Donating for my motherSeptember 11, 2009
If you want to help my mother, you have to find out if your blood platelet type is PLA1 negative (PLA1 is an antibody). This is different than blood type and less than 2% of the population has PLA1 negative.
What to do:
-Don’t take aspirin or aspirin-like medication 48 hours before you give.
-Find a local blood center to make an appointment. In Dallas, it is Carter Blood Care (214-823-4483)
-When you go in, tell them you want to make a directed donation to a patient in Critical Care at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida for the PLA1 antibody, type PLA1 negative. The patient’s name is Brent Arinson.
When you go in, it’s not like drawing blood for a donation. I don’t know the entire process but I am told it will take a couple hours to donate. It will be at least a day before you’ll know if you’re a match. You can give more than one unit at a time. Some clinics will have to send a sample out to be tested, and some can do it in-house. If more people donated on a regular basis, there would be more available in cases like my mother’s, so please consider giving regularly if you don’t already. Even if you’re not a match for my mother, you’ll be helping someone. In Florida, Alabama and Georgia, there were eight matches.
Please let me know what happens. If you’re a match, the doctor at Shands can sign off to have the insurance pay. It costs nothing to donate. They have to type the platelets in any case. You’ll probably get a plate of cookies, some ice cream/TUMS for calcium and a free t-shirt.
Thank you for all the support and kindness you’ve given. My family is appreciative and thankful.