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View Poll Results: How many pints of blood have you donated?
0, and I can't 41 18.06%
0, and I choose not to 29 12.78%
1 20 8.81%
2-8 (up to 1 gallon) 45 19.82%
9-16 (up to 2 gallons) 25 11.01%
17-32 (up to 4 gallons) 26 11.45%
33-80 (up to 10 gallons) 23 10.13%
81-120 (up to 15 gallons) 11 4.85%
more than 120/15 gallons 2 0.88%
believe it or not, something else (I'll explain below) 5 2.20%
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:32 PM
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How many pints of blood have you donated?

With all the other blood donation threads running around, I was curious.

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Old 11-19-2010, 03:40 PM
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I've got a 2 gallon pin on my desk from sometime last year. So closing in on 3 gallons.
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:48 PM
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I donated a pint at work for a blood drive about a decade ago. I promptly fainted afterwards. I've been a little afraid to donate ever since. I tried to overcome this fear a few times but I was told I had disqualifying factors each time so I haven't since then.
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:50 PM
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They won't take mine. Better to bleed out on the operating table than risk a one in a trillion chance of mad cow disease, I guess.
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:05 PM
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Just got my 10 unit pin last week. Hurray me.

Also, this habit is one of the few things I have my ex to thank for.

Skank.
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:09 PM
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I've donated approximately 2 gallons worth of blood to the Red Cross.

Then, approximately 5-6 years ago, I decided I wasn't going to answer the question on whether I'd ever slept with a man since 1977. Not a yes or a no, just that I refused to answer that question.

They refused to take my blood. Stopped calling to remind me about donating too. So I stopped donating.
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:51 PM
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I've never given to the Red Cross, they won't take it. I did sell my plasma twice. I think I got 35 bucks each time.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:25 PM
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I think Monday's donation will be my 28th or 29th pint.

My 3 gallon pin is stuck in a corkboard here at work, right under an Anchor Steam pin. Actually, there ya go. ;-)
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:17 PM
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Sorry for the hijack but Excited, is donating plasma much different from donating blood? Does it take longer or hurt any more?
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:42 PM
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They won't take mine. Better to bleed out on the operating table than risk a one in a trillion chance of mad cow disease, I guess.
Me too!
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:04 PM
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I have an indefinite deferral because I am a male who has had sex with another male at least once since 1978.
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:17 PM
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I guessed 17-32, but it might well be more than that. I've been donating for years.

And I've just recently become a platelet donor!
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:29 PM
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I've been donating for 40 years steadily, 3 or 4 times a year, so I put 81 - 120, since I might not be at 120 yet. I've got to get started again - I had to stop after they discovered I had a fluttery pulse which turned out to be from atrial fibrillation - so donating blood not only helped to save other peoples lives, it helped to save mine.
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:52 PM
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had hepatitus so this is not something I can do...
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:00 PM
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I've been donating since I was 17 and have donated for 17 of the last 20 years. I had three years off because of tattoos. I know I averaged at least 2-3 per year so at least 34-40 at a minimum. A few years I got 4-5 times in a year, but that started to get to me with a low iron count so I cut back a bit. There's no way to know for sure now because they bring in three different companies at work. It's really funny though one woman kept taking all my questions and she would remember me, I think it was because at one point I had a list of like 20 countries I had been to in the last couple of years. She wrote me a note so I wouldn't have to remember them all when I said where I had been.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:23 PM
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I've given 15 gallons. Actually, I'm officially one pint shy of 15, and I can't give any more due to medications. However, I did have a couple of donation that didn't get recorded in my total, so I can legitimately claim 15.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:59 PM
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My one trip to the emergency room as an adult was because I mistook something else for a syringe, passed out, smashed my head on the floor, and bled over everything (fortunately I didn't need a transfusion or else the irony alone would kill me). Nasty concussion. Some folks don't like needles; I'm insane about them. I'll try to do good in the world in other forms.
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:28 PM
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I was always scared to, but I just donated recently for the first time and it was fine. Turns out I'm O+ and they've been calling me a ridiculous amount to come back.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:12 PM
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0 so far, I will probably donate when I am permitted. I have to gain 5 more lbs.

