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    This might seem like a really bad way of looking at it but...

    I'm ab+ which is like 2% of the population. You'd think my blood would be precious? Wrong. My blood can only go to people of the same blood type. However if I were to need a transfusion, I could take any blood type and it would be fine. So I feel like my donations wouldn't be used a whole lot because a) there aren't that many ab+'s around and b) it has a short shelf life so if it's not used in that time, it's chucked and no one is really any worse off. Yes I could help a few people and I do donate a couple times a year but don't feel as good about it if I knew it was more beneficial to society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsDL View Post
    This might seem like a really bad way of looking at it but...

    I'm ab+ which is like 2% of the population. You'd think my blood would be precious? Wrong. My blood can only go to people of the same blood type. However if I were to need a transfusion, I could take any blood type and it would be fine. So I feel like my donations wouldn't be used a whole lot because a) there aren't that many ab+'s around and b) it has a short shelf life so if it's not used in that time, it's chucked and no one is really any worse off. Yes I could help a few people and I do donate a couple times a year but don't feel as good about it if I knew it was more beneficial to society.
    I'm ab+ as well and are really grateful for those who are able to donate when I have need a blood transfusion. Thank you 💐

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    Like PP, I've tried to donate a couple of times but have always been excluded for one reason or another (regular medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, surgeries, CT scans I think too, its been a long time since I tried but I know im still excluded due t9 medications)

    Thankfully I've never needed blood though.. and considering I pass out from blood tests I wonder how I'd cope..

    Thanks everyone who does give blood!

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    Low blood pressure, I think that excludes me too. Normally 90/60

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    Actually you can donate with low BP. My normal BP is 80/60 and I've donated blood many times.

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    I also have low blood pressure and am not excluded on that basis but I do tend to faint and shake when my BP goes too low during/after donating so I have been asked not to donate now.

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    Have donated once after I realised my fear of needles was ridiculous (not having a go at others just saying I decided to be brave!) then had plans to donate every time the blood bus came around but I've always been off the list because of pregnancy etc. Once I'm all clear I'll be donating regularly and actually can't wait! It polishes my halo a bit 😉

    Haven't received any blood products but came close to needing some after my first bub was born

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    Default Do you donate blood? Have you ever needed Blood

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    Really a ban? Or a nurse just saying not to do it again? If you go in to donate do they turn you away. Sooooo many people faint before during and after but normally you get told to drink more water not never come again. I'm really interested to know more?
    I fainted after the first time I gave blood and was told there was a lifetime ban as well. I convinced them to let me try again 10years later (it took some discussion and speaking to several people before they agreed) but I felt sick and lightheaded so they said thanks but don't come back.

    ETA I don't know if they would turn you away if you just showed up. I called first as I didn't want to waste a trip.

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    I've donated maybe once every two years since I was 16, it as often as I've been able to around babies/breastfeeding/tattoos I will donate every 6 months once I'm done with babies and breastfeeding

    No I haven't needed a transfusion, but I'm sure I will in my lifetime

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    I have donated once back when I had turned 16. My BP dropped after and I fainted

    I went back to donate about 6 months later but was turned away because my hemoglobin was too low. A few years of tattoos and body piercings kept me out of the chair and then I got pregnant with my boys.
    Needed Anti-D because I'm Rh Negative and also needed a blood transfusion before I could have my c-section. Have also had Anti-D with my miscarriages.

    Thank you to the wonderful people that donate. I am hoping to be able to donate again soon.


 

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