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Just gave blood (thinly veiled smug bastard).
Do you do it?
If not, why not ?.....idk
Everyone who can should, really.
It's a lot less scary than you might think. You don't have to look at the needle or the blood at all if you don't want to. Apart from the initial needle insertion, which isn't much more than an injection, you won't even feel anything.
I haven't actually fainted since they changed the donation stations. Instead of lying down flat, they now put you in a reclining chair*, then bring you upright really slowly afterwards, rather than just having you sit up. Sometimes I get faint halfway up so they put the chair back down past horizontal, so my feet are above my head, until it passes.
*at least, where I go. I guess they might not have the new chairs everywhere
this just makes me go all tense and have to squeeze parts of my body cos fainting is creepy urgh
I figured they might be, but didn't want to mislead. So much better than before.
yeah. I've got really common pleb blood though.
they've got so much of it they barely thank you for it.
I'm also determined to donate bone marrow. my colleague's daughter has a life-threatening blood disease and they really struggled to get a good match for her. a lot more painful/hassle but there you go.
they have to stab you in the bone?
I haven't in the past because I had a fear of needles, I've since been tattooed and no longer have much problem with needles, but now can't give blood because of my tattoo.
I will give blood next time I am eligible.
Got my next appointment this Thursday. I try to go the maximum three times a year (four for men) but their opening times don't always make it easy.
If you give at the donor centre near Oxford Circus, they are trialing more frequent donations. I give every 8 weeks at the moment and have been for 18 months.
It's a 24 month trial and you can duck out at any point.
You might just get stuck in a control group though. They hand it out randomly.
8, 10 or 12 weeks for chaps.
I think 4 weeks longer on each group for the ladies.
not really the same though
but my mum has put me off ever since she said the first time she did it she fainted and pissed herself.
I'm O-Neg too, which is pretty handy.
Should be due another donation in a couple of weeks I think.
And you can't give it if you have.
As of November 2011, a man who has sex with men can donate blood provided they have not had anal or oral sex with a man during the past 12 months (even with a condom). Previously, men who had sex with men were not allowed to donate blood.
Gets my goat. Why 12 months? Why only gay men?
gay men are more likely to have AIDS. just statistics.
dont really get it tho, cos obviously they screen the blood anyway. are people with AIDS turning up to blood donation sessions only for their blood to not be usable such a drain on resources?
You're meant to wait so many years after you've had a transfusion, so I'd say I'm more of a taker than a giver in this system.
than men who don't (or than women who have sex with women).
I guess it's easy for me to say as heterosexual white middle class prick, but I can't really get on board with the regulations being framed as problematic.
The fact that gay men are so much more likely to contract HIV, however ...
The thing I find difficult to understand about it is that homosexual men in a long term monogamous relationship aren't allowed to do it if they have regular sex with each other.
but the rationale is essentially the same- HIV is still drastically more common among gay (allow me to be binary for this post, please) men in long-term monogamous relationships than it is in straight men/women and homosexual women.
Can't say I understood a lot of what I was reading and I lack the all-round expertise to properly critique the quality of the research, but one boring year working in proofing medical research journals taught me a few tid bits. One interesting article I read compared hetero and homosexual male behaviours with their HIV infection rates. It found that their behaviours (ie the number of partners they had and the amount of unprotected sex they had) hardly differed at all, and when they did it it seemed to be the result of generational factors. That didn't stop gay men having a far higher infection rate.
There's disagreement over why that is- some think it's to do with the, erm, particulars of homosexual male intercourse, others think it's a public health issue that relates to gay men getting a raw deal from medical organisations.
Had to stop last year now that I'm on drugs to reduce my blood pressure
you're giving "blood" is rubbish. Give platelets, like me, a real person.
mainly cause the girlfriend's got me doing it. don't like the actual giving blood part, have a fear of needles (going into me).
but you get free sugary snacks, crisps and squash afterwards, and it's a good excuse for getting a takeaway (woe is me, feeling weak, no strength to cook) when you get home.
but if you turn it around and think about the situation that the person needing blood might be in, then a needle in the arm isn't so bad in comparison.
