(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 # 61
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    1150 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I would if I could, but every time I’ve tried, my iron is too low. I take supplements too!

    Post # 62
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    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I did one time but I’m anemic.  In the town I went to college paid 30.00 a pop.  A guy down my hall did it ALOT, his inner arm by his elbow looked like someone had punched him there 40 times.  He had gigantic bruises. 

     

    My dad gets phone calls from the blood bank when he is scheduled, he has a rare type of blood, I should know what it is, but they need his blood.  So he donates I think every 6weeks and he’s in his 70s.

    Post # 63
    Member
    3184 posts
    Sugar bee

    I wish I could but I’m ineligible. 

    Post # 64
    Member
    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    No, I can’t stand needles and I’ve passed out after a blood test before. I would if someone close to me got in an accident or really sick or something and needed my blood. But I’ll never do it just for the hell of it.

    Post # 65
    Member
    97 posts
    Worker bee

    I have several chronic medical conditions so I am unable to donate, which is unfortunate because I’m O-, the universal donor. 

    Post # 66
    Member
    343 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I can’t. I have a blood disease.

    Post # 67
    Member
    32 posts
    Newbee

    Wish I could but I am anemic

    Post # 68
    Member
    1796 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I donated once a few years ago, but the last time I went the nurse wouldn’t allow me to donate. My heart rate is usually in the 70-85 range (normal being 60-100 if my understanding is correct), and she said that is too fast to donate? The opportunity really hasn’t presented itself since, and I think my blood type is the most common. My younger sister gets phone calls every week because she has a rare blood type.

    Post # 69
    Member
    2268 posts
    Buzzing bee

    You need a “No, I never have because I can’t, but I would if I could” option.

    I lived in England during the 90’s when there was the issue of ‘Mad Cow Disease’ and that means that in New Zealand, I cannot donate blood.

    Post # 70
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    9197 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Used to donate when I could but now I don’t weigh enough. I’m not gaining weight but sometimes I’m sad I can’t help.

    Post # 71
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    249 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016 - Santa Barbara Courthouse

    I donate regularly. I started in high school at a blood drive for the seniors. I have O+ type and after I donated, they have consistently called and reminded me at least twice a month. My sister is AB-, so they hound her constantly! I just donate because I know that it’s helpful. We cannot get paid for it where I’m from. The only time I didn’t donate after 18 what the year after I got my tattoo because I couldn’t.

    Post # 72
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    40 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I have tried twice and it was a very traumatic experience because of my veins. The first try my veins kept collapsing and the nurses gave up after digging around in my arms with the needlle for 20 minutes. The second time I was able to donate but was advised not to again because it took 4 to 5 times longer to do as my veins would keep collasping and the nurses had to keep re positioning the needle.

    There is no way I am putting my self through that again anytime soon which is a shame.

     

     

    Post # 73
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    899 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I used to but am no longer allowed. I hate that I’m not allowed to any more. Sometimes I used to get quite dizzy and fainty (never actually fainted) so I learnt how to make sure I was week fed and hydrated before giving, and I always had a Mars bar on the way! There was one time we had to stop the donation because I had a funny turn, and two days later I had flu so I think it was the virus that caused the problem. To me, it’s such an important thing to do if you can.

    Post # 74
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    326 posts
    Helper bee

    babeba:  I do understand your point. I’m very involved and actaully part of the LGBT community so I’m aware of the MSM blood ban. The campaign we run when the blood bank comes to our area is “Give blood because we can’t”. If someone doesn’t donate blood because they disagree with the policy there is no way that the service can know that and that it will affect the policy. 

    It just bothers me when people say they’re squeamish or it hurts so they won’t give blood. Peoples’ lives are at stake and I think it says a lot about where their priorities lie. I was unfair in my post though. Of course education is a big problem and a lot of people would be more likely to donate if they were better informed. Many don’t know where to donate blood, if their eligable and what the process involves. Convenience is also definitely important and mobile blood clinics help with that. 

    Post # 75
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    886 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I don’t meet the weight and iron requirements. I’ve tried, they wouldn’t risk it. and no we don’t get paid here! I just wanted to give blood to get over my fear of blood. guess that’ll never work now…

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