Did they accept your blood, Jenn? And, Traveller? Any news?
Good news - they took my donation. Bad news is, he still is very much in need of blood. Its going to take numerous donations.
From what I understand from Soledad (his novia) several people have tried to donate (including another person besides me today) and were unable to.
It could be something as simple as slightly elevated blood sugar, elevated blood pressure, recent surgical procedure, recent dental procedure, imbibing alcohol 48 hours before donating (although I think 48 hours is a bit of a stretch and in the states its 24...but what the heck do I know), elevated white blood cell count or anemia, etc.
It was easy, just like you said Carey. Big thanks to Barbara and her husband for providing a "taxi service" for me to the hospital this morning.
You just walk in and find the line and Soledad will already be in line. She gave me a slip of paper with all Greg's information to give to them. At 7:00 they started taking everyone's identification and then started calling everyone in to take a blood sample for the initial testing and questions. Then you take a seat and wait until they call you and you return to go in and speak with the physician where they ask more questions and take your weight and height. Then the final call you go in and donate.
You just need to plan on being there about 6:30am and be prepared that you are not going to leave until around 11. That's hardly an inconvenience in the grand scheme of things, isn't it?
Its very hard to watch someone so very worried about their loved one and desperately trying to help him. I am sure this must be so very stressful for Soledad...the waiting and waiting and the not knowing. Meanwhile his health is deteriorating and they still desperately need blood!
I'm glad I just happened across this post yesterday and was able to help...even if it was just in the smallest of ways.
Soledad asked me if I could post on Facebook or anywhere I could contact our friends here on the island and I will do that now.
I am sure she would appreciate it if others can get the word out, as well. I am sure time is of the essence.
Thanks, Carey and Albert for getting the ball rolling.