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Old 05-12-09, 09:07 PM   #1
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I'm afraid of blood. I grow queasy if I hear about it or think too much about needles, etc. That's why I donate occasionally.

First, the good news - despite needing to drop 30 more lbs my blood pressure was 110/62, pulse 56, and temp 97. [this is the tie-in to cycling]

Second, the odd news - besides being O negative my blood has something called "vnc negative". Apparently only 33k people in the US are in that group. Don't ask me what it means but it's apparently a good thing.

Oh - and despite much too long a wait the donation went quickly and I didn't suffer chills, faints, or other issues. Whew!
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Thanks for the reminder. I am just plain old type B+, but I donated blood annually for about 20 years and need to get back into the habit of doing so.
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I'm afraid of blood. I grow queasy if I hear about it or think too much about needles, etc. That's why I donate occasionally.

First, the good news - despite needing to drop 30 more lbs my blood pressure was 110/62, pulse 56, and temp 97. [this is the tie-in to cycling
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Second, the odd news - besides being O negative my blood has something called "vnc negative". Apparently only 33k people in the US are in that group. Don't ask me what it means but it's apparently a good thing.

Oh - and despite much too long a wait the donation went quickly and I didn't suffer chills, faints, or other issues. Whew
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I'd live to give bood. I'm Type A-.

Unfortunately, as a young man, I contracted Mono and let it morph into Hepatitus. So, I'm off the donor list.
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This past Monday I donated my 80th unit at the Southcenter Puget Sound Blood Center.

I also donated blood when I lived in California, so I've probably (unofficially) donated over 100 units in my lifetime. Mr. East Hill has donated 72 units!

Thumbs up to those of you who can, and do, donate!

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I'm a 6-gallon donor, but I finally gave it up because it was taking too long for me to recover. Due to the cycling, my HR is pretty low - doc has measured it in his office in the 50s and it'll be 52 while sitting at my desk at work - but that doesn't seem to help my genetics, so my BP is still marginal at 128/86 or thereabouts.
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