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Old 06-18-2010, 02:00 PM   #41
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Glad to see that you are moving on in the process. I was accepted as a donor in 2001 and went through the same process. They will likely have a couple more blood samples required. It keeps you in limbo, you are anxious to donate then afraid that you wont be a match. If you are a close match and accepted you will likely have to donate two units of blood for them to transfuse back to you at donation time.
The donation was really no big deal. The anistethic had no after affects except sleepy. Minor pain like if you pulled your back muscles getting out of bed for a couple days. Jogging again after three days, key to recovery is to stay active with a little discomfort.
It was a good experience and even though my recipient didnt make it, was a good feeling knowing that you have a chance to literally save ones life. Well worth the experience and reward, good luck, hope you are selected, I consider it a priviledge.
Thank you very much for an actual experience.
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:13 PM   #42
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I'm glad to read an actual donor experience-- up to now the image stuck in my brain has been Dolph Lundgren's alien intoning "I come in peace..."

I haven't been able to give blood in over a decade because the screening criteria have been changed to defer anyone who's lived in most of Europe in the 1980s (any possibility of vCJD). Does anyone know if there are similar deferment issues with bone marrow donation?

Guess I'll call our local registry.
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I'm in the registry and was once asked for an additional sample, but apparently did not pass the more specific matching.

I worked with a lady who did donate. She didn't know much about the recipient but later found out it was a baby. Apparently the baby did survive. She said she would do it again in a heartbeat.
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I haven't been able to give blood in over a decade because the screening criteria have been changed to defer anyone who's lived in most of Europe in the 1980s (any possibility of vCJD). Does anyone know if there are similar deferment issues with bone marrow donation?

Guess I'll call our local registry.
I'm in the same situation. After they told me my blood wasn't good enough, they kept on calling me for a while. But the same exclusion criteria would apply to bone marrow. It's where many blood cells are made.
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It's weird, it bothers me that I can't give blood next week.
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It's weird, it bothers me that I can't give blood next week.
Don't worry Khan, that's because you are now officially a VIP!
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Possible glitch: neighbor and family out of town from 22 July to August 1.
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Possible glitch: neighbor and family out of town from 2 July to August 1.
Bummer. Do you think you'll need to make the trip for the bone marrow donation during this time?
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Bummer. Do you think you'll need to make the trip for the bone marrow donation during this time?
From the possible schedule I was given, donation probably will be after 1 August. Just something I have to consider.
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Something weird: housekeeper asked why I would want to something like that (it's painful). I didn't really have a response.
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Weird she asked or weird you had no answer?
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Something weird: housekeeper asked why I would want to something like that (it's painful). I didn't really have a response.
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Weird she asked or weird you had no answer?
A bit of both.

I've never asked people why they have children (painful plus).

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Something weird: housekeeper asked why I would want to something like that (it's painful). I didn't really have a response.
For the same reason you give blood? For us, we give blood because we can and because fleeting discomfort on our part can save the life of someone else. That seems like a fair trade-off to me.

Khan, you're awesome for going down this road. Good luck!
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Got a call from the CBC today asking me when I was going to donate blood and I explained the situation. If I do donate marrow I guess I won't be donating blood until November at the earliest.
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