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[May. 11th, 2004|10:38 am]
Peter Sheil
At long last I've managed to give blood - woohoo. I checked and it was 1983 the last time I did that. It wasn't my decision not to give blood - I caught "something nasty" which meant they didn't want it. but now the rules have changed and the will accept my blood. Yay.

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[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2004-05-11 03:46 am (UTC)
I can't give blood in the US beecause (from the Red Cross website):

"Persons who have spent long periods of time in countries where "mad cow disease" is found are not eligible to donate."

I have spent a *lot* of time in the UK in the last 17 years, so I am not allowed to donate.

Quite frankly, if I needed a transfusion for a life threatening illness, I would more than gladly take my chances with this!

Doreen
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-05-12 11:00 am (UTC)
Depends on what they mean by "a lot" of course ... but as a vegitarian why are they even concerned about you? Or have you been secretly eating our beef whilst you were over here? So far as I'm aware the only mechanisms for transferring MCD (or CJD as the human version is called) is either by eating meat (primarily beef) or by receiving infected blood products.

Any way doesn't the good old US of A have a few cases of BSE itself - they get a bit hushed up but I seem to remember hearing something about that.

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peter
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[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2004-05-12 11:09 am (UTC)
Ah ha! But I am not a vegetarian! I eat a lot of vegetarian dishes (it's how I lost 60LBS) but I also eat select meat and fish (I'm addicted to sausages)once a week or so. I used to eat beef a *lot* but don't any more, but not due to the BSE scare.

By "a lot" I think they mean 6 months out of the last 5 years or so.

And yes, we have BSE, but it's quickly forgotten abbout because, of course, the US is perfect :::sarcasm::: and the cattle in question came from Canada.
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[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2004-05-12 11:20 am (UTC)
I just checked the site and on it was writ:
"Who should not donate blood?
Anyone who spent three months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1996"

That would include me.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-05-12 11:25 am (UTC)
That seems quite strict but I guess they feel it is necessary. The previous time I tried to give blood I couldn't because I'd been in the US too recently (had to have at least 28 days clear) 'cos of some mossie borne thing - was most frustrating. Still I've managed it now and the arm feels like it is gradually filling back up with blood so I'm not walking around with my left shoulder high ;)))

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peter
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2004-05-11 04:37 am (UTC)

vampire attack!!!

Congratulations! :-)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-05-12 11:04 am (UTC)

Re: vampire attack!!!

Thank you.

I drank loads yesterday (non-alcoholic and non-caffinated) and feel fine. I ended up driving to London and back - not the best thing to do after giving blood :) The nurse put an extra bandage around the dressing so it wouldn't work loose if I changes gear too much :) and it has healed just fine.

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peter
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[User Picture]From: tamnonlinear
2004-05-11 07:31 am (UTC)
Yes, but did you catch it in the woodshed?

I used to like giving blood. I donated 39 times before I started medication that makes me ineligible. No more donation for me.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-05-11 11:00 am (UTC)
No, not the wood shed but from a "previous" girlfriend :( Bad me :(( Part of my life I regret now but it is also one of the experience that shaped me into who I am today.

*thoughtful pause*
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