(Closed) Donating Blood

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Do you donate blood?
    Yes, I have donated in the past and will keep donating. : (55 votes)
    41 %
    Yes, I have donated in the past, but I am not sure I will continue. : (17 votes)
    13 %
    I have considered donating, but haven't yet. : (16 votes)
    12 %
    Are you kidding?!? Needles are scary... : (18 votes)
    13 %
    I have a religious/personal reason why I haven't donated. : (14 votes)
    10 %
    Other : (15 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    1361 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I have donated blood a couple of times, but after that, I went 2-3 times (in a row) and they weren’t able to get it to work for me (my veins were too small I guess, even though I had drank tons of water).

    So I’m not sure I’ll go back, just to get stabbed and waste their supplies, lol.

    Post # 5
    6891 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I’m O- as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I give blood when it strikes me. Usually when I see a sign. LOL. I’m not the one that gets my reminder in the mail and immediately jumps up to go again..but here’s why. Lol. The first time I gave blood was how I learned I was allergic to iodine. Ha. :/ The second time, they had to try both arms. The most recent time, I only got through half the bag before the tubing stopped up. It didn’t stop me from donating entirely but it *does* make me think a bit harder and a bit less enthusiastic unfortunately.

    Post # 6
    7776 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I voted “I have a religious/personal reason”. I cannot give blood. My blood pressure crashes and I pass out and get really sick. I have done it a few times, but I can’t anymore.

    I’m O+.

    Post # 7
    1331 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    The last few times I’ve tried to donate my iron levels were too low.  ๐Ÿ™

    Post # 8
    2584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’ve given blood a few time. Once my veins were too small but mostly I can do it. Needles don’t bug me at all and everywhere I go the nurses say I’m the fastest donor they’ve ever seen, lol. I did pass out after the last time though, not sure wh (I ate and drank plenty) but I still will anyway. Problem is the Red Cross never is around when I can do it so it’s been a while ๐Ÿ™

    Fiance is a paramedic so he does it because he sees the need. He gave plasma once and they literally almost killed him (weren’t paying attention and an air bubble went up the tube, almost into his arm) so we refuse to do that anymore.

    ETA: I’m O+ but blood type has never affected my decision.

    Post # 9
    5493 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I can’t.  I go through bouts of anemia so I’m not allowed to.  Even when I have to give a little blood for blood tests, i feel weak and qweazy, (sp?) the rest of the day.

    Post # 11
    822 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I donate regularly but since I have only one good vein and it’s crooked, I have to get a really good technician.  Once I tried doing it when the office building was hosting a mobile drive, they had to stop the donation because the technician didn’t get the vein right. We sat there for 15 minutes and I didn’t have half a bag filled. 

    Post # 12
    360 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Gardens of the World

    I voted that I have a personal reason. I cant give blood because I have had malaria so many times that they wont let me, and they wont let me give plasma either because I have had dengue fever. Also, in NZ we have a minimum weight you have to be to give blood, which I am under, so that is another thing stopping me. If it werent for those reasons I definitely would- needles dont bother me at all.

    Post # 13
    1831 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I donate every 58 days! I’ve done it since high school and donated every 58 days until I found out I was pregnant. Now I can’t wait until 6 weeks pp so I can start it again ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    It is such a great feeling, I also get on Darling Husband for not doing it – but he gets light headed and anxious about routine pricks at the doctor so… yeah.

    Post # 14
    406 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I can’t give because I have a blood disorder. I have been the recipient of a transfusion that saved my life. So thanks to all of you who donated!!!

    Post # 15
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’ve done it once. I cried. I’m needle-phobic, and since I grew up on a farm, all I could think about when I saw the needle was “that’s the size of needle we used on CATTLE!”

    I did it, I got through it, but I don’t know if I will ever do it again.

    I’m A+ blood type.

    Post # 16
    998 posts
    Busy bee

    I want to donate but am sorta afraid of needles. I already don’t like getting my blood drawn each time I have to go to the doctor but one day I will donate blood. I just don’t know when.

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