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Thanks for sharing this one!
Like another poster, I feel sick afterward. Nearly always borderline anemic or anemic too, and it seems to take me over six months to bounce back and feel healthy again. On top of all that, the Red Cross always blows up my veins (which is more painful than you would think). So if you have tiny blood vessels and/or prone to anemia, AND it takes you a while to bounce back, don't donate. But most people who say they can't donate really can. But for those of us who can't contribute, it is sad.
Thanks for the great article! :)
Blood donations save lives.
One of my adult kids needed an organ transplant - and needed a lot of blood products in the months leading up to the surgery.
I gave my 115th donation this week.
I know what it's like to donate, and now a close family member has received!!!
If you can,please make an appointment to give blood and help save a life!
Over my life time, I've donated 114 units of 'blood. I also have witnessed the life saving miracle of family members receiving blood. Give if you can, you never know whose life it will help!!!
I usually donate when I can but I need to get back to do it at least once or twice a year.
For people who are saying they can't donate... many of your are right, but some of you may be wrong now. Recently the regulations were adjusted. Please try to donate and they'll evaluate you and let you know if you qualify or not. What would it hurt?
I used to donate every 8 weeks but I'm AB+ and not many people can use my blood. However, a few years ago, Heartland switched me to platelet/plasma donation, which makes my blood type much more useful. I can also donate every 4 weeks now.
I am a regular platelet donor. It is such an easy way to give back to the community. Additionally, I have needed an emergency pint or 2 on more than one occasion.
So as a donor I encourage everyone who is qualified, to donate. Currently I'm somewhere between 50 and 60 gallons (yes, gallons).
As a recipient, I thank those of you who are or have been donors. You do save lives. I am a living example. I would not be here today if it wasn't for blood donors. And I am grateful for every pint.
I can no longer give blood, too "contaminated." Last December, I had emergency surgery and required 3 units. Life saving surgery and life saving blood. I am so thankful to whomever thought of me, though they didn't know me.
My husband hated red cross...they charge armed forces guys for the blood and that is taken first out of they pay no exceptions. (this may have changed since the vietnam era LOL but he never changed his opinion. They wont take my blood even tho im o negative. I wish there were better alternatives.
I wish I could donate blood but it makes me so sick for 3 days.
What a great informative article. I gave blood for years but now I only have one vein they can find. It has scar tissue so I don't donate anymore.
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