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Unread 05-03-2002, 12:10 PM
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I'm not a doctor, but have enough of a medical background to know that doctors most definitely do NOT leave blood vessels open to drain! I can't imagine who told you something like that! They are also VERY careful with each and every patient regardless of whether or not they will accept blood or not. Please don't misguide these ladies simply because you have a religous preference against blood. I respect your religous beliefs, but only so far as they might affect your own health.

For the proper perspective on this, you are welcome to read on... although it is possible to live with only 2 pints of blood left in your body and blood expanders, it is most definitely not intended for a situation where it could be avoided. Blood expanders may keep your blood pressure up and keep you "alive", but they are intended for emergency situations only, not when there is a choice. The anemia one would suffer without the replacement of red blood cells would last weeks or months and could cause other complications ultimately resulting in increased morbidity or death. Until a true blood substitute is approved by the FDA, real blood is the only true replacement when bleeding occurs. I can tell you that it is possible to have serious complications from refusing real blood. I am a medical profession that watched a 15 year old girl die of anemia, because her parents' religous beliefs did not allow her to have blood. It took several weeks and she was given blood expanders, but ultimately she could not recover the blood loss she had suffered and died.

Although there is never a guarantee, the nations blood supply is very safe these days. Not only are they tested (numerous time) for all known pathogens including all forms of hepatitis and HIV (and other diseases), the screening process is restrictive to the extent that those likely to have these diseases are usually screened out.

For those of you out there that may have been frightened by that post about the blood, please get the facts before believing the hype, that's all I'm asking.
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Unread 05-03-2002, 03:47 PM
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am definitely not going to get into the middle of a lot of this, but didn't any of your medical people ever ask you if you wanted to donate your OWN blood ?

My husband is a surgeon, some patients do have reservations for one reason or another about receiving donated blood... usually these people end up donating their own blood, it is stored, and ready for them on the day of surgery.

As far as leaving blood vessels open to drain? all I can say is whaaaaatttt?????

The only doctor I know who would probably leave blood vessels open to drain is Hannibal Lechtor, and he isn't real.

Please, please, please, ladies..doctors may be a lot of things on occasion that are less than pleasant..rude, arrogant, opinionated..but then, so are a lot of construction guys I've tangled with.

They are not cannibals or monsters who purposely cut a human and let them drain any amounts of blood on purpose!!


Unread 05-03-2002, 07:26 PM
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About banking your own blood: my DR doesn't allow her patients to do that, she said she wants them to have "full tanks" when they go for surgery. Also, I was so anemic I couldn't have even if I'd wanted to. I had to take 450mg iron/day starting 2 months before surgery, and after surgery 300mg/day for 3 months. I'm due for a blood test to make sure I don't need high doses anymore.

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