Donating blood.

Sarah - posted on 02/18/2011 ( 49 moms have responded )

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Do any of you donate blood?
Here in the UK, I can't give blood because I had a blood transfusion when I had my eldest daughter.
I've noticed though that in some other countries, you can donate blood if you have had a transfusion, so long as you wait a year.

Would you donate blood? Why or why not?

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Sara - posted on 02/19/2011

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I do donate blood, just because I think it's the right thing to do. I don't have an especially special blood type or anything, but figure it's the least I can do if people really need it. I can always make more. :)

Jenn - posted on 02/19/2011

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Jenny - smoking pot has nothing to do with donating blood - so go donate! :) They only care if you're an IV drug user - not if you're a pothead.

Sarah - posted on 02/21/2011

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I cannot wait to give blood! Theres always been something stopping me!!
Underage, pregnant, breastfeeding ahh!!
I received 2 transfusions after having my daughter so i'm looking forward to 'paying it forward' and donating my 2 bags and then probably more :D
In australia you can definitely donate after transfusions! Theres a 6 month waiting time after one.
I only can't donate because i'm breastfeeding so the plan is when my baby is weened, i'll donate, get my tat and then donate again 12 months later :D
Its sad to see most of the women commenting can't donate :( makes me think that EVERYONE who can SHOULD! :D

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In my area, you actually kind of do get "paid" to donate--If you ever need blood, you get the amount you donated free. I don't know you you've ever priced blood, but back when I needed so much it was $300/pint. I got a lot of it free because I had donated in the past. Plus, you can donate to a specific person, like if you know someone who gets frequent transplants, you can donate directly to them and save them lots of $$ :)

You have to weigh at least 105lbs here where I am in order to donate. If you don't weigh enough, they won't let you donate, even if you are only short by a couple of pounds, so I rarely get to donate because I simply do not weigh enough, but anytime I go above 105lbs, I try to make a quick run over to the blood bank to donate before I loose the weight.....only once last year :(
I do pass out, but I always wake up, so it's fine, I just lay there until I do.

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Sneaky - posted on 02/21/2011

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Go Kelly! You rock girl!!

I haven't donated in five years, I've been busy having babies and getting tattoos (in Australia it is a one year wait post birth and I think six months post tattoo). But I'll get back to it - I'm an AB+ so they are always hassling me :o) My husband is a universal so he donates pretty often.

Desiree - posted on 02/21/2011

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It's not selfish to be a donar but my reasons are. And the reasons are to prevent my mom from keeping me alive when there is nothing more they can do. she doesn't seem to understand certain things or want to. But it stems from 11 years ago when my sister died. That is my selfish reason. but the pro's of saving someones life far out weight my reasons. So as far as I am concerned the means justifies the end.

Catherine - posted on 02/20/2011

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Until I got pregnant/breastfeeding, I used to do it all the time. I figure that if we all give a little blood, then there will be some there for us if we ever need it.

Desiree - posted on 02/20/2011

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I do donate but it's simply because for me it is the right thing to do. Not great reason, I am also an organ donor but that is for more selfish reasons.

Jocelyn - posted on 02/20/2011

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Stephanie I'm in Alberta :)
Here's a sample of the form you fill out. Check out number 22. I don't think it means you are automatically rejected, but I think you have to get blood testing and a doc note if you check yes.
They are very strict on the tattoo/piercing issue tho (I've personally asked about this)
https://www.blood.ca/CentreApps/Internet...$file/ROD2010-10-01.pdf

Yahreevah - posted on 02/19/2011

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I am living proof that donating Blood saves lives. I would even if I wasn't a recipient. Donating blood Will Save A Life.

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Marina- Come on over chica!!! ; ) Want some up close pics of the house?



Jocelyn- Where do you live? In the United States you don't have to wait after getting a tat as long as you had it done at a licensed parlor. If not the wait is a year unfortunately. Also there is no rule about who you've had sex with bc they screen the blood for HIV anyway- they will ask you just bc they classify the blood as higher risk and test it longer than non-risk or low-risk blood, so it takes it a while longer to actually get to a patient. If that were the case all gays would be banned for donating.



Emma- There is a world wide shortage of blood so anyone with Oneg is practically begged to donate. Glad to hear that you'll be sharing with us again. :D



A few hours out of your day just a few times a year has a nearly global positive effect. You have asaved the life of a person- a mother, a daughter, someone's newborn baby, and saved families from tragedy and life long grief from the unexpected loss of a loved one or their own child. Can you imagine? What if that were your baby? What if they were going to die and someone could save them just by giving something they'll never miss anyway....and they refused...and you're baby died as result. I'm not trying to put a guilt trip on you guys but this is the truth of it. If not for someone taking a few hours out of their day to share with me what they have, that by some stroke of un-luck I missed out on in my genetic make-up, I am alive. I am greatful for every day and fr every person who gives and love them all. I owe my life to donors. ♥

Stifler's - posted on 02/19/2011

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I have donated before but currently I can't as I'm pregnant then have to wait a year after that. I've donated blood since I was 16 they took us to the blood clinic on Thursdays (you're only allowed to donate every 3 months) then they gave us free Subway vouchers for donating blood and then I got a needle stick injury after I started working and couldn't donate for 6 months after being cleared of HIV/Hep B, then pregnant at 20 then 6 months after I gave birth to Logan I got pregnant again. I will start donating again after this baby though. Mainly because I'm O-negative (the universal donor) and they harass me over the phone to make a donation.

