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Could be that too.

Just thinking about your sister's platelet count Adie...that's bloody frightening. Mine is usually around 330 I think.

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It is frightening.

Its hard too, because she doesnt look sick, and says she doesnt feel sick. In fact the only reason that she looks any different to normal is because of the fluid retention caused by the steroids they've put her on. She keeps insisting shes fine to go to work and the gym - but shes not.

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Hope I get that much food after.. Good on you Tab. Also love the Tacho above your head on the left..

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They are an impressive bit of gear, but temperamental fckn things. If you move your arm or squeeze when you should be relaxing while it's on a return cycle you're greeted with flashing lights and alarms.

Funnily enough they all have names given to them, and the platelet machines all seem to be females. :unsure:

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They are an impressive bit of gear, but temperamental fckn things. If you move your arm or squeeze when you should be relaxing while it's on a return cycle you're greeted with flashing lights and alarms.

Funnily enough they all have names given to them, and the platelet machines all seem to be females. :unsure:

Because they suck the blood out of you?

But on a more serious note.. Reinforcing people to donate.. I think people need to get onto this band wagon.. And I think Australia needs to get in line with the rest of the world and make it more worthwhile for people donating blood (as far as I know Europe and USA offer incentives of the $ form for people to donate). My old man currently needs 4 bags of blood (That is the absolute maximum one person can donate per year) every month to keep his white blood cell count up in his fight with cancer.. Unfortunately for him he is O+ which means his donor blood can only be O+ or O-. Donor blood is the difference between him being able to enjoy what time he has left compared to sleeping 90% of the day.. So today he's gotten quite bad and been booked in for blood tomorrow, but only if they can get the blood in from somewhere else in the state.

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Yeah I think the yanks do pay, but I'm not sure that offering money is a great thing.

They are in the middle of reviewing eligibility though which is long overdue, I.e. the fact that homosexual men are forbidden from donating anything is a bit archaic. I haven't really gotten into the stats but I can't imagine that demographic being at that much higher risk than most of the other free and easy people shagging anyone without protection. :idunno: And everything is tested so thoroughly anyway the chance of an infection slipping through would have to be miniscule.

Unfortunately until most people are affected or someone dear to them is they just don't even consider it. I know I was in that boat myself until I had a friend that was close to the edge that woke me up.

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Truthfully I never considered blood donation till I got a government job and you can claim leave to donate blood..

2 hours every 3 months.. I think that's awesome.. They used to organise a bus for us all and everything.. More employers should get on that bandwagon..

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Good Idea guys, your employer doesn't even need to supply the van a lot of the time. When I was at the dealership the local blood bank came past and picked us up in their van, all the company had to do was say ok, off you go.

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