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#1 Ashley

 
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 04:41 PM

I know this has been asked before, but, the site search bar really doesn't like me. Are people with Celiac allowed to donate blood? My county's vocational center has a blood drive every year and I'll be able to donate soon once my 17th birthday rolls around. So, I thought I would ask. Thanks.

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#2 jerseyangel

 
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 05:23 PM

Hi Ashley :)

Yes, Celiacs can donate blood.
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#3 miles2go

 
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 05:34 PM

Just one caveat...celiacs can give blood, given that their condition is under control; there's a thread on this forum from 2004 that I found discussing just this issue. For instance, I can't give blood because my anemia is still not under control and I'll never be able to give anyway because of a bout with scarlet fever I had when I was young. But other than that, go for it, by all means! Bring your own snack though, for afterwards.
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 05:40 PM

Ash,

Go for it! Celiac per se will not disqualify you at all. However, if you have something like Margaret mentioned, being anemic, or for some, if they aren't a certain weight...i.e., things that are a "side effect" of Celiac. But Celiac itself is not a problem!

Thanks for doing it....I wish I could (don't weigh enough).

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 05:48 PM

You also have to check any meds you may be taking. People on anti-inflammatories, and many other meds will not be good.

But, if you are otherwise healthy and a proper weight, go for it! It's a great thing to do :D
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 06:13 PM

Here's the link to the thread I found...the toolbar doesn't seem to like me either, but I'm running Windows 95 on dial-up, so it's kind of like rubbing two sticks together just to get the computer started. I googled it.
http://www.glutenfre...?showtopic=2367
Sorry I didn't provide it previously. :)
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 08:19 PM

I am such a goob. I have a rarer blood type, so I feel a responsibilty in giving it. Well for the last couple of years I've been denied for low iron. It just dawned on me it's because of the Celiac. When I get better I'll be able to do it again. I can't believe that I just figured that out. I'll blame it on the brain fog. :rolleyes:
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#8 burdee

 
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 09:20 PM

You have to weigh 110 pounds. If you weigh less, a donated pint of blood will be enough to dangerously effect your blood volume and blood pressure. They also will test your blood for anemia before they take blood AND take your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too low, they won't let you give blood. I have NEVER donate blood, because I've been under 110 pounds all of my adult life, so I don't qualify. However my husband gives blood all the time and tells me all the gruesome details. LOL
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 09:54 PM

The doc told my mother years ago that I'll never be able to donate blood because my blood is too malnurished. Guess I'll stick with that since I am sh&t scared of needles anyway. :lol: :blink:
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 03:52 AM

I am such a goob. I have a rarer blood type, so I feel a responsibilty in giving it. Well for the last couple of years I've been denied for low iron. It just dawned on me it's because of the Celiac. When I get better I'll be able to do it again. I can't believe that I just figured that out. I'll blame it on the brain fog. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Jo, you are not a goob, whatever that is :unsure: ! Believe me, things will "just dawn" on you over and over. I have been gluten-free for almost 6 yrs and things still surprise me! DebM mentioning eating gluten while folding letters for mailings and then wondering if a gluten-free person may open that mail--it never occurred to me that we could possibly get glutened just by opening a letter. Granted, I think the odds are pretty slim, but not impossible!

Going gluten-free is really very overwhelming. There is so much to think about, so much to remember, so much to watch out for--it's a wonder we aren't all loony!!!!! :P
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Posted 10 March 2007 - 10:52 AM

Thanks so much everyone for the information! I'm so glad I can give blood.
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Posted 10 March 2007 - 01:06 PM

if we where all loony then the mentell ward in the hops would all be filled with us looking like zombies lol
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Posted 10 March 2007 - 05:30 PM

You have to weigh 110 pounds. If you weigh less, a donated pint of blood will be enough to dangerously effect your blood volume and blood pressure. They also will test your blood for anemia before they take blood AND take your blood pressure.


I actually have a kinda funny story about this.

Years ago the place I worked was having a blood drive and I've never had a problem with needles or anything so I was all for giving blood. So a coworker and I went downstairs where they were holding the drive and went to fill out our info. I've always been underweight (although I think I may actually be at a normal weight now that I'm gluten free), and so I never really weighed myself or anything because it was never an issue for me. So basically they took one look at me and asked how much I weighed; telling me I had to be atleast 110 lbs. I told them I had no idea what I weighed, that it was probably close to that. But they wanted to make sure; which ofcourse I was fine with. But they didn't have a scale. The blood drive was being held in one of the rooms in the basement of the building; right by the mail room. So thinking quickly I walked into the mail room and asked if I could use the scale they use to weight packages. They seemed confused but said yes. So I hopped on the scale and weighed myself. LOL!!! I was actually 110 lbs. exactly! Which I proudly came back and declared. Although the irony is that after all this, they tested by blood for anemia, and sure enough I was anemic. Go figure!
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Posted 11 March 2007 - 05:12 AM

I don't know if this is anything to do with her Celiacs, but my wife has been told that she can donate platelets, because she has an abnormal surplus of them.

Shes the only person in her family that is able to donate platelets, and the only reason we can think that she'd have abnormal ammounts is her Celiacs. Not that we mind, although it means she can donate more often than me...
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Posted 11 March 2007 - 08:35 AM

Celiac is not an infectious disease, it can't be passed on, so it's fine to give blood. It's the other issues (low weight, anemia, etc.) that affect whether you can give blood with celiac.

On the other hand, if you had an infectious disease (like Lyme Disease), then you wouldn't want to give blood. Though the scary thing is they don't test the blood supply for Lyme .... I wonder what other infectious diseases can be in the blood supply.
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