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My Iron is at the lowest level on blood test charts, so I would not qualify. It has been low for 2 years and recently got stronger Iron pills to slowly increase it. So, maybe in 12 months when I should be healthy. Last year I got my Hepatitus A and B shot. Last month I got tested for HIV and Hepatitus C, all negative. West nile virus I would not have because I do not travel outside of Canada or the U.S.A.
Wish that I could donate but not allowed by the Red Cross because I was over seas and they don't allow you to donate if you were over there during certain years and I and my family were
Very informative article and helpful
I donate every 8 weeks now that I'm retired (prior to this, I donated twice a year). It's an easy way to give back and it takes less than an hour. There's always a need for blood, so, I feel like I'm making a difference when I give.
Donating blood is s good way to give back.
My father found out that his blood pressure was very high at one trip to give blood. He immediately went to the Dr, and took a week off to get his life back into balance. That trip to give blood DID save his life.
I want to donate but as far as I'm aware I can't. Correct me if I'm wrong, but once you've been jaundiced just once you're now disqualified. I had Mono in 2011 which was brushed off by doctors as a "flu-like viral infection" and told to just rest up until it clears up which meant I ended up with jaundice and got to spend a day in the ER. I healed up fine, and according to my current doctors I'm perfectly fine, just chunky. So yeah, if anyone out there can point me in a positive direction here I'd be appreciative!
I miss being able to donate, maybe I can in time.
Yes, I try to give whenever the bloodmobile comes to town. Sometimes my hemoglobin is too low, but lately I haven't been declined. I don't do it for myself, but it's good to know that it does have health benefits!
Sadly, I can no longer donate!
Unfortunately, their testing isn't always top-notch and can give false positives which stays as a mark against you. And it's a pain to get it cleared.
Very interesting. I didn't know these things.
I don't donate regularly or as much as I should, but I do donate. Whenever some department within the University where I work sponsors a blood drive, I try to sign up. I have some issues with my iron levels, so I'm disqualified from giving probably about half of the time...but I like being able to say "At least I tried."
I give blood regularly. They know me by name when I walk in and ask about me to my coworkers who go regularly. I am O negative so they are very interested in my showing up. It is for a great cause and I am happy that I can give to help others. I look forward to the snacks afterwards (Planters mixed nuts/fruits and cranberry juice). The only time I eat that stuff is when I give blood. It is great to know of the health benefits for oneself for giving blood as well.
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