(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 # 76
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    Worker bee

    I do, sometimes I see the “blood donation bus” on my school campus. So I just say eh, wth, I was just going to go home anyways. I pop in and give blood. I do it, quite frankly, because I can quickly make more, and because people need it!

    Post # 77
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    470 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I absolutely would.. Only there isn’t anywhere to for 1500kms from where I live. 

    Post # 78
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    481 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I do sometimes. It’s usually hit or miss whether or not I can, since I have low iron levels and there’s not much I can do about it (even with supplements and iron-rich foods). When I can, it’s great. When I can’t, I feel pretty bummed out.

    I’ve never gotten paid to donate blood, technically, but I have gotten a coupon for a free pint of ice cream. Which I guess is more of an incentive than a payment, lol.

    Post # 79
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    989 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I want to donate blood and really hope I can some day.  FI is a regular donor but I have a ridiculously horrendous phobia of needles and giving blood. I’ve gone with Fiance twice before and had a panic attack both times so couldn’t donate but I really think it’s such an important thing to do… I’m working on it and will keep trying! 

    Post # 80
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    772 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I gave blood once and intended to do it regularly, however I passed out the next day so the NHS banned me from donating again for my own safety. Found out my blood group though!

    Post # 81
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    2273 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’m not allowed to donate my blood 🙁 which sucks because I don’t mind needles and blood draws don’t bother me, but because I lived in England during the early 80s it makes me unable to donate in Australia. Waaa waaa my blood is not good enough! Haha seriously thou it’s due to the outbreak of mad cow disease in UK and as there is no test to check whether I was infected they won’t chance allowing us to donate. We don’t get paid here so thats not an influence to my wanting to donate, I just feel guilty when I see the ads wanting new donors and I sit here full of blood that I could be giving 🙁 

    Post # 82
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    2114 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    babeba:  I used to give blood constantly and love to do so, but I’ve been having difficulty doing so for a couple years now. For a while it would come out so slowly, I wouldn’t be able to donate the full amount. Once, they put the needle in and nothing came out. My blood had instantly clotted. On occasion, my iron levels weren’t high enough. The last time I tried to donate, I wasn’t able to because my heart was skipping too many beats.

    When I am able to donate, though, I usually do double red cells. 

    Post # 83
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    10651 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    HonoraryNerd:  What’s double red cells?  I don’t think CBS has anything like that.

    Post # 85
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    2331 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I really wish I could……..but I have the same problem as some bee’s on here. I was born in Spain in the 80’s so that makes me unelegible to donate blood due to the mad cow disease outbreak. 

    I am not afraid of needles and I really truly wish I could….but for that reason I will never be able to donate blood in the US. BOOOOOO

    Post # 86
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    1222 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would, but I don’t know if I could. I’m barely over the weight limit, I have a blood cell disorder, and I’m a trypanophobe. :/ So I’ve never actually given blood.

    Post # 87
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    4510 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I have given blood in the past, though not recently. I’m hit or miss on the iron levels- sometimes I get turned away for being too low, others time I’m fine (the lady at Red Cross told me that they require pretty high minimum iron requirements).

    I was ineligible for awhile because I was a stem cell donor (they ask you not to donate blood for a year after that in case your recipient needs a “booster”), and since I’m not in schoo, I see less blood drives than I used to.

    Oh – I’ve never gotten paid. I know you can get paid for plasma, but I didn’t think you could for just blood.

    Post # 88
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    1639 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Needles….blurgh…*twitch*…..*faint*

    Post # 89
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    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    babeba:  I do, I love it. It makes me feel good, I am also a organ donor and I told my family give all my organs away! 

    Post # 90
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    2902 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I used to donate whenever I had a chance, but when I was in college, my grandmother died of Creuzfeld-Jakob, so now I’m ineligible. I check the rules every now and then to see if they’ve lifted the ban yet, but no dice. 

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