(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 # 32
    303 posts
    Helper bee

    I used to donate every 12 weeks or so. I am O+ (like 40% of the australian population!) so I figure we’re always in demand. 

    I chose “other” in the poll though because I’ve been banned from donating because I’m too much trouble heheheh. Well, not quite, but I fainted once as they took they blood pressure cuff off and that caused a bit of a hoo haa. The real reason though is that I have had some bad issues in the last couple of years with severe iron deficiency anaemia, and even if my haemoglobin looks high enough to donate, I only have circulating iron, none left in storage ๐Ÿ™

    One day I’ll be allowed to go back though. Or, I’ll be able to donate through plasmapheresis, where they only take platelets (it’s a bit hard to do in aus because only some blood banks have the machines to do it). 

    Post # 33
    18628 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I haven’t because my veins are teeny tiny and it always takes the best nurse with a butterfly needle to get a blood draw or an IV so I don’t want someone with a huge needle digging around my arm for a vein.

    Post # 34
    7429 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I have a few times, but not recently. I am a really slow bleeder, and bruise horribly from the needles they use. I also only have 1 good vein, and its been blown a few times, so I’d rather leave it for when I need to get my blood tested (which is fairly common these days). I am on the Bone Marrow and Organ DOnor list though.

    Post # 35
    460 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I voted other because while I would love to give, you can’t if you weigh less than 110lbs. It’s really unfortunate too because the blood mobile comes to my workplace once every 6 weeks or so which makes donations convenient.

    Post # 36
    1212 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I give blood and plasma regularly, my donation schedule looks like this week 1: whole blood, week 4: plasma, week 6: plasma, week 8: plasma, week 12: whole blood. Rinse and repeat. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m lucky I have good veins!

    I’m B negative, which is pretty rare, only 2% of the population have it. Occasionally I get calls from the blood bank asking me if I can donate earlier because they are down to a same day supply of B neg blood.

    Post # 37
    588 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I have donated before and loved the idea of it but I am no longer able to. When blood is drawn in that large amount my body goes crazy and I have a body seizure (not a brain seizure! that would be much scarier). 

    Post # 38
    3521 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    My veins are pretty damn impossible to find. I went to donate once and they turned me away because it was too difficult for them to find a good vein. Same thing with plasma…sigh.

    Post # 39
    1399 posts
    Bumble bee

    I give every chance I can.  I had a blood clot 3 years ago and was on blood thinners – I hated it!  So, as a compromise with my doctor, she agreed to take me off blood thinners and I agreed to give blood at least six times a year. 

    Post # 40
    67 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    O+ here ๐Ÿ™‚ Even though I’m not technically a universal donor, anyone except O- can use mine, so I also feel obligated to donate regularly. Even though I feel like crap afterwards, I feel it’s my way of making a difference in the world!

    Post # 41
    67 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2014


    I weigh 115 and I usually have to convince them to take anyway. They don’t take an entire pint, but every drop helps! I always feel woozy afterwards, but I’ve never had any problems.

    Post # 42
    2226 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    @nutMeg13: Same problem for me. I’m already predisposed to anemia and the only time I gave blood the nurse lost my vein and was fiddling around in my arm for what felt like forever. I don’t mind needles but it really made me nausious.

    I don’t know if they do this where you guys live but I get calls from the blood bank every couple of months telling me I should donate because my blood is “rare” (B-). I’ve told them to stop calling me but they wont!

    Post # 43
    1446 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I have lupus so they won’t take my blood ๐Ÿ™ Before I found out about lupus, I tried a few times and was turned away for various reasons (not weighing enough, being on Accutane, low iron).

    Post # 44
    11324 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I used to give blood whenever I was able and I think it is very very important! My brother was ill for three years and during that time had about eleven surgeries, using over 40 units of blood total. My whole family donates as much as possible because without people donating, my brother would’ve died. 

    Unfortunately I am not able to anymore because I am chronically anemic. My doctor recommended I stop giving blood to avoid having to get another iron transfusion myself. But I’m very grateful to people who are able to give blood and do so on a regular basis. 

    Post # 45
    3981 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    There should be an option for “Tried to donate but can’t” because that is exactly where I fall. When I went to “donate” blood for my little sisters surgery in case a blood transfusion was needed I found out I was anemic. Borderline but still anemic. Since then I have tried to watch what I eat and make sure everything is good to go when I try to donate again. Every time I still end up too anemic for them to accept the blood. I am going to keep trying though in hopes that my levels get right and I can donate.

    Post # 46
    1064 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’ve donated twice.. but have AB- so only people with my blood type can get my blood.. and being as around or less then 1% of people have my blood type.. I feel like it would be worthless. 

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