Post # 62
One of these days I’ll get around to going in and giving it a try. I have to go for blood tests a lot, though, and more often than not I get complaints about my veins, so I may very well be one of those who ends up just being more a nuisance than anything. I actually had one nurse burst into tears after sticking me four times; apparently she had managed to draw blood from a baby’s veins just fine that morning, but my veins were beyond her.
Post # 63
@CorgiTales: & @Mrs Sarah McK: Stories like that are what keep me going back every 12 weeks for another donation. So glad to hear both of your brothers are doing well.
@Knubbsy-Wubbsy: I know you said you also have a needle phobia but if you by chance do want to donate, the fact that you’ve travelled to a third world country shouldn’t hold you back indefinitely. I’ve travelled to lots of third world countries and it hasn’t ever been an issue – usually it’s just a few weeks wait to make sure you haven’t contracted a strange disease. 🙂 Just thought I’d throw that out there so no one gets the idea that overseas travel inhibits your ability to donate! And congrats to your Darling Husband – quite an accomplishment!
Post # 64
I’ve never given blood as I’ve never met the minimum weight requirement. I also personally knew a girl who had extensive nerve damage in her arm from donating blood, so I would not be inclined to do it anyway.
Post # 65
I am also 0- and donate regularly.
I dont mind needles and figure I may need a blood transfusion one day and already members of my family have so this is a small way I can give back.
Post # 66
I’m O neg as well and feel guilty “hoarding” my blood. I donate but infrequently, it takes me a while to get over the process (not a fan of needles). At one point the red cross was stalking me about giving blood… I had to request to get off their distrobution list it was a little overwhelming!
I need to go again soon.
Post # 67
I’ve donated many, many times (in 5 different states too!) but I’m not one of those people who goes in as soon as I am eligible to donate again. But when there are blood drives at work and such, I tend to participate.
I have really deep veins so the technicians often have a hard time hitting them. 🙁 I am also a really slow donor. It seems to take me forever to fill the bag and people who start way after me, typically finish before me. But I do eventually get there!
Darling Husband won’t donate anymore. He tried to take part in a drive in college and had a tech miss the vein and start digging around in his arm like crazy. It hurt so badly that he made her stop and just got up and left. He’s never been willing to try again since that experience.
Post # 68
@Mrs.KMM: I found out that I am a slow donor if my feet are crossed! The phlebotomist said it has to do with circulation or something. And that sounds very painful if they can’t find your veins… 🙁
I just got back from donating! I was hoping to do it with a friend who works at the retirement community which hosted the drive, but she couldn’t leave her desk to come down to donate.