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Sh00p
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   Posted 8/28/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
This may be a silly question, but does anyone know if because we have Lupus we shouldn't donate blood?  Or does it not matter?
 
Thanks!
StacyLee
 
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PattyLatty
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   Posted 8/28/2007 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
StacyLee, I do not believe we can donate blood. You can call your local blood institute and ask to be sure, but I seem to remember, through the fog, that I have read that we cannot donate blood or organs.
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PattyLatty
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   Posted 8/28/2007 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
P.S. There are no silly questions! Yours is a very pertinent one.
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Sh00p
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   Posted 8/28/2007 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Huh guess I should double check on all that. I didn't even think about the organ part...just redid my license and told them to keep me as an organ donor.

Thanks! :)
StacyLee
 
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okie
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   Posted 8/28/2007 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Stacie, everyone is different of course but I sent an email to who ever deals with that stuff at the blood bank and they said there is no problem with lupies giving blood. I am real sure that you wouldn't be able to during a flair though because you would be likely to run a fever. Than again no one else is allowed to donate when they are sick either. You can go to a red cross link and check into it. I am an organ donor as well. We have others on here that are organ donors. I joke about if they took mine they would take one look and figure they got jipped! I had cancer several years ago and I had to be cancer free for 10 years before I could donate. You could call the RED CROSS as well. I'm sure they could give you the whole scoop.
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 8/28/2007 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
We had a whole thread on this several months back. Several people contacted the American Red Cross, and we came up with the following (as best I can remember :-) ) I don't recall any other countries being mentioned.

Lupus itself does not inhibit anyone from giving blood or organs. They can harvest organs, as long as the organ in question is healthy.

However, certain medications, like MTX and Cellcept, may keep you from being eligible to donate -- apparently some local Red Cross organizations make their own rules which can be more restrictive than the national organization. I suspect this is places where lots of blood is available so they can afford to be more picky.

Do not donate while ill or in a flare. While they may let you, it is definitely NOT a good idea for your own health.

I think there was some question about donating while on prednisone or other steroid, but I don't remember that part.

American Red Cross -- www.redcross.org

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Audrey Ann
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   Posted 8/28/2007 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for clearing that up so well, Lynnwood! My rhuemie told me the same thing - exactly as you described.
Audrey Ann
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sharentrials
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   Posted 8/28/2007 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, everyone. After my accident, but several years BEFORE this lupus became active...I would go and try to donate blood, they would draw it, but then I'd be notified by mail that they could not use it. This happened several times before I just stopped trying to donate. The blood place would say their reason was that I had a "protein?" in my blood that made it unusable. The medic people said it could be from a med I was on, something I ate even; they never made it sound like something unusual. I took one of those letters to my rheumy when I was first diagnosed and he said my lupus was active even then (in my blood at least). So, you can try to donate, but I'm not sure whether it will work out or not. There is something about when that protein is showing they cannot correctly "type" the blood safely for the person who might receive it. I'm no professional, this is just what they tried to explain to me. Just my 2 cents.
Always looking for the silver lining, Sharen

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dbab
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   Posted 8/29/2007 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I know the local blood center (its not Red Cross) here will not take my blood. I tried twice and even called the office and they told me that they will not. Its sad actually that I never really thought of giving blood before I got sick but now that I'm sick I really am more aware of how many people need things, like blood. I may have to bypass this local blood bank and contact the Red Cross to see if they will consider me as a donor.
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Sh00p
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   Posted 8/29/2007 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Everyone!!! This really helped. We have an annual Blood Drive at work and I wasn't sure if I could donate or not. I checked at Red Cross and the Online information says it's fine, but yeah doing a search online a lot of places won't do it. I think I'll contact the person running the drive and see if the group coming to my work will let me or not.

Again Thanks!!
StacyLee
 
1 Peter 4:1
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.
 
 


redrose77
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   Posted 8/29/2007 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told by 2 Red Cross locations that due to the increased antibodies in the blood they do not accept blood from autoimmune patients. They said that as the people getting the blood are usually very sick that to risk giving them blood with increased antibodies could hurt them. They said even when the disease is inactive the blood of autoimmune patients has more antibodies than a normal person's and that those increased antibodies are to the body which makes it worse. They said that if a person were to get that kind of blood and were vulnerable to autoimmune diseases it could be the metaphorical straw that broke the camel's back. I know no other place says this but I got this same answer from 2 different STATES head Red Cross office. Sadly they will not even let me donate blood ahead of time if I were to have a surgery that had a risk of needing blood. They said it could actually make me sicker if the blood had any extra antibodies that I did not have when the surgery were done. Yet all my research suggests that having a transfusion with someone else's blood is to be avoided except in life and death situations as it can cause the body to develop antibodies against blood due to the minor differences in the transfused blood.
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