Do You Donate Blood?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
December 17, 2007 8:24am CST
I know that donating blood is a good thing to do, and it also saves many lives, but I have never done so. I have considered asking my doctor if my health was good enough for me to donate blood, but I always forget to ask. I also know that some people donate on a regular basis. My blood type is O positive(the universal donor), and I am really torn when they are having blood drives because the supply is low. What I would like to know is whether or not you have donated or regularly donate blood. Some people even started saving some of their own blood back when there was a fear of receiving tainted blood several years ago. Is the blood supply any safer now?
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@makatas (1101)
• Greece
17 Dec 07
I have never donated blood.My team is A+.I think i am somewhat afraid to give such big amount of blood (i got no problem with needles-i have had too many blood tests in my life), but im kinda afraid of the dizziness that might come afterwards.Anyway,my doctor has said that i cannot donate blood, i got low blood tension, so i dont think its in my future plans.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
18 Dec 07
Of course you shouldn't donate blood if your doctor advises you not to, makatas. Not everyone is able to, and that is understandable.
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@shinjiao (1464)
• China
18 Dec 07
Next Friday I will donate my blood.Our university have arranged this activity and nearly all my friends participate in this activity. Donating blood is a good thing and it also helps many people.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
24 Dec 07
Good for you, shinjiao! What you and your friends are doing is a very worthwhile venture.
• China
18 Dec 07
I rarely donate my blood, although I know it is a good thing to do. In fact, I want to donate blood, because I know donating blood could accelerate the cycle of blood, but my parents prevent me to donate every time, they think my heath is unfit to do this.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
24 Dec 07
Well, nanguofong, I can certainly appreciate your parent's fear for your health.
• China
18 Dec 07
My blood type is the same as yours.I have donated blood once one year ago when i was at college.It's not horrible as you think.I believe it's safe if you go to the normal hospital or the normal blood station.Before you donating blood ,the nurse will assay your blood wether to qualify the request. So donating blood is a easy thing but can save life.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
24 Dec 07
I think that donating blood is a humanitarian thing to do, sweetsagittarius. Any effort we can make to help our fellowman is good.
@Ohara_1983 (4120)
• Kuwait
17 Dec 07
yup me & hubby donating blood every six month, that is our routine already her in the blood bank in kuwait,mine blood type is the same us you, my hubby have AB positive the most expensive & not easy to find this blood group. doctor told us that every six months is ok to donate blood because thanks god we have enough & healthy blood.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
18 Dec 07
That's just wonderful of you and your hubby, ohara. Donating blood really helps to save lives.
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@GardenGerty (99349)
• United States
17 Dec 07
I will answer the last question first, yest the blood supply is safer now, they have and extensive screening process and if you have engaged in risky behavior including travelling to certain places, you are excluded. They also test the blood after it is banked. I started giving blood just a year or so ago, because my husband has always been a donor. It does not take long, and it is a big social thing around here.You see the same people. When my work hours got in the way, we started stopping on our way to relatives' house at the regional center. I feel good about doing it.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
18 Dec 07
That is very admirable of you, GG, and a humanitarian thing to do. I know from hearing calls for blood on our local news that the supplies run awfully low sometimes.
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@ctrymuziklvr (11060)
• United States
17 Dec 07
For starters I'm a big baby when it comes to needles and can't see myself volunteering to have one put in me...ewwww....for another thing I take so many medications that I don't think my blood would be wanted anyway....so I'll just keep it! lol...I do know people who donate blood once a year around the new year and I think that's a time of the year they start the blood drives around here any way.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
18 Dec 07
Now that I think of it, ctry, there used to be a lot of people who regularly sold their blood for the money they would use to buy drinks and party. I don't know if this is still being done, but I can't imagine doing this week after week just for the money.
