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Blood Donors - November 9th 2011, 03:58 PM

Okay, so wasn't really sure if this belonged in general, or health..

But my Granddad has been told today that he needs a blood transfusion, and is going in tomorrow for this - My question is just really; how many of you give / have given blood? It truly is an easy way to do something amazing for others.

I'll start - It's something I would absolutely love to do, I have never been heavy enough (so far) in order to give blood as I am slim and petite. How 'bout you guys?! (:


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Re: Blood Donors - November 9th 2011, 04:00 PM

I would love to give blood too. I mean, the only thing I fear is passing out. I think it's a great way to do something nice for people. It's a very selfless act. I've never done it before though. I wanted to in High school, but always chickened out when the time came to actually do it. :/


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Re: Blood Donors - November 9th 2011, 04:07 PM

I have given 4 pints of blood. It is a GREAT thing to do. Do not be scared by the thought of it as it's not as bad as you think! The people who work there are used to seeing people faint- which is why they lay you on an awesome bed and give you a drink before you get up and a cup of tea/juice and a biscuit before you leave.

I can't donate until they get to the bottom of my medical issues. I really miss doing it!
   
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Re: Blood Donors - November 9th 2011, 04:12 PM

I donated twice in high school and I felt great afterwards. It's nothing to be scared about it's only a pinch and you lay there until you're done.
   
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Re: Blood Donors - November 9th 2011, 04:13 PM

It is a truly amazing thing you are doing, I hope they get to the bottom of your medical issues so that you can carry on giving other people chances in life! (:


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Re: Blood Donors - November 9th 2011, 06:01 PM

In high school I wasn't heavy enough. Now the only thing holding me back is my fear of needles and lack of pain tolerance. I also don't like the fact that there are a lot of people who could donate, but are turned away for reasons other than health or medication.


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Re: Blood Donors - November 9th 2011, 06:55 PM

I'd love to, but I Don't think I'd ever actually do it. Needles make me feel physically sick just at the thought of me having to have one in me. I end up shaking and my heart races. I recon if it came to it I'd chicken out. I know that's selfish, but I really don't think I'd allow myself to do it.


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Re: Blood Donors - November 9th 2011, 07:35 PM

I've always wanted to donate blood despite my fear of needles, but unfortunately I don't weigh enough.
   
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Re: Blood Donors - November 9th 2011, 07:48 PM

I've done it like 5 times. I don't enjoy it, but I'm a universal donor, so I try to be a decent person.
   
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Re: Blood Donors - November 10th 2011, 10:15 AM

I'm unable to give blood, I had a transfusion in Feb

I'm alive thanks to that donor, I think it's amazing. So many people CAN give but don't, as soon as I turned 17 I wanted to, but my condition was being nasty and I was told to wait until after my op, but again, I needed blood during the op.

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Re: Blood Donors - November 10th 2011, 02:47 PM

I'm planning on participating in my schools blood drive this year. I wasn't able to last year because I had to be 16.


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Re: Blood Donors - November 10th 2011, 02:56 PM

I gave blood about two years ago with the Red Cross. I was slightly underweight and anemic but the nurse let me donate anyway!! They took too much blood and as I was walking over to the refreshment area I passed out. At the exact same time, my friend threw up so there was a lot of confusion. I came back about an hour later. I went to my doctor the week after because I already had a check up planned and he told me to NEVER donate blood at a college or school drive because more times than not the people there just don't know what they're doing. If you're going to donate blood, make sure you're well-hydrated and eat a large meal beforehand and light food afterward. Just make sure the nurse who's taking your blood knows what he or she is doing!



   
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Re: Blood Donors - November 10th 2011, 04:24 PM

I'd have to weigh at least xx extra pounds, and then they probably wouldn't want it anyway, what with all my prescription steroids floating around in there.

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Re: Blood Donors - November 10th 2011, 11:17 PM

I've done it once, and intend to do it again as soon as I can. I would have kept donating regularly but my iron levels became low; I've been taking supplements so I hope that'll get them up enough so I can donate again soon. It's a really easy way to help people - literally save lives and all that - and it's not as scary as I thought it would be. This coming from a person who used to be on the verge of panic attacks every time someone even said the word 'needle'.
For all you guys who are thinking about it but are a little nervous, that's fine. Just try it - when I did it, the people there were really nice, and they're used to dealing with people who aren't great with needles, so they know how to make you feel better.


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Re: Blood Donors - November 11th 2011, 09:46 AM

I have to wait till im 17 which is only 3 months and I have my first appointment booked


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Re: Blood Donors - November 17th 2011, 06:05 AM

I gave blood last year! It was an okay experience except for the minor squirt and looking at my blood bag O.O.

Unfortunately, the blood agency has been trying to contact me ever since, since I have O - blood... (i.e. the universal blood which converts into any blood type).


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Re: Blood Donors - November 17th 2011, 02:54 PM

I want to, but I'm afraid to. Also, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to give blood due to having Lyme and other medical conditions. And just so people know, giving blood isn't bad at all universities or schools. My university is quite good with blood donations, or so I've heard from other students.



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Re: Blood Donors - November 17th 2011, 03:05 PM

I've donated twice, but no longer am allowed to due to my kidney disease, which is a shame because it's so easy to do and can make such a difference to somebody.
   
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Re: Blood Donors - November 17th 2011, 07:31 PM

I've always wanted to, but I was also underweight in high school. Now, I plan on giving blood once my health gets back up I'm hoping to become a regular. It would be great to give something that could save someone else's life.
   
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Re: Blood Donors - November 17th 2011, 09:18 PM

I would love to give blood! But the thing is that I get really dizzy very easily. Last time I got blood drawn so my doctor could run tests on my blood I almost fell down because the room was spinning. They actually had to take me back in the room to lay down while I drank apple juice!! So embarrassing! :/


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Re: Blood Donors - November 18th 2011, 03:42 AM

I've always wanted to. I'm not 110 lbs though so I've never gotten the chance to donate. It actually really bugs me that I haven't been able to donate haha. My Dad's a regular donor though and I think my brother's donated before a time or two.
   
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