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Have You Ever Donated Blood?

News 2012/08/05 17:11:06
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The American Red Cross is facing a dilemma that could end up affecting millions of Americans. According to The Red Cross, as per USA Today, the organization's national blood supply is at its lowest level in 15 years. What that means is, for whatever reason, less people are donating blood, which is bad news for patients in need of just that.

The organization says summers are normally bad for donations because schools that host blood drives are closed and people are often on vacation. However, this summer has been worse than usual. Severe heat and bad storms have caused people to opt to stay home and have led to the cancellation of various blood drives throughout the country.

Giving blood may seem "scary" to some, but you never know if your donation will end up saving another person's life. And if The Red Cross is unable to up donation levels quickly, doctors around the country are going to have to start canceling surgeries. "We need to do everything we can to make sure it doesn't get to that point," said Richard Benjamin, chief medical officer for the Red Cross.

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  • polkastria 2012/08/06 15:41:31
    Yes
    polkastria
    +1
    I can't anymore due to health problems but I use to.
  • Jensenmk 2012/08/06 15:18:57
    Yes
    Jensenmk
    +1
    Several gallons total, in fact. I would donate more, but my deployments create periods when I cannot give.
  • Leona Hill 2012/08/06 15:11:25
    Yes
    Leona Hill
    +1
    Yes, to a blood bank.
  • Tigerlilycoconut 2012/08/06 15:08:30
    No
    Tigerlilycoconut
    +2
    Tried 3 times, wasn't allowed all 3 times because of either medication I was taking, or because I had just come back from working overseas..... :( I'll try again soon.
  • wgossett99 2012/08/06 15:00:16
    Yes
    wgossett99
    +3
    I usually donate at least once a year.
  • Jan 2012/08/06 14:59:19
    Yes
    Jan
    +3
    I was a regular Blood Donor until I had to start taking medication for High Blood pressure three years ago. I was very upset when I found out I wasn't allowed to do it any more. I think it is such a small thing to do that can have such a huge possitive impact on another person's life that I'd like to have donated till I die.
  • John Rafael 2012/08/06 14:53:13
    No
    John Rafael
    +1
    not this time but soon
  • The Potato Princess 2012/08/06 14:51:31
    No
    The Potato Princess
    +1
    Not old enough yet.
  • Dugard 2012/08/06 14:50:37
    No
    Dugard
    +3
    I can't...
  • TheNewBeginning 2012/08/06 14:44:48
  • Quazimoto 2012/08/06 14:42:02
    Yes
    Quazimoto
    +1
    Every 6 weeks.
  • ChiTownGirl 2012/08/06 14:15:13
    No
    ChiTownGirl
    +2
    I should, but I don't. I get queasy just watching my own get drawn and I'd probably faint, hit my head, and die!!
  • ashlee 2012/08/06 14:03:39
    No
    ashlee
    +2
    I am medically unable to do so due to my anemia and super small veins that would be blown if I have blood anywhere other than my doctors. My small veins are also super hard to find.
  • politicalsoldier 2012/08/06 14:01:52
    Yes
    politicalsoldier
    +1
    Yes, but it has been a while. I'll need to step up. As should all disease free, drug free, healthy Americans. And there are many people out there that have health problems or are on many medications and can't, so those of us that can need to. Looks like I'll be visiting the blood bank soon.
  • GettingBarried 2012/08/06 13:54:15
    Yes
    GettingBarried
    +1
    I started when I was 17 but have not given for about 20 years. I have given 5 and half gallons (44 times) but I wasn't thrilled with the scarring left on my arms. I might start giving again some time...who knows.
  • KATLYN 2012/08/06 13:48:36
    Yes
    KATLYN
    +1
    2 times
  • Maximus 2012/08/06 13:41:26
    Yes
    Maximus
    +1
    Billions of times. At my College and my technical school, my sisters job, my job, health clinics, few times at Walmart. Not only blood, plasma too. Still don't know my blood type, never always forgetting to ask.
  • moonlight 2012/08/06 13:41:15 (edited)
    Yes
    moonlight
    +1
    and everytime I donate.. theres a huge contusion on where they placed the needle..
  • David 2012/08/06 13:22:06
    Yes
    David
    +1
    I used to donate frequently at the Red Cross since by blood was in demand. I have A+, the most common type and it is CMV negative which makes it ideal for those with compromised immune systems. What turned me off from going to the Red Cross was the listless attitude of the blood letting staff and one time when I was waiting I got stung by a bee which of course eliminated me from being able to donate on that day. I told the staff about it right there and they didn't even seem phased that they had a bee loose in their waiting room.
  • Katfish 2012/08/06 13:22:01
    Yes
    Katfish
    +1
    and Plasma
  • bluelady 2012/08/06 13:17:51
    Yes
    bluelady
    +1
    d/t all the meds I am on now, I cannot anymore..I used to do plasma pherisis also(thats where they spin off just the plasma, or just the platelets for someone)...I am O positive and felt good about donating
  • july_12 2012/08/06 13:10:48
    No
    july_12
    +1
    I've always wanted, but never have........
  • ID51 2012/08/06 13:04:26
    No
    ID51
    +1
    They have a minimum weight limit that I don't meet so they won't take my blood.
  • Bob 2012/08/06 13:01:21
    Yes
    Bob
    +2
    For a longtime until they ask if I was in Europe for an extended period of time because of Mad cow disease.
  • EmoBunny13 2012/08/06 13:00:00
    No
    EmoBunny13
    +1
    In my culture you're not allowed to
  • Franklin 2012/08/06 12:42:53
    No
    Franklin
    +1
    I was going to but they have a rule that says it has to my blood....
  • robinswebnest 2012/08/06 12:38:58
    Yes
    robinswebnest
    +1
    Not lately because I can't. But, back, well, lets say a long time ago.....for every 2 pints donated 1 pint was given to the patient. That meant, if you knew you were having surgery, you asked your friends to donate in your name.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/08/06 12:25:32
    Yes
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +3
    Several times, in college and medical school.
  • Tink123 2012/08/06 11:39:07
    Yes
    Tink123
    +3
    Many times.
  • BrianD3 2012/08/06 11:37:14
    Yes
    BrianD3
    +2
    I had to stop for many years because I had been exposed to malaria, but I can and do donate now. I like the new Alec machine.
  • sophiaburg 2012/08/06 11:33:34
    Yes
    sophiaburg
    +2
    Yes, I have .....
    Strangely cause I live in Europe ... i can't give blood in the USA.

