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do you give blood? have you? would you? what blood type are you? i'm B+ and give the maximum three times a year.
If I could give it I'd give it by the bucket load.
and they said to stop trying for a couple of years. I don't know if it's low blood pressure/just being a wimp or what.
I almost fainted one time. Apparently I shouldn't have gone to the gym beforehand as hydration and energy is important.
I'm due to go again in the next week or two think about it. Who doesn't want a free biscuit? And I read a few things that surprised me about how good it is for your body to replenish itself - which may change the minds of some selfish sorts who don't 'get' the altruistic side of it.
I do know that it takes 24 hours for the fluid to be replenished (the pint they take comes back in 24 hours) but the nutrients take up to 28 days to come back. #interesting
I don't mind doing it
and there's free coffee
I HATE having all this pesky spare blood.
i mean it obviously sucks but MSM are so many times more likely to have HIV and not know about it.
but I wouldn't think it's much more likely than straight men who don't use protection and sleep around a lot.
it really, definitely, is much less likely that a heterosexual male, promiscuous or not, will have HIV.
idk, i was having this conversation with a friend who is a nurse and he said it was based on solid risk assessment. i'll trust him because he's a nice lad.
It baffles me its still in place now though. HIV test results can come back in seconds these days, there really is no excuse for it.
what the wtf is msm?
i only put it that way 'cause i was writing stuff that could be misconstrued as being gay-bashy.
there is no way that's what it is
that I'd actually be allowed to give blood because of the no-sex-in-the-last-year exemption. I should probably do that sometime soon.
Though last time I fainted and the time before I nearly fainted, so I'm slightly apprehensive about next time. I'll still go again once my four months between donations are up, though if the same happens I might have to conclude it's not the most sensible thing for me to do.
I've got a fear of blood (mainly if you see it and its not hurting me/them who are bleeding). So I dont do it as I throw up when I see the blood swirling around the bag. I feel woozy now thinking about it.
Though I do have a morbid curiosity when seeing the bag being taken away at the end.
But yeah - there was a girl in my RE class that fainted and smacked her head on the desk when we watched the Matrix and she saw the big needle thing coming out of his head for the first time. :D
I once threw up when I cut my legs shaving so it's probably ridiculous Ive lasted this long. Like, in life.
I asure you its terrifying
You fucking monster
You could save another fucking wimp's life.
Be some kind of wimp hero.
They could have a whip round to pay some stronger people to carry you around on their shoulders.
having gone into shock and then hyperventilating.
I'm better than I was (I used to faint following any sudden shoot of pain), but it's still a massive faff and I've been advised to avoid giving blood for about five years.
and who have a large lung capacity, low heart rate (my resting heart-rate is in the mid-40s) and high muscle density.
(that's true, btw)
Are you Dracula?
They told my brother that but I think it was just to make him feel better about fainting when his weakling sister didn't. This means it's almost definitely a lie and saps' classification was correct.
I've given in the past and will do again if possible. I'm B+ too.
I've never been primarily due to laziness but feel like i should. The number of transfusions members of my family have had in recent years for one thing or another I almost feel selfish by not having done it, but this might mean I'm not able to half the time I guess
But anything a bit more open and they send you away like a leper.
If you're in Wales and wanting to find your nearest session then the URL you need is http://www.welsh-blood.org.uk rather than the one linked above.
I find the donation sessions are at quite inconvenient times, so I end up having to leave work a couple hours early (they're never near my office either, and I don't work anywhere particularly remote). Not really a bother for me, as I work flexi, but I can imagine it being a real barrier stopping some people from donating.
which was good, everyone just made an appointment to go out to it during the day. I'd imagine that's only worthwhile if you're at a place with a lot of employees though.
But I think there was about a 1000 of us in the one building, so I guess it made it easier to arrange. It was great though. Time away from your desk, a free biscuit, and a cup of tea (which cost about 40p if you bought it from the canteen!)
yeah, erroneously assumed that the English blood system was linked. Apols.
