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DREBEAR Posts: 513
3/26/12 2:26 P

I give platelets this Sat. at 9:30am....

THEEASYKILL30 Posts: 560
3/26/12 11:58 A

Yep, just went yesterday! The church by me does blood drives regularly. It's not every 56 days but it's every 3-4 months so at least I remember to go when they have the blood drive. The last time I was "on a diet", I was anemic and couldn't donate. But now with SparkPeople's nutrition tracker I am mostly eating the right amount of nutrients so I guess that's why I've been OK to donate.

CUDDLYPOLARBEAR SparkPoints: (374,518)
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10/2/11 11:07 A


CHALL345 Posts: 1,073
10/2/11 8:51 A

Can I do that? I'm Diabetic! emoticon

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10/2/11 8:38 A

never...can a diabetic donate blood?

PEPPERMENTHE SparkPoints: (0)
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10/2/11 8:37 A

Oops, I knew there was something I forgot to do. Usually the Red Cross calls me every 6 weeks, but I changed my phone number when I moved. I have O + blood, and have no problems with needles, etc. So I usually try to donate. Do they weigh people who they think are under 110? I've been asked rather pointedly, but so far no one has taken my weight.

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/2/11 8:24 A

Nope, because I bleed alot and it would push me out into a dangerous situation.. I will not have my womb removed just to stop a tiny fiberiod from bleeding and risk getting breast cancer from hormone treatments.. The people in my family whom have rare types of blood donate and use it themselfs if necessary..

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 10/2/2011 (08:24)
LISHWA Posts: 900
10/2/11 12:54 A

My iron is always too low to donate every time I try.
I'm also phobic of needles. Like puke/faint phobic.

10/2/11 12:34 A

yes they come to where i work and i donate every time. my grandson was a 26 weel babu 24 years ago and it saved his life. he wasn't making his own blood when he was born. so yes yes yes.

MYLAUREN2 SparkPoints: (69,116)
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9/30/11 9:25 P

not recently... must remember to get back with it

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
9/30/11 9:19 P

I'd gotten out of the habit of doing so but have taken it up again now that I'm once again eligible to do so.

My life was saved by donated blood 15 months ago, which re-awakened my awareness of the need for donations. I do usually feel tired for a day or so afterwards but it's well worth it to know what it brings to others' lives.

9/30/11 8:35 P

I've donated plasma 2 times every week for almost 2 years. In addition, I used to donate double reds and whole blood, but now just do plasma twice weekly. If it weren't for donors, I would be dead. Forty five whole blood donors and countless plasma donors saved me... as well as my father twice. No way will I not return the favor. I owe those people my life... and my dads too.

LESLIEJEAN43 Posts: 33,940
9/30/11 8:30 P

I'm not eligible

REGILIEH SparkPoints: (582,358)
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9/30/11 8:29 P


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9/30/11 8:26 P


COVLOLLY SparkPoints: (4,751)
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9/30/11 6:37 P

I had a vaccination a couple of months ago so I should be able to get back to giving. Got popular blood so need to give as much as I can.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
9/30/11 6:34 P

nope i can't anymore since i have lyme they don't want it

LAURIED1176 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/30/11 6:03 P


MOM2ACAT SparkPoints: (190,535)
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9/30/11 5:59 P

I can't any more; I have cancer and I am on currently on chemo.

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (214,256)
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9/30/11 5:24 P

I stopped 3 years ago, when I turned 65.

LAURIESDAD Posts: 8,280
9/30/11 5:20 P

every 56 days

SLLEE1961 Posts: 2,277
9/30/11 5:18 P


LAKEGAL81 Posts: 274
9/30/11 4:48 P

no, the last time i did I passed out.

THEMOTIVATOR1 Posts: 5,650
9/30/11 4:46 P

I have asked in the past why don't they hold blood drives at the local tax assessors office. That surely would get more people involved in donating blood.

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,946
9/30/11 4:32 P

I think I can start donating again in 2012. I did some international travel last year that prevents me from being cleared to donate.

THEMOTIVATOR1 Posts: 5,650
9/30/11 4:30 P

I'm donating next week, they can have it all

ENNAID2 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/30/11 4:18 P

Was refused because of the medication I am on.

RITAROSE SparkPoints: (166,052)
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9/30/11 4:18 P


CIVIAV SparkPoints: (66,367)
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9/30/11 4:16 P

Post cancer and so no one wants my blood and it's too bad since I am a universal donor...I used to donate though.

