did once, and the veins on my right arm are very thin, so the guy proceeded to pull it out and jab it in repeatedly until it got bruised and he gave up and tried the other arm. which went well but when i got up i thought i was going to throw up and they made me sit down for over an hour.
i've managed to convince my brother to give blood instead of getting me a birthday present!
we're going together. personally i've donated 3 times (as often as i could since being elligible)
my only problem is that i'm quite small, so a pint is quite a lot to take from me! added to that, i hardly drink any water, so it's like sucking out tar, it's so sllooowwww! comes out eventually.
feeling faint/sick/breathless afterwards isn't usually a good enough excuse - that's what the 10 mins rest and tea and biscuits are for afterwards. i usually feel pretty faint for the rest of the day but it's a good reason to sit down and read a good book and get someone to make you tea.
No, I don't. I wish I had, though. Until recently I was eligible but I react badly to blood tests (vomiting, shock, etc) and I used to be needle phobic. Now I'm working on my needle phobia but I'm also involved with an actively pansexual man so I will face temporary restrictions depending on his sexual activity. I also enjoy play piercings and do sessions fairly regularly so would have to go for 4 months without a session before I could give blood.
I weight too little to be allowed to do it. Not that I'm desperately underweight or anything; I'm just short.
I'm secretly relieved about this because I'm squeamish, can't stand the sight of blood and hate needles. Despite these things, if I were eligible I would feel insanely guilty if I didn't give blood. It's such a generous thing to do.
As soon as I put on more weight(pretty inevitable I suppose. ) I'll give blood as soon as I get the opportunity.
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I might do so soon, once my cold sore goes away. Never done it before though, presumably they'll have to test me for a few things first right?
no, not really. when you get there you go into a little cubicle where they prick your finger and put it into a solution to check if you're anaemic. they make you fill out a form to say you're not ill or anything, and then you're good to go!
I've only given once so far, but I'd love to give again, even though I felt really rubbish afterwards. The nurse looking after me asked what I'd had to eat, so I answered - and apparently I shouldn't have been allowed. >.< The woman doing all the tests and things was/is a bit of an idiot apparently and decided that a mars bar was enough to make up for the little I'd eaten (not my fault, I went before lunch but was kept waiting for ages and was told not to leave - not even to get some food!)
It was pretty hard for them to find the vein though, better lose some weight before I go next time.
For the Anthony Nolan Trust you get sent a bottle which you have to spit in and then send that off. They then analyze your proteins in your spit and add you to their data base. No blood and no needles!!
Thank you guys, I can not appreciate blood donors enough!!
You might save someone closer to you than you might think.
P.s. Any questions (within reason) I'll happily answer either on this thread or PM me