Donating Blood...

Donating Blood... - Donating Blood...
@twoey68 (13662)
United States
January 16, 2008 9:36am CST
Do you donate blood? Have you ever? I donated once when I first started Junior High and then in the 8th grade I got Hepatitis from a water fountain in the school and after that the Red Cross told me I couldn't donate anymore. They tagged my name and SS# and so I can't ever donate. Something about even though it's gone some part of it is still in me...it's just not making me sick or anything. I didn't know any of that. I don't like getting blood taken and I probably wouldn't run out and give it away all the time but all the same it irk's me to know that I'm not allowed to. :) So, what about you? **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
16 Jan 08
I use to donate it. I am not sure now if I would be allowed to either having m.s. Proberly not because of the medications I take they are shots that I take three times a week. So I doubt it. That and no one knows yet what causes this illness. It's not blood and it's not anythnig anyone can catch from me.
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@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
16 Jan 08
Well, god evening Twoey68, I am sorry to hear about your issue. If I was not a smoker, and did not have astma, I probably would donate some of my blood. It is a god cause and some do say it is god for your own health do donate and give away some. My father have donated for years, but I think he is to old now. Have a great evening.
• United States
16 Jan 08
You can still donate with those afflictions. I did.
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I didn't know that Asthma and Smoking kept ppl from donating but then I learn something new everyday. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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• United States
16 Jan 08
It doesn't twoey, I did.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
16 Jan 08
My husband and I can't donate blood because for me it's because of the medicine's I take for lupus and for my husband it's because while he was in Korea, he got TB. It does suck that we can't give blood but, it's the thought of wanting to that counts.
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
16 Jan 08
Ah, yes...TB is another reason they won't let you donate. I didn't know about the Hepatitis until the following school year when I went to donate again and when the nurse asked me if I'd been sick and I told her what I'd had she flipped out. She told me they had to block me and that I'd never be able to donate and it's in their national computer that certain ppl can't donate. It kind of makes me feel left out like. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
16 Jan 08
Good grief. That nurse shouldn't have flipped on you because she made you feel like a freak. Gosh some people know how to act like idiots. I hope you realize you're not though. You have something that you didn't ask for.... so what?!
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I went one time to donate for there had been a bad car wreck and they was calling for my blood type but when I got tested to see if I could I didnt have enough of the clotting agent so they wouldnt take it. But to tag someone never to give again sounds like a good idea to me ya wouldnt want to pass on anything that lives in there now would ya?
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
16 Jan 08
No, I wouldn't. I wouldn't want anyone to get sick or anything. I was just thinking about it this morning and wondered if there were other ppl that ran into the same or simular problem. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
17 Jan 08
its ashame that people that want to cant for different reason I didnt know either that ya cant if ya have diabetes but then I havent checked on it either may be a good thing all around I had to have blood in 82 and so did my hubby thankful that it was ok for back then they didnt screen people for anything!
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16 Jan 08
No.. I wouldn't because I don't agree with the "fake" blood test they attempt to give you and take away 5 samples. Gone are the days of just a small amount, I'd love to donate blood aswell but I hate needles. Having said this.. I wouldn't want someone elses blood in me, not even if it saved my life. (I'm not for faith reasons) It just makes me panic like hell, I hate the thought of losing a finger and stupid things like that. ~Joey
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I've never understood the whole 4-5 tubes of blood to run a blood test. I just had blood taken for blood tests back at Christmas and I told the woman after 15 minutes of draining my veins she needed to leave a little. She just smiled, collected the 4!! tubes and walked out. I thought geez what are they testing for that they need 4 tubes of my blood!! I'd also worry about having anyone else's blood in me...I've heard too many horror stories of ppl getting AIDS from transfusions. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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16 Jan 08
They tend to do that with my wife. I once questioned why it so much and the nurse smiled, looked nervious and said "we need to run repeated tests, so we can just ask people to come back all the time" to which I said I don't think you need to run that many tests, she's only pregnant. Oh well, ~Joey
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I used to donate all the time, i did Plasma too..but not recently. I am amazed you were able to donate that young. By us you have to be 17.
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
16 Jan 08
Yes, it was while I was in school and you had to bring a permission slip from home to be able to do it. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
17 Jan 08
I was either 16 or 17 when I first donated, but no permission slip, at least not that I remember. strange, even though nearly an adult I was yet under the hospice of my parents.
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• United States
16 Jan 08
Basically the reason they wont let you is because you are now a carrier. Your body is immune to it but the risk of others not being immune is to much of a chance..Its dumb I know. Seriously they can filter almost anything out nowadays , but there is that minute chance that it wont be filtered properly and they dont want to get sued..blah blah..I know that probably wont make you feel any better, but figured you might want to know why. My mother in law works for the red cross and I called and asked her as soon as I read your post..so there it is. I do donate blood..just not as often as I used to. I have O+ so I should donate more right? I do for all the national disasters..I guess Im not doing my civil duty..LOL..But with three kiddies its hard to find the time. Im sorry to hear about your hepatitus and that you cant donate...can you donate plasma? Thats in much higher demand than blood and the regulations might be different...plus you get paid for it! :)
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• United States
16 Jan 08
The regulations are different, granted, but they are stricter. They include all of the restrictions that are for blood donation, plus you can't have had any piercings or tattoos done in the last 12 months, you can't have been to certain regions in the world, and you can't have been in Jail or a homeless shelter for a month or longer.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I did donat nce when my mother-in-law was in the hospital. It made me so tired that I was useless the next day so I never did again. I doubt that I could now because of all the medication that I take.
