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So do roadies give blood?(26 posts)

So do roadies give blood?Eug
May 15, 2003 6:28 AM
I usually give blood every few months, and I'm scheduled to give more this w/e.

I must admit that now that I'm finally starting to get back into shape for my cardio, I'm feeling a bit more selfish about my blood (but I'll still give).

Mind you, I'm not racing or anything. I have a leisurely 50 km ride at the beginning of June, but that's about it. (I usually ride less, partially because of knee problems.)
I donate to the pavement regularly ;-)WrigleyRoadie
May 15, 2003 6:32 AM
Actually, thanks for the reminder - I haven't been able to since I had a tatoo placed last April, but that restriction should be up. Cheers!
I prefer to think of it as a sacrifice to the cycling Gods.Kristin
May 15, 2003 6:35 AM
No one else seems to want my blood...except my boss, that is.
only if they can get it back a month later nmmohair_chair
May 15, 2003 6:35 AM
Good ideapitt83
May 15, 2003 6:37 AM
It stimulates red blood cell production and will allow greater hemoglobin concentration / O2 uptake since the RBC fraction will be higher. Mind you, you're taking a hit for a week or so after you donate, but weeks 3-8 will be better off.

Within 2 weeks of a big race, no. Otherwise, yes.
Interesting. My "race" is 15 days after giving blood.Eug
May 15, 2003 7:02 AM
I was thinking of making my 50 km ride more of a "race" for myself. ie. Leave my friends behind and just go off on my own to see how fast I can do it.

So since it's only 15 days after giving blood, if I do "race" it and end up doing poorly I'll can just blame it on the leeches. j/k

Anyways, I'll have to read up on it. I didn't think you'd be doing better by week 3. I thought it'd be more like week 4-5 or something just to catch up.
May 15, 2003 6:59 AM
At one time my sister needed blood, but wasn't compatible with mine, so I have regularly donated blood for the last six years. I usually donate about four or five times a year, which is less than the maximum of every 56 days.

I'll typically stay off the bike the next day, but usually don't notice any effects after five days. I do make it a point to not donate within two weeks of a bigger ride, such as a century or ride with over 5000' climbing. I wouldn't worry about the donation affecting a leisurely ride two weeks later.

Knowing that I have helped someone that I'll never meet is worth it to me.
No thanks, I gave at the trail. (nm)js5280
May 15, 2003 7:00 AM
May 15, 2003 7:29 AM
I gave last week. I think it's a bad idea during race season, as it leaves me feeling weak, winded, and run-down for up to two weeks. However, I am told by the blood bank that my blood is the rare type which is usable by infants, so they call me constantly throughout the year. Given these circumstances, it's difficult to say no. I try to drink lots of water before and after to speed up my recovery.
They won't take it!ElvisMerckx
May 15, 2003 8:04 AM
I eat meat and lived in Europe for several years. They [the CDC, Red Cross, etc] suspect everyone in this category of having mad cow disease.
Red Cross and the liketronracer
May 15, 2003 9:23 AM
The only business that I know of that gets their products for free and then sells it for a profit. A win/win situation, you feel good for donating blood, and they feel good for making money off of you.
How much blood out of the total is usually donated? ...Bruno S
May 15, 2003 9:26 AM
I can't donate blood so I don't know much about the process. Is it 1 pint out of 7 the body has?
A 6+ gallon donorpitt83
May 15, 2003 9:43 AM
Right, 1 out of 7 pints is typical donation.

You replace the plasma fraction within ~36hrs. The Red cells take longer. These have hemoglobin which require iron and complex O2 to be used in cell synthesis and oxidative bioprocesses. That's why the 56 day requirement, it's a safe estimate as to when your red cell count has recovered. In war and desperate measures, every three days was considered OK!

Everyone is different. Marrow isn't always the same; just like other organs. Diet helps; lots of creatine supposedly helps with red blood cell production (hence the feeling stronger).

Really, considering the potential good to someone's life, the donation gives you a good excuse for an off day with steak and beer (or red wine).
Actually 6 litres, not gallons.Eug
May 15, 2003 12:39 PM
I am the supposedly average 70 kg male and thus should have about 5 & 1/2 L.

An average donation is about 500 mL. So around 10% of the total blood volume, depending on your size. In Canada at least, you can't donate if you're under 100-ish lbs. For somebody that size, a donation would be almost 15% of the blood volume. A 250 lb guy obviously wouldn't feel the hit as much as me. He'd have 8 or 9 litres of blood on board, and the donated amount is always the same regardless of the size of the donor.
That's my lifetime total. 6l is body capacity nmpitt83
May 15, 2003 4:19 PM
I give blood, even though I don't make any money on it.Mike P
May 15, 2003 9:40 AM
It doesn't cost me anything to give but a little time. And it makes me feel good to know I could help someone in such an easy manner.

From what I understand, the local blood bank here, Blood Assurance, does not charge for the blood. The hospital will charge the patient for processing and administering the blood.

Give it up! Go get stuck! Take an easy ride the next day.
I used to until the Red Cross apparently gave me hepatitis C...The Walrus
May 15, 2003 12:02 PM
...I sure don't know where else I could have gotten it, but of course, I can't
i prove
It's virtually impossible to get Hep C from DONATING blood.Eug
May 15, 2003 12:41 PM
Of course, it'd be pretty easy to get it if you received blood.

Plus a fair number of people never know where they got Hep C from. (ie. Not an IV drug user, blood product recipient, from a partner, etc.)
It's virtually impossible to get Hep C from DONATING blood.The Walrus
May 15, 2003 1:08 PM
I can rule out all the "usual" sources you listed, which leaves blood donation as the only needle contact I'd had in years.
Never trust those Red Cross peopleKristin
May 15, 2003 1:21 PM
There were probably out back shooting up with the same equipment they used to draw your blood.
All needles used for blood donation are sealed and new.Eug
May 15, 2003 2:41 PM
A big chunk of patients don't know where they've gotten Hep C.Eug
May 15, 2003 2:45 PM
A big chunk of patients don't know where they've gotten Hep C. And that's including patients who have never donated blood.

Like I've said in the other post, ALL needles and bags, and what not used in the blood donation process are all brand new and sealed (unless you're donating blood in the boonies somewhere).

All that means is that there are other methods of getting the disease. ie. It seems to be a lot easier to get Hep C than HIV infection. Basically everybody who has AIDS has some idea how they got it.
Every 8 weeks (nm)Kerry
May 15, 2003 4:59 PM
Every 3 months for about 15 yearscp123
May 15, 2003 6:04 PM
Yup. Have done so for years. No ill effects. Although not a good idea to try and ride a crit the day after. Biiig mistake!!! Just ran out of petrol half way through. oh well. Live and learn.

Its a very worthwhile community service.
Yes.Charlie Amerique
May 15, 2003 6:36 PM
But not since moving to Canada...
Give Platelets!!raboboy
May 16, 2003 10:28 AM
The Red Cross near me likes to have platlet donations, check if the one in your area can take that type of donation. It takes a long time, aprox 1.5 hrs, but the blood goes out, the spin out the platlets and put your red blood cells back in you. Its is a very odd sensation and takes a little while to get used to, but you don't have ill effects (they say your platelets are regen'd in about 2 days). Plus, platelets are needed for certain types of chemo treatments and burn victims. You still get the cookies, too.