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Old 11-20-2010, 12:26 AM
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3 pints. Just started donating a few years ago. I'd tried several times in the past, but would always get rejected, for either a fever, or higher-than-normal blood pressure. I'm in much better shape now, and pass all the tests with flying colors.
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:01 AM
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Just 1. The nurse got impatient about how long it was taking, so she decided to move the needle around in my vein 3 times. Besides it hurting when she did it, I ended up with 1/4th of that arm being sore and black & blue for a week. I haven't gotten the urge to try again.
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:16 AM
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17-32. Being O-, they practically drool when I enter the doorway.

Wish the ladies would do that.


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Old 11-21-2010, 12:19 AM
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I managed to donate once in high school and never since. My blood iron levels are a little low - not low enough to be considered anemic, but low enough that they won't take my blood. I keep taking iron supplements and trying again every now and then, but it hasn't worked out so far.
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:27 AM
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Zero. Not a drop. No real reason other than procrastination. Type O-neg. yet. Yes, I am properly ashamed of myself. ETA and I deserve to bleed out for lack of a transfusion.

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Old 11-21-2010, 12:32 AM
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How much do you donate in a single go? Is that one pint? I've donated five or six times, I think. Although I have Type O+, I've never been on the Red Cross' radar, and I don't think they've ever called me to remind me when I can give again, so sometimes it slips my mind for months at a time. I have traveled pretty far out of my way to give, so I like to think I'm pretty good, but the truth is that I have gone for ages without doing it.

I've been banned since March of last year for travel reasons and won't be allowed until March of this year to give again. Silly Red Cross. I don't have malaria!
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:10 AM
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They don't want my blood.
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:17 AM
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I have 31 donations on the board with Lifesource, and I've done a couple others for Heartland and other drives. Also, 13 of my donations were double red cell donations using ALYX.
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:02 AM
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I haven't donated for the last seven/eight years, since I was diagnosed with idopathic thrombocytopaenia pupura and they won't take my blood anymore, despite me never having had any of the bruising or bleeding symptoms ever!!

I think I was in the low 20's when I stopped.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:07 AM
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Well, I might be able to now that most of the drugs are out of my system, but, for a while, I couldn't, and I haven't had a chance since.

I don't even know my blood type.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:30 AM
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When I was young I donated every chance I could. It was more than 4 gallons. Once I got high BP, I was unable to donate.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:31 AM
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I'd donate more, but my doc has said not to.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:36 AM
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Side note: In the US it's the FDA's regulations, not the Red Cross' choice, to enforce the current donation rules that include "no sex with a man since the '70s if you're a man." I too often see the Red Cross get unfairly blamed for this, and IIRC, they really don't approve of that guideline and would prefer to see it changed.
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:27 AM
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I'm a plasma donor. You can donate weekly, but I don't quite do that often. Plasma Apheriesis is where they take your blood, spin it in a centrifuge type thing, and return your red cells back to you in a closed system machine. The result is a clear fluid between the colour of apple juice and beer, although it varies depending on medications, how hydrated you are, and a few other factors. Its about a 20 to 30 minute process. Depending on your health history your plasma, antibody status, may be transfused into people, or used to manufacture different blood products, clotting factors and so forth. I know that some places pay for plasma, Canadian Blood Services does not. Part of their mandate is to have purely voluntary donors, to keep the blood supply safe, but it is Health Canada that enforces the regulations, so like Ferret Herder said, it isn't the collection agency but the regulatory agencies who mandate this.

There are plasma donors I know who have made over 500 donations, at 500 mls each time is 250 litres of liquid gold. Im hoping to get my next big milestone pin by spring.
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:55 AM
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I've stopped per the advice of the Red Cross. No, not due to any contamination issues! I pass out 100% of the time.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:35 AM
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I donated a few times until I realized that every time I donated, I would come down with severe dizziness for a few days afterward. (My blood pressure and iron levels are fine.) So I gave up, but made a brief reversal on 9/11. And then I remembered why I had given up, because I spent the next couple of days feeling like I was going to black out everytime I sat up.