...so should probably try and get closer to four - it is not always very convenient if you're a 9 to 5er, especially as they recently stopped the evening donations at my local place. No, I don't want to go to Tooting to donate :(
got up to the second level of card (is that blue?) then left uni and it became way too much effort and also i have a feeling that i'm not eligible for some reason
I suffer from a long term chronic illness (M.E) which not enough is known about. No way on this earth I'm risking giving someone this.
But I lied during the questions and afterwards felt like I had done more harm than good. So haven't gone back.
My friends told me it was easier to get drunk afterwards, didn't really notice much difference.
This is one of those things I keep putting off. Maybe this will be the inspiration I need.
...here is the link to register online:
then when I moved to London I simply didn't research into a new place to do it, so just kind of let it slip. I've meant to start donating again as I used to really enjoy it- the sensation and the smug sense of superiority too. I kid.
This was in 2008 tho, I was "suffering" from anorexia and always kind of thought they wouldn't let me through- but I always passed the iron test. I donated about 7 times and toward the end- the last three times- it would take twice as long to draw enough blood and I would tend to faint and it was super embarrassing as they'd hurriedly pull out a stretcher and whisk me off to a secluded corner and prop a screen around me whilst some nurse would repeat "you alright?" while trying to force feed me biscuits. My friend would be laughing and taking photos. The third time it happened they acted really fed up.
I'm a lot healthier these days, so I'll just drink some water beforehand and make sure I have breakfast. Gonna look into booking an appointment in a sec.
I am now barred from giving blood though. Even if I do fall back into the allowed weight category again one day, last time I donated I had a fit because I had lied about my weight on the form. So they told me to fuck off, pretty much. they weren't very nice to me.
That must be a new thing, them asking about weight, when was this- if you don't mind me asking?
I think mayyyybe c.2008 you had to tick a box saying you'd eaten, like when getting a tattoo. It would usually be around 3pm and I'd had a nutrigain bar several hours ago, so technically I wasn't lying. I was always amazed I had enough iron, where they'd prick your finger and see if the blood falls to the bottom of the vial.
Shame they treated you that way, uncaring bunch.
On the form you had to sign a declaration saying that none of a list of things applied to you, one of which was being below a certain weight (oddly, my thumb prick tests never came back to show iron deficiency either, despite the fact i was basically just a wisp at the time.) I gave regularly over a number years (both before and after having eating/ weight issues) and never had a problem, until that last time when I wigged out. They said I was just too dehydrated and weak and not to bother coming back- it must have been fairly obvious to the naked eye that I was a bit poorly, and they'll have known from my records thath I'd been a donor for many many years, so I think I deserved a little bit more care. Fuck them.
time I'll have given blood will have been about 2007/2008.
i haven't done this since i left manchester. i should do it again. i feel like i would be more motivated if they gave me a pot noodle. why am i making that connection?
I'm B- which is pretty rare so they ask me quite a lot.
I've always been fine although last time I went I felt a bit light headed after I'd finished donating. I mentioned it to the nurse when they asked how I was and they all went a bit mental and acted as if I'd said my heart had stopped beating or something. They turned the chair/bed thing upside down so my head was on the ground and my feet were in the air, the whole church is staring at me like I'm dying. It was all a bit ridiculous.
Passed the fuck out just as I was getting to the end. My friend I was with didn't even notice until all the nurses started rushing around me and tilted my chair back and cordoned my area off with a big curtain.
Was told giving blood isn't for me and that I shouldn't do it again. Got loads of free snacks though, and apparently I donated just enough to make it worthwhile.
The main reason my friend came along was because she was terrified of donating herself so coming with me was supposed to allay her fears. Didn't really work.
What was it like?
Keep meaning to do it now but all of the services are only open during working hours. If there was somewhere I could just go and do it while I was in town on a Saturday I'd do it much more often.
I get quite competitive.
Nobody ever seems that impressed.
One time they told me that it I was just a bit quicker they would have been concerned. I worry now that I may have high blood pressure (my mum has for always). If so, giving blood probably doesn't discourage that.
regardless of whether its putting something in me or taking shit out. Which means I can't really do it :/
I now feel silly. Might investigate and get the boyfriend to come with me.