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Giving Blood

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Rn76, Jan 15, 2020 at 1:58 PM.

  1. Rn76

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    Yesterday was the 1st time I've given blood and I must say I can see me doing this as often as I can as it's really worthwhile.
    It's nice to give something back which also costs nothing apart from a little time
     
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    well done mate, i used to donate when i could but now my meds have put a stop to that :(
    theres always a demand for it and its such a simple thing to do that can help so many:thumb:
     
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    Got talking to the nurses and they were telling me that they need approximately 400,000 new donors to sign up every year just to meet demand that was quite a shock if I'm honest.
    Also mens blood is in high demand plus apparently mens blood is very good for newborn babies if they need blood
     
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    Great thing to do.

    Dave
     
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    Used to and still would if I could, but I can't after hosting a wee parasite jobby when out in Tanzania ... bit of a bu99er really as they were always after my claret during major incidents since I'm a universal donor (O-Neg) :(
     
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    I'm not surprised that there is a shortage. I know someone who volunteered to give blood, but found the people he dealt with extremely rude and clearly of the opinion that they were doing him a favour.

    He never went back.
     
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    Amongst other rules regarding donation, the Blood Transfusion service will not accept anyone as a blood donor who has received either blood or blood related products themselves at any date since January the 1st 1980. This is stated to be for reduction of the possibility of transfer of variant CJD to patients. That is a very large number of people to exclude from the donation pool but the reasoning is sound. As Grey Man observes however they can be very off hand once they know you are not a possible donor as I know from personal experience.
     
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    Have to admit it was very busy but the staff were absolutely lovely,sorry that the experience wasn't the same for others
     
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    i cant give blood... since i lost my hand i have had the problem where my veins actually collapse and shut off blood flow, this was a problem whilst i was in hospital they must have tried every site to get an iv into me in the end they had it hooked up in my foot
     
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    Done blood, done bone marrow. Now looking to get into sperm. Must be so 'satisfying'
     
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    Apparently its good for men who have high Iron in the blood.
     
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    I found the comment about rude staff giving the impression that they were doing the donor a favour very interesting. I had a similar experience many years ago. It was from a young couple and the young man had a terrible attitude. I got up and went over to see a senior lady who gave me the feeling that she knew about the young man. She presented me to a different nurse and took the young couple into the corridor. That is the only time I haven't been happy in over 30 years of donating ! PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE don't let reading that put anyone off.
     
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    My blood isn't worthy either.
     
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    The last time I gave blood was 30 years ago. It was a pop in service and you just turned up. My other half has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and is really upset that she had to cancel her donor session. Well I said, as she cant, I will start again and roped a mate in to boot. What a palaver trying to get an appointment! You cant just drop in and the earliest I can get in at an evening session, is in April. They need to make giving blood easier!
     
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    This what snookered me. I gave from age 18yrs until 52yrs and then had a spell in hospital and a couple of units of not-entirely-guaranteed-to-be-perfectly-pure O-neg. Sixty-nine donations and it's "Thanks but no, thanks". As a universal donor I felt a little slighted but you can see the reasoning. So far the Variant CJD has not made itself apparent unless that's what is driving my inner 'grammar-nazi'.

    Giving blood is a great thing to do and I would encourage anyone acceptable to sign up and get bleeding!
     
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    I have registered online, and I have the app on my phone. Not sure if its just my area, but I work from 6.30am till 5pm there seems to be plenty of appointments during the day, but evening ones are hard to get! We dont all have the luxury of taking time off work!
     
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    I agree it isn't easy to make an appointment. I actually gave up as I was struggling to make an appointment but a guy rang me the following day and I did it over the phone
    Glad I did it and will be making another appointment very soon
     
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    Ah sorry Robs321--- I have never wanted to go in the evening. That is something that I'll take up with them as I think it ultra important tat they accommodate where possible. I suppose after an active day the general staff want an evening at home !
     

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