Donate Blood When You Can

I have given blood off and on what seems like my whole adult life. I recently went to give blood, and they said that they couldn't take it because I had a right bundle branch block. My doctor said that that shouldn't be a problem in giving blood, and I got that cleared up and was able to donate.

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Then, the other day, I couldn't donate because my pulse was 106. I didn't know that there was a restriction on giving, based on your pulse, but I found out that day. My tip is to donate blood while you can; you never know when your body will start falling apart and you won't be able to donate.

This kinda makes me sad, I've always felt compelled to donate blood, mainly because I am O-Negative. Only one in seven people have O-Negative blood. I will keep trying, and hope that today will be the day that I am eligible to donate blood. Please go and donate blood today.

And the next time you renew your driver's license, have them check "yes" for organ donor. Please renew life and give a gift to someone who desperately needs it.

By one.of.a.kind from AL

July 27, 20100 found this helpful

That should have read: only 7 people out of 100 have O-Negative blood.

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

Hi, I agree about giving blood but I feel strongly that everyone should check out how organs are donated (collected) before signing the form. This is a very serious matter and although a worthy cause, the method of obtaining the organs can be very upsetting to the "ones left behind".

Just be sure to check it out before signing on the dotted line.

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

As part of my EMT training, I was honored to be able to observe how some organs were harvested, and I must say that I was very impressed at how respectfully the patient was handled and treated. That time of life is never easy for any of us, and it takes a very giving and compassionate person for someone to put their grief aside to allow someone else to have the chance at living, or their quality of life to be greatly improved through a total stranger's generosity.

I totally think of organ donors and their families as heroes!

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

This is so beautiful! I am giving this a thumbs up. I didn't know if you had high blood pressure or pulse that they would not take the blood. I am glad that you wrote this article. Blessings to you for caring so much and it is good you give also because of the rarity of your blood type.

Blessings,

Robyn

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you for this great reminder.

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

God bless you for your "pay it forward" mentality. It was thanks to people like you that I'm still here. I was born severely anemic and needed major transfusions, and again 7.5 years ago after my encounter with a drunk driver. Hubby's refusing to let me give blood. I don't even know if they'd let me since I lost my spleen after the drunk-driver accident, but I make sure my status as an organ donor is updated with every ID renewal (being blind, I no longer drive.)

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July 31, 20100 found this helpful

Whole blood donation is a wonderful thing. Other options inlcude platelet donation. Platelets are used by cancer patients, burn victims, and many other patients whose platelet count has been compromised. Platelet donation takes a bit longer. During the pheresis process, blood is taken from the donor, run through a machine that separates the platelets from the blood and then the blood is returned to the donor. It is a continuous cycle of drawing and returning blood to the donor. The process takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Unlike whole blood donation, platelet donation only takes one unit of platelets and one unit of plasma. Everything else is returned to the donor.

With whole blood dontation, the blood can be split into three components, thus the potential for helping three patients.

Whether you choose to donate whole blood, platelets, red blood cells or plasma, know that by giving a little of your time, you could be saving a life.

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August 2, 20100 found this helpful

The ultimate form of "recycling".

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