Jocelyn - posted on 02/19/2011

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I would love to donate blood, but you have to go 6 months without getting a tattoo or a piercing, which I can never seem to do. I also slept with a bisexual and a gay guy (not at the same type lol), and you're not suppose to give blood if there is any chance that you had sex with a guy, who had sex with a guy :S
I am on the bone marrow donor list tho.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/19/2011

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I will totally come to visit you Stephanie as long as I can see Kurt Cobains house! Hells yeah!

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PS...Anyone who donates blood and alottes me another day to stay alive and raise my children and be a loving wife to my husband has a free pass to visit my home, jump in my bouncy house, and enjoy a home cooked Brazilian meal prepared by yours truly. ; ) We can even walk down the street and stare at Kurt Cobain's old house. I once had so many thorns in my leg from scaling his fence that it took a month to get them all out. I probably lost enough blood to equal one transfusion right there. ; ) I'll be more cautious with my 'liquid gold' next time, I promise. ♥

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I'm really sad at how many people just won't do it. That's your perogative and right but when one of your children or someone you loves dies bc there wasn't enough blood to save the person, you'll be wishing you had. Some of the reasons on here for not donating are inaccurate. If you just don't want to do it, that's fine, but incase you do want to and just don't know that you can, here's some info for you:



Reasons for Permanent Deferral from Blood Donation



* Hepatitis after age 11

* IV Drug User (even one time)

* Certain obstructive lung disorders

* Certain liver disorders

* Persons who have taken Tegison for psoriasis

* Persons who have taken human-derived pituitary growth hormone, had a dura mater transplant or who have a relative diagnosed with CJD

* Persons with symptoms or laboratory evidence of AIDS or who are considered to have an increased risk for contracting AIDS

* Persons who have spent more than 3 months in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, Gibraltar, or the Falkland Islands) from 1980 through 1996, or who have received beef insulin since 1980

* Since 1980, persons who have spent 5 or more years in Europe, including time spent in the U.K., and individuals who have spent 6 months or more associated with military bases in Europe from 1980 through 1996



Reasons for Temporary Deferral from Blood Donation



* Current cold or flu symptoms, including a cough, sore throat and/or fever

* Dental work – defer for 24 hours after procedure for root canal, oral surgery, extraction of wisdom teeth; must be asymptomatic in all instances and all packing removed

* Pregnancy, miscarriage or abortion – defer for 6 weeks after delivery or termination of pregnancy

* Blood Transfusion – defer one year

* Malaria – defer for 3 years after last symptoms

* Mononucleosis – must be fully recovered

* Ear or Body Piercing under non-sterile conditions – one year

* Tattoo – unless performed in a licensed parlor either in Ohio or Kentucky, there is a one year deferral



Medications



* Most medications taken within 24 hours are acceptable

* Antibiotics are not acceptable to take 24 hours before donation

* Donors who have taken Accutane, Proscar, or Propecia must be deferred for 30 days after the last dose

* Donors who have taken Avodart or Jalyn must be deferred for 6 months after the last dose

* Consult with a Nursing Supervisor or Charge Nurse concerning immunizations or injections and the deferral period associated with the immunization

* There is no deferral period for the flu vaccine or pneumonia vaccine; there is a three day deferral for the Hepatitis B vaccine; see below for contact information

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Yes i would, i have a some what rare but not the rarest blood type so i feel its important.I'm the same blood type as you Wanda A-.

Thankfully it never affected both my pregnancy's..well, i had antibodies on my first but a low level thankfully that didnt require a premature delivery.My fear of needles went out the window when i was told i had neg blood, my gosh i had my blood taken every visit to the docs on both babys.

Many say its only pregnancies after the first but somehow i had antibodies and never had any miscarriages or bleeding etc before or when i got pregnant with my first child.

Thankfully today complications with rhesus negative blood types during pregnancies is rare, thanks to the anti -d injection.

Rosie - posted on 02/19/2011

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i donate plasma, i havn't for a while, i should go do that. it takes about an hour, they have a daycare, and i get paid fat stacks for doing it. i think i can bring home $240 a month, but still, it money, i'm helping someone, and the only bad part is the time, and it does drain your energy a bit. my arm also looks like i love IV drugs....

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I donate blood as often as I can. I'm A- and only 6% of the population have that blood type - they want my blood. Hubby donates as well, he's O and is a universal donor.

