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    What are your views on giving blood? Would you do it? Why wouldn't you? How would you feel receiving other peoples blood if you had an accident?
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    Can't do it myself, but would like to be able to. I don't view blood the same as I do organ transplants - I would accept blood if I had to, although I would stress to any doctors that it is to be used as an absolutely last resort.
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    I used to give blood regularly but unfortunatly can't anymore as I dont weigh enough. I hope to be able to again in the future.
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      I used to, until they introduced appointments.....
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      Gave blood, now switched to donating platelets as I have a high platelet count and can donate more often.
      Giving blood is absolutely essential, when you do it, you save lives. If it comes to a point where I need a transfusion, I'm going to accept one.
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      I take the opinion that if I would receive it if necessary (and I would), then I should be willing to donate. Unfortunately I don't weigh nearly enough and I'm quite wimpy about needles. Oh well, when I die someone can have all my organs...
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      I give it, partly because my parents have always done it, but also my cousin is alive because of it, and as a biker, i'll probably need it one day, so paying in advance.

      It doesn't cost you and can help save people, i don't understand why you wouldn't give if you can.
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      How can anyone justify not giving blood if they're healthy enough to do so? :dontknow:
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      I've only donated once, but I've already learnt that if you close your eyes, the nurses panic and think you've fainted.
      Will donate again in future.
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      I would absolutely love to be able to give blood but I'm anaemic. If I ever need a blood transfusion, I will gratefully accept it.
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      Given blood although needle phobic.
      Will give blood again.
      Will accept blood transfusion.
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      Anyone want to hold my hand and we can be blood giving buddies?
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      Up until summer this year I was a regular donor (can't give blood again until Feb because I was slightly anaemic for a bit!) and I do it because it's a feel good thing, and I obviously wanted to find out my blood type the first time . I also fainted the first time but it hasn't put me off! I would receive blood too.
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      Give it. My view may be swayed very much by a life threatening event with a family member.
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      I've done it three times but kept not managing to get to sessions over the past few months. As for receiving it, the only reason I wouldn't want to is that I don't want to be in the situation in which I need it!
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      I would do it. Not just randomly though, because I hate needles.
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      Tried to give blood once despite being terrified of needles, it was a disaster and they didn't get any.
      Despite that, I'm still going to go again once my 6 months outside a malarial zone is done with. Stupid not to give blood really far as I see it.
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      Will definitely give it after I turn 18. I'm O negative which I believe is pretty darn handy so really it would be selfish to keep it to myself

      Oh and I'd gladly receive it :yep:
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      My dad donated blood all his life until he became deficient in vitamin B16. I would love to do it but unfortunately my needle phobia makes me rather selfish - I can just about cope with injections but I had my first blood test in about 15 years recently and it messed me up bad. I didn't feel right for the whole day (and I had it done at 10am). So I don't think I could cope with the prolonged experience of donating blood.

      I will take it though, cuz like I said I'm selfish.
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      Not allowed. Having said that, I probably wouldn't even if I could. It's just another of those things I'd keep meaning to get around to and it's not as if hospitals are running out of blood.
     
     
     
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