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• India
22 Dec 07
Yes I donate blood regularly. The first time when I donated y blood it was a day i was to go to my hone covering a three day journey. i was listening to the FM and there was a request for blood of AB+, my blood group, for a small girl suffering from cancer. i could not stop myself and then the next thing was that I was donating blood for that little girl whom I never knew. Do donate blood and you have a blood group which is scarcely found so help others. Blood are now of good quality as they test the blood before taking it.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
24 Dec 07
What you did to help that little girl, vikashsabharwal, was very admirable. I will be donating if I am found to be medically able to.
• India
24 Dec 07
Yes worldwise you should get yourself checked before donating your blood, and thanks for selecting my response as the best one.
@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
22 Dec 07
wow. you're type O? you're the one everybody is looking for. LOL i don't donate blood. i haven't donated a single drop my whole life! i have received blood though. when i was a baby. i was anemic. until now actually. so i couldn't really donate blood. even if i can, i think i'll be so afraid to do it. people say its very nauseating and it can make you weak for a long period of time. i just can't imagine myself being sucked out of blood. ^__^;;
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
24 Dec 07
It's not really so bad, secretbear. They have trained staff on hand to handle any emergency that might arise, and I have never heard of anyone having anything bad happen to them from giving blood.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
29 Dec 07
They don't take a lot of blood secretbear, only a small amount and your body reproduces the supply quite quickly. If you have a meal before you donate you will recover quickly and barely notice any weakness.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
24 Dec 07
There's always room for human error worldwise no matter how safe things are. If you know anyone who works in a hospital theatre, they will be able to tell you some hair raising stories no doubt. I used to think I wasn't well enough to donate but one day I was passing the blood bank in the capital city I was living in. I decided to go in and tell them what was wrong with me. I forget what it was now but the technician thought it best for me to be off the medication before giving blood. I'm B+ and it's always needed. When I finally did give blood I was first asked to fill out some detailed paperwork and my blood was screened first, so they take precautions. The only thing that I did wrong was not have breakfast prior to going in. That's a big no-no. I was pretty rotten afterwards and they said that was to be expected and they wouldn't let me go until I had rested, had a cuppa and a few biscuits. I was tired but otherwise I was ok. They kept a close eye on me.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
24 Dec 07
My only doubt, Ms Tickle, lies in the fact that I am on several medications which might preclude me from donating blood. Otherwise I would be there in a heartbeat. I have heard the horror stories because my older sister worked in a hospital until she retired.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
19 Dec 07
It seemed pretty safe to me I mean they check your blood first to make sure it's not infected with anything and there was a doctor at the one I want to that checked me out like my heart,blood pressure and all to much sure I could do it . I passed and I did. I donated plasma myself.A few years ago. They paid you to do it and at the time I needed the extra money. I hope this helps on you deciding what to do.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
24 Dec 07
I don't think there is a lot of discomfort in the process, Shaun, otherwise there wouldn't be so many people who do it. My only concern was whether I was physically able to donate.
@mummymo (23707)
18 Dec 07
I know in the uk that blood is tested from Donors to make sure that it is safe. I used to donate and feel it is a wonderful gift to our world if you can do it - it is quick and easy and saves so many lives! Unfortunately I can't donate anymore due to my health and a blood deficiency I have but were I able to do so I would do it in a heartbeat! xxx
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
24 Dec 07
I think that most blood banks are nearly faultless in their testing of blood these days, mummymo, after the scares they had in the past. While some of us can no longer donate, I see no reason not to encourage those who can to.
@mattier (111)
• United States
8 Jun 08
i just donated blood on Friday. I did research paper in grade school about it all blood donations are screened for diseases and doners are asked a series of questions to make sure their blood is safe.
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
I donate only if needed
• United States
4 Jan 08
Yes, I do that regularly. Mine is O positive too. I guess for me, I always consider it a blessing to be the giver than the receiver. :-)
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
25 Dec 07
Yeah, donating blood is really a good thing and it could save somebody life. I did donate blood several times for the past few years.