One of the first times I tried to find my nearest blood session I used the English site inadvertently. It kept trying to send me to Weston Super Mare to donate!
I'm quite fascinated with medical things like needles/catheters/etc, so I quite enjoy giving blood.
(my blood type, not me grading my own blood donating prowess)
Justanothersheeldz - you know they've upped the donations for men to four times a year now: http://blood.co.uk/can-i-give-blood/male-donation-frequency-faqs/
just read about that. it actually rings a bell now you mentioned it there.
but as joeymahone can testify to, I'm not the best with needles
Which I think is needed at the moment, I've given a few times in the past but over the last few years I've travelled out to SE Asia a few times and every time you do that they won't let you give blood for 6 months.
Last time they gave out Mint Clubs as the post donation biscuit, definitely a snack worth bleeding for.
but I had a perforated stomach ulcer as a child and had to have a blood transfusion after losing 4 pints of blood. My other half gives blood regularly though, and I give some money to them/the hospital that saved my life as way of recompense.
But I don't know my blood type. How do I find it out?
Then they send you a card with your type on it.
and test it for you.
and use the www.bloodtype.com app.
(assuming that you've got an iPhone)
i have a snazzy card with my blood type and a wee pin that they gave me after a few donations.
Right, I'm going to find when the next donation thing is.
I was once signed up for Bone Marrow Donation, but they removed me off the register because of my disability. Would having one hand affect ability to give blood?
they give you a questionaire and that before hand.
My boyfriend gives blood. If we ever end up living and working near each other then I might start going with him so he can escort me home.
Never had a blood test or anything.
Blood transfusions saved my best friend's life so I feel obliged.
Since moving jobs it's not so convenient but I'm looking for somewhere close by I can start going to again.
now i have to book in advance and go to a place or some bullshit so i don't. also i sometimes do medical trials which i become ineligible for for a while if i give blood sometimes
I'd particularly like to hear about any episodes where your genitals changed colour or when your eyes squirted blood/snot/jizz (delete as applicable).
just made fat stacks from asthma attacks
Am due and have now put the request in.
(but I can only have O- in return) so we're the most sought after donors. However I have really weird veins so most of the time the nurses can't find one and I have to go on special days when a doctor is at the centre to do it, as such, the inconvenience of it being on a night I normally work and having to travel to the centre out of my way, means I've not given it for a long time now. Which annoys me because I can't understand people who won't give blood yet I've kind of become one of them myself lately.
but anemia comes and goes so anyone who hasn't been able to give before shouldn't resign themselves to not being able to again, you might be fine the next time round.
But being 0- ranks as one of my highest achievements. Always annoyed I don't get special treatment whenever I walk into a donation centre.
Pretty sure they play In Da Club as she walks in
signing up now
there's a blood giving place about 5 minutes away
i am such a dick
Unless they're bummers, obvs.
I used to give 3 times a year and would lie about my weight in order to be able to do so. Then I had a kind of passing out fit and it turns out it's not that silly a rule because unless you have a certain amount of weight then you're at risk of dehydration and all sorts of other things. So unless I gain some weight they'll not have me. I don't really go for acupuncture anymore so I should be ok on that front.
but they've always got oceans of O+ blood sloshing about the place so I figure they don't need mine. Probably should get around to doing it anyways though. You can never have too much blood.
Last time I tried to donate I was anaemic so they sent me away. I've been taking iron supplements this week so hopefully it'll be ok tonight.
Does anyone donate platelets? You should. It saved my Niece's life.
that's what i was told last time i tried. i'm going tonight so we'll see if it has worked!
I have to take iron anyway - so I should be able to? Let me know how it goes please thank you
But you need to go the same place regularly for it to be worth it, and since I've been moving around it hasn't been practical.
Which is obviously why they don't have enough donations. To be honest, I'd never heard of it before she needed it! That's why I try and force people into it now :)
for it to be worth it?
I was actually just about to call my local donation centre but I'm moving in a couple of months..