@Chelsea - I started to donate after my son had a blood transfusion in the NICU. Hubby was able to be a direct donor but it got me thinking and I've been donating ever since.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/19/2011

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I used to give blood regularly. I had kids, and needed to stop. Seeing how many people in here won't or can't is gonna make me get my ass to the blood bank!

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I tried once in college and fainted. Literally collapsed toteh ground. Needles & blood don't frighten me at all though. But this experience kind of sends me into a panic/anxiety attack.
The high school where I teach just sponsored their first blood drive and it was a huge success! 104 students (age 16+) donated as well as 17 faculty members.

Erin - posted on 02/19/2011

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I used to give blood all the time but haven't recently. No reason why really. They have blood mobiles all the time in my town. I guess I should start back up again :p

Chelsea - posted on 02/19/2011

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I personally can't give blood because of past medical problems as well =/ but my husband does it all the time and I do think, if you're able to do it...then you should. When my daughter was in the NICU, she probably had about 20 blood transfusions...if it were not for donors, she most likely would not be here today

Nikki - posted on 02/19/2011

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I would but I have an auto immune disease so I am not allowed. I think it's important for those that can to give blood, you could save someone's life.

Jenn - posted on 02/19/2011

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I used to donate blood all the time, but haven't lately because I don't usually have a way to get there or have someone to watch the kids. I will do it again in the future though for sure! Why would I not want to help save a life?

Krista - posted on 02/19/2011

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I would love to, but I can't. I have Hepatitis C antibodies in my blood. What that means is that at some point I contracted it, fought it off, and my body is now immune. But the blood screening tests can't seem to differentiate between antigens and antibodies, so every time I've tried to donate, despite bringing a note from my doctor explaining the situation, I always get a letter back saying that my donation was rejected because I "may be carrying a form of Hepatitis". After a few tries, I just gave up.

Iridescent - posted on 02/19/2011

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Nope. Anemic all my life, and now a mitochondrial disease rules out blood and organ donation, although I still have donor on my license. It's a very appreciated act though, along with organ donation. I know very well what it means to a person.

Sal - posted on 02/19/2011

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i am totally phobic of needles and use up all my brave on my own medical needs, i keep telling myself i am going to but just can't make myself, i feel bad because hardly anyone in my famiy can for a variety of reason, my hubby was eating mad cows in the uk so he can't and i can't remember off hand the reasons for the others ( would it be a heart attack in the past) my brother had i think ross river fever, and my mum is an odd blood type and they don;t need much she is on the call list or something but never gets called, my sil has a kidney prob so doesn;t plus the others have various other reasons i feel bad but i just can make my self go
t make myself go

Becky - posted on 02/19/2011

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I never have. I'm not sure that I can because I lived in a third world country and have been on anti-malarials and had schistosomiasis. I think I can still donate plasma, but I've never really looked into it. I've thought about it, but tbh, it's really just pure laziness that's kept me from doing it. If someone I knew was in an accident or something and needed blood, I'd definately donate.

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I wanted to but 3 kids in 6 years kinda stops that. After having a baby you have to wait 1 year, Well thats what i was told. Obviously can't be pregnant. I have also had a tattoo done with in the last few months so by the sounds of that i have to wait for that as well as my son only being 7 months.
I'm O Neg so yeah they kinda really need my blood.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/18/2011

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I would love too, but I'm not allowed. If I was I would do it as often as possible. You never know when you might need some one day!

Sherri - posted on 02/18/2011

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No I just can't do it. It freaks me out. They miss every stinkin time I ever have to give blood and I get pricked like a pin cushion and now I'd rather give birth then, give blood.

And yes you can give blood in the US after a transfusion as long as you wait a period of time.

Jenny - posted on 02/18/2011

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I would love to donate as I'm the universal donor (O-) but I can't because I inhale marijuana.

Joanna - posted on 02/18/2011

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I've never really been able to because I get tattoos so often, and they want you to wait I think it's either 6 or 12 months after a tattoo to donate. Plus I have borderline anemia, so I'm not sure I'd qualify anyway.

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I have AAHA and get blood transfusions and nutrient infusions on a regular basis. If not for blood donors I would be dead. A bruise on your arm is nothing, it will go away and everyone will think you're a hero for having it. : ) Thank God for blood donors!!!

Sarah - posted on 02/18/2011

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My Mum donated blood for years.
I think it's such a great thing to do if you can!

Nicole - posted on 02/18/2011

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My ex went in to donate blood, passed out and nearly died doing so. He was been banned from donating blood for life.

Sarah - posted on 02/18/2011

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Urgh. I feel your pain Katherine! I've got crap veins too.
All the times I've been in hospital or needed blood taken or anything, they have to use needles (or whatever they are) that are made for babies!!!

Also, I had to have my drip changed every day becasue my veins kept "popping"!

I'm always black and blue after anything like that :(

Katherine - posted on 02/18/2011

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No. I'm too queasy and I have REALLY bad veins.

I guess if I didn't get poked 800 times every time they needed blood from me I would do it.

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