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Old 10-02-13, 09:00 AM   #1
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Atttention BFers! Soooooooo......a request from me! BF Blood Drive!

So, given my recent need for blood, I thought, "Why not a blood drive?

It's an easy process. Start here: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood

There is always an ongoing need for all blood types. Ironically type O Pos, the most common is also the most needed. Next is the AB group, especially neg. It doesn't matter, though, whatever the type you have, they need it.

Let's see how much we can give them.

International Users:

EU: http://ec.europa.eu/health/blood_tis...r/index_en.htm
Canada: http://www.blood.ca/centreapps/inter...e?opendocument

Or do a net search for your country
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Old 10-02-13, 09:06 AM   #2
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Does it have to be my blood?
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Old 10-02-13, 09:09 AM   #3
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I once gave two pints, the first nurse did her thing, then a second nurse came along and asked if I was ready, so I gave another! Boy did I attack those cookies and OJ after that! On a serious note, I hate it that we donate blood but the poor saps that need it are charged for it, doesn't stop me from donating, just pisses me off.
Wait! I know! Tie my and jsharr together at the wrist, Tony and Bernardo style! When we're done we can donate each others blood! (no thanks needed jsharr) Seriously, next time I hear of or see a blood drive Ill be sure to stop in.
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Old 10-02-13, 09:41 AM   #4
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i'll be offering up my ab- later today...
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I'll have to find some time to pump out some of my o+ asap.
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Old 10-02-13, 12:06 PM   #6
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Does it have to be my blood?
Yes. Spin the Wheel of Blood™ to find out which orifice you donate thru.

I have my gallon pin. Used to regularly go to the fire station on their holiday drives to join the ranks of the prone & dizzy.
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I'll give a pint today.
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My workplace has a blood drive every 8 weeks and I hit the 7 gallon donation mark last time. I'm due to donate again near the end of this month.
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This is one thing I used to do regularly until I had a bout with cancer about 4 years ago, so it will be another year before I can give again. I had just gotten my 6 gallon pin about 6 months before too.

About the reference about getting mad that recipients are charged: Even though most blood banks are non profits there is still a LOT of overhead in any organization, and this must be paid somehow. In hospitals there is cost associated with procuring, storing and disposal of expired blood too. So, someones gotta pay.
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This is one thing I used to do regularly until I had a bout with cancer about 4 years ago, so it will be another year before I can give again. I had just gotten my 6 gallon pin about 6 months before too.
Congratulations! It's been 26 years for me.

I'm not sure how much blood I've given. I gave at the Red Cross for years but switched to the San Diego Blood Bank because their office is closer. I'm at 5 3/4G so far at SDBB.
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Old 10-03-13, 12:43 PM   #12
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This is one thing I used to do regularly until I had a bout with cancer about 4 years ago, so it will be another year before I can give again. I had just gotten my 6 gallon pin about 6 months before too.
Be careful. My ex was a generous donor before she got cancer. She waited out her time and then began to donate again. Both times she donated, that night she ended up in the emergency room with a massive infection. We never figured out the cause, but the correlation was obvious.
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Old 10-08-13, 08:08 AM   #13
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This is a great idea Tom. I'll give asap.
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Old 10-18-13, 09:04 PM   #14
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Ironically type O Pos, the most common is also the most needed.
Not ironic, just math; the more people have it, the more there are to lose it and need more of it.

Anyway, I'll get mine there in mid-Nov when I'm next eligible.
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Old 11-03-13, 06:51 PM   #15
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I may have to consider donating blood again. I stopped a few years ago because I had taken up weight training and I would be completely out of energy for about 2 weeks after donating (i was pretty skinny back then). I lost track of how much I've donated but was well past the 1 gallon club mark.

I'm 35 lbs heavier now. Maybe donating won't sap so much energy nowadays. I'll see when the Red Cross shows up to work again.
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Old 11-10-13, 10:53 AM   #16
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I earned my 5 gallon pin, but then had problems donating. Plenty to give- it's just that my veins collapse when they stick the needle in. Not fun.

Still a good idea- if you can give blood, you should.
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I already donate every 8 weeks......... The only way I can give more, is to go back in the Army....................... With my O neg, they call me on my first available day................ LOL
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Not ironic, just math; the more people have it, the more there are to lose it and need more of it.

Anyway, I'll get mine there in mid-Nov when I'm next eligible.
Being an O neg donor, makes you a universal donor - they can give your blood to anybody.
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I once had to withdraw 34 units from the bank. Thanks to all that donate.
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I used to donate fairly regularly.

Then I went in and they messed up and simply forgot about me for over an hour.

Next time they called to make sure I'd come in. Fine, except they were going into a strike. I showed up and the only person there that I could talk to was a striking nurse (there was at least one administrator, inside behind a locked door.

I've stopped donating and will not donate through Red Cross again, ever.

I once read that the majority of first time donors never come back. I now know why.
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