Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Got Platelets?

This is a first. I need platelets again today, but my nurse informed me this morning that there's a shortage and I'll have to wait until the hospital gets a fresh supply. The need is dire, both at City of Hope and at the local Red Cross.

Click here to find how you can spend two hours of time to help relieve the shortage. (And if you can designate the platelets for me, I won't have to worry about this happening in the future.)

City of Hope may not offer the same luxury service offered by UCLA (as described in an earlier comment from Margaret), but you can be assured of the following perks:
  • A wide selection of savory or sweet snacks and fruit juices
  • A warm blanket
  • A video screened on your own private TV
  • A City of Hope Blood Bowl T-Shirt
  • A $5 In N Out git certificate and movie coupon for AMC Theatres OR a pint of ice cream from Baskin Robbins
  • The chance to win dinner for two at Outback Steakhouse (before November 30)
  • A "get out of housework" (or cooking or any other chore you abhor) free card (It's every bit as good as the "cancer card.")
  • My undying gratitude


Barbara Roth said...

I will call the donor number tomorrow as it is 9:30 at nite now and see if I can send down some platelets from Sacto marked for you. Can't think of anyone better to give them to. Barbara

Susan Carrier said...

Bless you, Barbara, and everyone else who has called or emailed me about giving.

Anonymous said...

I think to pass the time while waiting for platelets, you should post the "Top 5 reasons why Americans shouldn't bike in Japan" post. It's a mouth dropper, and I'm curious about the coal truck story.


Margaret Finnegan said...

I'm going to call today. But I have a question. The "help" info says platelets are only good for about 72 hours. So, are there certain days you are scheduled to receive them so that we can give at the appropriate time? Or did I not read that right?

Also, sweet potato pie: next week. I'll be in touch.

Susan Carrier said...

Really good point, Margaret. I hadn't even considered that. I just spoke with a nurse in the donation room, and she said that the platelets are actually good for five days. I assumed that there was some kind of "credit" system that tracked the number of platelet donors, but there's not.

I got my platelets this morning because my levels had dropped to 11. I'll likely need more on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, so I think I'll be in good shape donor -wise.

Any of the designated platelets that I don't use will go into the p general pool for other patients.

I feel bad that I've been a platelet parasite up until now.

frankie said...

I wanted to donate for blood and platelets but one of the restrictions is if I:
Have spent a combined total of 5 years or more in Europe from 1980 to present.
I was in France until 1991 :(
Good for my palate but not good for your platelets.

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