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    I have donated blood! I did it in October, I'm planning on doing it again.

    I'm free and open to questions to those who are considering donating.

    But, I'll give some of my personal experience.

    I was terrified of needles. My friend who was also donating blood, encouraged me to one day at college. So, I went ahead. The sorest part for me was when they tested my iron levels. But, the actual donation itself was totally painless. However, something was wrong and I only managed to donate half a pint. I did end up with terrible bruising after (can include photos anyone concerned about this) but this could be down to me bruising easily plus they kept moving the needle (hence why I couldn't donate a full pint)

    But, besides that, it didn't hurt at all. It was just a little numb and weak but it went away after a day. The bruising however was pretty ugly!
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    According to the blood.co.uk website, I don't have the necessary blood volume so they won't let me. If I could, I would though. I'm registered as an organ donor though.
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    (Original post by rhiifuu)
    I have donated blood! I did it in October, I'm planning on doing it again.

    I'm free and open to questions to those who are considering donating.

    But, I'll give some of my personal experience.

    I was terrified of needles. My friend who was also donating blood, encouraged me to one day at college. So, I went ahead. The sorest part for me was when they tested my iron levels. But, the actual donation itself was totally painless. However, something was wrong and I only managed to donate half a pint. I did end up with terrible bruising after (can include photos anyone concerned about this) but this could be down to me bruising easily plus they kept moving the needle (hence why I couldn't donate a full pint)

    But, besides that, it didn't hurt at all. It was just a little numb and weak but it went away after a day. The bruising however was pretty ugly!
    This was really interesting! Sorry to hear about your bruising but it's amazing that you're planning to do it again! I experienced the dizziness too :lol: which was quite disorientating but quickly went away :yep:

    (Original post by Katty3)
    According to the blood.co.uk website, I don't have the necessary blood volume so they won't let me. If I could, I would though. I'm registered as an organ donor though.
    That's a shame but remember, organ donation is still an incredible thing to do! Thank you for doing something amazing :hugs:
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    (Original post by iEthan)
    This was really interesting! Sorry to hear about your bruising but it's amazing that you're planning to do it again! I experienced the dizziness too :lol: which was quite disorientating but quickly went away :yep:
    I was really surprised by the number of people who voted no! It cleared up after 2 weeks, it was just a pain covering up really. I'm glad your experience was ok! I think a lot of people are put off because of the 'expected' pain.

    What blood type are you? I'm O+
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    (Original post by rhiifuu)
    I was really surprised by the number of people who voted no! It cleared up after 2 weeks, it was just a pain covering up really. I'm glad your experience was ok! I think a lot of people are put off because of the 'expected' pain.

    What blood type are you? I'm O+
    I'm O-! I was so happy when I found out… :excited:
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    (Original post by iEthan)
    I'm O-! I was so happy when I found out… :excited:
    O- is so rare!

    You can donate to anyone c:
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    (Original post by iEthan)
    I'm O-! I was so happy when I found out… :excited:
    I'm urmmmm red....yes, my blood is red

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    (Original post by rhiifuu)
    O- is so rare!

    You can donate to anyone c:
    That's right omg, I'm so excited to donate again too :excited:

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    I'm urmmmm red....yes, my blood is redPosted from TSR Mobile
    Hahahaha :lol: hi Andy :wavey:
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    (Original post by iEthan)
    That's right omg, I'm so excited to donate again too :excited:

    Great thread btw! So, when you planning on donating again?
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    (Original post by iEthan)
    That's right omg, I'm so excited to donate again too :excited:


    Hahahaha :lol: hi Andy :wavey:
    That's all I got

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    (Original post by rhiifuu)
    Great thread btw! So, when you planning on donating again?
    Thank you! I just wanted to see if I could get people involved because it's important to me specifically because my Dad is only here today from blood donations :yep:, too many people don't know enough about it :yep: Then someone in CT featured my poll and now we're here :lol:

    I'm donating again in July! What about you?

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    (Original post by iEthan)
    Thank you! I just wanted to see if I could get people involved because it's important to me specifically because my Dad is only here today from blood donations :yep:, too many people don't know enough about it :yep: Then someone in CT featured my poll and now we're here :lol:
    I'm glad it got featured! I donated because my nephew was born premature. Only three spoonfuls could save a premature babies life! Hopefully, people will be inspired to donate after this thread

    You're welcome!
    I'm glad those donations saved his life.

