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Earlier today as I was bored out of my mind fussing around with a magnet and metal sharpener when suddenly a stranger appeared with a request to have those of us who are healthy enough to donate some much needed blood to our shrived up blood bank. After a long thinking session, I began to weight the benefits to the consequences to handing out my precious lifeline taking into account how my life would change for 2 months with one eighth of my blood gone.
Has anyone here donated or has contemplated donating blood?
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I've donated... not that bad >.>
got a bunch of food afterwards
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i tried to donate blood today at my school but.. i had low iron so i couldnt.
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um yeah they usually offer that almost every year at schools

it doesn't hurt, i never got light headed and i'm a pretty thin boy so anyone average weight should feel nothing afterwards the only thing that i found surprising is that the amount of blood drains really fast and it just keeps going

but yeah it does help, save lives i guess so no have fun you might even get a cookie or some cash
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Well the blood bank near me didn't need blood, they needed plasma.
LifeBlood comes to my school and you get some juice and a cookie if you donate. An obese girl wanted to donate but I guess it didn't work because she was walking around with a sticker that said " I tried". I think they give those stickers to people who couldn't
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I tried to donate many times, but each time i get turned down bcz of the iron level in my blood
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note wrote:

Well the blood bank near me didn't need blood, they needed plasma.
LifeBlood comes to my school and you get some juice and a cookie if you donate. An obese girl wanted to donate but I guess it didn't work because she was walking around with a sticker that said " I tried". I think they give those stickers to people who couldn't


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thats hilarious
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no... but if anyone needs blood.. i am willing to donate...
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i cant donate couse my iron level is down...lol...
and i have anemia... so,,,, low blood platelets... so its physically impossible for me to donate...
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dj_catmix wrote:

Earlier today as I was bored out of my mind fussing around with a magnet and metal sharpener when suddenly a stranger appeared with a request to have those of us who are healthy enough to donate some much needed blood to our shrived up blood bank. After a long thinking session, I began to weight the benefits to the consequences to handing out my precious lifeline taking into account how my life would change for 2 months with one eighth of my blood gone.
Has anyone here donated or has contemplated donating blood?


Yes i donate blood every six months.

I'm B- blood type which is apparently rare around here (yeah i know i can literally say my bad attitude is in my blood)

It's really not that bad.

Your blood gets tested about four times before it's given to someone, They only take one pint, which is not enough to cause you any harm, and within two weeks your red blood cells have completely regenerated the loss.

You should eat a light snack about 30 minutes prior to giving blood, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids. (it'll make the actual donation go much quicker)

The blood banks usually supply fruit juices and high carb snacks for afterwards to help you stave off low energy.

You should not smoke for at least 30 after you donate blood (trust me on this... totally pass out)

The blood you donate will go to help anyone in need of your type of blood. It's usually sent to the nearest hospital for storage.
If you are going to have surgery and you know a few weeks in advance, you can donate your own blood to be used during surgery as well (at least in some locations)

Donating blood is the easiest way to help out your fellow human beings.

Imagine this...

You just got into a horrible car accident, and your bleeding badly.


No one has donated blood.

you DIE because of blood loss...

Now don't you wish that someone had donated blood?

It's really not that hard. and if you're lucky the nurse or phlebotomist is cute!
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My grandfather has been donating blood for decades. I'd love to give blood some day.

During my senior year of high school, we were allowed to donate our blood, provided that we were at least 17. :/ I wasn't, so I couldn't donate.
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Dusterbayala wrote:


dj_catmix wrote:

Earlier today as I was bored out of my mind fussing around with a magnet and metal sharpener when suddenly a stranger appeared with a request to have those of us who are healthy enough to donate some much needed blood to our shrived up blood bank. After a long thinking session, I began to weight the benefits to the consequences to handing out my precious lifeline taking into account how my life would change for 2 months with one eighth of my blood gone.
Has anyone here donated or has contemplated donating blood?


Yes i donate blood every six months.

I'm B- blood type which is apparently rare around here (yeah i know i can literally say my bad attitude is in my blood)

It's really not that bad.

