Do you donate blood?

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  1. Aliceacc

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    I did, fairly regularly, until my recent medical issues.

    Or I should say "I tried." About half the time my iron levels were too low.

    But when I asked my oncologist last visit, his response was "I'm not sure" (My tumor was RARE-- he's only seen this type 3 times. And Long Island is a magnet for breast cancer.)

    So I no longer donate. But I feel guilty every time there's a blood drive, like I should explain that I'm not being selfish.
     
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    I used to do it regularly in my 20s. I stopped when I was thinking of getting a tattoo. Didn't get a tattoo and never went back. I think I'm going to do a little research and find out where the nearest blood bank is.
     
  4. scienceteach82

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    I did. All the time. Then I had one tech that missed the vein and kept the needle in my arm while he poked around for it. It hurt...a lot. I have a scar.

    Now I'm freaked out about needles. Hated when I was in hospital for a month during my preterm labor stint. New IV every 3 days...ugh.
     
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    I used to be so scared of needles that I'd never even consider it.

    The medical conditions that got me over my needle fear are the same issues that have prevented me from donating. It's usually anemia.
     
  6. INteacher

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    I regularly gave blood from the time I was 18 until a few years ago. Since I am O negative, they would usually even call me to remind me I could give again. Some time ago as the tech was going through all the questions there was a new one added about living in Europe prior to 1980. I was then not allowed to give blood because I had lived in Europe prior to 1980 and had potentially been exposed to Mad Cow disease. I check every year to see if they have changed this requirement but not yet. So, long answer to say sadly I am not allowed to give blood anymore.
     
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    I used to donate blood, and have tried every time there is a blood drive, but I almost always come back not able to donate because of low iron levels.
     
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    Never have.
     
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    I tried when I was younger. My iron levels were always too low. In my early and mid 20's I received several blood transfusions. That disqualifies me from donating. :(
     
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    I did once, but then my iron was too low whenever I tried after that.
     
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    I would love to! I have tried numerous times, but I have extremely hard-to-find veins, and it usually ends up taking several pokes, which makes me queasy. Last time I tried I passed out.

    The local director told me once that not everyone is cut out to donate blood. She said some people are made to donate cookies, so that's what I do!

    I also volunteer as an escort during the summer blood drives. And our NHS sponsors one at school during the school year, so my class helps set up. I try not to feel guilty about it, everyone can contribute in different ways! (ok, easier said than done, but...!)
     
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    I haven't in a while, but I had my gallon pin when I was like 25-27 yrs... I can't remember! I started donating at school at 17!!! I didn't give very 56 days, but I did a couple times or when I could!!!

    I was only turned away once & that was when it was like 80 degrees out & the place I went to had no a/c & I was rushing, so my temp was like 99!!! Oh well!!!

    KC... my veins are easy to find!!!

    I went to a drive the day before Halloween & I said something funny about "getting our blood" the nurse had no sense of humor.
     
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    The diagnosis of a chronic illness makes me ineligible. :(
     
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    I have three times. I don't mind doing it, but I always get sick afterward. (The first time, I collapsed in the nurse's arms.) I should give more often, though.
     
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    I donate regularly. I have veins that are hard to find, and I am a s--l--o--w bleeder. That means it's never a quick trip in and out. I hate needles so I just look the other way and try to act like a grownup (I don't usually succeed, but I do try! :D) The nurses are so sweet and I try really hard not to let them know how bad it hurts. (Ok, so maybe I'm a wimp.)
     
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    Christy it's sweet you still give blood even though your a slow bleeder!!!

    I look the other way as well. I need to give blood.

    I usually try to get to it before the holidays... I will try to do the next one close to me!!!
     
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    I have a chronic illness, have received multiple blood transfusions (I believe this is a disqualification), and I am under 110 lbs
     
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    No. I've fainted when getting shots and giving blood for testing...so no way could I give blood! Eeek.
     
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    Do you have to weigh at least 120lbs? I've been wanting to donate blood ever since I volunteered at the blood bank when I was a volunteer at a nearby hospital. I helped out by giving out cookies and calling people to ask them if they are up for donating some more blood. I could never donate, myself, though because I weighed less than 110lbs. Right now, I squeaked up to 115lbs.
     
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    Peachy, I gave blood regularly when I was in college - and my weight was right around 103.

