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Old 12-06-08, 12:58 PM   #1
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Do you donate blood?

If not, think about it.

I have an appointment in an hour and a half to give.
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Old 12-06-08, 01:18 PM   #2
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Thank you for once again making me feel like **** because I can't.
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Old 12-06-08, 01:28 PM   #4
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They won't take mine.

My research regularly takes me to Malaria zones and they do not want. I can't imagine why.
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Old 12-06-08, 01:31 PM   #5
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NO and Never......way too many people in this world.
Would much rather be concerned about the baby gorillas in the Congo regions or the re-habilitation of animals with mobility problems where I could donate my time to designing prostetics to help them.
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Old 12-06-08, 01:42 PM   #6
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I gave yesterday. It was one of my more painful experiences with donating.
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Old 12-06-08, 02:13 PM   #7
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I gave yesterday. It was one of my more painful experiences with donating.
didn't you feel lightheaded before?
It's great that you donate hickey but be careful. You should tell the blood folks next time, maybe they can suggest ways to help you feel better (maybe eat more before/after?)

I need to get on this again... They need my blood type.
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Old 12-06-08, 03:00 PM   #8
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NO, just coz I'm scared to death of their needles. It's like needles on steroids, man. *shudder*
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Old 12-06-08, 03:21 PM   #9
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didn't you feel lightheaded before?
It's great that you donate hickey but be careful. You should tell the blood folks next time, maybe they can suggest ways to help you feel better (maybe eat more before/after?)

I need to get on this again... They need my blood type.
I don't feel lightheaded after donating. I just feel.....blargh. I just don't want to do anything after I donate. I think it's probably from lack of liquids right after. Next time, I'll take a half gallon of Gatorade and chug that right after donating an see if that helps.
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Old 12-06-08, 03:33 PM   #10
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I'm not permitted.....potential exposure to too many tropical diseases in my past.
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i'm sorry, no i don't donate blood. i hate needles with a passion and only have blood work done once a year. but, if a family member required me to do so, i would.
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Red Cross won't take mine, either. too much time in the UK and South America.
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I don't feel lightheaded after donating. I just feel.....blargh. I just don't want to do anything after I donate. I think it's probably from lack of liquids right after. Next time, I'll take a half gallon of Gatorade and chug that right after donating an see if that helps.
That sounds good, but maybe stick with water and fruit juice, and drink lots but slow and steady. And eat a very good meal before - just not right before....

I'm sure your reaction is pretty common
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Old 12-06-08, 04:00 PM   #14
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My last donation was my 77th...just in Puget Sound.

I used to donate in California, as well, but don't remember how many pints.

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Old 12-06-08, 04:02 PM   #15
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i get light headed, but it doesnt stop me from giving, I just only do it every 6 months or so because it isnt the most plesant thing ever.
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Old 12-06-08, 05:01 PM   #16
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Thank you for once again making me feel like **** because I can't.
But don't feel like not **** knowing that people donate, just in case you ever need some?
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Old 12-06-08, 05:04 PM   #17
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I give platelets. Takes a little longer but you keep nearly all your RBCs and you can ride hard the next day.
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Old 12-06-08, 05:07 PM   #18
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Anyone ever try the double red?
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I donate everything. Blood, sperm, organs. On a monthly basis I shave my back and donate the hair to a company that makes wigs for balding Monkeys.
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Old 12-06-08, 05:30 PM   #21
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I did years ago, then stopped for at least 10 years. I re-started after I changed jobs in 2005, but the procedure and staff had changed so much and it was more painful than ever. Most of the 'staff' had trouble hitting my veins (I have "shy veins") and took multiple jabs or fished around with the needle to finally get the blood to flow.

The finally straw was the last time I gave. The guy who was working on me left the pressure cuff on so tight (combined with a painful needle) that my arm started to painfully throb. They were playing the boom box so loud I had trouble getting his attention from across the room. Fortunately, the attendant working on someone next to me took one look at me (white as a sheet, in a cold sweat, just about ready to faint) and tilted me back and took my needle out asap.

It seems the staff has changed from the older, experienced nurses who cared and really knew who to painless put a needle in to folks who are just doing a job (and have have more experience with needle drugs than I care to know about). I hope this isn't the case everywhere the Red Cross does blood drives, but it is where I work and the center nearest my house. YMMV
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I was donating about 3-5 times a year before i took up cycling and triathlons.

Now i donate at least once a year in the "off season". I've got a rather sizable collection of Blood Donor t-shirts that i wear pretty regularly.

I've got good veins fortunately. I always have them stick me in the left arm.
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I donate about 4-5 times a year. I don't like needles either, so I have to turn my head away when they stick me. I only donate through the local blood bank. The times I donated to the red cross were terrible so I've given up on them.
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The first time I donated, I looked at the needle. DO NOT!!!! Under ANY circumstances, look at that needle. It is HUGE!!!
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