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        03-16-2013, 02:36 PM
      #11
    Super Moderator
    Good for you OP! I used to donate regularly and am also in the bone marrow program. I did get a call once as a preliminary match for a young girl with leukemia but after going through a more detailed test, I didn't match further.

    Unfortunately now I cannot donate blood because I travel to India every year and they don't let you donate if you go to countries such as that within a year. :(
         
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        03-16-2013, 03:30 PM
      #12
    Started
    Yeah, they really go in depth with your history and I don't do any over seas travelling. My bood type is also O+ so I imagine they will be calling me when I'm eligible again.
         
        03-16-2013, 10:53 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Good for you! Helping others is always a good feeling!

    I liked donating. Always had to do it laying down or I'd get dizzy. Now they won't let me, cause I'm one percentage point low on the iron. Bah.
         
        03-16-2013, 11:09 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I should really donate...I'd like to but I'm such a scaredy cat! Needles freak me out. Knowing the good it does should really get me over that though. Maybe I'll bite the bullet and go soon. I'm O -, universal red cell donor, so I know I should.

    Kudos to all of you who have donated and those who do so regularly!
         
        03-16-2013, 11:12 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    I donate as often as I am able! My issue is that my Blood Pressure is REALLY low normally - like, 100/50 on average. My body usually gets a bit pumped up beforehand, so it'll be high enough to donate - but for the rest of the day I am just miserable. This last time the hot shower (because the hot water drops your BP, and in addition to having a pint less of blood it drops it REALLY low) nearly caused me to pass out in the shower. When I got back, it took three trips to my desk to be able to get some advil for my head and then I laid in my bed for a few hours, getting over that miserable 'you'll pass out if you stand up' feeling.

    That being said, SO many people say "Then why don't you stop donating?" And my answer is that I just can't. For me (NOT speaking about ANYONE else) I feel selfish if I don't. I have extra blood that someone can use. I can save THREE lives. Sure, I don't like feeling like crap afterwards - but I'm sure the people in the hospital bleeding out don't really like dying of blood loss, either. So. I suck it up and deal with it! (That's the main reason I hate the "I'm afraid of needles" excuse- sure, you don't like a little needle stick, but those people who need blood don't like dying even more. Granted, a genuine needle phobia is different, but not NEARLY as many people have that as claim to.)

    So congrats to you, OP! It DOES feel good knowing you're helping out. I enjoy giving blood, and I'll do it as long as I am able to do so. Just take it easy for the day and you should be good to go :)
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        03-17-2013, 04:52 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Shoebox    
    I donate as often as I am able! My issue is that my Blood Pressure is REALLY low normally - like, 100/50 on average. My body usually gets a bit pumped up beforehand, so it'll be high enough to donate - but for the rest of the day I am just miserable. This last time the hot shower (because the hot water drops your BP, and in addition to having a pint less of blood it drops it REALLY low) nearly caused me to pass out in the shower. When I got back, it took three trips to my desk to be able to get some advil for my head and then I laid in my bed for a few hours, getting over that miserable 'you'll pass out if you stand up' feeling.

    That being said, SO many people say "Then why don't you stop donating?" And my answer is that I just can't. For me (NOT speaking about ANYONE else) I feel selfish if I don't. I have extra blood that someone can use. I can save THREE lives. Sure, I don't like feeling like crap afterwards - but I'm sure the people in the hospital bleeding out don't really like dying of blood loss, either. So. I suck it up and deal with it! (That's the main reason I hate the "I'm afraid of needles" excuse- sure, you don't like a little needle stick, but those people who need blood don't like dying even more. Granted, a genuine needle phobia is different, but not NEARLY as many people have that as claim to.)

    So congrats to you, OP! It DOES feel good knowing you're helping out. I enjoy giving blood, and I'll do it as long as I am able to do so. Just take it easy for the day and you should be good to go :)
    That's crazy that it makes you feel that bad. I never even notice.

    Definite kudos to you that you keep doing it though.
         
        03-17-2013, 07:36 PM
      #17
    Started
    I'll admit I was nervous about the needle since it is a bigger gauge. It wasn't too bad though. The worst part was when she tried to reposition it, that did hurt a bit.
         
        03-17-2013, 09:16 PM
      #18
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Roperchick    
    That's crazy that it makes you feel that bad. I never even notice.

    Definite kudos to you that you keep doing it though.
    you've probably got normal blood pressure, though, so it's not going to affect you as bad as it does me ;) Mine's so low that taking out an extra pint drops it below the threshold for a day. I'm typically fine the next day, I just laze around as much as I can.
         
        03-17-2013, 09:55 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    I'm not able to donate blood - I don't weigh enough! But, I would if I could! I don't know my own blood type even, which is sad.
         
        03-17-2013, 10:19 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    I haven't been donating as much as I should. I did for a while, then I started getting hounded by the red cross to donate. They called me at bad hours, and even when I told them to not call me past 7:00pm they continued to do so. (I worked early and they woke me up on several occasions)

    I felt terrible but I had to demand a manager take me off their calling list. Kind of left a bad taste in my mouth, but I need to get over it and do it again.

    To those who talked about drinking a lot of water to help with blood pressure. While being dehydrated can have a negative effect on bp and you should be hydrated. On the other hand drinking too much will lower the iron count in your blood, and if your iron is too low you can't donate. Just fyi. ;) (That is if I remember correctly, someone correct me if I'm wrong)
         

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