Have you ever tried donating your blood?

@eljayo (1107)
Philippines
December 6, 2011 11:22pm CST
Hi guys! Blood letting activities is everywhere. I have always wanted to do this but the qualifications hinder me. These are the following qualifications that I know needed to be able to donate blood, you must be 18 years old and above, Must be free from any blood borne disease such as HIV, HEPATITIS B,C, 50 kg and above, normal vital signs(BP,TEMP,pulse rate). Because I cannot reach 50 kgs. and I am almost there because I am 48 I cannot donate blood. huhu.. I really want to experienced this. A lot say that it is scary because you have to be sure that the equipments especially the needles they are using are really sterile and have never been used by anybody before to avoid transmitting blood borne disease. It also has health benefits fro yourself, like it cleanses your blood, it can help your BP be regulated and lose weight and the most important is it will be easy fro you to acquire blood bags if you have a family member or friends who is in need of it because you become a member of the blood bank. hmm. I hope someday I can experience this.;))
13 responses
8 Dec 11
Same here, I always anted to donate blood but I often get infections so I take antibiotics and that's not allowed. You must be 3-months free from medications. And don't worry about the needle because the healthcare providers ALWAYS use sterile equipment, it's SOP. :) Exercise and eat a of of healthy food so you'll gain weight but make sure your target weight will fit ti your height. ;)
@wongchoiyee (6159)
• Malaysia
8 Dec 11
I also wanted to donate blood, but because I lack of two vitamins in my body, nurse said I can't donate and my weight is also under 50kgs. I would like to help those needy people because I think they are so pity.
@eljayo (1107)
• Philippines
10 Dec 11
Hi! If you lack these vitamins you should take supplements and eat more foods rich in those vitamins that are deficient in you.Eat and exercise a lot. I hope we do reach 50 kgs to be able to donate blood. :))
• Philippines
8 Dec 11
Nope, I haven't tried it because my blood is low and about the tools the doctors using, I think its their responsibility to ensure the tools they are using were safe. If you will do donate blood be sure you also don't have any bad habit like smoking drinking and eating too much junk foods or foods with high cholesterol so that the blood you donate can be used for the blood donors. :)
@eljayo (1107)
• Philippines
10 Dec 11
Hi! I guess in short you should be healthy in oder to donate blood because these blood will be used by sick people , so your blood must be healthy fro it to help their body. :))
@Anne18 (11036)
7 Dec 11
I have given blood in the past, my husband always goes and gives blood. They won't always take my blood as it doesn't always have enough iron in it and if there isn't enough iron in it its not good enough for them
@eljayo (1107)
• Philippines
8 Dec 11
Hi! You should take iron supplement or eat foods rich in iron like green leafy veggies to increase your iron count. Good fro you husband.:))
@prasanta (1947)
• India
7 Dec 11
I do not think that there is any scary incident. I suggest you buy a noeedle from a good shop and ask the volunteer or doctor to use that. Then wherefrom the question of doubting the sterility of the needle coming?
@eljayo (1107)
• Philippines
8 Dec 11
Hi! That a good idea. You should really be sure that they will use a sterile needle,never been used by anybody. Who knows? if you can get aids or Hepa B from that needle. Just be careful. Just like in having tattoo. A lot of people have had blood borne disease because of unsterile needles being used in their body.:))
@Arieles (2474)
• United States
7 Dec 11
I have given blood many times and do so willingly. My Dad had to had some blood given to him three years ago after losing so much from a car accident. I donate to the Red Cross blood Drives and feel fortunate we have them to rely on. When I go to donate my blood, a clean needle is inserted and when they are done collecting the blood, the needle is thrown away. Oh yeah, and they always check to make sure that the hemoglobin count is high enough. I feel good when I can donate my blood to help others that might need it.
@eljayo (1107)
• Philippines
8 Dec 11
Hi! You're very fortunate to be able to donate blood and enjoy its benefits.You really have to make sure that the needle is not just clean but sterile that is a very important thing to consider and the organizer of blood donation can be trusted. :))
• United States
7 Dec 11
I've always wanted to donate blood! I've even tried to a couple of times back when there were blood drives in my high school. Sadly, both attempts showed that I apparently have iron deficiency anemia. I was sad, but hey, I got some food, water, and a free t-shirt both times. I guess I should work on getting my iron levels up so I can fulfill my dream of donating blood one day! Although I'm slightly hesitant, considering the number of people I saw pass out or get all loopy from having their blood drawn at those drives (admittedly, it was a bit amusing to see).
@eljayo (1107)
• Philippines
8 Dec 11
Hi! Oh yes! iron deficiency can be corrected by taking iron supplements but don't be surprise if your stool turns black its the effect of iron and don't take it if your going to have a stool exam because it will give a false result and a bad impression on your stool. Some people do pass out when they see blood. :))
• Indonesia
7 Dec 11
No, too lazy go to hospital xD
@eljayo (1107)
• Philippines
7 Dec 11
Hi! woow. I hope you can also overcome laziness. Just try!!You can do it.:))
@Woody7189 (247)
• United States
7 Dec 11
I hate to admit it, but I have never gave blood before. Its not even because I don't want to, because I think it is a really good and important thing to do. The problem is that I am very afraid of needles and I don't like the sight of blood. I would probably faint during the process...lol
@eljayo (1107)
• Philippines
7 Dec 11
Hi! ow you have fear in needles and I can understand why you don't want to encounter one. I hope you will be able to overcome that fear. :))
• Philippines
7 Dec 11
I have not donated ,and also i am not much blood hahaha..scary i think because they will get your blood out injection.
@eljayo (1107)
• Philippines
8 Dec 11
Hi! I think its really scary at first because of the thought of the needle and the blood. :))
• United States
7 Dec 11
I've always wanted to give blood. My first time I tried I was in high school and they did a blood drive at school. I wasn't able to do it because I had recently had a tattoo. I was so disappointed. The next time I tried to give blood my iron was to low. They gave me some orange juice to drink to see if it would bring it up but NOPE it didn't. So once again, I was not able to give blood. THE NEXT and last two times I tried, I wasn't able because ONCE again my iron was to low :( I finally just gave up on giving blood. I got tired of being told no.
@eljayo (1107)
• Philippines
7 Dec 11
Hi! You have the same dilemma as my sister with regard to low iron count. You should drink iron a week before you plan to donate and don't donate if you have a menstruation or just after it ended. :))
• United States
7 Dec 11
I have had many blood tests done on myself and to be honest I HATE IT! You feel all weak after it happens and you feel like you don't have that much power in your arms and in some cases you can become dizzy.
@eljayo (1107)
• Philippines
7 Dec 11
Hi! I understand how you feel because it is really traumatic if it is done to you more often than normal. I usually have routine blood test twice every year and its okay for , actually the experience is fascinating. You will really feel dizzy because something was taken from your body and blood is very essential to our body's function. It just depends on the person's pain threshold and tolerance. I hope you'll get well soon if your sick.;))
@djbtol (5501)
• United States
7 Dec 11
I tried donating my blood to a vampire once, but they are so greedy. I will point out though, they did not have a requirement about 50 kg.