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To accept even though I'm not willing to give?

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StickEmUp Sat 19-Jan-13 19:33:22

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StickEmUp Sat 19-Jan-13 21:14:28

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crazycanuck Sat 19-Jan-13 21:14:31

Hurray OP! What a wonderful turnaround!

expat I got over my squeamishness when following your posts about your beautiful dd. I go for my 2nd donation in 2 weeks. And as long as I'm able I'll be in there every quarter.

mummyplonk Sat 19-Jan-13 21:15:10

Expat your post has really moved me, it's a bit late in the month but this is a New Years resolution that should have been done years ago. I will definitely make an appt this week too. I have a phobia of having my wrists touched but sounds like this shouldn't be an issue based on what others have said.

meditrina Sat 19-Jan-13 21:16:15

I give blood because I think it's the right thing to do, and I don't give a flying fuck about the personality of the recipient (even if a mass murderer) or whether they have ever donated; just that they are someone in need.

Though I did like the Transfusion Service's campaign You're never too busy to receive blood

StickEmUp Sat 19-Jan-13 21:16:30

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permaquandry Sat 19-Jan-13 21:19:29

Stickemup, I'm with you. Going to look into it this week. I have low bp and giving blood sample is a mare because I ave very deep-set, thin veins and borderline underweight bmi.

Can I still do it?

Expat, your posts took my breath away. Going to organ register too.

mummyplonk Sat 19-Jan-13 21:20:38

Okay stickemup, am looking on the website now, if you can do it so can I.

StickEmUp Sat 19-Jan-13 21:22:21

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ZZZenAgain Sat 19-Jan-13 21:22:55

they are always keen to get my blood, it seems O is one they don't get enough of. I am not squeamish about it so it is easier for me than you OP but I just get on with it, it is like a trip to the dentist. It isn't enjoyable having a needle stuck into your vein, in particular when they take a few prods before they get one! Inserting the needle takes a couple of seconds and then you just lie still till they're done.Don't look at the blood, close your eyes and think about something else. I am a bit woozy afterwards when I first sit up so I take it easy for a bit but I don't feel ill or anything like that.

Friend of dh's felt a bit ill one day ,aged 25, otherwise in perfect health you'd think. Luckily for him, both parents were doctors and realised it was serious, rushed him to hospital and he needed an enormous blood transfusion otherwise he would have died.

You never know when one of your dc is going to need an operation and you'd want enough blood there if needed, wouldn't you?

StickEmUp Sat 19-Jan-13 21:23:04

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StickEmUp Sat 19-Jan-13 21:24:07

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ZZZenAgain Sat 19-Jan-13 21:25:23

I didn't mean you personally stick. "You" as in "one" IYSWIM.

breatheslowly Sat 19-Jan-13 21:27:19

I've never given blood. I have had problems having blood tests - I'm not squeamish, but have thrown up once and am difficult to get a vein on.

I now feel quite sad that I have never given blood as I had to have a transfusion after DD was born and am therefore banned from giving blood.

permaquandry Sat 19-Jan-13 21:28:13

Right, just looked:

I don't weigh enough = going to have a kit Kat AND a cake, I need to lay down some fat for winter.

Just come off antibs = be ok in a weeks time

Have acupuncture regularly = is with a qualified practitioner, just need to check she belongs to the correct body of acups.

Am going to do this, darn it, or try my very best.

Come on stickemup and mummy, what a great thread.

permaquandry Sat 19-Jan-13 21:30:54

Not 'come one' supposed to say 'nice one'!

StickEmUp Sat 19-Jan-13 21:31:08

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permaquandry Sat 19-Jan-13 21:32:21

You south or north, stickemup, I may come round for the brownie........��

permaquandry Sat 19-Jan-13 21:33:38

StickEmUp Sat 19-Jan-13 21:34:16

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MyLastDuchess Sat 19-Jan-13 21:35:01

Good for you! It's really such an important thing you're doing.

I had a serious post-partum haemorrhage when I had my first child, lost 3 litres before they were eventually able to stop it (under general anaesthetic). I would have survived without a blood transfusion, but it helped me to bounce back really quickly and enjoy those first few days with my new baby as much as I could. I remember watching the donated blood drip slowly into my arm and being so grateful that the blood was there when I needed it.

Ironically I am now unable to give blood, having received a transfusion (and I wasn't allowed to anyway as I have previously lived in the UK - they wouldn't accept my blood here as they are worried about BSE).

I did give blood before moving here though. It really wasn't that bad. And they give you biscuits afterwards grin

But enough about me - I just wanted to give another example of how blood donations help real people. My story doesn't compare to expat's beloved DD of course, but the help from the donors really meant a lot to me.

StickEmUp Sat 19-Jan-13 21:35:28

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permaquandry Sat 19-Jan-13 21:35:33

Be there in 7 hours! Shame, I may just have 2 kitkats instead (4 fingers). Enjoy the choc brownie. I'm going to register with the website and go from there.

StickEmUp Sat 19-Jan-13 21:36:22

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SugarPasteSnowflake Sat 19-Jan-13 21:36:53

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permaquandry Sat 19-Jan-13 21:37:02

Sorry xpost, how far off 7.12 are you? I reckon if you're not too tall, they'll consider you?

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