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   Posted 10/7/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Trying to fill out a Directive for Health care before a surgery I am supposed to have (pleasant right?!?!) but I was wondering I had read somewhere that once you have had chronic Lyme disease you shouldn't donate your organs - is this correct?


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   Posted 10/7/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I also asked this question as I have it on my drivers license to donate if something were to happen to me. I was told that they can tell if the organ is healthy before it is donated. But, ask them as the hospital, I am curious what they would say.  D

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   Posted 10/7/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told that I can't donate blood ever again because I have babesia. I would assume that would apply to my organs, too. I don't know about the Lyme. I sure wouldn't want to cause someone else to become sick, and I don't trust the testing procedures for organs. I remember reading about several people who died from melanoma after organ transplants. It was later determined tha the donor had undiagnosed melanoma. It would be good to have a definitive answer to this issue.


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   Posted 10/7/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Personally - I have read in many places now that it is unsafe for people with tick-borne illnesses to give blood or plasma. Testing reliability is not here yet. Some LLMD's are saying over & over again that there are literally 100's of strains of these different tick-borne diseases, and even the most reliable tests available now come up with less than satisfactory results - we still have a lot of false negs.

Based on that, I won't give blood, plasma, or donate any organ. That doesn't mean I believe no one should, just that I won't.
It's been said:LD patients can be as ill as people w/ congest. heart failure & in as much pain as post-op patients.
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"Conditions": Lyme Disease, STARI, RMSF, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Neuro LD, FM, Chronic/acute EBV, IBS-C, Diverticulosis (& "itis") & now Lyme arthritis (?).

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   Posted 10/8/2009 12:07 AM (GMT -7)   
before i found out i have lyme, i was doing the plasma thing each week. as it was my only income. the day i got my test back showing i was positive i asked my Dr about it. he and a few others told me not to give plasma again. i also told them i needed to contact the lab i was going to. i was told not to do that either.

i did talk to another lab who is doing plasma from lyme infected people tho. and they told me that it was ok as it is filtered b4 giving it to someone.

yet to date this has weighed heavily on me. to think i could be responsible for passing this on to someone else.

lyme is a autoimmune disease and you may not have one to donate.
still looking for answers.
Remember that advice is free, its your choice what you do with it.  :)

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   Posted 10/8/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I, personally, wouldn't donate because I wouldn't risk passing this disease on to anyone.

I do bug my family to donate blood whenever they can.

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   Posted 10/11/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
It is my opinion that one should not donate blood or organs if infected with lyme and coinfections.
I do not know however, if there is ever a time when one is considered "cured" if it becomes OK. I don't think even modern science knows that real answer yet.
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