(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 # 121
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

     

    I would like to, but due to a medical condition I’m unable 🙁

    Post # 123
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    445 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I would if I could however I have had a transfusion so am not allowed to

    Post # 124
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    24 posts
    Newbee

    Incapable due to medical condition, so gutted I can’t! but better safe than sorry I guess

    Post # 125
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    Bumble bee

    I donate blood (they come to my work) whenever I can (I’m O pos so they love me). I also have fainted while getting blood drawn, but I just tell the technicians that, and they get me a nice little set-up laying down with ice packs before they even insert the needle. Its a win-win for both of us.

    I also am on the marrow donation registry and am a registered organ donor. Having worked in the medical field for a long time, you truly see the benefits that your donations can bring to patients. It’s also scary to me to know that if I came to the hospital with a serious injury, I could DIE if they ran out of blood. I try to do my part to prevent that from happening to others.

    Post # 127
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    babeba:  I’m a bit surprised too.  I’m not surprised that quite a few are ineligible to donate due to all the restrictions, or that they have a condition where it’s not recommended, but I’m surprised by the number who are ineligible due to medical conditions alone.

    Post # 128
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    babeba:  I don’t do piercings (beyond the ones I already have in my earlobes) and tattoos don’t make me faint at all. If I don’t fuel up enough before a session I’ll get tired fast and feel more pain, which eventually leads to lightheadedness, but the sensation generally doesn’t bug me much. It doesn’t feel like a needle though – there’s no pinch, no intrusive sensation, it’s more like a warm scrape. 

    Post # 129
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    AB Bride:  Basically, you’re hooked up to a machine where they draw the blood:

    It gets sent through a centrifuge that separates the red blood cells from the platelets and plasma. The red cells then go to the bags at the top. Because it’s not whole blood, you’re able to donate 2 units instead of just one. 

    Then, the plasma and platelets, plus some saline, are returned to you, different tube, same needle:

    It alternates, so it’ll draw blood for a while, then switch to the return cycle. Takes about an hour for the whole thing. I thought the whole process was super cool, hence the pics. I don’t get an opportunity to share often, though.

    Post # 130
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    HonoraryNerd:  Interesting.  Thanks for the pics!  AFAIK it’s just whole blood, plasma & platelets here.

    Post # 131
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    140 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’m incapable of doing it, due to a medical condition. However, when I had my youngest daughter, about 6 months ago, I lost A LOT of blood and had a blood transfusion, so if I could, I definitely would be doing it as often as I could, just to help others who were like me.

    Post # 132
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I never have, but it would be one of my greatest acomplishments if i could just get over my needle phobia

    Post # 133
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I voted no and never will but it isn’t because I’m opposed to it. I have beta thalessemia minor so my red blood cells are deformed. I’m chronically anemic myself so my blood would do no one any good. 

    Post # 134
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I do it every three months as it’s important to me. Most people will need blood at some stage of their life so I think it’s important to donate it if you can. I also donate plasma (which takes longer but is the same thing) and I am on the bone marrow donor list. 

    Im lucky I have an employer that is very supportive of people who donate so will allow paid time off work for it. 

    I do it mainly because it feels good to give back to my community.

    Post # 135
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    LindyLu:  I’m O Pos too and they always call right as my three months is up to book me in 🙂 they love it!

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