I don't because I pass out.
White Blood Count 0.7
YIKES- obviously you have had that treated...
I gave blood yesterday at a neighboring parish and have been a regular donor for 25 years. I wonder how many of you give blood regularly. I understand not everyone can due to health reasons, but just as there's political and religious polls on this site, it would be nice to know who takes the time to donate blood.
And, if you don't currently donate, please consider it.
Have a great day!
I applaud you, Christine... I cannot donate blood, but admire those who do on a regular basis. My late husband donated blood regularly, in Denver, where we lived and did so for over 25 years-- they loved him because he had a less common blood type of A/B. Last time I donated blood was in 1995.
I try to donate regularly. I figure, as long as they can use it, I have no excuse not to do it no matter how much I dislike the experience. Tonight I tried to give my second platelet donation, but my little vein was not cooperating They suggested I stick with "whole blood" donations. Works for me, but I may try platelets again sometime. They seem to be in higher demand than whole blood around here.
One "trick" for and easier platelet donation is to really up your fluid intake for 2 or three days before. If you are well hydrated it makes it so much easier.
For years I wouldn't donate because I don't care for needles and when I absolutely have to get stuck it takes many sticks to get a vein and then it's usually in the back of my hand. Ouch!
We had a blood drive where I work and I decided to bite the bullet and donate. Sure enough the needle made it's rounds looking for a vein and finally ended up in the back of my hand. (I told them to start there but the techs wouldn't listen. ) After all the grief, it turns out my blood is not desirable. I clot too fast and clogged up the IV. In the time it took them to get half a bag from me two other folks had gone through the system.
I prefer to go to the blood bank rather than the mobile units. I just feel that the people in the building are better for those of us with vein issues. I had a bad stick at a blood drive years ago, then when i had the courage to return I went to the building and it's been great.
They closed the local branch of the San Diego Bloodbank in Murrieta a year or ss back. I would stop there on my way to Home Depot. The closing had to do with the pollution/green regulations in California. All of their blood mobiles were old and "polluting" desiel engines. To buy new buses they had to cut back alot. The law of unintended consequences strikes again.
Now I give at either at work or St Martha's when the blood mobile comes by.