(Closed) Do you donate blood? Why or why not?

posted 6 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 # 31
    3682 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I am not eligible to donate, but my husband donates blood regularly. As far as payment, I am uncomfortable with the idea of paying people for bodily fluids/parts.

    Post # 32
    9094 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Nope. My veins are very, very small and my blood clots quickly. It took them around 30 minutes to collect 2 mL for a 5 mL blood test. The nurse just said screw it, it should be good enough.

    Post # 33
    5188 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    babeba:  I absolutely would  donate blood on a regular basis but I’m on several long term medications so my doctor told me I shouldn’t. Also sucks because when you donate where I work they give you free ice cream 🙁

    Post # 34
    2362 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

    I tried twice in highschool and couldnt. One time I weighed too little and the next year, they forgot I was their last appointment and packed up early. Then I got my tattoo…

    Finally I donated in college once. They were set up in my studio building. I donated, was drinking my juice, and started feeling faint. I had class about an hour after I donated and my prof let me lat down the whole class in the back haha. I weigh more now, but I am still worried about being faint, so since theN It has been hard for me to just donate on a whim, I feel like I need to have someone drive me and not have plans the rest of the day :/

    Post # 35
    1646 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    babeba:  I voted “Yes sometimes” but that doesn’t really describe it.

    I use to donate regularly, but I stopped. For some reason the needle would pop out of my vein halfway through the donation and they would have to stop. This happened three times in a row – they can’t use the blood unless its a full bag and I didn’t want to keep wasting their time or resources, so I made the decision to stop donating.

    I donated through Red Cross everytime as a volunteer. I don’t agree with their policy banning gay men from donating (I mean, they do testing on the freaking blood anyway), but donating made me feel really good and helped me feel like I made a difference.

    Post # 36
    8482 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m not able to, but I would if I could.

    Post # 37
    621 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Nope, never have. I was offered once a few years ago but I’m below the weight requirement, so I wasn’t eligable. Not something I’m interested in doing anyways.

    Post # 38
    286 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    babeba:  I would if I could but I’m anemic :[ 

    Post # 39
    5950 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’ve donated a couple times, but they have a hard time finding my vein so it kinda hurts until they get that needle in. You can only donate every 56 days, and no, I would never ever take money for it. Didn’t even know that was an option.

    Post # 40
    2807 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    i did it quite often after i turned 18. but then i was aenemic for a few years, and i haven’t in a year or so. we don’t get paid for it here, but that wouldn’t influence me if we did. blood donation helps a lot of people. it’s a simple way to help people who need blood.

    Post # 41
    2087 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I have, but to be honest it pisses me off how much they bother me to donate, so I’ve stopped. I want to donate to help people not to be harassed to donate more

    Post # 42
    3075 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

    Yeah once or twice in HS. I don’t know if people can get paid for it, haven’t looked into it. Just haven’t gotten the chance to/ I forget. 

    Post # 43
    9632 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I do not. I have crappy veins, hypertension and a mild clotting disorder. Supposedly I can still donate but I personally wouldn’t want my blood if I needed a transfusion…lol.

    Post # 44
    2375 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I have, but after numerous extended faints, I was told by the Red Cross “While we appreciate your help and support, perhaps you can find a better way to help, like fundraising, volunteering, etc”. I’m on the bone marrow donation list though.

    Post # 45
    523 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I can’t-I’ve tried 3 times.

    The first time I threw up and almost fainted

    The second time I blacked out, had an asthma attack when I came to, and was rushed to the ER because I couldn’t breathe, had to have a nebulizer treatment, etc

    The third time I also fainted and was rushed to the ER. 

    I really can’t afford to keep paying for an ER visit, so I can’t anymore

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