Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Given' Blood?

I received an email yesterday concerning the blood drive our church is sponsoring. I've always wanted to give and everytime I've inquired about it, I've been met with a negative response due to the diabetes issue.

There was a number to call on the email so just for grins I gave it a ring. The person to whom I spoke said as long as your blood sugar was reasonably stable and your sliding scale hadn't changed in the last couple of weeks type 1's are good to go.

Wow, after all the years of hearing 'no' I'm finally hearing 'yes'. So now I'm in a quandry. Do I give or not?

So this morning I'm wondering if any other type 1's have given and if you experienced any adverse effects. Whether you have or haven't I'd love to hear your opinion.


Blogger Scott K. Johnson said...

Hey Keith,

Ryan Bruner just posted something about this too...


8:08 AM  
Blogger Keith said...


Thanks for the link! Sounds like Ryan had a tough time, especially on that second round. One of the things we were cautioned about on the email was to drink plenty of fluids starting the day before. I think I'll be OK if I hydrate properly.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Kassie said...

I have donated, with no problem, felt fine after. They did ask me if I'd taken beef or pork insulin but since I've only had diabetes since (gulp) 1986, that was a 'no'. Not sure if that would have disqualified me.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

Hey, Kassie, thanks for the response. They did ask if I'd taken beef or pork insulin from Europe in the last 20 years. While I was on animal derived insulin early on, fortunately none of it from Europe, at least that I know.

Glad you had a positive experience on the donation front.

BTW, I still owe you a recipe for Dutch Oven Lasagna, will try to get it to you shortly.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I'm glad you posted about this because I was wondering if those with Type 1 could donate blood. It was a curiosity thing :)

3:20 PM  
Blogger Johnboy said...

Keith, I've given blood several times without a problem.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

I appreciate everyone's input. I'm scheduled for 10a Saturday.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Vivian said...

I am so glad you took the time and energy to check into this. I have been a blood donor since I had a situation to need and none of my family could give to me. I have always taken my kids with me (one at a time) when I have donated so they would learn it is a good thing. Kudos to you! (and everyone else who responded that also gives.)

2:14 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

This is something I've always wanted to do, but heretofore have been prohibited. I can't get anybody to confirm it, but I think the policy on T1 donations has changed.

Kudos to you for taking you children along with you to show them the way. My oldest and I are going together tomorrow. Actually, I believe he gave in the fall so I guess he's taking me!

6:20 AM  
Blogger type1emt said...

I hope it goes well for you tomarrow.
One thing I've found, dehydration enhances a round of endless highs..so its doubly important to take in lots of fluids. And I do better if I skip the regular cokes/oj/etc. + just ask for water.(getting back to that
whole high-dehdyration thing) The needle does hurt like heck going in(but only temporarily, I've had shots that hurt more!)
You can do it!

7:29 PM  

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