And all I could tell was that they need regular donors (8-10 per year). The reasoning they give is that platelets cannot be stored for long and I guess also they are in higher deman than regular blood. I'm guessing if you're moving soon they may not be so keen as it is quite a lot of procedure for only a few donations. When I was refused I was at university but gave blood at home, so switching to platelets was unworkable as I wouldn't be able to get there regularly.
Need something productive to do today so I'll pop into the donation centre and enquire. I'll post if I find out anything interesting
may have to wait until I move to get donating then.
If you find out anything further and post it that would be splendid, cheers!
I explained I wanted to donate platelets but they were unwilling to discuss further until I'd checked my eligibility (again). So I said I'd come back tomorrow and give some blood while I'm at it. I guess I'll find out about availability and residency issues then.
I should really get off my arse and go ask myself really. Maybe give them a pint of blood while I'm there to sweeten the deal.
but bring it in a giant thermos labelled 'my blood' in childish handwriting.
punch myself in the nose and dribble my blood into the nearest available receptacle, but your way sounds much more efficient.
other than having a needle put in and seeing/feeling/experiencing the blood flow out then I'd be all for it. But whenever I've had to have a blood test I've either had to be very sick, fainted or had some kind of weird panic attack before and after.
I have some kind of psychological and physical aversion to having blood taken from me. I wish I knew how to combat it - it stops me from being a donor.
I don't think it's particularly wise to be telling someone else to irrationally "man up" regarding things that they have a bit of personal trouble with. Especially if you're having a dig at someone who has previously made an effort to respond to you with empathy and consideration.
But clearly not.
Genuinely didn't intend to cause offence.
please remove your shirt.
...I just didn't especially appreciate it given that this is a genuine issue for me and makes me feel like a bit of a dick.
No big deal though bud :)
I was wrong.
There, I said it.
if not a psychological/physical aversion?
What is being a massive fanny if not a psychological/physical disorder?
but I really agree with myself.
Fuck off you pranny
Like most, I should go more often.
Usually get some comment about me looking faint. Meh. The only time I had a reaction of note was the first time: felt a bit woozy and my hearing was kind of underwatery for a bit. Not had that since.
She's 72 and still gives as much as she medically can. My nana is an amazing person though.
My horrific phobia of needles has so far prevented me from doing so, even though I kind of feel like as a relatively person I have some sort of responsibility to.
Actually, I had a cannula in for a few days last year and that was bad, but nowhere near as terrifying as I thought it would be. Is It just like having a cannula put in for an hour or so?
Easily takes less than an hour.
They're not though, and they freak me the fuck out.
with acute appendicitis, well, after the appendectomy, one of her cannulas wasn't it properly, so it was just pumping fluid under the skin of her hand, which resembled a tennis ball.
Apart from one I got done by a nurse in outpatients, each one was absolutely horrific.
The worst was one I had done by a junior doctor who a) didn't have a torniquet so just tied two plastic gloves around my wrist making my hand go purple and b) took 10 minutes and 7 attempts to egt in my vein despite having pretty prominent ones
you just have to lie there and pump blood through your veins.
I just let my heart take care of the hard work while I scope out the nurses for any fitties (there are never any fitties)
whenever i've tried to give blood my veins have been as dry as a nun's slice.
the last time, the nurse was completely unsympathetic and kept jabbing it in different parts of my arm until i was feeling really quite sick.
went to the toilet, had a little unexpected sitdown on the floor, eventually walked back to the room, got a couple of bourbon biscuits, which was a brucie bonus.
It makes me feel very sick and faint. I'd be a nightmare. I'm ok scared to even try it.
But I've gotten a wimpy recently and keep imagining my arm stiffening so much the needle snaps. Hopefully I'll get over it.
but given the attitudes being displayed elsewhere, shouldn't people be charging the service for the blood they give? (I dont believe this myself, but I dont see how the tories could disagree with this.....or if they did, then how does this square with other aspects of what they advocate
but some countries still pay for it; wiki tells me so.