    Like INTeacher, however, I haven't been able to give for years because of having lived (and eaten beef) in England when Creuzfeld-Jacob syndrome, aka "mad cow disease". My time in England was a bit later, though, so my understanding is that the ban is on anyone who was there before about 1990.
     
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    I use to give regularly until pregnancy/nursing/pregnancy/nursing. Since I have stopped, I should probably start donating again. I got my husband started and he is very consistent with his donations.
    At our local blood bank they use to laugh at us as we would race to see which one of us could fill our bag quicker. :)
     
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    As for the Iron - I always eat a burger the night before or at lunch the day I am going to donate, just to up the number a little.
     
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    I am not good with needles. So, no, I won't go near a donation.

    My husband gives but last time he passed out, so I don't know if he will go again.
     
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    I haven't in a while. It's time to do it again, and they love my A- type. My husband gives platelets as often as he can. He's very adamant about donating. I should be ashamed. :eek:
     
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    No, I just can't. I will end up fainting. I tried donating plasma once and had a real tough time with the whole fainting issue as well.
     
  26. jake10

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    I really want to encourage some of you to do so. I think techs being bad with needles are very rare, and it's not scary once you do. Also, it can help males. Females lose blood every month and their bodies make fresh blood. Males, on the other hand, need to get rid of old red blood cells. This is an excellent way to do it, not to mention the benefits for the people who need transfusions.
     
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    I use to donate but haven't been able to for the last 10 years because of a chronic illness (lupus). I wish I could as I know a few people whose lives have been saved thanks to blood donations.
     
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    I should have posted after 1980 for people living on military bases ;) When I was first asked about living in Europe, I thought I was safe because I had lived on a military base but was informed that was the worse because all the beef had come from the UK.
     
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    I've met many techs who are horrendous with needles.

    I get blood tests every 6 months or so.
     
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    I lived in the UK during the time of the mad cow disease epidemic, which apparantly procludes me for life from being able to donate. Before I moved there, each time I tried to donate, I was told that I was too anemic.
     
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    I hate needles. Ugh...
    Saying that, I dontated regulary from when I was 17 up until I was 25. About then I started getting frequent ear infections, which made me not eligible to donate. Now that I have wacky thyroid levels I don't know if I can donate. I wonder even if they leveled out if I would be able to donate with the medicine they've got me on. Got to check that out.
     
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    I should, but the one time I donated I ended up hyperventilating and with a cold sweat all over my body, so I've been afraid to do it again.
     
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    Somehow I always get the newbies. I've had several bad needle experiences, including the one where they miss the vein and dig around to try and find it. Ugh... just thinking about it makes my arm hurt.
     
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    You may wish to load up on salty foods beforehand the next time to elevate your blood pressure.
     
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    I used to feel guilty about not being able to donate but then I think about the 100's of organizations I do help through time and money and I realize that I cannot donate because of the antidepressants that I take but I can help in another way for a different lifesaving way.
     
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    I donated all the time with friends when I lived in MI. We were really big on it. It took me several years after moving to CA to get back into it. I just went on Sept. 11, and it will be an easy way to remember-every odd month on the 11th. ;) I'm O negative, so I feel I really should go whenever possible.
     
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    I have, but the last few times I have been turned away for a variety of reasons.
     
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    I got really sick the only time I did it, and I have really hard to find veins either. I always try to get up the nerve to do it - maybe I should try to do it in the summer instead of trying to participate at school. My sister has donated over a gallon - I think that is awesome.
     
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    I go several times a year. As a matter of fact, I will be donating in mid-NOV for our School Blood Drive. I'm an O+ to they like seeing me walk in the door. My hubby is an O-; he should go in again to donate. The last time he was in, he nearly passed out.
     
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    I did it once. I felt weak and a little dizzy/faint for the rest of that day. So I decided that since it's a worthy cause, I would do it again, but only at a time when I can afford a sick day. Like on vacation or something, or after work on a Friday... so far it's been a couple of years and between one thing and another it was never convenient...

    I really don't like needles or blood or anything. But I feel strongly that it's the right thing to do and it wasn't so bad if I try not to look! So I probably will end up doing it again. I just need a local drive at a time when I can afford to spare my blood.
     
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    No, due to massive blood transfusions during childbirth. I should check to see if this criteria has changed.
     

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