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On Tuesday just gone, my sister was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia. While the first doctor she saw prior to that diagnosed her with "clumsiness and the flu", the second doctor she saw actually went to the effort to do a blood test...and this was the result.

Due to this, she's going to be relying on blood and platelet transfusion for a while.

I've always donated blood in the past, and she has in the past too (nothing wrong with her red blood cells), so this is a chance to give back to her.

1 in 3 people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime, but only around 1 in 30 donate. This number needs to improve.

It doesnt hurt much, and it could save someones life. As horrible as this is, one day it could be you, or a loved one, that needs a transfusion.

So please, if you are allowed to donate, please do so. http://www.donateblood.com.au/

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I’m really sorry to hear that Adie, hope she’s doing OK. That was nice of the first doctor to completely fck things up. :pinch:

I have been a donor for a few years and it really isn’t too much of an effort to go to. I do platelet apheresis which means that unlike a normal whole blood donation your red blood cells are pumped back in so you can donate every four weeks rather than three months. And the beauty of it is you don’t feel drained or lethargic afterwards like most do after a whole blood donation…you essentially can walk straight out and other than the tape on your arm it’s like nothing ever happened.

I actually look forward to doing it, have an hour where the phone is off and you can’t be disturbed by any bastard!

Have never had any complications and the needle insertions have always been spot-on, so for anyone contemplating it but are a bit scared to go through with it…don’t be. You’ll be well looked after by awesome professionals.

...and you get sausage rolls and all sorts of goodies when you're done! :w00t2:

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Sorry to hear about the news Adie but good on you for creating some awareness

I try to get to the blood bank as often as I can and I don't know why more people don't do it - the 2 seconds of pain from the needle is nothing compared to what some people have to endure while in hospital, not to mention the fact that you get a free milkshake and some raisin toast after you have donated!!!

Don't forget that you can also simply donate plasma, this takes a bit longer but plasma donations are just as important. The benefit here is that you can donate plasma every couple of weeks as the process returns your red blood cells back to your body once the plasma has been separated.

Edit: What he said ^^^^

Trust another fat ass to mention the free food.... :rolleyes:

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Good on ya Adie! sh*t news though.. My old man gets a blood transfusion every fortnight at the moment so its definitely great to get people donating.. Means alot to some people!

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Thanks guys.

I've been slack with my iron levels recently, but I'll be donating in a few weeks once the supplements have kicked back in. Should never have stopped taking them. I donated regularly up to a year ago, but had to stop because my anaemia got out of control. its mostly back in check though :)

I understand that there are situations where people cant donate, but if you're scared, or apathetic...maybe its time to reconsider.

Its great to know that there are people on here who donate already.

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Sorry to hear about your sister Adie.

I have always thought about it but never acted on it as I absolutely hate needles.

If someone can inform me of a place melbourne where the nurses feel for the vein rather than looking for it (these ones never miss, never hurt) then I will begin donating asap.

Edited by The Converted

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Hope she gets better Adie. I donate every 3 months. Been doing it since I can't remember but there was a big gap in between. It's a good feeling knowing what your doing I'd not just helping someone but probably saving their life :thumbsup:

So get onto it if you have never done it before. The needle don't hurt - I honestly think its just a numb warm feeling - and everyone at the Red Cross is all smiles and professional. Like my fellow fat bastards have said - get a feed od sausage rolls and milkshake etc afterwards. Plus all the candy you can pocket :nod:

Hold off on the beer the nite before though - not only will you be dehydrated but you might be adding "extra" unwanted value :roflmbo:

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Nurses at blood banks have to be good. If they weren't people may have a bad experience and never go again.

giving blood is a great thing and only takes a little time.

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Hey adie I only just saw this thread ...

Just wanted to wish your sis all the best and let ya know my usuall unpregnant self donates blood quite frequently...

And will be doing the same when bubs comes...

Xx a the best

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I've had to delay my donation, but for good reason. Have to go have a blood test to see if I'm a compatible bone marrow donor for my sister.

Blood test + donation too close together would brig back my anaemia :(

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Was hoping everyone who donates could do my sister a favour...shes putting together some photo collage thing of people donating, so if you happen to be in there can you get a photo of yourself giving the thumbs up, while donating?

Cheers.

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Only just saw this thread..

I've been a regular blood donor for 8 years now since my mates mum was diagnosed with Lukemia. Unfotunately it took her life back in 2005, and since then have donated whole blood every 3 months! (give or take a few).

Sorry no photo's though when donated on Monday

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Blood test is out of the way, so I've booked pazz and I into donate tuesday next week :)

Jamie had a platelet test the other day - she was back down to 2 platelets. its meant to be between 120-400.

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whats the restrictions Adie?

Haven't got any ink or piercings in a while and I've put on a few kg so that shouldn't be a worry, don't use needles either.

went to thailand a few months back and I have 8ppm lead in my system from work, dunno if they will knock me back for that.

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Does that mean 2 per 10ml? how is it counted?

edit: just found its 150,000 to 400,000 per ml.

so your sister has 2000 per ml? sounds bad.

Edited by Paulie2256

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yeh. That low number occurred 2 days after a transfusion. its all just dying.

her bone marrow is dying, so her body is unable to produce any red cells, white cells, or platelets. the meds shes on are designed to jump start her bone marrow, but we wont know if its working for at least 3 months. Until then, shes getting blood and platelet transfusions 2-3 times a week.

If its not, its a bone marrow transfusion. Hence my blood test. I hope im a match if she needs it.

SHP - have a read through this: http://www.donateblood.com.au/faq

Edited by adie

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