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JennaF sunflower state of mind
01/05/13 5:33 pm

Same thing happened to my mom. She had been to Syria in the past 8 months so they wouldn't let her when she tried to donate blood.

JennaF sunflower state of mind
01/05/13 5:32 pm

That's actually a great idea! They should do it across the country.

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gonk In a psychology textbook
01/05/13 5:31 pm

Too afraid of needles. ????

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JennaF sunflower state of mind
01/05/13 5:31 pm

How do you donate blood to yourself? It's already yours, isn't it?

USNavyVet Sonar Man STG2
01/05/13 5:16 pm

Yes in the 1960's while in the Navy.

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rbrown1
01/05/13 5:12 pm

Less than half have donated?!!! This is absolutely criminal!

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crzysxycool Staten Island
01/05/13 5:11 pm

Wish I could, but not enough iron in my blood.

zoisite In the Sailor Moon world
01/05/13 5:07 pm

I don't weigh enough. 10 lbs too light. :/

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zab
01/05/13 5:05 pm

Was too young until recently, so, no, not yet.

okcougar
01/05/13 5:03 pm

It also depends on your height.

okcougar
01/05/13 5:02 pm

Corny- I think you got the types mixed up. O+ can donate to any positive blood type but can only accept type O +/-. AB is the type that can accept any type of blood.

Helpless Anywhere I want to be.
01/05/13 4:57 pm

I would hope that across the country, you can find a donation site any day of the year. So the odds that someone donated the day that this question was asked is actually quit high (something like 100%). :)

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poopooboudreaux New Orleans
01/05/13 4:53 pm

I have dozens of times, I have O- and does the blood bank love me. I've also donated platlets.

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deathvalley Chicago native
01/05/13 4:33 pm

I can't, I'm underweight.

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PuppyLvr In love with Listgarten
01/05/13 4:29 pm

Wow! I thought it would hurt a lot. I'll consider it then. Thanks guys!

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BadWolf The Library
01/05/13 4:24 pm

I can't. Apparently my blood is tainted because I like men.

brisket Illinois
01/05/13 4:23 pm

I get light headed after getting blood drawn for a blood test, there is no way I could donate a pint.

Brrrrrrrrr
01/05/13 4:19 pm

Interesting tidbit: males that engage in homosexual activity cannot donate blood.

kristenl
01/05/13 4:14 pm

I can't give blood. Before I was underweight and now I have lupus and take way too much medicine. I give plenty of blood to the labs though. :-/

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sukiemac Michigan
01/05/13 4:13 pm

Often. As a nurse I can see how it saves life's.

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inge MIA
01/05/13 3:40 pm

I wish I could but I have way to much iron in my blood. I doubt I ever will be able too.

dawl adulting
01/05/13 3:37 pm

Tried to but they said my iron was too low :(

inge MIA
01/05/13 3:37 pm

Or they have health problems or had tattoos or piercings constantly.

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cduttwolf New York
01/05/13 3:36 pm

Thanks. I'd make the 100 but not 110.

angiebrite Gallifrey
01/05/13 3:27 pm

I'd love to. But needles and me don't get along.
In fact, I tired to give blood once but I got sick....like literally....it wasn't pretty

peacefullife Land of Moss
01/05/13 3:22 pm

Problem w/ that is people that could pose a risk to the blood supply would either lie to get benefits or would be excluded. I know I wouldn't want blood from an IV drug user, even if s/he was hep c and hiv negative at the time of donation!

peacefullife Land of Moss
01/05/13 3:19 pm

I completely agree w/the OP. a little pinch w/the needle (I'd say the tourniquet hurts more!), and that's it. Every time I go, I try to beat the time it took last time to donate. (Currently just over 4 min.) Ha!

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winterlight NoFo, MN
01/05/13 3:15 pm

Only to myself when I was young (13). Three pints in six weeks (rules are different for auto-donations) had me feeling exhausted, and after that third pint I haven't worked up the gumption to do it again.

redrocker Idaho
01/05/13 3:14 pm

in California they would give points that you could use to buy stuff. don't think they do it where I live now.

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
01/05/13 3:11 pm

Mad cow disease for humans actually. It's more common in Europe.

jayf
01/05/13 3:11 pm

The 51% probably believe the government should give them everything and they do not need to give back

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EarlyBird Portland
01/05/13 3:10 pm

57 gallons?!? The man is amazing!

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
01/05/13 3:10 pm

No. Plasma yes, but never blood.

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KudosToYou California
01/05/13 3:02 pm

Once, the bloodmobile was there and one of my classes ended early.

riggsy Myrtle Beach, S.C.
01/05/13 2:59 pm

Yes, almost up to 15 gallons. I give as much as I can as my husband cannot.

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Helpless Anywhere I want to be.
01/05/13 2:58 pm

The best part is.....all the Little Debbie snacks that you can eat :)

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jbn04110
01/05/13 2:54 pm

@Goldie I have 3 scars but have never thought to tell them to try them. Now that think about it, that idea is a total no-brainer!

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jbn04110
01/05/13 2:53 pm

@ok I agree. There are never enough. I live right down the road from a Red Cross office and still have a hard time getting in to donate when I have free time. My father was AB+ and donated as much as possible before he passed. I'm trying to beat his record (5+ glns.) with A+ c:

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jbn04110
01/05/13 2:49 pm

What about being paid to donate plasma? People are paid to donate their plasma and are simply not for blood today. And if you would need to report the donation on your taxes I think it would hold the same risks as any other donation like cars or money.

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moonshot More often I know nothing
01/05/13 2:41 pm

With a flu shot, you are getting stuff pumped into a muscle. That is invasive and can be painful. With a blood draw, nothing is getting left in your body, hence no pain once the initial prick is complete.

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munkey? SilentMunkey
01/05/13 2:38 pm

Yes. I actually tried today... Apparently traveling to Greece in the last year make my blood unusable. Malaria I was told... Oh well, the next time I will be able to donate blood will be 2015ish... =( My wife donated a big ole bag today though. =)

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Goldiemol dry side of WA
01/05/13 2:37 pm

I have a scar on my arm that I tell them to prick. I only donate with that arm. They laugh at me when I say it but then they see the scar and then say you weren't kidding.

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wetheslaves Live each moment fully
01/05/13 2:35 pm

They don't let you donate blood when you travel to high risk countries often.

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Renegade Florida
01/05/13 2:35 pm

Would if I weren't forever underweight. (I'm 20 and still can't reach 100.) The rest of my family does, and I have the utmost respect for anyone else who does as well.

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