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Posted: 16 Feb 05, 20:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I gave blood for the first time today, and MAN, what an experience! At first I was really nervous, because you have to wait for quite a while before they actually take your blood. They make you fill out this huge questionaire, and they prick your finger beforehand to make sure you had enough hemoglobin, which hurt a little more than I expected, and made me dread the actual blood removal a lot more. Eventually, they lie you down in a chair, and stick the needle in your arm, and you have to stay there for about 15 minutes, opening and closing your arm as they take your blood.
It was really scarey at the time, especially while I was waiting for the needle, but I must say, I am SO glad I did it! I got such a high afterwards - from the light-headedness a bit, yes - but more from the fact that I actually went through with it. It feels SO good! Not only am I helping people, and hopefully keeping someone alive, but I managed to put aside my fears for something I believed in.
Anyways, I am just feeling so proud of myself right now, I needed to share it with you guys.

Who else here has given blood/had a similar experience?


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Posted: 16 Feb 05, 21:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I haven't, but probably should. You get a Beanie Baby apparently.

A friend of mine did go to donate blood but didn't have a high enough blood pressure. So he has to wait.

Also I can't donate blood until April due to getting a tattoo...apparently too.


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Posted: 16 Feb 05, 21:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Congratulations goo, you have done a fantastic thing and should be proud of yourself! I used to donate blood on a regular basis when I worked in an office in our major city. Unfortunately its now difficult since I work from home and the blood bank or mobile blood banks hours don't match with mine. If I had the opportunity I would still do it on a regular basis as my blood is good old common O+ and most needed.

Besides the obvious community service you are doing, donating blood on a regular basis is good for your health (as long as you don't have any other health issues).


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Posted: 16 Feb 05, 22:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd donate blood if I weren't so fucking scared of needles. I remember actually getting out of a blood test when I was younger, because I was screaming so much, they couldn't handle me. Another time, I hid under a chair.


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Posted: 16 Feb 05, 22:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

iGSM wrote:

I haven't, but probably should. You get a Beanie Baby apparently.


They didn't give me a beanie baby, but they gave me cookies and juice afterwards, to keep my blood sugar levels up or something.

It was really good juice too. Peach flavoured. :)


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Posted: 16 Feb 05, 22:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I see why people get so enthused about Beanie Babies...they so damn..good.

Anywho, I shall donate blood. And marrow. And DNA!


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Posted: 17 Feb 05, 02:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

giving blood is one of the best things you can do


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Posted: 17 Feb 05, 02:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Good job Goo... My father gave blood for years... Maybe it's time for me to do it also.


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Posted: 17 Feb 05, 03:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i'm not allowed to give blood - based on my asthma medications.

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Posted: 17 Feb 05, 06:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Everybody who can give blood, should give blood. I don't think theres many other ways an average joe like you or me can save a life.


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Posted: 17 Feb 05, 12:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have given a rather pathetic 10 pints of 0+ in 25 years.


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Posted: 17 Feb 05, 16:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm actually not allowed by law to give blood because I lived in England for a year in 1992-93. Anyone who's spent more than 6 months there between sometime in the 80s and the late 90s (not sure on the exact dates) can't because of that remote possibility of spreading mad cow disease. This cuts out more people than you'd imagine - and now they have to advertise on TV saying that they can't get enough people to donate blood! Mwahahaha!


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Posted: 17 Feb 05, 17:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I haven't been for a while *blush* but I've got my 10-pint award ... not a great record in 13 years though. Anyway, now I work at University, I can attend donor sessions in work's time so I'll be giving that a go the next time they have one.


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Posted: 17 Feb 05, 21:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I donate blood as often as possible. Unfortunately, my blood type is AB+, which can only be accepted by other people with AB+ blood, who can take A+ or B+ blood anyway, as I understand it. But I guess they're using it, because they haven't turned me away yet :)

Some of those questions are a little creepy, though.

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Posted: 18 Feb 05, 00:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If only donating blood was as easy and fun as donating sperm.


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Posted: 18 Feb 05, 03:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I suppose you could burst a vessel in your crank while you're making love to the purple helmeted warrior and they could steal the blood that way.

God, what I don't understand is that they don't take blood from dead people. Especially those to be cremated, although Bob might be able to reveal more about that...unless they do steal blood after death.


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Posted: 18 Feb 05, 08:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

hi all, cant donate blood in oz if youve ever visited uk in the last 7 years due to mad cow disease..... that means I cant!!mooooooooooooo

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Posted: 18 Feb 05, 10:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

After death, blood is flushed away and replaced with formaldehide to stop the body smelling like Satan's arsehole.


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Posted: 18 Feb 05, 10:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bob... You have a way with words.


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Posted: 18 Feb 05, 11:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yep - it has been mentioned before, Dan.


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