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
16 Jan 08
Yes, medication is a factor in it I believe. The one time I did it, it also made me tired. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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• United States
16 Jan 08
I've never donated blood before. I'm actually scared to do it to tell you the truth. I don't like needles and one time my friend did it and she felt kinda bad for a few days after it. I have to get my blood taken at the doctor's office and I don't even like to do that.
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I know what you mean...I hate having mine taken too. They always seem to take a ton and God forbid they get someone that can't seem to do it right. I've had blood taken and the woman doing it could not do it and after twisting the needle in my arm, my Mom pushed her aside and did it in the other arm (my Mom was a nurse) and it took 3 seconds to do. The arm the woman messed up on was so bruised and stiff I couldn't move it for 3 days. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
16 Jan 08
My husband donates blood,but I don't. When I was a senior in high school, my trig teacher told us if we donated blood during the blood drive, we would automatically get 100% on our test. I am not a needle person, but I decided to go and take the 100%. Well, ended up I did not weigh enough to donate :) so I still got the 100%. Well, now I certainly weigh enough, but as I said before, I am not a needle person so I dont donate.
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I hate needles too. I wouldn't do it just to do it but if it was needed and I could, I would. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@luvstochat (6916)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I have never donated blood but I have thought about it before. I really need to becasue I have o negative blood type which is universal and can be used for anyone. I know I could give blood if I wanted as I have had two children so I have been tested for everything and everything came back negative.
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I'm not sure what my blood type is. I've never thought to find out. I know there are alot of ppl out there that need it. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@jezzmay (1845)
• United States
16 Jan 08
Yes,I have donated blood,but they won't let me now.I have diabetes,and some other conditions.I do not like that I can not give now,but they have their rules.I do not like needles either,but when I gave blood it did not seem to bother me.
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I didn't know that you couldn't donate b/c of Diabetes but I also have that so I still couldn't donate. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@jillhill (37357)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I don't donate. I have always been a little anemic so can't. I don't like having blood drawn either so that's another thing...but if someone in my family needed some...I would swallow my fears etc and give it to them.
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I know what you mean...if it was someone in my family and they'd let me, I'd do it too regardless of how I feel about needles. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@musicman6 (2367)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Well, I used to donate blood at one time, but in 2005 I was diagnosed with cancer, so after my surgery and treatments, they probably won't let me donate, because of the chemo, and radiation, may still be in my blood!
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@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
17 Jan 08
i have never donated, i want to, but i haven't yet, i'm sure it'd be okay b/c im perfectly healthy, my blood is also the most common type so they are n need of it usually at blood banks, i'm O+
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• United States
17 Jan 08
I don't donate blood because I am afraid of the needle they use. I watched my mom donate blood once and saw that needle and said there was no way they were going to stick me with that thing. Of course my mom just laughed at me.
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@carolbee (16244)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Yes I can and have given blood. I do get real lightheaded because the blood flows like water out of my veins. I'm a good one for donating and would do it again. Something I was told a few years ago is that I am CMV negative which is rare. I didn't have some virus that was common years ago. Therefore my blood is what they need and want. I do take a few medications each day now so don't know if I'd be a good candidate any longer.
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• Malaysia
17 Jan 08
i donated blood when i was 18 years old during my high school.that time i just wanted to have an experience on donating blood.besides i wanted to know which type of blood group i was.that time i was quite stress out when it was my turn.the nurse did it very painful. it was kinda of scary too when seeing my blood in the package.after donating blood i felt so tired and no enegy to walk either.once i arrived at home i straight slept until night.later on my hand started to pain as well.i felt like my hand was so heavy till i can barely lift it up. but my case was still ok.while for my other friends some of them had bruises on their hands after donating the blood.it was like the blood clotted until they have blue-greenish mark on their arms.after that i did not feel like donating blood anymore after experienced the pain i had.
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
17 Jan 08
I don't donate blood, but thats only because the blood donation centre is too far from me. It would be good if I could donate blood, as I am o+, which is very common. The hepatitis may likely stay totally inactive in you, but the actual virus is still there, so thats why you can't donate blood.
• Philippines
16 Jan 08
I haven't donated blood yet and I don't think I can because I have anemia. I would like to try it though, but I'm scared because my cousin is a little anemic too and she did donate once, maybe the doctor's fault because the doctor told her she could, but after that she got all dizzy and everything. She had bed rest. So I guess anemic people couldn't do that
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