Post # 1
There were a couple of posts in a different thread that got me thinking – do you donate blood? Why or why not? Do you live somewhere you can get money for it – does that impact your decision?
I would love to be able to give blood, but the one time it happened I fainted a couple of times at the donor clinic, and again later that day. I felt like shit for about a week. I understand other people tend not to have that problem, and to be honest, I almost fainted last week when I had a blood test and had them take two vials of blood – so if you haven’t tried giving blood, please don’t let my experience turn you off.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
I have twice. Once my senior year of high school ..no 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
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
- Wedding: June 2010 - Christmas Tree Farm
I am not eligible to donate blood.
Post # 11
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
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 # 13
Darn! I don’t think I can fix the poll to say “I am incapable of giving blood.”
Waitingbee57: interesting, when I was sitting miserable at the clinic after donating blood there was a couple there who knew my boyfriend at the time and we were chatting. They told me I should donate plasma (or platelets?) because it was easier and I could do it more often.
Post # 14
If I could I would but my iron levels are way too low so I cant
Post # 15
I’m Incapable due to a medical condition. I don’t know if I would if I could. I am terribly phobic of needles.