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talksensetome Fri 10-Feb-17 12:46:44

AIBU to tell you all that I am going to give a pint this afternoon, just because I love these threads and how they inspire others to give.

I wanted to donate platelets but I am too tiny so a pint of the red stuff it is!

SalmonFajitas Fri 10-Feb-17 12:51:10

Also for younger mums might be worthwhile going the bone marrow donor register. Quite easy to do.

meditrina Fri 10-Feb-17 12:54:47

Thanks! You've reminded me it's time I booked my next session

RuggerHug Fri 10-Feb-17 13:01:59

Bumping as I think it's a great thing to do. Can't go now as pregnant but next donation will be number 20. It really is worth doing if you can, for anyone who's thinking smile enjoy your free cake afterwards grinwink

PleasantPhesant Fri 10-Feb-17 13:03:57


Only penguins the last few times I went-- jealous--

Schwifty Fri 10-Feb-17 13:04:57


Despite the subject line, I read that as "going to have a pint this afternoon"


milkmoustache Fri 10-Feb-17 13:05:49

Well done! Don't forget to wear your sticker with pride afterwards. We get Seabrook crisps where I am, hope you do too!

RaspberryOverloadTheFirst Fri 10-Feb-17 13:05:51

I am going in a couple of weeks. After which I will be going again once I reach 4 months after the next tattoo I have done. Next donation will be no. 56 and I aim to reach 100. 😊

OvariesBeforeBrovaries Fri 10-Feb-17 13:08:32

I love these threads smile so thankful for everyone who donates blood. I'm not able to, but I'm on the Anthony Nolan register and the organ donor register. I like to feel I've done my part in that there are 5 regular blood donors now who started because of my dissertation at uni grin

talksensetome Fri 10-Feb-17 13:09:12

I might have a pint afterwards grin

We have salty crisps or penguins usually too. that's the real reason I go!

Salmon can you define younger and what is involved in bone marrow donation please?

WhatWouldLeslieKnopeDo Fri 10-Feb-17 13:14:27

Thank you, amazing donors smile what blood type are you, OP?

I received a pint of B+ the other day because my chemo makes me anaemic. It's given me such a boost. I was getting breathless just climbing the stairs and didn't have much energy to do things. I've been out almost every day since my transfusion and I can breathe more easily smile it's not the same excitement as saving someone's life after a car accident or keeping little babies alive, but it means I can have life-extending treatment and still get to enjoy life too.

I used to donate, but I've now taken out more than I put in! I'm trying to encourage friends and family to donate. It's such a great thing to do.

I am truly grateful and I think you're all fantastic flowers

PersisFord Fri 10-Feb-17 13:16:03

YABU because the real reason to give blood is for a little pack of Tug biscuits with that weird cheese spread in the middle and a plastic cup of orange squash. Practically my staple diet when I was a student. I can't donate at the moment and I'm having withdrawal symptoms!!

FenellaMaxwellsPony Fri 10-Feb-17 13:16:05

Good for you, have a gin! I am prone to anaemia and low blood pressure so am not allowed to donate but I am on the organ donor register, and DH donates blood.

Cyclebird Fri 10-Feb-17 13:17:31

I love the Seabrook crisps, and an excuse for a Club! Last time I went the nurse said only 4% of the population donate. I was shocked. I posted on FB about it (nicely) and offered a lift, tea, cake, chat to any of my friends who were perhaps thinking about it, but had never got round to it. It's resulted in two new donors and a lapsed donor returning so I'm pleased.

Cyclebird Fri 10-Feb-17 13:19:05

Should have said that I know there's lots of perfectly valid reasons why people can't or don't donate - which is, of course, absolutely fine.

Scribblegirl Fri 10-Feb-17 13:19:09

Been a paid up blood donor from 17 as well as being on the organ donation list and registered with Anthony Nolan. I'm really pleased to do it its basically the only altruistic thing I do

Just remember to go slow on that wine afterwards, I'm such a cheap date if I have a drink within 24 hours of donation!

PleasantPhesant Fri 10-Feb-17 13:20:07

Best wishes whatwould 💐

Oldraver Fri 10-Feb-17 13:20:14

I've got an appointment next week but have been little snivvly so dont think I can go sad

talksensetome Fri 10-Feb-17 13:21:19

WhatwouldLeslie I am B+ that just made me feel all gooey to know that it really does help someone. I kind of forget about it once I have given it but it is nice to hear from someone on the other side!

Fluffywallow Fri 10-Feb-17 13:21:57

Thank you to all donors!

I used to regularly donate but due to a 2.5 litre pph after my first DD was born I received 2 transfusions so no longer can. I am eternally grateful to those who do, you are star's.

specialsubject Fri 10-Feb-17 13:22:07

Giving blood to help a cancer sufferer is one of the many reasons I do it. Another pint coming up next week. smile

CelticPromise Fri 10-Feb-17 13:25:21

I haven't donated in a while cos I've just had a baby. My first baby was extremely premature and received many blood and platelet transfusions. After my recent birth I lost a huge amount of blood and barely avoided transfusion myself. Thankyou donors, you save lives.

FairyDogMother11 Fri 10-Feb-17 13:26:18

I was nearly at 10 donations when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes! I'm not allowed anymore but I constantly encourage everyone I know to do it, my mum does it as do a few of my friends now!

ThePinkOcelot Fri 10-Feb-17 13:28:08

Cake and crisps?! That's not on! I get a Rich Tea or a Bourbon!

EatDessertFirst Fri 10-Feb-17 13:28:39

I'm donating for 15th time on March 7th. Found out I was O- when I had my DD (now 8) and I've been donating pretty regularly since my DS (now 6) was born. The DC take turns to come and watch, they even like holding the bag after its done! They are future doners for sure. I know I should have started donating earlier. My dad had his life saved by a wonderful O+ blood doner two years ago, recieving two units as treatment for a gastric bleed. Thank you whoever you are.

Never underestimate the importance of the red stuff!!

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