Do you donate blood?

@breepeace (3024)
Canada
May 15, 2007 11:19pm CST
Canadian Blood Services has launched a big campaign lately with a lot of radio commercials prompting people to donate blood. I have to admit I've actually never done it, but would like to, to see if they can tell me my blood type (I don't actually know it) and to do something good. I'm just a little apprehensive since I don't do well with the sight of blood. I guess I could just not look as they draw it, huh? Do you donate blood? If your area doesn't allow it, would you?
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@federickp (607)
• India
22 May 07
Yes i do donate blood. I have donated once in my college campaign of blood donation. I am O+, i.e universal donor: anyone can accept my blood. I havnt undergone any kind of operation uptill now and i do my excercises regularly from childhood. So i think my blood is of very good quality and high in RBCs and WBCs. Blood donation is also helpful on the part of the donator such that it helps the body to prepare to situations to face emergency loss of blood. It helps our body to produce more RBCs at a faster rate. And people with good physic and lot of blood should donate once in 4 months.I think everyone should donate blood at least once in 6 months. happy mylotting!!
@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
21 May 07
Yes i do, Its like helping other people from dying.
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@ututen (139)
• Philippines
17 May 07
as of now i haven't tried to donate blood..but im more willing if i will be given a chance.
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• India
17 May 07
well i didnt until now but i will be glad to donate when time comes. basically i have a blood defeciency too so maybe i can later :)
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• Brazil
17 May 07
I do, but I have to admit, I'm so afraid of needles and I feel so bad when I see too much blood that it makes me donate not many times
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• United States
17 May 07
I donate blood whenever I can at the school blood drive, which occurs twice a year. The city blood center crew stops by with their blood van and nurses, but only about 10% of my school of 1200 people donates. Sad, isn't it? You can miss your classes for that day, too. You don't even feel the needle, despite how thick it is. My best friend is terrified of needles because she's had experiences where her doctor had to poke her several times to find her vein. But the blood drive nurse did it in one shot, and my friend said it didn't hurt at all. You also don't really see the blood, unless you want to stare at other people's blood bags located under them. The donation process takes awhile, though. I think it depends on your blood pressure. My blood pressure is relatively low (100 over 70) and it took me about 25 minutes before my pint bag was filled. Afterwards you get snacks too~! It's a good experience. I only wish more people would overcome the fear of harmless needles and donate blood to save lives; statistics say one third of all people need a blood transfer at least one point in their lives.
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• United States
16 May 07
I don't give blood. For one, I really don't like needles, and I hate getting blood drawn because my arm hurts for days afterwards. Not to mention I hate the feeling I get afterwards after getting blood drawn. It's just a huge pain.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
16 May 07
If you decide to donate blood, make sure that they check to see if you have enough red blood cells. They probably will, but it won't hurt to make sure. Once, I donated, and then a month or so later, my doctor told me I was borderline anemic. It's not bad donating blood. You can look away if it bothers you. They usually make sure you rest a little before you leave, and they should give you juice and cookies or some other snack. I've donated blood many times for the red cross and other blood drives. I have type o positive, the most common blood type. Sometimes emergencies arise where there is a blood shortage, so if I hear about it, I'll go donate.
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@sodapop (977)
• United States
16 May 07
Yes, I donate blood. The blood bank here in town will call me when they need my blood type and I go and donate. I hate needles, and they know it, so they use a butterfly needle on me and you really don't even feel it. My life was safed because someone donated their blood, so I feel like I should repay the favor. It's really no big thing and it goes fast, and they have a tv you can watch to take your mind off of it.
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@creb11 (416)
• China
16 May 07
Yes I would like to.I donated one time when I was in university.And it is good for health as it is helpful to your blood system.
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@k1tten (2320)
• United States
16 May 07
I feel as if I should give blood but I have thing with needles. I can't stand them. I almost passed out by just getting a shot. A needle of the calaber that they use for taking blood would definitely make me pass out.
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@Manoj_s (939)
• India
18 May 07
You might have noticed if anybody donate his organs to another person the body will try to resist the organ and the doctors will have to use lot of medication to prevent that like wise donating blood not at all good the body doesnt like it and it will try to resist.it is against the laws of nature.
@breepeace (3024)
• Canada
18 May 07
Well, blood and organ donation wouldn't exist if it didn't help SOME people, and I've often heard of people accepting other people's organs readily.
@Manoj_s (939)
• India
18 May 07
keep an eye on those people who transplanted organs how they will suffer from other ailments ,god forbid nothing goes that way.