Shortly thereafter, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, which is a 5-year deferral according to some sources and a permanent deferral according to others (it was just becoming invasive when it was diagnosed). So yeah, blood donation doesn't agree with me.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:49 AM
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I managed to donate once in high school and never since. My blood iron levels are a little low - not low enough to be considered anemic, but low enough that they won't take my blood. I keep taking iron supplements and trying again every now and then, but it hasn't worked out so far.
Same here--I've successfully donated twice, but usually I get turned away for low iron levels. It's frustrating because I'm A-negative, which is a good donor type.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:58 AM
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I've been banned since March of last year for travel reasons and won't be allowed until March of this year to give again. Silly Red Cross. I don't have malaria!
Lucky you

I gave one pint as soon as I was allowed to, and two months later went off to Nepal for three months. Managed to pick malaria up there, so now giving blood is a complete no-no. And no, malaria isn't much fun since you ask.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:02 AM
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32 for me
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:12 AM
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20 for me, but I've not been able to donate for nearly a decade. The UK blood service doesn't allow donors who have been on the receiving end of their products.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:47 AM
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Zero. I'm quite healthy, but I'm a man who's gotten nekkid with other men. My blood is forbidden!
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:16 PM
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zero. I don't care about anyone except myself. I don't like needles.
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:47 PM
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Zero. I'm quite healthy, but I'm a man who's gotten nekkid with other men. My blood is forbidden!
In the USA, just mark the appropriate boxes. Even though they won't give your blood to a patient, they can still use it for research purposes.
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:08 PM
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I am a survivor of an internal cancer, and it has not been long enough since my last treatment for me to donate blood.

In addition, I have horrid veins. HORRID. It's usually very difficult for technicians to draw my blood; even a small amount for a test. (Before my last surgery, I told them I had bad veins and they sent in the "hard stick" nurse to start my IV. I don't know what they pay that woman, but they should double it. She got it immediately, and I barely felt it. I actually cried with relief. IVs are generally a really, really miserable experience for me.) So ... me giving blood is not fun for anyone, and I am relieved that I'm disqualified for the moment. And I feel guilty about being relieved.

It's possible that I feel a little conflicted about this topic.
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:14 PM
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I'm O- and wish I could donate, but I used to always be too iron deficient when I'd try, and then I had bariatric surgery after which I was strictly forbidden to ever donate, due to my inability to reabsorb iron in a reasonable timeframe.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:18 PM
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Check with your local blood agency but often you can donate plasma after 6 months of return from malaria risk areas. It goes to make the non transfusable products.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:53 PM
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Check with your local blood agency but often you can donate plasma after 6 months of return from malaria risk areas. It goes to make the non transfusable products.
I'll do that!

The Geoff, ugh, I'm sorry to hear that! I feel lucky I didn't get it, because I stopped taking my anti-malarials after a couple weeks in India because my coworkers thought it was so funny that I was taking them. Worse give in to peer pressure ever.
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Old 11-22-2010, 12:19 AM
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I gave twice in HS and once in college. The last time, I got woozy afterwards. That was in the late 1990s and I haven't gone back. I want to try again, but I'm a lazy old man now.
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Old 11-22-2010, 12:42 AM
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I went once in high school, promptly got very dizzy afterward, and felt like crap the rest of the day. I haven't been back since.

I know that it was probably my own fault I nearly passed out (I had my appointment in the morning and had NOTHING to eat beforehand), but I'm afraid the psychological effects of my first visit will have negative affects on future ones. Like, I'll get dizzy and start feeling ill even before they start drawing blood.

I might try again in the future, if just because my blood type's slightly on the less common side (B+), and to prove that I'm not a big wuss.

I should consider checking my iron levels before I go, though, since my mom has had trouble with that in the past, and she usually gets some sort of dizzy/fainting spell after donating.
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:17 AM
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They say they want my O+ blood, they call and call and call and call, but whenever I go in, my iron levels are too low. I've still managed to do 3 gallons, but it would be nice if I didn't have to worry about it.
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:01 AM
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I've donated about three times a year for over thirty years. I haven't kept track of the exact number of times. Does anyone know of a way I can find out the exact number? All of my donations have been to the American Red Cross.
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