I went down to the Blood Bank @ Outram yesterday to make my first blood donation for the year which was also my 115th blood donation. Meanwhile, Amanda Tan, who began donating in Sep 2012 clocked her 5th donation at a Singapore Bloodmobile session last year.
It is possible to make four whole blood donations a year if healthy. Amanda made two donations in the second half of 2012, two in 2013 and only one in 2014 – the flu and the four month wait after visiting a malaria-endemic country delayed her donations. I too only managed ONE blood donation last year! It was a tough year for me.
Ladybug, however, maintained her blood haemoglobin levels high enough to make two donations in 2014! She did make the minimum Hgb level (12.5g/dl) again yesterday but a recent trip to India (malaria-endemic) meant a four month hiatus for donating blood.
With my susceptibility to the flu, I am happy to manage three blood donations a year. Looking back at my record, I see that I mostly managed that over the past decade.
- 2013 – 3 donations
- 2012 – 4 donations
- 2007 – 2011 – 3 donations/year
- 2006 – 4 donations
- 2005 – 3 donations
- 2004 – 7 donations (plasmapheresis)
- 2003 – 8 donations (plasmapheresis)
- 2002 – 4 donations
- 2001 – 5 donations
Although the preferred choice for O+ donors is whole blood, the apheresis nurse may ask me to make platelet donation. It is possible then to make up to eight apheresis donations a year, as the rest interval is shorter. However, my platelet count is at the low end of the range, so they have me alternate with plasma donations if I am frequent – that happened last a decade ago!
Well, whatever happens, with only 1.84% of Singapore’s residential population donating, we all intend to do better in 2015.