:56:52 EST Post-Donation Snacks Greetings, fellow donating Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Have a question to throw your way - how do you deal with the post-donation snacks that most blood banks provide? At my last donation (pre-SP) I tended to lean toward the baked goods; overall I've seen the snack quality run the gamut from sparse to quite generous. As of now I'm planning to stick to one piece of fruit and the usual juice (I'm a big fan of cranberry). However, since joing SP I try to avoid over-fruiting as I've made a personal g... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 19:35:01 EST Convincing others to donate blood I'm in Toastmasters and have created what I believe to be an excellent speech on donating blood. I've given it a couple times now and always have a few more people donate afterwards. I'm giving it again this weekend. <BR> <BR> What do you do to get other to donate life? Tue, 17 Mar 2009 07:17:30 EST Blood donation makes me feel great. I think blood donation is perhaps one of the best things you can do to give back to the community. It's cheap and easy. The nurses do all the work. All you have to do is lay there and bleed. <BR> I use to give whole blood about 5 times a year until we got a donation center in town. Now I give platelets about every two weeks. I split my donations between the red cross and the blood center of wisconsin. They make me feel welcome and that I am truly helping an individual. I just finished my ... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 07:13:34 EST working out after donation? They always say not to workout after you donate. <BR> <BR> But I donate at lunch and then do low impact aerobics after work. I feel fine, so I do it. <BR> <BR> Is it doing more harm than good? Should I really not workout? Thu, 22 Jan 2009 07:35:50 EST It's been awhile!!! Hello, team!!! Happy New Year to everyone!!! I feel like things are finally starting to calm down and settle into a routine. With the holidays, three birthdays (mom, dad, boyfriend), new gets hectic!!! Even finding a place to put all the new presents and pack away all the new decorations that have accumulated this season was a task!!! I wanted to see how everyone's 2009 had started out. Anyone participating in the Bootcamp? Everyone sticking to their resolutions so far? <em>403</em... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 14:57:45 EST Iron too low? DO you change your eating habits prior to donations to make sure your iron count is high enough to donate? Wed, 7 Jan 2009 07:45:25 EST Leaving. I'm sorry folks but I'm going to have to give up on this team. I believe in the reason for the team and I like the people I have met on it but the team itself does nothing. I'm on too many teams now and am having to trim out the ones that do nothing for me or I'm not contributing enough to. I will continue to donate and all are welcome to spark mail but... <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Jan 2009 10:28:50 EST Leaving. I'm sorry folks but I'm going to have to give up on this team. I believe in the reason for the team and I like the people I have met on it but the team itself does nothing. I'm on too many teams now and am having to trim out the ones that do nothing for me or I'm not contributing enough to. I will continue to donate and all are welcome to spark mail but... <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Jan 2009 10:26:46 EST Hi all!! Hct = 41 I work for a blood bank as a Recruiter. I spend my days convincing people to give the gift of life. I hit my 1 gallon mark in September....which was huge for me!!! I've registered many times and been deferred for iron. BUTTTTTT....since I've started eating better, taking my vitamins daily, and working healthy lifestyle has helped greatly with my iron level! I donated 2 weeks ago, and finally had an iron level high enough to do double reds!! (unfortunately, there were no machines av... Thu, 27 Nov 2008 10:04:03 EST Support Junior Achievement I'm participating in a Junior Achievement Bowl-A Thon is this weekend. Junior Achievement goes into classroom and teaches kids real life skills, like filling out resumes, making a budget, etc. You can find out more at <BR> <BR> If you want to help out you can donate here: (copy and paste site into web browser)<BR>4955 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 08:03:21 EST Whole vs.Double vs Platlettes? I always give a whole blood donation. It's quick, easy, and no trouble. But there are other kinds of donation now. <BR> <BR> Is one more helpful? Does one donation have longer shelf life? Wed, 29 Oct 2008 17:11:58 EST I'm so gald I'm not the only one... Everyone thinks I'm nuts when every 56 days I say "Time to Give Blood!" <BR> <BR> I have a gallor or two logged with the Red Cross in PA. Now I'm in Cincinnati. A local center called Hoxworth does collections for the greater metro area. I'm at about 2.5 gallons with them. Wed, 29 Oct 2008 17:07:56 EST How are You Making Your Donation a Healthy one? Whether it's making sure your body is more prepared to make the donation safely or making the blood you're giving a healthier gift post it here! <BR> For instance: <BR> My family is chronically low on iron so I make sure to have high iron foods the night before and morning of my donation, making my body more prepared. <BR> <BR> Also, thanks to the nutrition tracker, I know that my donations have a lower amount of sodium and cholesterol than they did 4.5 months ago when I started Spark. Tue, 9 Sep 2008 12:16:46 EST What Does Your Area Need? While some blood types are more rare and some are universal donors, every region of the world is likely to have a generally higher need for certain blood types. Ask your blood bank/red cross what blood type your area is chronically low on. Post it here. Tue, 9 Sep 2008 12:14:19 EST Let's Make this Team an Activity! The problem with focusing on the donations, how many times, what reasons we had for donating is that, once said, we tend to let the team be a background thing. As any coach of a team sport can tell you, "If we don't talk, we can't function as a team." I'm posting a couple of new topics today. This is not meant to undermine our team leader. Just meant to help. Tue, 9 Sep 2008 12:12:12 EST A Wonderful Life of Hope The gift of life is so special to everyone and it maybe in your family. It was in mine, my lovable great sister was given some new blood when she was a new born. She had yellow john es and she was also a preemie at birth. She was an angle from God when she was born and we all love her. I don't know what I would do with out her in my life, she is an angle and my best friend <em>201</em> Thu, 17 Jul 2008 20:40:16 EST Making a wonderful choice of life I am a proud American Red Cross donor. I only been giving blood for a year. Knowing that it is helping somebody else to stay alive is a wonderful gift of love. It was not hard to sit there and seeing my blood go because I knew that it will be helping someone that needs it and I want to make a difference in someone else's life and family. I started to give blood when I had to do a class for college and to get extra credit for the class. It was a good feeling. Hope Love and faith <em>220</... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 20:23:47 EST Have you given blood? If so, how many times, when will you give again, are you planning to give whole or double donation? Etc. Tue, 15 Jan 2008 02:20:20 EST