Red Cross Donations

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by LowTman, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. LowTman

    LowTman Junior Member

    Anyone notice how crowded the Red Cross is? I faithfully give as it doesn’t take much for my hemocrit to go 20+, Red Cross threshold to give. I went to make an appointment and they are booked 6 weeks out. I am shocked, as I thought it would be the opposite with COVID 19. Obviously, I am wrong.

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  2. teejey

    teejey Member

    Yes. I had to drive out to some random tiny town to get it done.
  3. Btcowboy

    Btcowboy Member

    Same in Canada, usually have to travel somewhere else to get a spot.
  4. It's crazy. For the money they bring in, you would think they could afford to expand their testing sites.

    They call me every other day with a recorded message. i'd be happy to oblige, but i'm not driving an hour, hour and a half (one way) to be told i can't donate because my pulse rate is one or two BPM over the limit.

    Of course it's over the fucking limit. i know you're about to stick me with a harpoon, so i hot boxed a dozen cigarettes and drank three Red Bulls in the parking lot and i'm over thinking it. Cut a brother some slack!

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  5. Boss hog

    Boss hog Member

    I just used them a few weeks ago at some legion post 477 my old stopping grounds for NA/AA meetings were held at . Found out that life stream blood donation center and the red cross dont track donations between them.
    But years ago I used the red cross donation sites a few times and once they have your number the telemarters are worse than Bill collectors literally had to block all the numbers they were calling from.
  6. Uglyrichie

    Uglyrichie Member

    Is there away to thin ur blood naturally I just got denied for my blood being at 19.2 hmg ? I like the fact the lady was you need to donate it will bring you back to normal range but I can't do it till your at 18 hmg. Told me to come back. And start hydrating till I'm peeing every hour. Are there any supps that help. I have a appointment in 2 weeks. Plan on cutting out high iron foods, hydrate and supplement with tumric.
  7. Btcowboy

    Btcowboy Member

    Not sure if it works but i take 81mg chewable aspirin a day in the week leading up to my donation, and drink a ton of water, so much I am constantly pissing. Keeps me under the max. Although once I started a little late and came in 0.2 over, thankfully they let me donate anyways
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  8. MCFC

    MCFC Member

    So all the commercials I’ve been seeing saying there’s such high demand for blood right, yet, they ask you to wait for 3 weeks? AND, they turn you down if your blood is too thick?! What kind of shit is that
  9. flenser

    flenser Member Supporter

    In the early 2000s I could walk in to the local Red Cross office with no appointment, donate and be out in about 40 minutes, less if I skipped the rest period. Now it takes at least 90 minutes, I can't donate without an appointment, and I can't give blood on plasma days. That's no way to run a business.
  10. Uglyrichie

    Uglyrichie Member

    If there is to much iron in ur blood there is a higher risk it will colagulate. Sorry my spelling sucks.
  11. LowTman

    LowTman Junior Member

    Do it your self. Seriously, it’s not that hard. I’ve done it using a water bottle, of course you need to take a few precautions. At normal, my levels run at the upper limit and this was before I had a contact who is a phlebotomist. But, I’ve done it a couple times when going is an inconvenience.

    I am originally from ASF and may have posted pix or a video. Can’t remember, it’s been a while.

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  12. teejey

    teejey Member

    Same I've used water bottles with a 18guage pin and recently grabbed the actual phlebotomy kit with the harpoon attached to a bag. If I can't get in I'll do it myself.
  13. janoshik

    janoshik Member

    It's fully booked because people are using it as a free test for COVID.

    Which is completely fucked up and extremely selfish from multiple points of view.
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  14. LowTman

    LowTman Junior Member

    ^^^^^Good point!!

    I never thought about it that way. I just thought it was a reaction like after a natural disaster, a hurricane. I too agree that it is fucked up. Then again, this whole situation is fucked up because people just have no common sense. I have a business and won’t begin to explain all the precautions that we take, not just to stop the spread of COVID, but to also prevent any lawsuits.

  15. Mighty-mouse

    Mighty-mouse Member

    I remember that post