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Posted: 9/12/2005 6:20:00 PM EDT
My first time was when I was 21 when my mother was going to have surgery.

I have lost track due to giveing in three locations - g'ville fla - Atl, and Jax Fla. - but I know that it is over a gallon.

How much have you given?


Link Posted: 9/12/2005 6:21:31 PM EDT
I have donated blood twice a year, for the last 4 years or so.

I dontate because I have a rare blood type.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 6:22:35 PM EDT
Every now and then, started with a high school blood drive. I donate because I don't need it and someone else does.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 6:25:08 PM EDT
None since about 2000 because my being stationed in Germany for a couple years and my anthrax shots seem to disqualify me.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 6:25:52 PM EDT
I donated blood on a couple of occasions and donated platelets once.

They won't take my blood now. They think I have mad cow.

Link Posted: 9/12/2005 6:26:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 6:28:03 PM EDT
I have been giving for 25+ years and got the 10 gal pin earlier this year.
There is also about 1 gal that I sold when I was in college.
My wife has been giving for past 12 years and got her 5 gal. pin last year.

Link Posted: 9/12/2005 6:28:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Paul:
They won't take it since the anthrax series

Funny how that works out isn't it ?

Same boat here.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 6:35:10 PM EDT
Mine is unacceptable for med reasons.

I have drawn from the bank twice.

Thank you.

Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:31:01 PM EDT
Never. I'm scared of needles.

Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:34:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rdblan2:
Never. I'm scared of needles.

Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:34:04 PM EDT
I have donated on numerous occasions.


Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:35:11 PM EDT
Gave twice when I was in high school, but that was 10 years ago.

Never have the time anymore. At least in school I got out of class so they could stick me with the horse needle.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:38:51 PM EDT
Never. My blood's not good enough for them. For the above stated mad cow reasons.

Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:39:45 PM EDT
I have AB- and my body needs it more than somebody elses
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:40:11 PM EDT

I get to sell mine, and make a piece of the pie that the blood bank gets.

I do, however, ocasionally donate plasma at the hospital to be used for premature babies.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:42:35 PM EDT

I used to give a couple of times a year, but the local Red Cross has become really inept and disorganized, and I haven't given in the past year because the idiots can never tell me WHERE and WHEN to show up.

I wonder if I could just swing by our medical school campus, and find some permanent location that is always open and I can just drop by?
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:43:27 PM EDT
Donated lots in college...

Free T-shirts and cookies ROCK!

Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:45:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EPOCH96:
Donated lots in college...

Free T-shirts and cookies ROCK!


Minnesota Red Cross Charged for those cookies after you "Donated" blood another reason why I will not give blood anymore
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:58:01 PM EDT
Since I was a Senior in high school, I've given over 2 gallons. I haven't in several years, due to all of their bullshit rules about who can give blood. Just like the rule about people who have been in a country that has had a confirmed case of Mad Cow. IIRC, the US has now had a confirmed case. It's really too bad because they love my O- blood.

Link Posted: 9/12/2005 9:24:46 PM EDT
I have donate probably 3-4 gallons, I've got a few of those gallon pins somewhere in my house.

But now I donate mostly platelets because they are the hardest to get. The R.C. must process something like 7 units of blood to arrive at 1 unit of platelets. The shelf of life of platelets is a matter of 2-3 days max. The people who need platelets are bone morrow receipients because in order to receive the new morrow, their own has to be destroyed by chemicals or radiation, and in the meantime, they are suspectible to bleeding to death because platelets are only produced in the bone morrow.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 9:36:53 PM EDT
Over 40 pints of blood and about a dozen platelet donations. Had to get a couple pints of blood when I was a kid due to a bad cut on the foot and have given off and on since I was first able to in high school.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 9:58:16 PM EDT
I've never donated blood before, and I feel a little guilty because of it. But, I'm borderline anemic, so I think I should hold onto all the red blood cells I can get keep my hands on.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 10:07:00 PM EDT
I donated twice in highschool. I did it to get out of class. Eventually I came to resent the fact that they were getting free blood from us because they knew we'd do it to get out of class. I stopped giving. But it was fun to go in with 1st timers. Somebody hit an explosive vein the last time I donated. The patient bled like a stuck pig. It scared the heck out of the 1st timers. That was a hoot.

Link Posted: 9/12/2005 10:09:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2005 10:14:48 PM EDT by dawg_killer]
I've never donated because of a heart condition. Not sure why it disqualifies me but it does.

EDIT: Apparently not. I just checked the website for restrictions and my condition wasn't on it.

Shoot, I think I will donate when I get back in the U.S.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 10:32:10 PM EDT
Whenever I tell them about my sexual history, they just say "no thanks" and give me a sticker.

