Post Edited By Moderator (Sherrine) : 1/2/2009 1:41:47 PM (GMT-7)
Hey Christi...I have O negative blood too. When my brother was 16 (O neg too) he got wry's syndrome and almost hemmorhaged to death from the nose and throat but I couldn't give him blood because I was 8 months pregnant. They couldn't stop the bleeding and the doc came down and told us he was probably going to die and did we want to call a priest for the last rites. As a last resort, they went on television and ran a public sevice announcement asking anyone with O neg to please come and donate...which they did and it saved his life.
My son works in one of the biggest blood testing centers in the country and none of your blood will pass on to anyone else if it has Lyme, Hep C, or any other contaminents in it. Don't worry, sweetie. You did a good thing by donating...and I am sorry you feel so badly ever since. I personally am proud of you...our blood type is precious and there is never enough!
In Canada, Ontario anyway, you cant donate blood if you are on daily meds. Not to mention illnesses. I used to donate too, but had to stop because of my meds, and R/A at the time. I really hope you dont have Lyme Christi, you are so young to have what you already have.
Post Edited By Moderator (Sherrine) : 1/2/2009 1:52:50 PM (GMT-7)
Dagger...there is no way to test for Lyme in donated blood but they do test for 'red flags' that would eliminate the blood from being used. High elevated viral loads, infections, and other markers are used to determine whether the blood is usable. It seems to me that someone with active Lyme disease would have some kind of 'red flag' in their blood as neurological symptoms are not the only symptoms of Lyme. Yes, things slip through in the blood testing. My brother died of Hep C last year from donated blood he got in 1992.
Her myriad of doctors say she doesn't have it. She gave blood on that diagnosis....what was she supposed to say? "I'm going in for my third Lyme test even though I have been told I don't have it because my father doesn't believe in Fibro?"
Hang in there Christi and take care of your FIBRO issues.
Christi, you might just have that nasty flu that is going around. I had it for more than a month. Hubby had it that long with a screaming headache and a fever for about three weeks and he is still complaining about the body aches. He NEVER misses work and stayed in bed for three days straight. It's just a thought...I know that new flu lingers and is unrelenting...takes forever to go away!