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Offline TriesteTopic starter

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Holiday Giving ...
« on: November 19, 2008, 07:12:19 PM »
As some of you well know, I give blood fairly regularly, so it should come as no surprise to y'all that I'm about to shamefullylessly plug it. If you've got a minute or two this season, do it. Even if you aren't a regular donor - and you don't have to be! - you should run down and give a pint.

Don't make me have wasted my time painstakingly touch-typing this for nothing! *shakes fist*

Offline leelan

Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2008, 07:20:32 PM »
I used to give blood until I had this horrible experience (wont go into details I don't want to scare people off) then I had like...well I think it was a panic attack but the hospital says it was a minor heart attack and now i'm told I can't give blood. But yeah definitely anyone who can do it should. It really doesn't hurt that much and helps a lot of people!!

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2008, 12:27:37 PM »
Right, it's that time, and it's been over a year since I did my nose, so I can do it! Yay!

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2008, 01:21:51 PM »
Yeah, some health issues prevent it, I know someone who has been out of the country too much to do it.

Bliss, you should do it prior to the tongue piercing. *nodnodnod*

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2008, 01:23:06 PM »
Apparently I can still do it after, since it's going to be done by a professional who has been certified by the health department.

This was not the case with my nose. >.>

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2008, 01:33:51 PM »
Unless they have updated their requirements since I last looked, it's a year after every tattoo and piercing in case of Hep C contamination, professional or no.

Which they could well have done, I'm just saying you should double make sure.

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2008, 01:34:38 PM »
I can't give blood.. (fail again)... My veins are too hard to find, and when they are found, they're nearly impossible to get anything out of.  My mom's and son's are the same way.  I tried to give blood in high school and after trying for a while, they told me that it wouldn't be worth it.  

Even when I HAVE to get blood taken, they have to dig and dig before they get it.  Ironic, considering I have no fear of needles or blood or having blood drawn.  

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2008, 01:37:36 PM »
They must have; they called me mid-winter last year looking for a donation, and I told them about the piercing, and she said as long as it was done professionally it was no problem... but it wasn't, and therefore it was.

Offline Will

Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2008, 01:50:37 PM »
I've given blood (semi)regularly for some time now.  It would be pretty hard to forget about it, because as a repeat donor, they send me fliers and occasionally call me to let me know when there's going to be a drive.  I hate needles, but as long as I look away, it's fine.  It really barely even hurts.  Plus, I get a new shirt and hat just about every time, and cookies and coke.  I'm actually wearing a Red Cross hat right now! :D  So yeah, what Trieste said.


GIVE BLOOD!  PLEASE!

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2008, 01:52:09 PM »
For those who are unsure if they should or if it would make a difference...I'm b- blood. Last time I went to the hospital I didn't need it but I just asked and they said that they hadn't had any of that type in months and we were lucky we could take O. Imagine how hard it is for ab- they're extremely rare. Giving Blood helps so many people so please give blood if you can.

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2008, 01:56:25 PM »
I'm O+. Anybody can take my blood, and I give often.

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2008, 02:42:30 PM »
I'd like to give blood, but unfortunately my body reacts VERY badly when the doctor is even trying to draw a small vials worth. At best I feel faint, at worst I've thrown up. I'm not sure I'd want to see what would happen if they tried to get a pint out of me.

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« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2008, 02:43:30 PM »
You'll have to stick to consuming pints, I'm afraid.

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2008, 03:33:21 PM »
Sorry. I've got a rare one, and I need the money. But I'll sell it at a discount! D:

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2008, 04:13:09 PM »
I think I have one of the less common varieties as well. I'd be willing to donate .. I'm just not sure what would happen if I tried.

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2008, 04:59:29 PM »
I'm A+ (even my blood type os a gold star! :D) which is about the most common possible blood type you can have. I still go ahead and give because even a 'run-of-the-mill' surgery can require several pints per patient ... and Inkedu, at least they're getting it out of your veins and you're not just sitting there making blood and not sharing. :P

And this is't trying to guilt anyone. It's just that so many people forget! They sort of go "Oh ... right. That blood thing..." once in a while and never get around to it.

