Wednesday, 12 November 2014

End of an era or two....

I have had to give up donating blood due to my, as of yet, undiagnosed heart condition. I was called to donate but had to tell them about the results (or not) and they don't really like to take donations from anyone with any kind of heart condition.

They didn't like the idea of me being mostly tachycardic plus having arrhythmias (normal pattern though) or ectopic beats during high tachycardic episodes but mostly the fact that I have some sort of electrical problem that they can't fathom out!

Guess I can't blame them and to be honest, I have been feeling a little off after donating recently so perhaps it is for the best. Anyway, 43 donations when able to donate but it is a sad time as I have a blood group that only 7% of the country have and they are very short of it:)

If any of you are able to donate blood or other things, please, please do. I have said it before but just 4% of those who are able to donate do so!

I was cheered up though by watching Andy Murray play last night. Still not at his best but he came through. Federer next and another night time match. How disappointing is it to have your countryman playing and 2 out of his 3 matches are not available anywhere on national television (it is on the radio)!

We don't have paid tv but did pay to watch it via the internet on tennistv. Just for that match but it looks as though I might need to do so again on Thursday when he plays Roger. Good job it is not too expensive but I am using my small premium bond win towards it:)


8 comments:

  1. You have certainly done your bit!! well done.

    I, too, had to give up donating when it started taking 1 full hour to give them the required bag full. Guess the veins were tired after offering themselves up over 55 times. I have mitral valve prolapse, but found that if I took the time sit quietly afterwards and drink the offered tea / cooldrink and eat the biscuit then I suffered no ill effects.

    I often wondered what would happen if people stopped dontating their blood - how long would it take for even basic operations to once again become life takers...?

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    1. I was the other way, very quick at giving, usually well less than 4 minutes at the most 5, whereas DB would often take longer. He too though has now had to give up due to a heart problem.

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  2. Well done you on the times you have already donated. I've never been allowed due to being anemic and have b12 deficiency. There'd be no blood in my blood IYKWIM. My Mother has a really rare blood group and has never donated blood, doesn't like needles apparently. I hope she doesn't need it herself one day.

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    1. Yes, I do see what you mean. We have both had to stop within a month or so of each other so no longer able to take part with the drink and biscuits afterwards:(

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  3. Sorry that you've had to give up donating but congratulations on your past donations, that's some achievement. P x

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    1. Thank you. Could kick myself as after DS was born, I got it into my head that it was 10 years to wait to donate again, rather than 1 year, could have given another 30 in that time!

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  4. Sorry to hear you are not able to donate anymore. I am on my 5th donation and only hope I can contribute as much as you have. Lucy

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    1. Me too but good for you for donating, keep it up!

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