Give Blood!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Shaun.P, May 3, 2007.

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What is your blood group?

  1. O +

    69 vote(s)
    22.8%
  2. O -

    24 vote(s)
    7.9%
  3. A +

    63 vote(s)
    20.9%
  4. A -

    12 vote(s)
    4.0%
  5. B +

    20 vote(s)
    6.6%
  6. B -

    4 vote(s)
    1.3%
  7. AB +

    13 vote(s)
    4.3%
  8. AB -

    5 vote(s)
    1.7%
  9. Don't know

    92 vote(s)
    30.5%
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    Shaun.P

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    A couple of months ago, I decided to give blood for the first time. I walked into the blood bank in Glasgow, filled out a questionnaire, got my iron tested on copper sulphate and then gave a pint of blood. A couple of minutes after the nurse took the needle out my arm I felt very light headed, and warm!
    A couple of weeks after this I got my donor card through the mail which determined that I have A- blood which is quite rare. Even after having a negative experience the first time [after feeling a bit ill after it], I decided that it was worth giving it if I only experienced 15 minutes discomfort.
    So on Saturday there, I gave blood for my second time. I had nothing to eat and nothing to drink apart from around 300ml of water. When the nurse asked me before I gave blood if I had anything to eat and drink today I lied and said yes. I gave blood and after the needle was taken out and your told to sit on the chair to rest for a few minutes, my head started feeling really heavy and it was an effort to keep it up. At the same time, I also began to feel really warm all over my body. I also felt dizzy and for a few seconds felt sick. I put my head right back in the chair but it didn't help much. All I realy wished for was to be unconcious so I wouldn't have to experience the horrible feeling I was experiencing! Anyway after about 15 minutes, I felt OK. But those 15 minutes were the worst I have ever felt in my life. Part of me thinks though that I should be selfless in trying to give back to the world by going through this horrible feeling everytime I give blood, and I like the idea of giving something back to society - helping out in a way. But I'm not damaging myself by doing this am I?

    The whole reason I'm posting this is just to see who else gives blood. What blood group you are. Has anyone had any negative experiences? Does anyone here really want to give blood but they are afraid?

    Funnily enough the first time I gave blood I was terrified I would get a letter through the mail telling me I had HIV or something. Not that I've been doing anything unsafe to warrant getting an infection, but it was just an underlying fear and it completely put me off giving blood for years!

    Shaun
     
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    Jaffa Cake

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    #2
    Quite a few MacRumormongers do, if the response to this thread is anything to go by. :)
     
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    j26

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    I'm O- the universal donor, but they don't want my blood as I lived in the UK for a while and could have Mad Cow Disease.
     
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    lexus

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    #4
    are you serious?
     
  5. j26
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    j26

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    Yep, because I lived in the UK for over a year, the Irish Blood Service won't accept my blood.

    The ban was brought in around the time of the Mad Cow Disease scare - the Blood Transfusion Service was badly burnt a couple of years before after giving several people AIDS and was taking no chances.
     
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    yellow

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    #6
    Strangely I've asked most of the doctors that I see regularly what my bloodtype is and none of them know and it's not in the charts they have.

    Oh, and can't give blood becasue of the meds I take.
     
  7. macrumors G4

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    #7
    O+ here, but I can't give blood because of Teh Ghey :)
     
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    pseudobrit

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    Plymouthbreezer

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    #9
    Needled. Yikes.

    So, no blood giving for me. I pass out when needles come near me.
     
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    pseudobrit

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    #10
    There's a joke here about being afraid of pricks, but I'm afraid it will offend someone everyone.
     
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    b0tt094

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    #11
    I would but Im not 18, I probably will then. I dont mind needles, I have already given enough blood for medical reasons to fill a little plastic 2 inch pool (I just relized how disturbing that sounds:p)
     
  12. macrumors Core

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    #12
    right now i can't.
    hasn't been a year since my last tattoo. but i think i'll wait for the year to be up, give blood and then get more tattoo work done.
     
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    prostuff1

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    #13
    I have given blood once and that was back in high school for the blood drive. I ended up feeling exactly like you describe. I have not given blood since mostly because of the sick feeling. I do plan on giving blood again though soon. When i first gave blood they asked me my weight and told me that i was close to a, "you should be above this weight before you give blood" line. I am still close to that weight but i am a little heavier, so I am going to try it again. I know what to expect when i go next time so i will make sure to eat and drink a lot.

    Giving blood is a good thing and something that should be done by more people. It not like our body won't make more.
     
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    nbs2

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    mkrishnan

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    #15
    I give regularly, in the past via the Red Cross, and now via LifeSouth, because Red Cross does not collect here. O+

    FearFactor, I have to ask... do you not see the pattern here? I'm not sure why you have to see it as selfless sacrifice of your comfort. This is a lot less likely to happen if you actually do eat and drink before giving. Do you know what I mean?
     
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    sycho

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    #16
    Hehehe, 14th Plasma donation this morning for me.
     
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    iSaint

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    #17
    I can give double platelets (or something like that) and don't have as many side effects. Of course, if you eat a good breakfast you'll feel fine.
     
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    Kashchei

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    #18
    I'm in the same boat and the irony is that I'm a vegetarian. So even though I lived in England for over a year, a businessman on a weekend trip to London undoubtedly had more exposure to Mad Cow Disease and they aren't banned. This really ticks me off since I would like to give blood but am permanently banned.
     
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    mattscott306

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    #19
    I'm a type O- so for the past few years I've been giving blood every few months.
     
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    Sutekidane

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    #20
    I tried to give blood a few months back, but apparantly I can't because I'm gay. Oh well, more for me.
     
  21. macrumors 68030

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    #21
    I think we should make this one of those polls where you can see who voted for what. Just in case I need a new organ ever.

    And I can't give blood for six months due to the tattoos... and the demons.
     
  22. macrumors 68030

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    #22
    Or for the vampires! :eek:
     
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    mattscott306

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    #23
    What? I don't remember reading that on the survey.
     
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    sycho

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    #24
    One of the questions in Canada for males is:

    Sex with another man since 1977?

    For females:

    Sex with a man who had sex with another man since 1977?
     
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    #25
    I don't know what my blood type is, but I also am infected with the gay, and therefore cannot donate blood.

    This is, of course, despite the fact that a straight guy can literally roll off a hooker and walk into a blood donation clinic.
     

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