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Dadummy



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Subject: have you given blood
 
Posted on Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:15 am  

have you ever given blood/ my son just gave blood for the fifth time i think but any way he got a real nice t shirt which is nice but blood is another thing where we shouldnt question about you never know when it could be you or one of your family menbers needing the blood the blood banks are in dire need so if you can please give.
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Posted on Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:16 am  

giveing blood
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Posted on Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:17 am  

Yes, used to give all the time but have not for a long time, they used to have the red cross come into where I work but have not done that in a while.
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Subject: Blood Donor for 15 years
 
Posted on Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:42 am  

I have been a blood donor with the American Red Cross for 15 years, whenever it's time I go and give, exactly as u stated u never know when it's going to be ur family that needs it, but let's also remember that blood is used for soldiers fighting for our country!
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Posted on Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:41 am  

I used to give blood every chance that I could get while I was in the military, I gave for quite a while when I got out. The last time that I tried to give the Red Cross refused to let me give because of my time in Desert Storm. This triggered some questions for me, it shook me up, I had to wonder what is wrong with my blood, is there something wrong with me. When I asked the veterans administration they have no answer. The Red Cross says that we were exposed to too much for them to accept the blood from the military members. Seems they will be out of luck for a lot of potential donors in Pennsylvania, we are one of the most deployed states and continue to be deployed as we speak. I know units in our local area have orders for deployment in 2009. So, if there are hardships for blood now, there is an entire population that won’t be able to give in a few years, so the shortage will increase.
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Posted on Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:34 am  

I am a regular blood donor.recently suffered from anemia so doctor advised not to donate till I recuperate. I am on a lot of green vegetables, white of egg, milk and all fruit juices. Hope to be well soon. Red Cross is the place I have been related to since I turned 18.
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Posted on Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:46 pm  

I don't think by what you wrote good natured that they have given you a full explanation of what is going on either. I would demand answers, seems funny to me that you can never, ever give blood again. I would really look into this and make sure that I got an answer, look at all the birth defects after a war, you just never know what the future holds as far as your health, not anything to play around with.
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Posted on Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:40 am  

I went to give blood for my first time the other day but was past the time to do so. IF you are anemic can you give blood? If you are anemic will they tell you? I was anemic throughout highschool and when I told a friend about giving blood they said they will not accept mine. Is that really true and how would they know?
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Posted on Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:55 am  

Well yes they wont allow you to donate if you are anemic. Before they allow you they would analyze your blood pressure. They would find it anyway.
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Posted on Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:20 pm  

You should not give if you are anemic, and Laura is right, they will be able to tell. You don't have sufficient supply for yourself, so they are not going to take what you have away from you.

Are you weak from being anemic?
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Posted on Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:49 pm  

thank you all im glad this is a mutual issue and everyone considers it a vital obligation even you coffeebean and if theres a problem and you cant give you made the effort amen on our soldiers.
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Posted on Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:26 pm  

No, I have never given blood .I would probly pass out.I hope I never need any ,but I guess everyone feels the same way. Remember when you could get (some did) aids from donated blood .How do we know you can't catch something else they don't know to screen for.Like the MRSA.
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Posted on Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:35 pm  

i think its pretty safe and if it came down to you die or accept donated blood i think youd chose to get someones blood so you could live.how do you know whats in what you eat do you know everyone who prepares your food. have you touched anything that someone touched with germs on thier hands think about it everything you do in life is by chance.
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Posted on Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:56 am  

Yes, still give and encourage others to give too. I try to help the local red cross and get my kids to when they do a blood drive. We usually do the ushering to the nurse to get the blood pressure check, then it is off to a table to give and then an escort to the snack area and conversation to make sure that they are okay before they leave.

Did you know that you can also donate just your plasma, sometimes if the red cross is low on supply they will pay for plasma. A lot of college students give plasma around the universities for spending money. It is a little different process, you have to go directly to the red cross office to donate plasma.
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Posted on Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:01 am  

You really dont need to donate blood if you have had a serious illness only recently or sometime back. This is not a must, just a voluntary service that you may do if you want to.
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