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DeepSoulSheep
GOLD Member since Sep 2002

DeepSoulSheep

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Berlin, Ireland

Total posts: 2617
Posted:I'm thinking that I should start donating blood. For a long time I've felt that I'm obgliated to but I'm lazy and I don't like needles and I forget to feel bad most of the time. I (or my future children/wife) may count on someone elses blood to save my/their life but I've given nothing....

Should I be ashamed? Do you donate blood? Are you against the idea of giving your blood to someone else?

It's so easy the place you do it is 5 minutes walk from my desk. I know there's always a shortage no matter where in the world. I believe (maybe incorrectly) you get paid to do it in America? What's the story? Tell me it's easy peasy, go on, please.


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fluffy napalm fairy


fluffy napalm fairy

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Location: Brum / Dorset / Fairy Land

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Posted:C@ntus donated blood in Cambodia.

They have 'heammoragic dengue fever' (sp?) and it's not very nice.


Geologists do it in the dirt................ spank

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Jello


ambiguous
Location: Mpls, MN, USA

Total posts: 646
Posted:Written by: It's...Lightning!

I can't, although I used to love to because it made me feel like I'd done a good thing.

I can't because
1) I have spent too much time in Europe (total of one year since 1980)
2) I am gay.
3) I have a history of anemia.

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I liked to donate blood as well. When the whole gay thing came up I simply lied to them, they run tests either way and I know I'm clean, got the tests to prove it biggrin

However now I apparantly have high blood pressure, like Stage 1 Hypertension (152/102 last time I checked), so they reject me right off the bat. I've been trying to go to a doctor about that however I don't have a doctor, so yeah, slow going.


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Raven_WolfeRun
SILVER Member since Jun 2004

Raven_WolfeRun

journeyman
Location: Houston, TX, in my chair, USA

Total posts: 91
Posted:I donated for the 1st time a couple of months ago. I'm outrageously terrified of needles, but the blood bus was at school one day, so I went before I could chicken out. I was really scared, but now it's not so bad. grant you I haven't done it again yet, but as soon as I can I'm going to. I got over my phobia and it felt really good (when the dizzyness wore off lol) to help like that. Plus at the time there was a shortage, well, more than usual. AND I got a cookie!!! really, if you can, donate, you'll love the feeling afterward, and I don't mean the dizzyness ~.^.

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fNi
GOLD Member since Mar 2004

fNi

master of disaster
Location: New York, USA

Total posts: 3354
Posted:i donated a couple of times when the blood drive was up at school. It was really nice, they had people to talk with you while you were lying there. I never had a needle phobia, so it wasn't really a problem. Afterwords we got free food and beverages, and were told to take it easy. Yes, there was some sliiight dizziness. And never under any circumstances try to do something strenous right after b/c i had a friend that ran to class right after and it was bad news.

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native
SILVER Member since Jun 2004

native

sleeping with angels
Location: anaheim CA usa

Total posts: 508
Posted:i would give blood but i cant i have been getting lots and lots of tattoos and they wont take your blood if you have had a tattoo in the last 4 years

SLEEP WITH ANGELS muckieha

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andythepoi


andythepoi

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Location: manchester, uk

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Posted:i'm (coughs) 37 and have given around 35 units of blood. its something i'm deeply commited to and really like doing. i have o neg which is the stuff they give to people in emergencies when they haven't had time to cross type the recipients blood, so it is in particular demand. as for the red cross dumping common stuff i've never heard that before and it kinda doesn't ring true. lets simplify things....if there were only 2 types of blood....a and b....and 99 per cent of the population had a and 1 per cent b, then 99 per cent of donors would be a but SO WOULD 99 per cent of people needing it. doesnt matter how rare or common your blood is, its still needed just as much as anyone elses cos of the relative numbers of population with your group.

i do know it only has a shelf life of 35 days tho...so maybe occasionally some doesn't get used up, cant imagine its lots tho.

DSS mate....we live farily close...if ya need someone to give ya moral support or talk it over with....get in touch n i'll be happy to do what i can to help. good luck


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Frulein


Frulein

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Location: Cork, Ireland

Total posts: 284
Posted:Mmmh... that's funny: we just discussed this topic in our breakfast break. I do not donate blood and told my colleagues that I feel bad about it. My reason is that my veins hardly pop out and always roll away. I had to get my blood tested every half a year when I was working with radioactive chemicals and it was a nightmare. I always ended up bruised on each crook of my arms because they tried to get blood even though I told them to get it out of the vein on top of my hand. I hated it. Once the girl even poked a tendon in my arm and all she said was Oops! I know everybody should go and donate blood at least once but I just cannot get over it....

Btw DSS: In Germany you get paid for donating blood. I think it was something like 20.... Crazy since I thought it was called donation....


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andythepoi


andythepoi

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Location: manchester, uk

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Posted:20 euros!! woohoo....budge up in the bed fraulein....i'm a coming to stay.

(does some crap maths...mmmm....20 euros....bout 15 quid.....times the 35 times i've given blood....thats um..........er..........WOW i'd be RICH hehehe)


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ado-p
GOLD Member since May 2004

ado-p

Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland

Total posts: 3882
Posted:In ireland you get a free pint of guiness when you donate blood, or budweiser if you dont like the black stuff.

I'm not kidding..... beerchug


Love is the law.