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9/30/11 12:31 P

I go every 56 days as I am a universal donor... although last time because I exercise ALOT and my blood pressure/pulse was so low they almost didnt' take it... my iron is very high LOVE SPINACH :) - and I can fill the bag in about 5 minutes- drink about a gallon of water every day-

About the calorie burn- it takes your body 53-56 days to "create" the new blood cells so the 650 calories is divided up over the weeks so it really isn't a good calorie burner - if you immediately burned 650 calories there wouldnt be a shortage of blood because everyone would be doing it to lose weight.... :)

that said if thats what you need in order to go donate then so be it!! KEEP DONATING!!! IT SAVES LIVES and you never know when you or a family member might need someone elses donated blood!!

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9/30/11 12:10 P


DLDROST Posts: 8,082
9/30/11 12:05 P

Nope can't donate :(

SONICB Posts: 4,381
9/30/11 12:04 P

Didn't know about the calorie burning!

But to answer the thread's question, no, I have never given blood. I've been underweight all my life and always below the minimum weight.

LAETU5 Posts: 1,405
9/30/11 12:01 P

I'm scheduled to go in every 8 weeks.

For those that are afraid of needles...I am too. Just don't look at it or the blood and stand up slowly when'll be fine.

Good to know about the calorie burn...but I am pretty sure I eat that many extra calories increasing my blood sugar prior to donating and replacing it afterward. If I don't carb load that day I get light headed and feel weak afterward.

LSGUILLORY SparkPoints: (0)
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9/30/11 11:55 A

have never tried it

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
9/30/11 10:43 A

I give every 56 days. My iron count is getting lower though so i may have some issues there. I went RAW so meat is not really in my diet as much. I try to eat lots of Kale and spinach then pair it with some vitamin C like red peppers

KLAD_COCKERS SparkPoints: (146,582)
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9/30/11 10:37 A

I have donated blood once. I have tried a few times since then, but my iron levels are always slightly too low for donation. My doctor has checked my iron levels several times, and they're within normal, so I'm not too worried about it. I do think that donating blood is a great thing, and crucial to saving lives.

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9/30/11 10:29 A


I tried it once, never again.

I already hate having blood drawn normally, but those needles are huge.

The practitioners BUTCHERED my arms (both, they messed up on the left, tried the right, couldn't get the blood to flow and nearly hit my artery).

So yeah. No. Never again.

RUBENB2003 Posts: 14,837
9/30/11 10:28 A

yes, I donated earlier this month.

9/30/11 10:28 A

no I'm so scared of needles. Ain't happening.

PEACEGRANNY Posts: 2,070
9/30/11 10:19 A

no, I have never given blood

SLEEPYDEAN Posts: 1,947
9/30/11 10:10 A

I love giving blood and am the universal donor so I try to do it as much as possible. Unfortunately I had a bad experience earlier this year - tried to get my exercise in by jogging to the site and then hadn't eaten enough so I didn't give a full amount.

Now, my blood pressure is super low because of all the exercising I do, so I am afraid to even go and try to give because I'll probably get denied.

FITWITHIN Posts: 26,021
9/30/11 9:50 A

I haven't donated blood in a long time.

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9/30/11 9:50 A

I've never donated blood...I get lightheaded and exhibit symptoms of shock very easily when needles get involved. Strange to say since I have 3 tattoos and those didn't bother me but piercings, IVs, and blood drawing all send me over the edge.

I'd like to donate blood but I need to get over the worry of fainting first!

BEY220 Posts: 5,007
9/30/11 9:47 A

no emoticon

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9/30/11 9:44 A


COPE782 Posts: 549
9/30/11 9:44 A

Nope, but should.

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9/30/11 9:22 A

I would love to donate blood however they won't accept it because I lived in England between 1980 & 1995 due to Mad Cow emoticon

TAMMYSUE21 Posts: 326
9/30/11 8:54 A

I haven't in quite some time since I was busy being pregnant and breastfeeding and all. Since I've weaned recently, I think it's time to get back in the habit. Nice to know about the calorie burning....that's my something new for today! Thanks for donating...and for bringing this post up!

NICHOLE_4 Posts: 1,354
9/30/11 8:49 A

I donated blood at my son's school's blood drive, although it was a bit painful (feeling better this morning), it was worth it and he was proud of me. Plus I learned that I burned 650 calories as my body replaces the blood that I gave. How awesome is that?

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