Because I travel so much I knew that I couldn’t donate blood at certain times over the last few years, particularly when I’ve traveled to India, africa or latin america.
i went to donate blood today and found out that i couldn’t donate until nov. 2010 b/c of my oct 2009 trip to india. THEN they determined that I’m in the group that is impacted by the MAD COW scare because I lived in germany for several years between 1980 and 1996 (1878-1986). So…I cannot give blood until/unless they “clear” those requirements in the future. I’m kind of bummed! AND I found out that my blood pressure is a little high. 145/96. GREAT! What a way to begin my birthday. BUT! I will find other ways to give back! 3 years ago
Not 10 minutes after emailing the blood donation program at the hospital, I received a call. I can go in on Tueday, Mar 30th, my birthday, anytime between 7am and 3pm to donate blood.
They will also let me know my blood type next time I donate.
I inquired about donating platelets and she said it was painless and they return your red blood cells to you, platelets are the thickeing agent in your blood and they use the donated platelets for local cancer patients.
You have to give blood once before giving platelets so they can check your platelet count and be sure you have enough to spare. Then you ca donate “just” platelets. You can donate platelets every two weeks! but you can only donate bood every 2 months.
I am excited. 3 years ago
I emailed the medical center to see if I need to schedule an appointment to donate blood on next Tuesday, March 30th, which is my birthday or if I can just walk in. I’m also going to inquire about platelet donation. I’m also wondering if they can tell me my blood type, that would be great. I’m still trying to decide if I want to take the day off from work. 3 years ago
I’m currently working at Dartmouth College. There’s a world class medical center nearby that has a donor program. Originally I wanted to donate a gallon of blood in 12 months. That is unlikely in that they generally only let you donate a pint every 2 months. So I’m making this a half gallon donation goal (4 pints) within the 2010 calendar year.
I am thinking of going on my birthday.
One out of every ten DHMC patients receives a blood transfusion. Be a DHMC blood donor! One whole blood donation can help save the lives of two to three patients. Less than an hour of your time is required, and your donation will be used for patients within the hospital.
We are open weekdays, and walk-ins are always welcome!
Blood is the gift of life. Healthy people are the only source of blood.
The Blood Donor staff at DHMC look forward to welcoming new and returning donors to the program. We are always grateful for the time you give and for your generosity.
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Email: DHMC.Blood.Program@Hitchcock.Org 3 years ago