Post # 1
Does anyone else donate blood on a regular basis? I have ever since college. There have been a few times I couldn’t due to surgery or medications I was on, but otherwise I have tried to donate as frequently as possible. My next donation is actually coming up on Tuesday!!
My blood is 0-, so I am the universal donor. Ever since finding that out, I’ve felt as though donation was my way of making a positive contribution to the world, especially since my blood can be used by anyone.
Darling Husband and I have had this discussion lots of times because he’s never donated (he hates needles and doctors), and I’ve never pressured him to do it. It’s a very personal choice, IMO, and it doesn’t make you a bad person if you don’t. I just enjoy doing it. 🙂
Anyone else donate blood, platelets, plasma, etc.?
Post # 3
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.
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Post # 5
I’m O- as well. 🙂
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
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.
Post # 7
The last few times I’ve tried to donate my iron levels were too low. 🙁
Post # 8
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 🙁
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
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 # 10
Interesting stories, ladies! Every time I’ve gone, I’ve seen someone not be able to donate. It’s really common. If you can’t, you can’t!
@galloway111: That’s so scary! I’ve never given plasma, but I heard it’s different than giving blood. My dad used to in college.
Post # 11
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
- 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
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 🙂
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
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
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
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.