A Cape DJ can’t wait to donate blood. Here’s why.
It took seven bags of blood to save Billy Teed’s life. He wants to repay every drop of it.
Last July, Billy Teed, was playing kickball with some friends and was sluggish and out of breath.
“I had been feeling like garbage for a few days,” said Teed, music director and on-air personality at FRANK FM (93.5). “I was sleeping a lot. I didn't have a lot of energy. I was winded all the time. I couldn't figure out why.
“The next day I came into work and my boss said to me, ‘Billy you look like you’re gray. You should probably go get looked at.’”
Teed went to the Stoneman Outpatient Center in Sandwich, one of Cape Cod Healthcare’s urgent care centers.
“They did a couple of tests on me, and they told me that I should probably go the hospital, like now,” said Teed, 37, who lives in Mashpee. “There was a sense of urgency in the doctor's voice.
“I went over to the ER at Cape Cod Hospital. They brought me a bag of blood and hooked me up, and basically told me I wasn’t going to be leaving for a few days.”
Doctors found that there had been bleeding internally into his digestive system and he had lost almost three-fourths of his blood.
“I had a slow leak, like if you had a tire that was leaking air over a lot of time,” he said. “Not having your normal blood supply running through your body really drains you of your energy. My heart had been working overtime trying to keep up.”
Teed underwent a 7-1/2 hour blood transfusion.
“I had four different needles going into my body, two in my wrist and two in my arms,” he said. “I’d never seen so many needles in my entire life. I watched ‘Family Feud’ 15 times during the transfusion.”
Teed says he felt “like a million bucks” following the transfusion.
“They figured out why it was happening and got that to stop. I'm on medication now and doing fine.”
During his recovery, he thought about the donors who had saved his life.
“If I ever had a chance to meet one of them, I would say, ‘Thank you for taking the time to donate your blood. Thanks for saving my life.’ Then I would urge them to go give more blood!”
The Cod Comm radio group sponsored the recent Rock N’ Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive in Hyannis. During the drive, Teed was on the air telling his story. “If I can help motivate somebody to give blood, I want to do that,” he said.
“I have to wait a year to be a blood donor after a transfusion. On my one-year anniversary this summer, I will donate blood instead of being in the hospital taking blood.
“I’ve never given blood and I promised myself, while I was sitting in the hospital, that I would. It really opened my eyes to how much blood is needed every day.”
For information about upcoming blood drives, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s Blood Donor Center.