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Old 10-12-12, 09:51 AM
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Foosters, I may be donating bone marrow.

I registered back in '99. It was a big drive, for a friend of a friend. It's been that long. They still seem to want to give me plenty of opportunity to back out.

Anyone done this, or know someone directly who has? I spoke briefly with the rep, and she gave me the run down on the two procedures, if I turn out to be a match. Neither one sounds particularly pleasant, but not horribly bad, either.

It's either 1) a moderately painful surgery where they get marrow from my hip bone. (Most people are back to full after 3 weeks, but back at work after 2-3 days.); or 2) flu like symptoms from an daily injection for 5 days, then sitting with a machine hooked up to me for 4-8 hours, taking blood out of one arm, spinning it, and pumping it back in through my other arm.

According to one source, the 5-days of shots are a type of chemo that elicits your bone marrow to send out stem cells that turn into white blood cells. They harvest them through the machine and they will use it to grow bone marrow in the recipient.

I made it through the questionnaire. I was thinking my travel/living in Europe might get me out of it, but apparently everytime I've lived overseas, I was in the 'wrong' area. ...or right, depending on one's view.

I just pushed the button to get the process rolling. Signed the consent form and emailed it to their legal department. Man, I hope this doesn't hurt too much.
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I hope it doesn't hurt too much as well. A VERY noble act on your part!
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I'm in a donor bank as well, so far no contact for what they need
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Originally Posted by jdon View Post
I hope it doesn't hurt too much as well. A VERY noble act on your part!
+1 in the first point.
+1000000000 on the second point.
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I've never done that (and good for you for volunteering), but have heard the estimates about pain are either correct or understated. And that the donors would do it again if needed.
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Pain fades but the fact the you helped or will help someone get better is forever...kudos to you!!!
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There's no time like the present:
https://marrow.org/Join/Join_Now/Join_Now.aspx

I think about my wife, and my cat, and I figure even if I give someone a few extra days or weeks with their family, it's worth it. But I'm such a wuss....
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Originally Posted by Notso_fastLane View Post
There's no time like the present:
https://marrow.org/Join/Join_Now/Join_Now.aspx

I think about my wife, and my cat, and I figure even if I give someone a few extra days or weeks with their family, it's worth it. But I'm such a wuss....
I'll go with you and punch you square in the nerds right before so it'll distract you cause I'm nice like that...and just think if it hurt that bad, no one would ever do it.
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Thumbs up!

I am in the database as well for over a decade. I always hope that I would be called as it is always a life saving situation.
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Good on you. I was once contacted as a close match but they ended up finding someone closer.
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