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Old 05-31-07, 09:48 PM   #1
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donating blood

I'm not sure why everyone doesn't do it. I went tonight and start to finish it took under a half hour and they gave me some juice and cookies for my trouble. I've been a long member of the gallon club and I'm good for bleeding 4 times a year. I'm gonna challenge myself and see if I can make it the full 6 times in the coming 12 months.

Anyone else a donor?
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Old 05-31-07, 09:54 PM   #2
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I would, but I have this thing with needles.
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Old 05-31-07, 10:07 PM   #3
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I would sell my blood instead of donating. After all, the hospital charges patients when they use it. Seriously, my wife works at a plasma center. Clients get $25 each time they give plasma.
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my kind does not have "blood" as you know it.
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Yay for Gallon Club members!

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Yes, platelet pheresis donor for many years. Lay on a comfy couch for an hour or so, and talk with friendly nurses who bring you cookies and chocolate milk. All this, and it's still a good deed!
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I would sell my blood instead of donating. After all, the hospital charges patients when they use it. Seriously, my wife works at a plasma center. Clients get $25 each time they give plasma.
I haven't given plasma yet, but I'm thinking I may at some point. The place tonight had a nice fleece for third time plasma donors.

I'm OK with the hospital charging for my blood, it appeals to the finance geek in me; if the blood stays in my body, no money is exchanged. If I donate it, my blood is helping to give jobs to people at the blood center and the hospital and who knows what else. It's pretty good when you can help the economy without having to buy anything or do too much (other than drink juice and eat some cookies).
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I haven't donated in two or three years. I might do it if the blood mobile was right there and the spirit moved me, but I've not been compelled enough to make a special trip to do it.
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I'm not sure why everyone doesn't do it.
This is a ridiculous statement.



I don't give blood because:

1. I hate needles in that part of my arm. They can take it from the outside, but noooo, always the sensitive area.

2. I use my blood to the fullest extent of the word "use".

3. Cost/benefit ratio isn't worth it to me. (spare me the moral argument. If you know me in the slightest, you should know that I have absolutely no morals)

4. I have teH Claghonosyphaherpalaids. Always.

If karma strikes me down and I end up needing blood, you can recognize the irony and lol.
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Old 05-31-07, 10:37 PM   #11
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This is a ridiculous statement.



I don't give blood because:

1. I hate needles in that part of my arm. They can take it from the outside, but noooo, always the sensitive area.

2. I use my blood to the fullest extent of the word "use".

3. Cost/benefit ratio isn't worth it to me. (spare me the moral argument. If you know me in the slightest, you should know that I have absolutely no morals)

4. I have teH Claghonosyphaherpalaids. Always.

If karma strikes me down and I end up needing blood, you can recognize the irony and lol.
I don't believe he was making a moral judgement of people who don't donate.
Simmer down, you whiny disease bag.
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Because the Red Cross and its bloodmobiles are not safe for latex allergic people to even enter.
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I donate every three months.

I was once very close to someone who needed regular blood transfusions so while I hate needles, I'll put up with the discomfort to save lives.
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I hit the six gallon mark last Friday.
I've tried giving platelets because they really want them but the machine just doesn't like me.
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Old 06-01-07, 04:56 AM   #15
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I would sell my blood instead of donating. After all, the hospital charges patients when they use it. Seriously, my wife works at a plasma center. Clients get $25 each time they give plasma.
Yeah, hospitals just make a ton of money in the blood business, lemme tell ya. All that disease screening, type and cross matching, leukopore filtering and/or irradiating if it's necessary, tight administrative control to ensure nobody gets the wrong blood and dies, staffing a blood bank 24 hours a day, having the blood product expire if it's not used...

You can always tell who's in charge of the blood bank because he/she's got the Bentley parked in the garage.
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I'm a frequent flier. I've been doing the double-red donations lately. Takes a little longer, well, a lot longer, but the needle is smaller and you give half as often. I actually had to take a break for a couple of months. I was OK as far as time between donations, but there's a limit on units in a rolling calendar year that I had pushed against.

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Well, thanks to people who do all this donating. There's nothing worse than running out of blood when you really need it, and sitting there with your hands tied while someone scrambles around town looking for the unit of blood that you need. Not a good feeling.
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I haven't in a long time since I have consistently gotten ill a few days prior to the bloodmobile showing up at work.

Not on purpose, it just seems that they time this stuff to happen together "Let's get Cat sick.....YEAH!!!!!"
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They won't let me. I'd like to but I just can't. Malaria zones.
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4 Quarters donor with Carter. I need to start selling the stuff to pay for my record upgrade, though.
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I don't give blood anymore because everytime I have I've gotten dizzy and ill.
I must need all of mine.
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Used to donate every time I was eligible, now my crit is too low every. single. time.
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Yeah, hospitals just make a ton of money in the blood business, lemme tell ya. All that disease screening, type and cross matching, leukopore filtering and/or irradiating if it's necessary, tight administrative control to ensure nobody gets the wrong blood and dies, staffing a blood bank 24 hours a day, having the blood product expire if it's not used...

You can always tell who's in charge of the blood bank because he/she's got the Bentley parked in the garage.
Please, don't try and elicit any sympathy from me for the the healthcare/insurance consortium. They charge for their services and I charge for mine.
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Well, thanks to people who do all this donating. There's nothing worse than running out of blood when you really need it, and sitting there with your hands tied while someone scrambles around town looking for the unit of blood that you need. Not a good feeling.
If they paid for blood instead of waiting for donations there may not be a shortage.
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>$215/pint.


Not bad for a partially renewable resource.
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