    But very well ... my Blood is also needed here.
    And there are not enough blooddoners over here too ... same problem. Lot of people do not want to make time but most are scared ....

    You do not have to be. Well nice is different, I really do not like the moment the needle comes out of the package .... but when it's in ... I just go and read a magazine.
    Shame do blood only can be given at workdays ... that's really a problem.
    Saturdays and most evenings they are closed
  • Rave 2012/08/06 11:14:21
    Yes
    Rave
    +2
    Maybe I'll go to the near by Red Cross office and donate again next week, I can't imagine someone having to die due to lack of blood available when most of us have perfectly good and healthy blood pumping through our bodies constantly. It's not right at all.

    Though hopefully they'll let me, just two days ago I passed out (First time I've lost consciousnesses spontaneously in my life) and was taken to a hospital, they said I had hypoglycemia and that I was underweight and that probably caused my glucose blood levels to drop so low, I was kept on a glucose IV for the entire night and now have felt a bit better.

    So I'm not sure if they'd allow me to donate so soon after an incident.
  • hasher Rave 2012/08/07 00:54:42
    hasher
    +1
    make sure you eat right and get plenty of iron in your system. you might have to wait a while.
  • Krystle 2012/08/06 11:08:26
    No
    Krystle
    +1
    I have a serious needle phobia. The only time I get a needle is when I have to.
  • Franklin Krystle 2012/08/06 12:45:24
    Franklin
    +2
    no tattoos for you then ? LOL
  • Krystle Franklin 2012/08/07 06:37:52
    Krystle
    None. Unless they came from a sticker.
  • Franklin Krystle 2012/08/07 11:35:34
    Franklin
    LOL - it takes all kinds I love the needle so much that I get what is called dry needle work done on my arms and back
  • icebatty3 2012/08/06 10:52:20
    Yes
    icebatty3
    +2
    Yes I have ...I would like to donate again just little scared of needles and blood >.<
  • Ben 2012/08/06 10:40:05
    Yes
    Ben
    +2
    Because if the worst happened to someone I love, I'd like to think someone else had donated blood to save their life too.
  • sky blue pink - American 2012/08/06 10:31:13
    No
    sky blue pink - American
    +1
    Oh, I wish I could.
    Have a nice day !

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