Dunno what's up about that? Didn't everyone work in a Tulsa gay truckstop passing out hot towels in the shower when they were young?

Jeesh....uptight vampires.


Ok, seriously? I gave a couple years ago. I usually pass out, so I don't do it as often as I should.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 10:40:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2005 10:40:35 PM EDT by purplecheese]
Pass out when they start drawing blood.

Told them no way from now on.

That and me going to mexico on occasion has disqualified me.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 11:41:24 PM EDT
Gave on 2 separate occasions. To family members of friends in need.


Oh yes, almost fainted the first time. Too dumb not to stay seated for a while after the draw. Was more careful the next time .... no cute nurses then tho.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 11:46:01 PM EDT
I can't donate anymore because of the places I've been and the innoculations they gave me before going there.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 11:48:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2005 11:49:49 PM EDT by twonami]
Average 4-5 times a year for the past 10 years. Mayo Clinic gives you free food and drinks and not just cookies and juice
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 12:00:47 AM EDT
Let me be the first to say thankyou to all that have donated.

I've donated 1 pint and have received 8.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 2:23:40 AM EDT
Have given over two gallons easily, but don't have a definite number since I've given at different places over a number of years.

Why? Because it helps other people, and it's part of my paid weight-loss program. I give at work, on company time. But that's because I happen to work at a hospital. Also because I thoroughly enjoy terrorizing the Blood Donor crew every time I'm there. And they LIKE the abuse! Get to give again in two weeks.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 3:28:43 AM EDT

The vampires don't like me after I did a couple short term mission trips to rural parts of Central America.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 4:40:48 AM EDT
Over 7 gallons and counting[O-Neg,Neonatal]
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 4:52:41 AM EDT
every since the blood drive we had in High School and one student passed out afterwards, falling into a concrete block wall and knocking many of her teeth out, I have decided for my own good it's better if I keep my blood.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 4:58:09 AM EDT
Can't donate due to having had Lymes disease, and have an immune complex going on.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:06:49 AM EDT
I'm O- and CMV negative, I give platelets. Why, because someday I might be a cancer patient or have a baby in need of a transusion, if you can give it's the right thing to do.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:06:59 AM EDT
87 ounces!
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:14:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2005 5:15:23 AM EDT by rebel_rifle]
I cannot donate due to the having had the following:

1. Meningitis

2. Rocky Mtn. Spotted Fever

3. Jaundice

4. Cancer-Melanoma

All of which happened in a one year period. That was a tough year.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:19:58 AM EDT
None since 1999. Evidently, since I have tattoos, have recieved the anthrax vaccine, and have been to the middle east, my blood is now poisonous. It will melt through the bags that they normally store it in, and will kill anyone who looks at it.

Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:39:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By markm:
87 ounces!

What is it with you and everything being "87"?
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:45:46 AM EDT

I don't give blood, I give money.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:50:50 AM EDT
None, Ever growing Tat collection plus Antimalarials for the last 15 years knock me out of the donor pool
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 6:32:41 AM EDT

If I go to the hospital and have to get blood, they'll charge $70 a pint or more for it. So why should I just *give* them the blood?

Years ago, if a loved one was going in, relatives could go in and literally give blood, so the relative wouldn't be charged for blood. Today they wont let you do that, therefore I have never given.

If I was a crack dealer who got shot by a cop or during a drug deal, they would give me blood and not charge me. Why should I give my blood to a crack dealer who's not even going to pay for it?
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:16:15 AM EDT
Many gallons over the last 39 years. My blood type is down around 1% of the population.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:26:53 AM EDT
Almost 9 gallons now. I started about 1990, and have been going about 4-5 times a year. Sometimes I do the platlets procedure, but it takes a while longer and you need an appointment instead of just a walk-in.

Moved from San Diego to Portland, OR recently and have only given once here. Back down south they'd call me when eligible (8 week cycle) but up here they don't, so I forget.

Free donuts & orange juice.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:33:40 AM EDT
i lived in europe ten years ago - my blood is dirty, and anyone recieving a donation from me would contract a horrible disease and die... so they wouldn't take my blood when i tried to give
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:38:21 AM EDT
Once in high school. Passed out afterwards even though I was feeling fine eating my cookie and drinking my OJ.

Shame too since I am also O-. The Red Cross wouldn't stop calling me for quite a while.

My father has done several gallons though.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:52:11 AM EDT
I've given more then three gallons and donated platelets for a friend with leukemia.

To all you morons who refuse to donate because the hospital/blood bank charge for the blood transfusion please make sure you refuse all transfusions for yourself and family members. Do you have any idea how stupid you sound?
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:54:35 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 8:02:24 AM EDT
2 pints per year, every year since 1979. Type O- blood is one they LOVE to get!
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