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09-02-2005, 03:00 PM
Well guys, it's three weeks till D-day, so I figured I'd start my blog too... I'm going to have 'everything' documented! Anyway, I just started, so there's not too much on it yet... keep reading guys, ok? :)


09-07-2005, 09:33 AM
sixteen more days... sorry if I sound dumb, I'm just freaking silently...

09-10-2005, 02:12 PM
I like your blog, very calming and funny.

I would eat and take iron supplements if I were you though, I did both and still was anemic after my operation, and it slowed my recuperation a lot.

Sorry for the lecture, hehe ;)

Like your taste in music :cool:

09-10-2005, 05:18 PM
Hi Monie,
I also had some problems donating my own blood. My hematocrit was 36, but they disqualified me because I had some mild acne. I postponed my surgery date so I could try to donate again after clearing up the acne. I hope to be able to donate four units, if not I'll have to go with the pool blood. My surgery has been rescheduled to November 15th.

09-12-2005, 03:10 PM
Hey guys, thank you so much for reading my blog... I did start taking iron supplements that very day. (My mom had me drive her to the nearest CVS later that night)... I can't postpone my surgery because my mom is leaving the country middle of next month, and I need her around for a bit... can I ask why acne would affect you banking your blood? (I don't mean to be so forward, I'm just curious... I hope you don't mind)... and thanks to everyone who's been reading my blog...you wouldn't believe how much that means to me. :)

09-12-2005, 05:28 PM
Monie, if you don't mind me asking, what is or are the size(s) of you curve(s)?

09-12-2005, 06:32 PM
Oh, I don't mind at all! My top curve is 82 degrees, and the bottom is 67 degrees... they're estimating that the top will be reduced to 50degrees, and the bottom to 20... he did say there is a possibility of the top curve being reduced more... those are just numbers right now

09-13-2005, 03:49 AM
It was the strangest thing. I was talking to the nurse at the Australian red cross about my two surgery dates a week apart and she didn't know how to enter the two dates in the computer, so she called the doctor in. The doctor says "she's disqualified anyway because she has acne." I only had a few bumps on my cheeks but the doctor said that the unit collected could have bacteria in it that would multiply while the unit was in storage. I thought this was ridiculous and I said "you're not drawing the blood from my face". This annoyed the doctor and she proceeded to tell me how safe the donor blood is. I found out from one of my doctor's patients that there are private blood collection facilities here in Australia, so I decided to have my blood collected elsewhere. I really believe the doctor was trying to discourage me because they only had one field for the surgery date in the computer! I have heard that the AUstralian Red Cross does not like to do autologous and they refuse to do directed donations (donating for a friend or family member). :rolleyes:
Another thing,when I was in the US I had to beg doctors to give me codeine for pain and they would only give me 10 or 15 at a time. Here they sell codeine over the counter! I never became addicted to it, I rarely use it anymore. :p