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to think that you shouldn't wait until someone you love needs blood, GIVE BLOOD NOW!

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DingDongMerrilyOutOfSeason Wed 29-Jun-11 15:09:48

Discounting all the people who cannot give blood for medical reasons and those with severe phobias (and you don't count if you have had blood tests etc and just didn't enjoy them), AIBU to think that if you would want to receive blood and you are in good health and mentally capable, you should give blood?
Let's be honest, how many of you just haven't got round to it but keep meaning to?
I have made it easy for you, sometimes all you need is a shove gentle nudge in the right direction like I did. I am so glad someone shoved nudged me so I am passing it on.
go on, do it!

TheAtomicBum Wed 29-Jun-11 15:14:04

Personally, I'm giving a YANBU!

I give blood when I can, though I think only about half a dozen times? There's not often one around here.

Anyway, yes, people would have enough to say if you'd been in a horrid accident and as they were rushed to hospital with someone shouting about CC's of O neg, a doctor came out and said, "Sorry, we've run out."

And yet, last time there was a blood giving thingy, out of more than 200 hundred people I worked with, NO ONE ELSE WENT. They all just said they didn't really like needles. Bet they wouldn't mind needles if it was them who'd lost blood!

Awomancalledhorse Wed 29-Jun-11 15:17:50

I'm trying to nag DH to do it (they've shoved info through our door about a blood drive in a few weeks)! He hasn't given blood for 7 years, I can't give blood.

My best mate is O- and he gives blood as often as he can (me thinks he just dies it for the biscuits!). AtomicBum, shocking that no one else from your work went!!

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Wed 29-Jun-11 15:20:55

Your post grates. I don't like being hectored to do something that you have no idea whether I do or not anyway. I wouldn't be persuade to donate because of your post but you'd get my back up with your self-congratulation and self-righteousness. Sorry but if your purpose was a recruitment drive I think there are better ways.

thumbwitch Wed 29-Jun-11 15:21:22

YANBU. At all.
where to go in England and North Wales
where to go in Scotland
where to go in N.Ireland

whackamole Wed 29-Jun-11 15:21:26

I would love to, am annoyed when I had my twins the doc made me have a transfusion so now I can't donate sad DP keeps on putting it off and putting it off - I have pointed out to him that he's perfectly happy to have a tattoo and let's be honest, giving blood really isn't that painful. (I did pre-DC by the way)

My dad was in the paper he had given so many times <proud>

TheAtomicBum Wed 29-Jun-11 15:26:37

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe - How about the knowledge that giving blood once will save the lives of 6 premature babies? That was enough for me.

thumbwitch Wed 29-Jun-11 15:27:08

Whackamole, if your DP has had a tattoo he might be refused by the Blood Transfusion Service anyway as too high risk.

ThePrincessRoyalFiggyrolls Wed 29-Jun-11 15:27:26

You have inspired me, you really have, I just want to make sure that I have a time without the dc! Am looking into it!

DingDongMerrilyOutOfSeason Wed 29-Jun-11 15:28:35

Sorry to have grated Lying This may not work for you but it was someone actually sending me the link, taking all the effort out of it which persuaded me to give blood so although you find it self-righteous, there is always the chance that someone may click on the link and do something they keep meaning to do. I do not nag anyone in RL, it is not my business if you do or do not give blood for whatever reason, I am thinking about the people who would do it if they had all the effort taken away, for example, the link to the site to register grin

<congratulates self with big pat on the back wink>

thumbwitch Wed 29-Jun-11 15:29:14

reasons for not being able to donate

nickelbabe Wed 29-Jun-11 15:32:48

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe - i think that's unfair actually.
She's not saying "oy you! you don't give blood so do it now!"
she's trying to get to all those who wouldn't think about it.

and it's absollutely no different from the adverts on the radio that say "give blood" - they don't say "this doesn't count if you already do" they just say "give blood"

don't be so tetchy about everything all the time.

nickelbabe Wed 29-Jun-11 15:33:30

DingDong - i can't give at the moment, because i'm pg, but I was a regular donor before that, and I am behind you all the way. smile

TheAtomicBum Wed 29-Jun-11 15:35:41

thumbwitch - You just made me worry. I've got a tattoo and I've given blood since having it. A few times.

Itsjustafleshwound Wed 29-Jun-11 15:36:16

As long as the staff are properly trained - my DH came home from giving blood and had a huge bruise that took absolute ages to clear up because the technician hadn't put the needle in properly...

TheAtomicBum Wed 29-Jun-11 15:37:19

I can't manage very often these days. They hardley ever have them near here, they just kind of move around. I check now and then, but it's been about 2 years, I think.

nickelbabe Wed 29-Jun-11 15:40:10

Atomic - it's only for a certain length of time after having the tattoo - it asks you on the form.

nickelbabe Wed 29-Jun-11 15:40:39

it says 6 months on that form.

bananamonkey Wed 29-Jun-11 15:42:01

The tattoo restriction is only for 6 months afterwards The AtomicBum, you will have ticked the section in the consent form to this effect.

My brother needed a lot of blood after an operation so I like to do it, plus you get a nice lie down for 20 mins then have a drink and a biscuit and a chat smile

celebmum Wed 29-Jun-11 15:42:56

Ive always been a regular blood giver since being abt 18 (eek! just realised that's ages ago!) every few months or so. Unfortunately due to complications when pregnant I can no longer donate ( I had a PE and don't think they'd appreciate my lumpy blood yuk!) sad

You can donate after tatoos, there's just a waiting period 6/12 months I think?

I am still trying to recruit my hubby to donate in my place grin

thumbwitch Wed 29-Jun-11 15:45:37

It's a 6m wait after tattoos - it says so in the last page I linked to. Sorry, TAB, didn't mean to worry you - it should have been picked up by the donor team wherever you donated anyway.

Mumwithadragontattoo Wed 29-Jun-11 15:45:48

I'm glad you posted this. I am a bronze donor card holder and have been meaning to give blood again as my youngest DC is now old enough for me to donate. I have been procrastinating but clicked on your link and now have an appt for next week.

jenniec79 Wed 29-Jun-11 15:48:49

I agree entirely, and once I've sat out in the "naughty corner" for time out after a sharps injury at work sad I'll be back at the transfusion service with the rest of you.

In the meantime, I'll have to stick to handing out the juice and biscuits!

donnie Wed 29-Jun-11 15:49:02

what is the significance of O neg blood? because that is my blood type. I keep meaning to give blood but never get around to it.

thumbwitch Wed 29-Jun-11 15:50:15

O negative blood = universal donor, because it can be given (technically) to any other blood group. It doesn't always work like that but that's the best you're going to get in a crisis.

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