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Posted by Sherrig (Member # 22785) on :
I am a student at Weber State University and doing a research project, trying to get Lyme disease questions put on the National Blood donor registry.

My father has chronic Lyme and has motor function issues among other things.

While he has never donated, he was misdiagnosed for probably 20 years and during that time would have been able to pass it on to others, which in his words, "he wouldn't wish this on his worst enemy".

The medical community outrages me, and while this is not going to change the world, I am hoping for a little acknowledgment for all of those who have had to deal with this terrible disease.

[ 10-12-2009, 09:13 PM: Message edited by: Sherrig ]
Posted by bettyg (Member # 6147) on :
welcome sheri [Smile]

many of us have severe NEURO lyme and can not comprehend or read long, continuous text like yours above.

please edit and break it up into SHORT paragraphs and double space between them like i'm doing here.

please use my guidelines below; big thanks [Smile] hugs

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Dr. Burrascano's most recent "Diagnostic Hints and 2008 Treatment Guidelines for Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses"

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Posted by kam (Member # 3410) on :
YES> I donated blood when I was well enough to work and before I was dx with lyme and company.

It was something my work places did at least once a year.

Posted by lakes592 (Member # 18905) on :
I say the exact quote as your dad and am so thankful that I have never donated blood. I was all set up and ready to in high school once until I saw a girl turn ghostly white and start convulsing next to me. You couldn't get me outta there fast enough! Good for you that you are speaking out about this huge problem that many of us worry about!

Take Care,
Posted by bettyg (Member # 6147) on :

thank you so much for breaking that up so i/others could read.

fyi, i donated for 15-20 years NOT knowing i was misdiagnosed for 35 years by 40-50 drs, and actually had chronic lyme since xmas 1969 !!!

let me give you some brief history i've found out since i was correctly dx 5 yrs. ago.

when i learned i had lyme, i called out local hospital to tell them i have chronic lyme and had donated for 15-20 years thinking they might have some records WHO RECEIVED MY BLOOD all those years of my yearly giving ... nope!

frankly they did NOT care! weren't concerned in the latest.

they also said they go by what our USA defense dept. states ... if you don't have any active symptoms within ONE YEAR I THINK was said, you can donate blood !!

you could call the american red cross to find out the specfic definition.

also when i donated blood for my new hip surgery 2 yrs. ago, no lyme questions on their but MALARIA is covered, and babs/cat disease is on there.

bart/babs i get mixed up all the time so i may have again due to 40 yrs. neuro lyme.

i also felt that fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue pain should also be added to questions.

good luck on your project.

in pj langhoff's book 2 of 3 of IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD, is a hospital patients story of how she was in the hospital for OTHER things, got donated blood and got LYME DISEASE FROM IT!

please read all thru this entire post also ...

DONATING BLOOD, ORGANS, TISSUE, EYES, --- THINK AGAIN! NO NO by Melanie Reber 12.03;f=1;t=021835
Posted by Tincup (Member # 5829) on :
So sorry to hear about your dad and his condition.

Yes, I had donated LOTS of blood (gallons over a few years). I was infected and did not know it. Have multiple tick borne infectious diseases.

Recently, after telling the local blood mobile I couldn't donate and why... I was trying to share Lyme info with them only... they STILL kept pushing me to donate while I was there.

They just don't get it.

Good luck with your project.

And thank you!!!

[Big Grin]
Posted by Sherrig (Member # 22785) on :
Thank you all for your honest stories.

In a few weeks I will be sending out a survey it is only 6 or so questions.

The information from the survey will be gathered and compiled for the research.

I will send it through the private mail, if interested please fill out and send it back.

Thank you all, I pray for a medical community that opens their eyes to all of this.
Posted by bettyg (Member # 6147) on :

i look forward to receiving it.

what is your deadline date?

the reason i'm asking is more folks may come along reading your subject line and wish to particiate.

is it possible to post also your 6 questions here in case they want to PM you back with the results?

food for thought ...
Posted by RDaywillcome (Member # 21454) on :
Many years ago, I went to donate blood...but ended up not, because of a fever, I didn't know I had.
Posted by Robin123 (Member # 9197) on :
Thx for doing this, Sherri - it's an extremely important topic - any interest in posting your six questions here? And yes, how long are you collecting some info?

I just recently spoke with someone who donated over the years, not knowing they had Lyme. They said the blood center was not interested in finding out what happened to the blood since they felt they might be opening themselves up to liability.
Posted by Pinelady (Member # 18524) on :
Yes, Thank You. Very important topic.

Blood donations should be top of the list of

investigations. I would like to think they have

done this. Babesia is the only

thing Wormser said needed changed in the IDSA

guidelines. Keep up the good work.

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