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Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby jcliff » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:07 am

I'm pretty sure that Burners can best appreciate the mind-blowing nature of this:

Two weeks ago I developed Acute Axonal Motor Nueropathy. Essentially, I contracted a virus that either attacked my nerves itself or tricked my own immune system into doing the damage. I spent a week in the hospital and had 3 immunoglobulin infusions to help my immune system fight the virus. With time my nerves will regenerate and with physical therapy I will get back to 100%. It was very scarey, but for a time they thought I might have MS which would have been infinitely worse.

So here's the mind-blow. Immunoglobulin takes the antibodies from blood donors plasma. Each dose is made from about 1,000 plasma donations. I've had 3 infusions so far, and will have at least 2 more before I make it back to the playa. I can't stop thinking about the fact that I have a a little bit of 3,000 people inside me. Next year I will be sneaking 5,000 people through Gate. If this doesn't speak to the nature of community and humanity, I don't know what will.

I saw dramatic improvement after my antibody infusions and I'm eternally grateful to the donors that made my recovery possible. You better hold on to your hat donors cause you're all going to Burning Man!!!!
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby ygmir » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:19 am

very happy to hear you're ok, jcliff!!

one might wonder if you'll do an impression of the survivors of Zetar, ala "Mira"?
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby lucky420 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:21 am

Wow :shock: ! How weird and scary. Glad you're on the mend. And what a wonderful way of looking at it...

take care and will toast your return to the playa :coffee: (there's tequila in my cup)
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Postby Mojojita » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:37 am

Great news jcliff! Thanks for the reminder that its time for me to go donate some plasma.

Just think - if 5,000 burners going to the playa donate plasma and you happen to get some of their plasma, they could be going twice in one year.....
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Postby FIGJAM » Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:32 pm

Donating plasma can pay for you burn! 8)
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Postby Sham » Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:36 pm

Just a guess, but tickets for you and your donors should cost you about $1,750,000. Start saving now! :D
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby Eric » Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:13 pm

Damn Jcliff, I'm glad to hear you're improving! What a frightening thing to happen. I love your attitude about the transfusions - what a great way to see them! I do, however, want to be there when Gate has to frisk your veins...
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby edbrez » Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:14 pm

Jcliff thats great news you are on the mend, and great to see such a positive outlook.
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Postby Savannah » Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:14 pm

Jcliff, that's amazing! :D I'm glad you're feeling better.
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby trilobyte » Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:20 pm

They're all a bunch of hippies by association! Hehe

Glad to hear you're okay, it must have been one hell of an emotional roller coaster for you and your family.
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Postby AntiM » Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:13 pm

Scary! Good to know you'll be okay.

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Postby jkisha » Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:21 pm

Ya learn something new every day. Scary stuff. Glad you're OK.
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby Elliot » Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:16 pm

:D
Huzzah! And a perfect opportunity to remind everybody that donating blood, whether as whole-blood or apheresis (plasma or platelets) is simple, easy, safe, painless and an all-around Good Thing To Do! :D
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Postby BoyScoutGirl » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:36 pm

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Postby MacGlenver » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:37 pm

Elliot wrote:... painless ...


??! Needles be scary!

Contrats jcliff!
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Postby burner von braun » Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:43 pm

I'm really glad to hear your recovery is going well jcliff.

I'll bring extra beer!
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby pink » Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:59 pm

Wow. And I'll second, third and fourth on your attitude. I'll have to see if they've lifted the restrictions on former hep c people donating blood or plasma.
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:35 am

i'm one of those assholes that eats 10 hits of acid before donating blood...



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Postby AntiM » Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:55 am

MyLarry must donate blood to treat his hemachromatosis. For years the FDA would not accept it because it was a therapeutic draw, but now they can use it. Gallons of blood incinerated, when first diagnosed, he had a pint a week drawn, for 26 months.
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby Pope Poecco » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:56 pm

That's gotta feel incredible. I'm glad you're not Schizophrenic. :arrow:
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby Pope Poecco » Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:01 pm

[It's a camping trip in the desert, not the redemption of the fallen world - Cryptofishist]

Don't be too sure.
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby Elliot » Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:27 pm

:D
(Here is another Public Service Announcement on this topic, seems it fits so well with Jcliff's success story.)

After you have donated blood for a while, the blood bank starts giving you T-shirts commemorating the total number of gallons you have given. So whenever I feel the World is ignoring me and I don't feel like blowing up a building for attention that day, I put on a blood bank T-shirt and go to the grocery store. For every $30,- worth of groceries I put in the basket, one person breaks into a smile, reads off the number of gallons posted on the shirt and generally chats me up in a cheerful style. :D
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby Eric » Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:43 pm

Pope Poecco wrote:[It's a camping trip in the desert, not the redemption of the fallen world - Cryptofishist]

Don't be too sure.



Oh, I'm pretty sure.

Doesn't mean it's not a damn amazing camping trip...
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby theCryptofishist » Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:51 pm

Eric wrote:
Pope Poecco wrote:[It's a camping trip in the desert, not the redemption of the fallen world - Cryptofishist]

Don't be too sure.



Oh, I'm pretty sure.

Doesn't mean it's not a damn amazing camping trip...

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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby Pope Poecco » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:23 am

That's not true.
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby junglesmacks » Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:35 am

It's not not true. For some.


We let them stay in camp and do what they do best.
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Re: Bringing 5,000 people with me...

Postby edbrez » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:56 am

Elliot wrote::D
(Here is another Public Service Announcement on this topic, seems it fits so well with Jcliff's success story.)

After you have donated blood for a while, the blood bank starts giving you T-shirts commemorating the total number of gallons you have given. So whenever I feel the World is ignoring me and I don't feel like blowing up a building for attention that day, I put on a blood bank T-shirt and go to the grocery store. For every $30,- worth of groceries I put in the basket, one person breaks into a smile, reads off the number of gallons posted on the shirt and generally chats me up in a cheerful style. :D



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