(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 # 46
    1010 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m ineligible because of a chronic medical condition that I’ve had since I was 5, so technically I never have, and I never will.  If I could, though, I would be a regular donor.

    Post # 47
    2552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Yes, I have twice. Each time I have thrown up and passed out. I followed all the directions on how much to eat/drink before you donate. I get pale, dizzy, throw up, pass out, my Bridal Party drops really low and then I cant walk without falling down for 2 hours after donating. I’ve seen two doctors about this and they cant figure out why. So, my doctor has banned me from donating.

    Post # 49
    628 posts
    Busy bee

    My iron level is too low. You don’t get paid to donate where I live and that wouldn’t inspire me to. If I needed money that bad, I’d get a second job. 

    Post # 50
    7480 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m a regular donor. I guess I just do it because it’s convenient (they offer services in my work building) and I know there is a need. It takes less than an hour every 54 days and I’m able to give so I see no reason not too. I only had a bad reaction once when I ate next to nothing before going in for an afternoon appointment.

    ETA: I do not get paid to do this. I do use it as my ‘free day’ to eat snacks and other foods I typically wouldn’t though 🙂 

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    Post # 51
    915 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m not eligible yet, but plan to when i am. I’ve always assumed that of course there would be blood available should i need it, but it’s silly to assime that if I’m not going to do my part to help keep that availability. I’ve also has family who needed blood donations badly so it makes sense to do it, for me. 

    Post # 52
    609 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I haven’t but it’s something that I want to do regularly in the future (there’s no poll option for that). I would do it for anyone, regardless of whether they were close to me or not.


    I also want my organs to be donated after I die, when I’m gone I’m not going to need them and anything I have can help another person then you can have it by all means! Also, when I have a child, I would really love to donate any extra breast milk to hospitals, if I have any to spare. I read somewhere that one pint can feed eight preemie babies, that’s incredible to me!

    Post # 53
    326 posts
    Helper bee

    I tried twice, once they wouldn’t accept it because I was born outside of the country so they wanted to screen it first. The second time they just couldn’t get much blood out of my veins. I have very difficult veins so I’ve stopped going. It’s a waste of their time and equipment when I can’t give enough for a donation. I think people that can donate and don’t are selfish. If you would have no problem getting a transfusion if you were ill then you should donate if you can. 

    Post # 55
    1998 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I’m not eligible to donate. I tried once and the nurse told me that while the absolute minimum weight requirement was 48kg (check!) they only took blood from people under 55kg in cases of emergency. They do take quite a bit of blood at a time and apparently it’s common for smaller people to feel quite ill after that.  <br />

    My former coworker donates every chance he gets though because donor blood saved his life when he was a child. 

    Post # 56
    9544 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I donate whenever I can. I sometimes have iron levels that are too low. And my most recent donation had a low level in their more intense testing so I have to spread out my donation more than other people. But since I went on my honeymoon (Kenya) I have to take a year deferment anyway. 

    Of note, I also donate my hair and am registered with the bone marrow registry and I’m signed up to be a organ donor, should that be possible when I die.

    Post # 57
    9034 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I just want to thank everyone that donates. I have cancer and have had many blood transfusions. A simple selfless act can save so many lives. 


    Post # 58
    981 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    We don’t get paid to do it. I can’t as my blood pressure is so low that I often faint and my doctor said never to do it. 

    Post # 59
    1784 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I try to do it when I can, but it’s not regular. My first time donating was so terrible, it’s a wonder I ever did it again. 

    Post # 60
    1262 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    i did once and fainted. My body couldn’t keep up with the loss of blood. 🙁 but I’d do it again for someone I knew needed it.

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