Do you donate blood? I just started this year.Now my son does too.

@GardenGerty (90227)
Marion, Kansas
November 18, 2006 10:49pm CST
Sometimes it hurts some, and sometimes it feels like an extra bother, but it is the easiest way I know of to help someone out.
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@dixielol (1581)
• United States
19 Nov 06
yeap, Ive been donating blood since I was 16. I just can't believe something so simply, that could safe someones life, and people wont do it! I dont get that. I always give blood when i can. But sometimes i cant because my iron is always low. If im planning on giving though, i start taking those horrable nasty iron pills a few days ahead.
@dixielol (1581)
• United States
15 Mar 07
Thanks for the BR. Hope you have a great day!
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@AmbiePam (45840)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I used to have taken iron in a LIQUID form. I think I paid all my dues in life right there.
• United States
21 Nov 06
My fear of needles keeps me from donating blood. I nearly pass out at the sight of a needle. I know that donating blood is a good thing, but not for me. They would be scraping me off the floor before they ever got near me with the needle.
@GardenGerty (90227)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Dec 06
Thanks to everyone for responding to this discussion. Giving blood saves lives. _
@blueman (16516)
• India
19 Nov 06
if you are a healthy person then donating blood is a good idea, might be of help to you in the future.
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@Rexy_leigh (1189)
• Philippines
15 Mar 07
In as much as I wanted to go to some blood banks and donate some blood, I just haven't tried this one. I have had a mild anemia before when I started menstruating and my doctor advised me to increase my dietary intake intake of iron readily available or the some iron supplements, coupled with vitamin C. And am glad am coping with it now... So maybe I need to wait a couple of years more before I'd be confident I can donate blood.
@anushri (962)
• India
19 Nov 06
no i dont donate blood
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• United States
20 Nov 06
I would but I think I would pass out from blood loss. I had an aids test (they offer them to pregnant women) and the amount of blood they took- I started to get lightheaded and it was a LOT of blood! So I remarked about donating because I have always wanted to and I am perfect candidate for it. And I am O+ which they say is needed a lot. She told me that they take way more than what she was taking there and I realized that it might cause a problem. Why can't they take just a little bit less, I wonder? I understand that when it is needed it is REALLY needed but gosh, what would happen if I was hurt in an accident after giving all that blood? I could die! I guess part of my selfishness is fear but also genuine worry over the fact that I have trouble handling less blood being taken.
• United States
20 Nov 06
oh yes, and my doc advised against it because I am borderline anemic. I guess that is why I get so light-headed...
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• United States
20 Mar 07
I do not donate blood but not because I don't want to - I can't (as far as I've been told) because of a cancer issue in my past. If I could, I would. I think it is such a selfless act and something so easy to do that can help in such a huge way. I think it's awesome that you do it. My son wanted to donate this year through his school but I wasn't sure at the time if it was a good idea given his age but next year I will let him. Ends up that he wouldn't have been able to anyhow because of some issues at his school with other students forging signatures - they wouldn't allow any students to do it this year. Maybe next year!
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@sunita64 (6474)
• India
16 Mar 07
Well I would love to donate, but I have always been anaemic so my Doctors friend say you better take some instead of giving it.
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• United States
21 Mar 07
I haven't done it yet, but plan too. I wanted to a few times, but they would not let me cause I had a cold.
• United States
21 Mar 07
Being the only adult male who is "too light" to give blood, I don't. Twice a year, I do help out at the blood drives that a college I graduated from has, & I have not been absent from that for 20 years. My most memorable time was when I first started helping out was when a bandmate (guitarist) gave blood. They tried to first start with a blood test (This was right around Halloween too!) & tried to draw blood from the wrong hand, because of the calouses from pressing on the guitar strings. A doctor who recognized us explained it to the nurse on what was happening. The look on the nurse's face was priceless!
@AmbiePam (45840)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I have always wanted to give blood! It seems like such an easy thing to do to help someone out. But when I went to get information about donating, I was told they couldn't take my blood. I mean, I know I'm very ill, but if a person doesn't have HIV or Hepatitis, I thought donations were always welcomed.