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    I've never donated. I've tried a few times but have been unable to due to medications. Thanks for this thread, it's motivated me to try again (meds are different since I last tried).

    I've never needed a transfusion but came close after a PPH when I had DS. My Dad however, required 7 units of blood during life-saving surgery 5 and a half years ago. It gave us 18 more precious months with him.

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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.
    Your blood is used for so many things ... its not just chucked. You can feel good about donating, as your blood saves the lives and helps many, many people.

    Cancer patients use something like 50% of all donated blood - so when its not an emergency situation like that, they will use the right blood type (so AB rather than the all-encompassing 'give to anyone' types) and ensure that the use your blood.

    Giving blood is an amazing gift, no matter what blood type you are.

    thank you

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    I've tried. My iron levels are too unstable.

    Unless the donation van is in town I would have to travel an hour each way to donate. Sad thing is I think i read a while ago they were going to stop the donation van stopping so regularly at the usual location for some reason.

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    I used to donate as often as I could back home in the UK. As I'm often anaemic, and am *terrified* of needles and allergic to plasters it sometimes used to mean that I would leave the donor centre with bandages on both hands and both arms lol. I was asked, more than once, to wear a jacket when leaving so as not to scare anyone coming in!!

    (blood finger prick tests, blood drawn from arm to double check finger prick test, attempted donation from one arm vein collapsed so used other arm... *lots* of bruises and bandages!!!)

    I'm now an Aussie, and wish I could give blood here (despite everything), but I am not allowed, despite having been vegetarian since before the whole CJD thing until I departed the UK =/ It's quite upsetting to have it plastered everywhere how desperate people are for blood etc and to be willing to donate but not allowed.

    It seems such a waste - there are SO many people who've been to the UK in the time period (inc my husband, an Aussie who's not allowed to donate either) - who are disbarred from donation. A blood test for vCJD (the one from mad cows) was validated early march last year, so it's not like there isn't one =/ Research suggests that up to 1/2000 people could be infected but asymptomatic so it'd be a good idea to test "at risk" individuals anyway surely?? That way potential symptoms could be dealt with appropriately if they started to show up.... I digress though.

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    Id love to, but had a tattoo, then baby1, 2 & 3 and am now still breastfeeding.... so havent been able to in the last 10 years! I will do regularly once I wean this one

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    Quote Originally Posted by BH-KatiesMum View Post
    I have donated in the past ...

    but am unable to donate now due to a blood disorder.


    I have needed blood transfusions, and vastly appreciate the blood donors who make those transfusions possible.
    I think I may be in the same boat. I used to donate before children but I'm unsure if I'm able to with the blood disorders - I have +ANA and FVL - would these cancel me out now?

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    Ok so as its on " my list".... finished babies and ivf...
    Do I find a van and walk in ??? Or do I need to see gp and get blood check 1st ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    You need to book an appointment first.
    Go to http://www.donateblood.com.au or give 131495 a ring.

    They check your weight, blood pressure and haemoglobin at each appointment before starting the donation process.

    Each donation is tested for blood type (ABO) and rhesus factor (positive or negative) as well as testing for HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, syphilis and HTLV. Some people's blood is also screened for CMV as only CMV neg blood can go to babies or those with very weakened immune systems.
    Thanks soo much I'll check out the website tonight

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    What's your job that stops you donating blood?
    I'm a vet so the risk of injuries and zoonotic diseases while minimal scares them. I can still donate plasma though.

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