(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 # 47
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    2226 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    @TopazWedding: even though O’s are universal, it’s still better for people to receive theirown blood-type because it is more compatible. Blood banks seek out rarer types because while O’s good enough, your AB-‘s liquid gold!!

    Post # 48
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    624 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I have donated a decent number of times. Whenever there is a blood drive in my office building at work, I always go and give.  I am type A+ which is the universal platelette type. They have called me a number of times to give platelettes, but I have not done it yet.  They told me that there is only one place to do it, which is in an area I never visit, with hours of 10-4, Mon-Fri.  I would be more than happy to give, but it’s impossible for me to get there.

    Maybe I’m a little selffish, while I love to help and will attend a blood drive after just passing by, but it needs to be convenient for me.  

    Post # 49
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    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I have a phobia of needles, and I’ve been in a third world country recently, so I don’t/haven’t donated.

    Darling Husband is on the donor council of the local blood bank so he is very much involved. He donates double platelets every other week or so (since you can only donate ~20 times a year this works out to roughly every other week) since he was 17 he’s donated over 10 gallons. His platelet count is high enough that even after they’ve taken 2 units, his count is high enough that they could theoretically take more. He tries not to pressure me too much- he knows that I come close to passing out when I get immunizations, and I have very small veins (the nurses had a lot of trouble locating serviceable veins when I had to anesthesia the other week).

    Post # 50
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    5667 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I have a severe phobia of needles. It’s really bad.

    I did try to donate once, when I was 13 right after 9/11. My youth group did a midnight sandwich run for the nurses and doctors working around the clock at a hospital near the city. I tried to lie and say I was 16 but they asked for proof that I didn’t have.

    Post # 51
    Member
    1369 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I would like to donate, but I’m under the weight limit

    Post # 52
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    7873 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I donate several times a year.  I actually donated on our honeymoon! <- Darling Husband thought I had lost my mind- but we had a 1/2 hour to kill before our movie started and the blood-mobile was in the movie parking lot!  So why not?  I am also on the bone marrow registry.

    Post # 53
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    347 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I used to donate platelets regularly.  I can’t donate blood since I pass out every time lol.  I haven’t been lately but I would definitely go again!  I go through phases where I can’t stand needles or am okay with them.  

    Post # 54
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    4038 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @CorgiTales: I started donating as soon as I was able for a similar reason…one of my brothers had leukemia when he was a child (before I was born), and blood and platelet donations saved his life.

    I give about every two months, and have since I was 17. I tried to give platelets, but my iron counts were always too low. My mom was giving platelets on a really regular basis, but she started having bad reactions to the process, so she was told she could only give whole blood donations from now on. 

    Post # 55
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    2657 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Ive tried but I was turned away each time because I didnt have enough iron in my blood. And I tried to donate plasma but the needles they use are so big that they didnt even try to work them on me. They checked my veins and said no Im sorry your veins are too small. So oh well. I give up.

    Though when I have to give blood for medical reasons, sometimes it takes them forever to try and find a vein.

    One time I was poked 8 times before they finally got one!!

    Post # 56
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    2657 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I can deal with it but Im so sick of how hard it is for nurses to find a vein.

    Post # 57
    Member
    10649 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I did it once.  At the time I was borderline for the minimum iron levels, as well as borderline for the minimum weight requirement.  I was fine that day, but I ended up with anemia symptoms for months afterwards.

    Since then, I found I’m vitamin B12 deficient, which is required for red blood cell formation.  Pretty sure that would explain the anemia symptoms! (I had already increased my iron intake).

    I’m not sure if medically, I’d be allowed to give blood, but there’s no point in finding out because I don’t think it’s the best idea for me to give for my health.  Depending on how I’m doing, I might consider donating in the future.

    Darling Husband used to regularly donate.  Since he travels so much for his job (I usually only see him on weekends, he’s renting a room in town) and I don’t even think there’s a place for him to donate during the week, I think it’s been a while for him.

    Post # 59
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    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @piglet_625: I asked him again, and apparantly he’s at 12.5 gallons, he’ll reach the 100 pound mark Satuday. It’s always fun to go to the donor banquet (for the donors who are very involved and/or donate remarkable amounts) and meet the people who are at 15-20 gallons. 

    Post # 60
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    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I do on a semi-regular basis…usually over the summer and other school breaks.  I teach elementary school, so I can’t afford any dips in energy.  While I’ve been told I have great iron levels and do a decent job at staying hydrated, I’ve had too many bad experiences with low energy the next day.  So, if I do donate during the school year, I shoot for Friday after school/ Saturday morning.

    I am type O+, as is Darling Husband, who donates occasionally (if we have a blood drive at church).

    Post # 61
    Member
    2408 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’m O-neg too and used to donate regularly since high school but no longer can. 🙁 I was sooo bummed when I found out. Apparently they changed some of the eligibilty requirements and because I spend a couple years living on an Army Base in Germany during a time of suspected Mad Cow disease outbreaks (granted, I was a baby during that time!), I’m now ineligible to donate until further notice. 

    But I am on the Bone Marrow registry (key for biracial people like me!) and am seriously considering signing up to be an organ donor.

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