Do you donate blood? when was the last time?
and have you ever needed blood?
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16-06-2015 08:43 #1
Do you donate blood? Have you ever needed Blood
16-06-2015 08:46 #2
No, I don't donate blood as I lived in the UK during the time period deemed to be a risk of Mad Cow disease unfortunately, and yes, I have needed blood via way of blood transfusion after I had baby no 3 and had 4 bags of blood.
16-06-2015 08:48 #3Senior Member
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Yes, I donate blood, but haven't done it since I started Ivf treatment. Now I've had my bub I'm looking at starting up again.
I have had a blood transfusion during surgery.
16-06-2015 09:07 #4
Every time I've wanted to do it I've always been excluded for one reason or another I used to be under weight, then low iron and then I've been pregnant or breastfeeding continuously for the last 3 and a bit years. On my to do list.
I had an elective surgery where I was likely to need a transfusion so I did an autologous blood donation and received my own blood back post op.
Would like to get DH to donate but I would need to make the appt, take him there and the take him out after, he just isn't organised at all 😏
16-06-2015 09:09 #5
I am not allowed to donate blood due to a blood disorder and an auto immune disease.
I have needed a blood transfusion after the birth of DS1 because I had lost so much with my csection.
16-06-2015 09:26 #6
Yep I have donated whole blood, platelets and plasma over my time. I've probably done 10-15 donations all up. I've had exclusions at various times but they've always accepted me back once the waiting periods are over. If you can donate I strongly encourage people to donate. Having worked in a haematology unit where people are receiving blood products daily (something like 50% of all blood products are used for cancer patients) it really opened my eyes as to how much blood the Red Cross needs. Even now we use blood products in maternity - anti D injections for those women who are a negative blood group are made from blood donations, not to mention the whole blood that we transfuse when people have a haemmorhage post delivery, or the babies that require intrauterine transfusions.
I personally have never had a blood transfusion or received any blood products, but my sister wouldn't be here today without the blood transfusions she had after having my nephew.
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16-06-2015 09:33 #7
Yes, I donate blood. I have been doing it every 3mnths since I turned 16, (with exceptions when I'm on holiday etc.)
I'm also on the bone marrow donation register, and have had my veins checked and given the OK do donate plasma but don't live near a centre (normally I use mobile ones) so havent been able to do it yet!
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16-06-2015 09:35 #8
I've donated once, but haven't since then as am pregnant. Once I'm able to again I'll try to a bit more regularly. Work is part of a program/challenge with the Red Cross so have regular donation runs.
Thankfully haven't needed blood myself or my family so far.
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16-06-2015 09:39 #9
I've needed blood more than once but haven't been able to donate due to pregnancy, tattoos etc I will once I'm clear!
16-06-2015 09:41 #10
I haven't for a long time. Since 2005. As soon as DS is 9 months I will go and donate again, it's on my list of things to do this year.
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