Poll: Donating blood

mokes310

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Little Woodsman said:
mokes310 said:
I do generally, but I'm living in Asia now and when I return to the States, I believe I'll have to wait for three years before I can donate again (correct me if I'm wrong, please).
Depends on what part of Asia you are in. What blood centers are primarily looking for when they question travel/residence in other areas is malaria. If the area you are in has no risk of malaria, you will most likely be able to give. There are
other factors of course, but that is the big one.
Living in South Korea, in the very, VERY southern part of the country, which is technically considered a malaria zone. However, I have traveled to other countries which are, shall we say, malaria rampant.
 

McKinsey

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J9ACK9 said:
What about the "I'm not about to donate blood to organizations that discriminate against gay people" selection?

Is that just the "No" one? Cause' that's the one I'm going with.
That's real brave, bro. Let's fight for equality by denying some person a transfusion and a chance to live. Gee, I just hope this person wouldn't turn out to be a gay one, because oh the irony.
 

Boris Goodenough

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bloodmage2 said:
no, because
A) i react to seeing my own blood by passing out. its not even needles, i can handle being pricked and whatnot, so long as they have the numbing crap, but if i so much as catch a glance of my own blood in any large quantity, its lights out.
B) i forget what blood group i am, but its the one that can only be donated to the same blood group, so my blood is damn near useless.
if i didn't have an negative involuntary reaction, and a decent blood group, i would in a heartbeat, but as it stands, it seems pointless.
You'd make a pretty horrible bloodmage...
 

Greg White

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Donate every chance I get.

Red Cross won't take me, but the ASBD loves the fact my anthrax shots are up to date.
 

Zacharious-khan

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I donate as much as i can whenever i can, its a public service and everyone who can should, i believe that if i can do something for the common good with the understanding that others will do the same for me, society will grow great.
 

J.McMillen

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I donated blood once in my life. Unfortunately as one of those who has very small veins, they ended up messing up both my arms looking for one. You're not supposed to be sore for a week after donating.
 

freaper

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I go twice a year. An organization of students regulates everything here, so it's just as easy as showing up throughout the week they're doing it. You even get a bag full of goodies, but that's not the reason I donate. I'm O+, which means I can help a good amount of people.

Scarim Coral said:
Nope, sorry but you going have to convince me more to donate my blood. Heck it took that LOST episode when that character brother died to convince my brother to donate his blood.
How about this; it takes you maximum 2 hours - a generous amount, I'd say - to donate blood with which you can save someone's life. Two hours of your time for an extra decade, hmm, sounds reasonable, doesn't it?
 

Saulkar

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I do not know how or where, where I live but I should probably figure it out sooner than later.
 

Devil's Due

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I always believed that if someone was unable to give blood because of medical conditions (bad blood to share, medications, unable to coop with the event such as fear of needles) and such that was okay, but if someone refused to give blood simply because it's "my blood" and they had no other reason, they should not legally be allowed to receive blood, since after all it's not their blood. Same with organ donating. Either you have a legitimate reason why you can't sign up as a donor or you don't get the option to receive any should you need it.

As for the thread, I have donated every chance I find. If my blood saves a life, then that's a more than acceptable trade off for a day of being tired. If you're willing to help another, I'm willing to help you in return.
 

snakeinthereeds

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I'm afraid of needles in the sense that I need to beat my inner chicken first sometimes and then when I'm getting it inserted I look away as many degrees as physically possible and try to think of something else. The only real problem is I currently live and hang around somewhat far from any hospital major enough for this. When I'm near there's either little time or I can't afford being wobbly for the rest of the day.
 

Korolev

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Can't donate - I was in England during the 80s. I ate beef. The Australian Red Cross literally will not accept anyone who lived in the UK for more than 5 months during the 1980s for fear of CJD (the human form of Mad Cow, also known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis) being given in the blood. Since Mad Cow's has a very long latency period, it is possible that anyone from the UK in the 1980s has it in their blood (the prion, that is) and so we're not allowed to give blood. I've tried - they have bluntly told me to go away.
 

Frybird

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I donated the first time of my life this year.

I tried to get in for a few tries before, but was always denied for various reasons. Other than that it was pain- and harmless enough, and given that it doesn't take much time and usually does not have downsides to it, there's no reason i wouldn't go again (next possible date would be next monday, wich i'll probably take). It feels like it's literally the least i can do.

That said, the german red cross (wich also not offer monetary compensation, but lets you have free food) sent me a whole bunch of "thank you" spam mail wich i feel passively agressively tries to guilt me into becoming very serious and dedicated about it. Maybe i'm too cynical about it, but it kinda annoys me and i'd be happy if they only send me a letter about the next possible donation date.
 

Insertclevername

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There are places that won't let you donate because of your sexual orientation! O.O


Anyway, I would donate but I'm only 17 and I think you have to be 18. I would totally do it.
 

Vince Yim

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I've donated once before, even though I really hate needles. I put together a small group to do donate blood while solving Rubik's Cubes one-handed. I got through about 7 of them in the time it took me to fill my bag. No money for it, but I got free cookies and juice, plus they gave me a Canadian Blood Services branded Rubik's Cube. For whatever reasons, I actually felt like I had more energy afterwards.
 
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Nope, even if I was allowed to they have to get a specialist in to take blood from my iliac vein and with the chance of hitting the corresponding artery it's really not worth the risk.
 

TheYellowCellPhone

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Yep. My school system sort of looks down on you if you don't donate blood. Pretty much everyone who can donate does, and everyone who can't -- lies about their age and weight and does it anyway.