    Are you an organ donor also?
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    I've given blood before but didn't know I was anaemic at the time, i just thought I was not sleeping enough hence the constant tiredness and in hindsight still shouldn't have done it but I felt like I had to as I justified it as 'if I don't, someone who needs my specific blood could DIE' and as I've come to learn since then, these types of strong statements really help commit you to a particular course of action, to my detriment to some degree before as I had bad experiences after and I mean weakness, anxiety and the rest of it, but I'm better now and have decided to do it again.

    I really think that if people got to see those who their blood has helped in the form of some kind of 'illness to health story, thanks to YOU', it would really motivate them to continue to give blood and would get more people to do it as something i really believe is that people tend to give more be it blood, to guys sitting on a street corner or to any charity if they see clearly what exact contribution their time/blood/money will have and it's something that I'm currently thinking about developing as a charity of its own accord, a service bridging the gap between people who need help and the people who can give it but need clarity as to where their buck will be going and how exactly it will be appropriated and made beneficial to someone who they can empathise with and want to help.
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    (Original post by rhiifuu)
    I'm glad it got featured! I donated because my nephew was born premature. Only three spoonfuls could save a premature babies life! Hopefully, people will be inspired to donate after this thread

    You're welcome!
    I'm glad those donations saved his life.

    Are you an organ donor also?
    Awh you're so kind — I hope so too! It would mean a lot to me, I know for definite that 3ish people registered because they said they did. Any registration is one that wouldn't have happened without this thread so I'm happy with that turnout :lol:

    I am! I've been an organ donor for a couple of years now :yep: are you?
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    (Original post by damegrows.always)
    I've given blood before but didn't know I was anaemic at the time, i just thought I was not sleeping enough hence the constant tiredness and in hindsight still shouldn't have done it but I felt like I had to as I justified it as 'if I don't, someone who needs my specific blood could DIE' and as I've come to learn since then, these types of strong statements really help commit you to a particular course of action, to my detriment to some degree before as I had bad experiences after and I mean weakness, anxiety and the rest of it, but I'm better now and have decided to do it again.

    I really think that if people got to see those who their blood has helped in the form of some kind of 'illness to health story, thanks to YOU', it would really motivate them to continue to give blood and would get more people to do it as something i really believe is that people tend to give more be it blood, to guys sitting on a street corner or to any charity if they see clearly what exact contribution their time/blood/money will have and it's something that I'm currently thinking about developing as a charity of its own accord, a service bridging the gap between people who need help and the people who can give it but need clarity as to where their buck will be going and how exactly it will be appropriated and made beneficial to someone who they can empathise with and want to help.
    This is an interesting point of view, OP. I am a little shocked that they allowed you to donate if your haemoglobin levels were low, this could have caused you a few serious problems had you been less fortunate. Did they test for it? I agree that the illness to health story could work but I imagine the funding for such a program would be pretty expensive :sadnod: but it would definitely motivate people to continue!
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    (Original post by iEthan)
    Awh you're so kind — I hope so too! It would mean a lot to me, I know for definite that 3ish people registered because they said they did. Any registration is one that wouldn't have happened without this thread so I'm happy with that turnout :lol:

    I am! I've been an organ donor for a couple of years now :yep: are you?
    I'm not an organ donor, as of now. I'm still really in the middle with it. But, I'll do personal research to determine whether I should.

    That's amazing! Even if it was only one, that's still influenced someone to register. I hope it continues.

    I'm looking forward to the next time I donate.
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    (Original post by rhiifuu)
    I'm not an organ donor, as of now. I'm still really in the middle with it. But, I'll do personal research to determine whether I should.

    That's amazing! Even if it was only one, that's still influenced someone to register. I hope it continues.

    I'm looking forward to the next time I donate.
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    (Original post by iEthan)
    really wish I could rep this but I can't
    I hate that!!! Why can't we rep multiple times *cries*
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    i'm anaemic so no one wants my blood but i would love to!
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    (Original post by rhiifuu)
    I hate that!!! Why can't we rep multiple times *cries*
    Whilst we're at it, why can't we save the effort and just rep ourselves? :laugh:

    (Original post by Articultr)
    i'm anaemic so no one wants my blood but i would love to!
    That's a shame but, it's the thought that counts! You may be able to give in the future if your haemoglobin levels rise? You could still sign up to the organ donor register as some sort of compromise? both amazing things to do!
 
 
 
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