Your blood gets tested about four times before it's given to someone, They only take one pint, which is not enough to cause you any harm, and within two weeks your red blood cells have completely regenerated the loss.

You should eat a light snack about 30 minutes prior to giving blood, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids. (it'll make the actual donation go much quicker)

The blood banks usually supply fruit juices and high carb snacks for afterwards to help you stave off low energy.

You should not smoke for at least 30 after you donate blood (trust me on this... totally pass out)

The blood you donate will go to help anyone in need of your type of blood. It's usually sent to the nearest hospital for storage.
If you are going to have surgery and you know a few weeks in advance, you can donate your own blood to be used during surgery as well (at least in some locations)

Donating blood is the easiest way to help out your fellow human beings.

Imagine this...

You just got into a horrible car accident, and your bleeding badly.


No one has donated blood.

you DIE because of blood loss...

Now don't you wish that someone had donated blood?

It's really not that hard. and if you're lucky the nurse or phlebotomist is cute!


hmmm..... they told us to eat a large breakfast and that it would take 8 weeks for full recovery
btw im type A(not sure if positive or negative
Posted 2/12/08
This one senior I know went to donate blood but he was turned down because they found out he had AIDS. It was so sad .
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lokita wrote:

My grandfather has been donating blood for decades. I'd love to give blood some day.

During my senior year of high school, we were allowed to donate our blood, provided that we were at least 17. :/ I wasn't, so I couldn't donate.


i thought the legal age was 16
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^Depends on your location, some states won't allow anyone under age 17 to donate, while others allow as young as 14 to donate.


dj_catmix wrote:


Dusterbayala wrote:


dj_catmix wrote:

Earlier today as I was bored out of my mind fussing around with a magnet and metal sharpener when suddenly a stranger appeared with a request to have those of us who are healthy enough to donate some much needed blood to our shrived up blood bank. After a long thinking session, I began to weight the benefits to the consequences to handing out my precious lifeline taking into account how my life would change for 2 months with one eighth of my blood gone.
Has anyone here donated or has contemplated donating blood?


Yes i donate blood every six months.

I'm B- blood type which is apparently rare around here (yeah i know i can literally say my bad attitude is in my blood)

It's really not that bad.

Your blood gets tested about four times before it's given to someone, They only take one pint, which is not enough to cause you any harm, and within two weeks your red blood cells have completely regenerated the loss.

You should eat a light snack about 30 minutes prior to giving blood, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids. (it'll make the actual donation go much quicker)

The blood banks usually supply fruit juices and high carb snacks for afterwards to help you stave off low energy.

You should not smoke for at least 30 after you donate blood (trust me on this... totally pass out)

The blood you donate will go to help anyone in need of your type of blood. It's usually sent to the nearest hospital for storage.
If you are going to have surgery and you know a few weeks in advance, you can donate your own blood to be used during surgery as well (at least in some locations)

Donating blood is the easiest way to help out your fellow human beings.

Imagine this...

You just got into a horrible car accident, and your bleeding badly.


No one has donated blood.

you DIE because of blood loss...

Now don't you wish that someone had donated blood?

It's really not that hard. and if you're lucky the nurse or phlebotomist is cute!


hmmm..... they told us to eat a large breakfast and that it would take 8 weeks for full recovery
btw im type A(not sure if positive or negative


It kinda depends on what time of day you're donating...

Mid morning, yeah a healthy breakfast (some protein and some carbs - as well as some natural sugars such as fruit juice)
Mid afternoon Decent lunch and light snack (like normal lunch, and a high in carb snack)
Evening Eat healthy all day, about 30 mins before donation (like in the car on the way there) eat something high in protein and decently high in carbs IE protien bar works well here)

That way your blood gets moving faster and keeps moving faster (ie your heart rate accelerates from the sugars and the carbs)

Not to mention the carbs help you maintain decent energy levels.

Some clinics and blood banks say different things...

According to my medical books, it's 6 weeks for blood platelets to regenerate from a single pint being lost.
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