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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

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Location: without class distinction, Aus...

Total posts: 13215
Posted:i have always planned to donate blood. but whenever i think about it i'm either sick, or its the middle or rowing season or in the middle of hectic year 12 (now!) when i figure i need all the blood i can keep for my own health!

its on my list of things to do before i go overseas though!


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Frulein


Frulein

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Location: Cork, Ireland

Total posts: 284
Posted:Written by: andythepoi


20 euros!! woohoo....budge up in the bed fraulein....i'm a coming to stay.





But I am in Ireland at the moment... DAMN! wink


"I see," said the blind man.

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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road, United Kingdom

Total posts: 15965
Posted:I donated blood in cambodia and... oh wait fnf already said that smile

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:I'm not allowed to. I have a history of anemia, I have spent too much time in Europe...

Oh, and I have sex with men.

So yeah, no blood donation for me.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

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Faberg
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

veteran
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Total posts: 1459
Posted:what's spending time in europe got to do with blood donation? confused

My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely smile

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ado-p
GOLD Member since May 2004

ado-p

Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland

Total posts: 3882
Posted:Direct quote fromt the Red Cross ubblol

Written by:
Persons who have spent long periods of time in countries where "mad cow disease" is found are not eligible to donate.



Moo ubbloco


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andythepoi


andythepoi

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Posted:Written by: Frulein

Written by: andythepoi

20 euros!! woohoo....budge up in the bed fraulein....i'm a coming to stay.



But I am in Ireland at the moment... DAMN! wink




goodness me woman i have NO luck!! hehehe.still...ireland IS nearer......? wink


It's smashing to be back x

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gita
SILVER Member since Oct 2003

gita

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Location: brizvegas, Australia

Total posts: 3776
Posted:i used to give blood - 13 times i think it was. but after i was vego for a while i didn't seem to have enough iron in my blood so they said don't come back! eek i would like to start again...i gotta catch up to my dad's record!! he once took just 5 minutes to bleed!! my fastest is 7 minutes. ubblol stupid competition i know - and geez it makes you dizzy - but it's a competition none the less!!

ah well...better start eating properly again i guess!! i had some blood tests a while ago and that said everything was normal...so theoretically i should be able to give blood! umm

:P


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Frulein


Frulein

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Location: Cork, Ireland

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Posted:Written by: andythepoi

Written by: Frulein

Written by: andythepoi

20 euros!! woohoo....budge up in the bed fraulein....i'm a coming to stay.



But I am in Ireland at the moment... DAMN! wink




goodness me woman i have NO luck!! hehehe.still...ireland IS nearer......? wink



Indeed! wink


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cranmere


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Location: Somerset, England

Total posts: 19
Posted:Just do it. I did it the first time because I was terrified of needles and I was so angry with myself for being a coward that I walked into a donor session one day. I explained why I was there and they were just great, had someone go with me all the way through and got the best vampire to put the needle in. I passed out cold but felt so proud of myself afterwards. Having done it once I couldn't find a good excuse not to do it again so I've been giving blood ever since. I still hate needles and I still get faint but what the heck, it does me good to prove to myself that I'm in control rather than the fear. Not least, it's a good feeling to know that my blood has gone to help someone else in need.

Pat in Somerset, England

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andythepoi


andythepoi

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Posted:Written by: Frulein

Written by: andythepoi

Written by: Frulein

Written by: andythepoi

20 euros!! woohoo....budge up in the bed fraulein....i'm a coming to stay.



But I am in Ireland at the moment... DAMN! wink




goodness me woman i have NO luck!! hehehe.still...ireland IS nearer......? wink



Indeed! wink

yowzer you're my kinda gal! wink


It's smashing to be back x

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Numen


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Location: 35.913N by 79.056W

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Posted:A few weeks ago, I was approached by a blood drive group, and when I told them I'd had a tattoo a few months earlier, they replied that as long as it was a licensed facility, it was okay. This was in North Carolina, and when I told them it was done in Texas (where there is no licensing), they let me leave.

But, according to the Red Cross site, there's no rider about the facility being licensed or not.

Then again, I lived in London for four months in 1993, so I can never give blood again.


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ElectricBlue
GOLD Member since Feb 2002

ElectricBlue

Now with extra strawberries
Location: Canberra, Australia

Total posts: 810
Posted:iv give blood i a couple of times sofar i was spose to go last week but i have tonsalitus.

to any one whos worried about it hurting it dosent. It hurts about 15 times less then geting a tetnuis shot. the blood guy told me it hurts less beacuse the stuff is coming out of you rather than being squashed in to you.

jane


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andythepoi


andythepoi

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Location: manchester, uk

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Posted:you can never give blood in the US cos you once lived in LONDON? that's remarkable in a truly awful way!

re tattoos...in the uk it used to be that u had to wait a year after...now its 6 months....which is only 2 months longer than than the four month gap between donations


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vanize
SILVER Member since Aug 2001

vanize

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Total posts: 3899
Posted:yep, that is the way of it! guess they don't need blood so bad if they are worried about mad cows in your veins...



but don't take that seriously, dnote when you can. I used to (I consider it a bit of a duty being typr O), but I can't for a couple more years now because of the yellow fever immunizations I have about 2 years ago. Apparently Imy blood can be contagiuos to the wrong person for another couple years! eek


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