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August 7th, 2002
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a pint low...
I gave platelets today, and 263 ml of straight red blood cells...it's a new procedure where they suck off some RBC's after they take your platelets...you can still give platelets again in three days, but not RBC's or whole blood for 56...the RBC's are (essentially) the blood, minus the plasma and the platelets....I think...so it's more concentrated..I think they use them for transfusions to babies and chemo patients who are on drugs that kill rbc's (as well as cancer cells, of course).

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From:elfwench
Date:August 7th, 2002 04:55 am (UTC)

Thank you!

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As a person with a relatively uncommon blood type (B+) who has twice in her life had transfusions of packed RBC's I sincerely thank you.

The first time saved my life. It was two days after having given birth to my daughter Tamara (illyanika) and they found that I had lost half my blood volume without their even noticing until they got the results back from the day-before-release bloodwork. (No wonder I felt so weak!) So they gave me 3 units of packed RBC's. I remember I had to wait because the hospital was out of my type and they had to send to the blood bank.

The second time was while I was pregnant with my son Robert. I'd gone into premature labor (which, thankfully, the hospital was able to stop... Go Yutopar! Go me for realizing I was in trouble before it was too late!) The bloodwork they did to determine the cause showed I had half the RBC's I should have had. So, again with the 3 units of packed RBC's (I must have been pretty anemic is all I can say!) as well as intravenous B-12 as they weren't sure if I had a slow leak inside my gut that they couldn't find or if it was nutritional. So that at the very least saved my baby's life, if not my own as well.
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From:happypete
Date:August 7th, 2002 05:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank you!

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Stories like yours--and knowing that for each time I go, I may well be playing a part in such a medical miracle--are among the reasons I donate.
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