Miguel points out that many people don’t know their blood type. He says you should find out. It will help you avoid what happened to my friend when he got shot. He needed blood, but we didn’t know his blood type. He kept telling us to be positive, but it’s really hard to do while your friend is dying.
Get yourself a blood tag like one of these, and affix it to your kit, or to your usual range attire. It will save some time when time is critical. (And no, my blood type isn’t B+)
Bad Dancer · March 28, 2023 at 5:08 pm
okay, I snorted hah!
I have blood type and meds on my ICE card and blood type on a little tag thats threaded on shoe laces. Fully agree that having it clear and present is a good thing.
Private Joker · March 28, 2023 at 5:29 pm
Positive but not Pollyannish.
I had to let go and let God during hard test tubes and devices pumping out a beat medical disaster and I keep it light because that is what worked.
A Stockdale conundrum, keep negative waves to a minimum but don’t go full unicorn Frodo Narnia either.
anonymous coward · March 28, 2023 at 6:41 pm
One way SS members were IDed was because they had their blood type tattooed on the inside of their left arm. SS bad, but I always thought the concept was sound.
Elrod · March 28, 2023 at 6:54 pm
Way back when, during my motorcycle racing days, we used to write name and blood type on upper chest and back with a permanent marker.
Today, I’m not sure I want to risk a transfusion; they may save my life for the moment with more blood but kill me with blood from a Clot Shot victim, since everyone from the Red Cross down to the local hospitals and Fast Freddie’s Excellent Blood Products Corporation and Used Car Lot has stated they’re not testing and marking blood for mRNA.
Divemedic · March 28, 2023 at 6:59 pm
They don’t give whole blood very often anymore. Mostly packed RBC’s. Mature red blood cells don’t have DNA and won’t carry the mRNA. At least, that’s what they are teaching us.
Elrod · March 29, 2023 at 9:03 am
Good to know, and I’m glad that’s what is being taught, but….I don’t trust hospital staff to get it right or not “take shortcuts” as in “we don’t have any RBC immediately available so we’ll just use the whole blood we do have because …urgency.”
Certainly, not everyone on hospital staff is incompetent, but enough are that the Medical Industrial Complex reportedly kills 100K annually, and if I’m wheeled in after an accident, or in elective surgery, I’m not in a sufficiently-conscious position to demand to read the label and ask questions.
Having an O+ NKA tag could be handy, but the consequences for the random human error or simple inattention or sloppiness caused by fatigue or insufficient staff, even well removed from the patient’s room, are severe; you’ve pointed out enough of those type of incidents that I sign the “no blood products” form, demand the doctor sign it and give me a copy.
Until the patient can be sure of not receiving anything but *tested and found pure* blood and blood products, especially free of mRNA contaminants, and it’s been established that the organization has a perfect record of complying, I’ll keep demanding the form. That blood collection organizations have not severely tightened their donor requirements and testing procedures is not encouraging.
joe · March 28, 2023 at 7:13 pm
just had an endoscopy few weeks ago…the nurse asked if i needed blood could they give it to me…i said can you make sure it’s not vaxxed blood…she said good point…anyway, i’ve known my blood type since i was 17 (early enlistment) when they stamped it on my dog tags…
Miguel GFZ · March 29, 2023 at 5:17 am
But I did order a couple of patches with my blood type since I am planning on getting back to competitive shooting.
Same as ‘anonymous coward’, I figured the blood type tat was a good idea, but the effing SS had to give it a bad name…. and I am scared of getting a tattoo anyway.
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