After delaying it for months (I'm just like that - can't get around to do things:rolleyes:), I finally went down to the hospital today and registered myself as a blood donor. I was told that I'll be summoned for an interview in a month, after which there'll be a blood sample taken if I satisfy the requirements (certain weight and age, no HIV-risk, et cetera).
So anyways, this is the second thread I've created on blood donation (the first went here). I want to "pimp" blood donation, find out how many people here have given blood, and in general cover blood donation.
From my impression, blood donation isn't as bad as it's made out to be. I mean, there's got to be a reason why you do it again and again after the first time, right:p?
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15th March 2005
Moved from Forgotten Hope to General Discussion. Don't be afraid to post outside your forums; we don't bite! ...much.
Anyway, to get back on with the topic, I donate blood every couple of months, ideally. I'm kind of a small girl (tall, but very thin) so I am iron deficient half the time, and once in a while depending on which phlebotomist I get they'll only take half of what they normally do.
I find it strange you have to go in for an interview, then donate months later. Here they do it the other way around. You go in, get your interview, donate the blood, and they take a couple of vials extra for testing and such, so they take your blood anyway, and if you test positive for something they reject it.
Then again I don't give blood at a hospital, but through a blood donation service called LifeSource. I'm not afraid of needles, so I say what the heck? Why not do my civic duty?
Giving blood is a good thing. As soon as I turn 16 I am going to give blood. I am glad you are too.
I only do it if I have to. I don't necessarily like a sharp medical instrument stuck into my arm and sucking out blood.
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
I never ave blood but I wouldn't have any trouble with donating blood. My mom donates blood and she is doing fine :lol:. I'm not scared of needles or anything and it would be a good deed to donate blood. It is just that it never really thought about it or went to the hospital. I don't know how to explain it, I would have no trouble going, I just never went.
But that might go for most people. I doubt anybody would be unwilling to donate blood (or you must be extremely scared of needles and blood itself).
I've never done it because needle scare the hell outa me :)
08'aIgnorance is not an excuse
28th November 2003
I've always wanted to, but I just can't get my ass out and do it. But I'm pretty sure I'll start to donate blood...sometime.
(...) [In the States] they take your blood anyway, and if you test positive for something they reject it.
But then you run the risk of losing blood for nothing, right? Might be the way they do it in Norway, too, though. I might have misunderstood.
I find it strange you have to go in for an interview, then donate months later.
I don't think it's months later, I just said that it's a month or so until I get called in for the interview and physical.
I'd donate blood only I'm two years too young at the minute- My dad died a few years ago and through the variety of operations he went through that kept him on going for a few extra years, he went through alot of blood. I remember my gran or my mum telling me once that he went through 23 pints of blood in a 17 hour operation. That 23 pints kept him alive for longer- why the hell shouldn't I let someone else have that priviledge? It's not rare, I can make more.
17th June 2002
I'm registered as an organ donor, but that's the limit of the fiddling anybody's doing with my innards. If you want my blood, you can bloody(!) well shoot me for it! I have a problem with needles anyway, possibly my only phobia. Always have done. I don't know why; I don't have any problem with knives and the like, which are far more likely to kill you. I tried my best to avoid vaccinations as a child for the same reason, though fortunately I was able to avoid the 'worst' one due to already being immune to whatever it was they planned on immunising me against. Plus with the British health service being what it is, I wouldn't be surprised if they re-use needles these days. They're thinking of closing down the accident and emergency department of this town's hospital to save money, for crying out loud. It's a mess. Can't say I didn't warn people not to vote for Labour again, but that's another subject entirely. Simply put, I'm OK with you prying organs from my corpse, but you're not getting anything out of me while I'm alive.