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The thing is, I have always had lower blood pressure than most people. I don't know if that has anything to do with it or not.I know that my O neg. blood can be used, but I'm just worried about passing out.
Thanks for all the great responses!
born2Bme: There are ways to minimize your chances of having a reaction after blood donations, including feeling weak. Here is a link to some great tips for maximizing your donating experience. http://www.southtexasblood.org/PDF/He... We hope you consider donating with us again.
Bulletbob: If you call 210-731-5555 ext. 2331, they will check your eligibility to donate.
I used to donate on a regular basis, but while working in the oilfield back quite a few years ago I was sent to work in Peru. Before going I had to take a series of shots including hep a,b,and c, yellow fever, measels, rabies and an assortment of others. After that I was not allowed to donate anymore. Since this was over twenty years ago and alot more people travel internationally I'm wondering if this exclusion has been changed.
I wish I could donate blood but it just leaves me too weak for the rest of the day. I have a tendency to pass out.
When I donate blood, I get to tell the missus, "I'm going out for awhile to lie down on a really comfy bed, watch TV and eat cookies." When I tell her why, she doesn't bat an eye. In fact, she PUSHES me out the door!
I'm a universal donor. When I lived in Houston, the Blood Bank called about every six weeks for a deposit. It wasn't a big deal AND they gave me orange juice and chocolate chip cookies! You never know when someone might need some and it helps if there is a supply available. PatB's right about the people...some do the stick and you hardly notice. Some do the stick and I'll tell'em I did the holdup and my wife drove the getaway car it hurts so. Luck of the draw.
I donated about 20 gallons over a long period. I ahd to stop because my viens got bad and there were no "stickers" who could draw me! I did it because it was easy and didn't cost mer anything except a little time. Wish I could still be doing it. I doanted in Houston Last April when my wife ahd surgery. the techs there did a good job. I guess it's just a matter of them doing it more than here.
I donate because it SAVES LIVES simple as that!
Donating blood is one of the easiest things I can give over and over again. Somebody somewhere needs it and I've got plenty.