Donating doesn't just go to surgeries, either. Once it's past its expiration date, hospitals donate it to schools and labs, who in turn use it for things like training future nurses, physician's assistants, veterinarians. We use it for ballistics tests and spatter experiments, which are then used in forensic analyses and criminal/civil trials. I'm sure there's a billion other uses for it that I'm forgetting, too. But you could be helping to train your future phlebotomist by donating ... which is beneficial to you 'cause you get stuck less!

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2008, 05:36:30 PM »
I used to be a blood and plasma donor (the latter for money of course). Over the last 5 years I haven't been able to due to medical issues of my own. I thank every person who donates blood! I had to have an emergency surgery a few years ago (one reason for my inability to donate now), and I ended up needing a transfusion due to blood loss. If there hadn't been any blood there for me, I wouldn't have had my Princess that I have today, or have met any of you wonderful people. So for that reason amongst many others, I appreciate all the donors out there!

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2008, 06:56:46 PM »
I've been donating pretty much since I turned 17, which is when you can start here. My high school would get people every 3 months in a group and go donate, and I've just kept with it since then. I gave at the start of October, so I have another donation scheduled for December 3rd.

I've really found the best thing to do is go in a group, with friends or the like. It is a great way to spend some time with friends, eat some killer snacks, and save up to three lives. Sounds like a good deal to me. I generally get faint after every donation because I'm pretty small in stature, but it only lasts 15 seconds, and then in 3 months I'm right back in the chair. So although some people do have minor issues, if it isn't a serious health problem for you, it's a good thing to do, and you feel really good about it after.


I'm O+. Anybody can take my blood, and I give often.
Isn't it O- that can give to everyone, because it has no markers, then O+ can give to everyone but O-? B to B or AB, and A to A or AB. That was my understanding. But O+ is the most common, and second most universal. Still really good to have a lot of! Tis my type.


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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2008, 07:23:56 PM »
Isn't it O- that can give to everyone, because it has no markers, then O+ can give to everyone but O-? B to B or AB, and A to A or AB. That was my understanding. But O+ is the most common, and second most universal. Still really good to have a lot of! Tis my type.

O- is universal donor, AB+ is universal recipient.  I'm apparently B-, and my daughter's B+, which means if I ever have a second child, we'd have to watch for erythroblastosis, since I could theoretically have developed Rh antibodies.

Nifty stuff you learn in the waiting rooms.   ::)

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« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2008, 08:08:50 PM »
I'm just plain old A+.  :P 

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2008, 09:05:47 PM »
O- is universal donor, AB+ is universal recipient.  I'm apparently B-, and my daughter's B+, which means if I ever have a second child, we'd have to watch for erythroblastosis, since I could theoretically have developed Rh antibodies.

Nifty stuff you learn in the waiting rooms.   ::)

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2008, 10:35:11 PM »
I want to give blood, but I've been turned away. I don't weigh enough.
Though perhaps if I smuggle enough change in my pockets next time, I can get away with it?

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2008, 11:00:10 PM »
I want to give blood, but I've been turned away. I don't weigh enough.
Though perhaps if I smuggle enough change in my pockets next time, I can get away with it?

*cough* Neither do I. They don't really weigh you here though. Try looking a little more bulky?

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2008, 11:02:45 PM »
I want to give blood, but I've been turned away. I don't weigh enough.
Though perhaps if I smuggle enough change in my pockets next time, I can get away with it?


Ditto. I never weigh enough. :[
And sometimes they're iffy about me traveling to other countries / continents... sigh.

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Re: Holiday Giving ...
« Reply #24 on: November 23, 2008, 11:21:05 PM »
I've been wieghed both times.
But I'm thinking baggy clothes and a few rolls of quarters, just in case? XD