Who here gives blood? Am I selfish because I don't give blood?

February 15, 2007 3:12am CST
I would love to give blood except I'm so terrified of needles I don't think I could put myself through the torment of it. Do you think this is selfish?
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@coolsid2007 (1031)
• India
15 Feb 07
no you are no selfish at all ... if you'd say i wont help anyone no matter what or will not give blood to anyone .... well i would have considered you as selfish ... but under the circumstances given ,,, i dont think you are selfish at all besides i am sure if you urgently need to donate blood for one of you own family members you would definately move ahead first thanks sid
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16 Feb 07
Yes I would defintly donate blood to a friend or relative.
@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
15 Feb 07
No, you are not selfish, it's totally your prerogative if you don't want to give blood, and I don't see why you have to give a reason. I don't give blood either, because I have a condition that I am not able to, but even so I hated it when I was work and most gave blood when the donor bank came round and people asked me why I didn't give blood and frowned on me for not doing so, it was none of their business. We all have our own reasons and our own principles standing up for them and not letting others change us is of prior importance.
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• United States
15 Feb 07
I did once and my body reacted so terribly from it that I've never done it again. I was dizzy and weak for days afterwards. I feel bad that I don't because my blood type is the most common one used (O-), but I can't afford to be out of commission like that again. However, if it was needed for a friend or family member, I would do it.
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16 Feb 07
You just felt dizzy because your blood sugar or something fell low. Just gorge yourself on cake afterwards and you'll be fine. Just think, the weaker you feel, the more you've helped!!!
@rhinoboy (2129)
16 Feb 07
i thought about this a lot recently. My wife is a donor, because they come to her work to collect it. I would have to find and travel to a place they were having a public collection, and I normally have 'something better to do' on weekends. I will look into this and donate soon though, because I would hate for me or my family to need a transfusion and not get it.
16 Feb 07
I think they're short of blood at the moment. I would definatly do it if I wasnt so scared.
• United States
18 Feb 07
I don't give blood either - although I should. I guess I am a bit nervous about doctors and needles and such as well.
• United States
17 Feb 07
I don't give blood. So don't feel bad if you don't. We're not obligated to. It's quite a lot to ask for I know.