Do you donate blood?

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  1. bros

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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.
     
  10. 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.
     
  13. bros

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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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