Do you donate blood? Why or why not?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Have you ever donated/sold your blood?
    Yes, I am a regular donor. : (27 votes)
    18 %
    Yes, sometimes. : (42 votes)
    29 %
    Yes, once. : (17 votes)
    12 %
    No, I never have and never will. : (25 votes)
    17 %
    No, I never have but I might if someone close to me needed blood. : (36 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 2
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I have once, but I am no longer eligible to.  I probably shouldn’t have done it the first time, I was at the low end of the weight requirement and the low end of the iron requirement and I think the two together made me quite anemic for a while, plus I probably had another form of anemia that wasn’t dx’ed at the time.  Do to a condition and a medication I will be taking for it, I don’t think I will be eligible in the future.  You don’t get paid for it here, and I’m glad for that.  I think it increases the safety of the blood supply.

    Post # 3
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    babeba:  I do. I donate regularly. I live in the UK, so we don’t get paid. I’m a nurse so that impacts my decision; but also my mum has always donated, so when I was old enough I went too

    Post # 4
    1112 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I never have, but I would. I don’t know where to go for it, its just not something that I’ve ever bothered doing. You don’t get paid for it here (you’re also not supposed to get paid for donating sperm etc) but I think thats a good thing as it keeps unhealthy people from doing it just for money.

    Post # 5
    1158 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    babeba:  I have extremely low iron and am very anemic (my iron level use to be at 4, now it’s at 7, but the minimum is 11 for someone my age, weight and height), so unfortunately I can not donate blood

    Post # 6
    878 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I do when I am eligible. I travel outside the country, which often makes me unable due to blood borne illness risk. I can’t give again till may, but then I will give again. I pass out almost every time, but me passing out is worth someone else not dying

    Post # 7
    559 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I have donated many times and it makes me feel better:) I like to believe that my blood is being used to save a life but when you sign that paper it could be used for anything I guess. I’ve thought about signing up for the bone marrow donor site. I’d donate a kidney or part of my liver for someone, possibly a stranger. 

    Post # 8
    2243 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

    I have twice.  Once my senior year of high school problems or anything.  Another time about 2 years ago & they messed up putting the needle in & left a huge bruise!  If I ever do it again, it won’t be through that same blood bank.  I started squinting because it was hurting & the tech was like does that hurt because it shouldn’t & the other lady he was talking to pointed at something & they were like oh shit ..pulling the needle out, icing it, cream on it & stuff like I was about to die or something.  I wasn’t dying, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried for a second or two.  Then they asked me if I wanted to try the other arm ..umm no haha.  At least I still got my free water & snack ;]

    Post # 9
    1568 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I donate once a month because my fiance has had his life saved due to blood donations. Before each and every one of his surgeries I donated blood and I just continued to do that. His last surgery he had 20 blood transfusions. I just found out that a company that works with a hospital in the area pays 60 dollars a donation for plasma so I started going there to donate plasma and donating blood at the local hospital. Its a nice way to help people and boost your wedding fund. Some people find that weird but if I am doing the most good why not get paid for it. It hurts a lot more and takes a lot more out of you to donate plasma. 

    Post # 10
    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Christmas Tree Farm

    I am not eligible to donate blood.

    Post # 11
    721 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    for me i have a complicated opinion on this. i used to donate blood for red cross (volunteer, not paid). i like to travel and go on cruises and i was denied to donate blood because my cruiseline went to mexico. that miffed me a little bit but i let it go. what i cannot get past now is them not accepting blood due to sexuality. i think that is absolutely ridiculous and so i am done donating at least for red cross until that policy is changed

    Post # 12
    314 posts
    Helper bee

    I try to whenever I can.  I hadn’t been able to for the past 2 years because my hemoglobin wasn’t within normal limits, so I couldn’t.  I’m sure there are places where you can get paid for it here, but I wouldn’t bother.

    I donate because my brother had cancer and he CONSTANTLY needed blood transfusions.  He couldn’t have survived as long as he did if it weren’t for people’s generosity.  I know I can’t pay each individual back for helping him, but I feel like I can still pay-it-forward by donating as often as I can.  

    I also needed blood transfusions as a kid for low platelet counts.  So I guess it is all a pay-it-forward type of thinking.  

    Don’t worry.  People faint all the time when having blood drawn.  Just please let the person doing it know that you sometimes feel faint when doing it.  It is so much nicer when people tell us they may so we can have them lay down instead of having them pass out on and risk injury falling over. =)

    Post # 14
    5248 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    If I could I would but my iron levels are way too low so I cant

    Post # 15
    1022 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m Incapable due to a medical condition.  I don’t know if I would if I could. I am terribly phobic of needles. 

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