Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Where to go to Donate those Platelets

Bob Lundsten's photo.

Tomorrow is visit 7 to donate platelets for my friend Rona Balser.. 
Going to watch the first episode of the first season of King of Thrones.
I have been told to prepare to binge watch it this weekend
For those who asked here is the address:

ABS at Northside
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE
Suite #1075
Atlanta GA 30342
Phone Number 404-459-8744

Just inside the Perimeter.  Pull into the deck and your parking is free

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Nothing more to say

Friday, April 10, 2015

Platelet Challenge

A user's photo.
So here is the story. This week when I went to donate platelets, there were stickers on the wall offered to those who donate.
"I donated 3 times in 12 months" 

"I donated 6 times in 12 months"

They asked if I wanted a sticker ( suitable for any car window), I would qualify for 6 times in 12. But the sticker that I want and the goal that I am setting is 24 times in 12 months.
I will put up my appointment schedule and challenge all of my Blog and Facebook friends to to meet me there at least once over the next ten months.
It really does not hurt, you can read sleep or watch a movie while you are there. I will supply the snacks, ( not really ABS gives you all you want).
If anyone goes 6 times in 12 months, I will buy you lunch in Dunwoody.
For my out of town friends, including all of my liberal Facebook battlers,Yes Peter that is you, I will buy the lunch but you have to get to Dunwoody.
These donations save lives and the food in Dunwoody is pretty good too !

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Donate for friends and strangers

After a not so brief break with a sinus infection, I even went to the doctor twice!!! I returned to to ABS to Donate more platelets in the name of Rona Balser. This time watched two episodes of Black List.
If you have not gotten around to donating platelets or blood yet it is now the time.
Some single donations can help save the lives of 5 people. That ranks right up there with the return on investment (ROI, from News Corp days) of an AED.
Bob Lundsten's photo.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Donate Blood Platelets

Tomorrow is my second donation of Blood Platelets in the name of Rona Balser.  No excuses  it is painless, takes only an hour or so and you will help a very dear friend of ours from Dunwoody

Platelets have a shelf live of only 5 days, so who knows the platelets you donate today could save a friend or family member of yours tomorrow

Great snacks.  Not as good as Pattie's cookies, but FREE

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Help out of the Goodness of your heart

For some of you too young to remember, and others who simply forget things, I want to tell you about my good friend Bill Balser.
Bill is a long time DHA activist, former DHA President and still is on the Board of the DHA.
His lovely wife Rona ill and needs our Community"s help right now. I am sharing an email he sent to his friends last night.
" wife, Rona, has been diagnosed with Aggressive Acute Leukemia.
Since the first week of January, she has been in and out of the hospital, undergoing a regimen of chemotherapy, and battling a staphylococcus infection from an infected port which caused a dangerous increase in her white-blood-cell count. A painful bone
marrow biopsy showed that the marrow is not producing red blood cells or platelets.
In addition to the chemo regimen, she has had to have many emergency platelet transfusions.
She is tired, very susceptible to infection, in pain, very weak...and sad.
This has been very tough on our family.
Please...keep her in your thoughts and in your prayers. It would be greatly appreciated.
A supportive, encouraging e-mail sent to her at could do a lot of good, too.
Many thanks!
To those of you in Atlanta who might want to give blood or platelets in her name, contact:

Northside Hospital - 5670 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road -Suite 1075 - Atlanta, GA 30342 (404-459-8744)
Giving blood takes 10 minutes. Giving platelets takes an hour or so because platelets are filtered out and your own blood is returned to you.
Bill is a good friend  not only of mine, but for all of Dunwoody.  This is a chance for all of us who live here to offer him thanks for all the work he has done behind the scenes well before we were a city
Donating at 10 this morning,  FREE JUICE AND COOKIES
 His lovely wife Rona needs us and Dunwoody has NEVER failed to respond

Thursday, August 7, 2014

These patients will benefit -- not threaten -- the country.

From: The Washington Post--
I’m the head nurse at Emory. This is why we wanted to bring the Ebola patients to the U.S.
These patients will benefit -- not threaten -- the country.
By Susan M. Grant August 6
Susan Mitchell Grant, RN, is chief nurse for Emory Healthcare.
An ambulance arrives with an Ebola victim at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/WSB-TV Atlanta)
A second American infected with the potentially deadly Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital on Tuesday from Africa, following the first patient last weekend. Both were greeted by a team of highly trained physicians and nurses, a specialized isolation unit, extensive media coverage, and a storm of public reaction. People responded viscerally on social media, fearing that we risked spreading Ebola to the United States.
Those fears are unfounded and reflect a lack of knowledge about Ebola and our ability to safely manage and contain it. Emory University Hospital has a unit created specifically for these types of highly infectious patients, and our staff is thoroughly trained in infection control procedures and protocols. But beyond that, the public alarm overlooks the foundational mission of the U.S. medical system. The purpose of any hospital is to care for the ill and advance knowledge about human health. At Emory, our education, research, dedication and focus on quality — essentially everything we do — is in preparation to handle these types of cases.
Further, Americans stand to benefit from what we learn by treating these patients. (Bound by federal law, Emory cannot name the patients. The HIPAA Privacy Rule forbids health-care institutions from releasing identifiable health information.) Ebola won’t become a threat to the general public from their presence in our facility, but the insight we gain by caring for them will prepare us to better treat emergent diseases that may confront the United States in the future. We also can export our new knowledge to treat Ebola globally. This pathogen is part of our world, and if we want eradicate these types of potentially fatal diseases before they reach our shores uncontrolled, we have to contribute to the global research effort. Today, diseases do not stay contained to one city, country or even continent.
Most importantly, we are caring for these patients because it is the right thing to do. These Americans generously went to Africa on a humanitarian mission to help eradicate a disease that is especially deadly in countries without our health-care infrastructure. They deserve the same selflessness from us. To refuse to care for these professionals would raise enormous questions about the ethical foundation of our profession. They have a right to come home for their care when it can be done effectively and safely.
As health-care professionals, this is what we have trained for. People often ask why we would choose to care for such high-risk patients. For many of us, that is why we chose this occupation — to care for people in need. Every person involved in the treatment of these two patients volunteered for the assignment. At least two nurses canceled vacations to be a part of this team. They derive satisfaction from knowing that, after years of preparing for this type of case, they are able to help, to comfort and to do it safely. The gratitude they receive from the patients’ families drives their efforts.
As human beings, we all hope that if we were in need of superior health care, our country and its top doctors would help us get better. We can either let our actions be guided by misunderstandings, fear and self-interest, or we can lead by knowledge, science and compassion. We can fear, or we can care.