Question of the day from mssc

Do you regularly donate blood or platelets?

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13 Responses to Question of the day from mssc

  1. Laura says:

    I don’t. I *should*, but I don’t. My parents are regulars at the blood drives near their home, as is my brother. Maybe both do now. But it seems like every time the blood drive comes through town, either I’m on something, or I’ve got something going. OR I find out about it the next day, and they’re gone.

  2. mssc54 says:

    I haven’t done it in a couple of years. I started when I was in the Navy. When I stopped I was over 21 gallons (life time). Donating whole blood is pretty simple and that’s what most donors do. But they had me doing platelets the last few years. That can take a couple of hours. Besides that 16 gage needle in each arm it wasn’t so bad. You could bring in a movie and they gave me a head set to listen.

    I stopped when the last REI times I went the girl couldn’t speak English and had a difficult time sticking the vein. I got so angry I just left.

  3. Sue says:

    Nope, I’ve never done either.

  4. skl1 says:

    I used to. When I was much younger, I wouldn’t miss a chance. Then it got more difficult as every time there was a drive, I had either been traveling out of the country too recently, or I was ill, or I was just too exhausted to risk it. Once I almost passed out after giving blood when I was run down. And that was the time they couldn’t quite get the whole pint in 15 minutes, so they said they might have to throw it in the garbage. After that, I got more picky. Now that I work at home, I hardly ever see blood drives anyway.

    I’d still like to do it if all the stars ever align again.

  5. Joy says:

    No. I’m kind of like Laura. Both my parents did and I know I should but for one reason or another, I just never have. I have no excuses.

  6. Karen joy says:

    I’ve donated blood but I get sort of weak after so I stopped.

  7. Jenny says:

    No I never have

  8. Joseph says:

    I haven’t for a while, but I do usually. I have donated platlets as well, but the hours to donate platlets are very badly timed, so it is near impossible.

    • mssc54 says:

      Joseph, platelets is an entirely level of commitment. You are right about that. If you haven’t checked in a while, check back. Now they allow us to schedule an appointment. Like most businesses, I think even the RED CROSS has changes the way they are doing things.

      • Joseph says:

        Well, I do see that they have expanded their hours to include some Saturdays and last appointments are at 4:15 now during work days. Before that it was a 9:30-2:30 work day only window. We only have 1 place in the entire Province that takes platelets, as it became part of the restructured blood services after the blood scandal from the Red Cross.

        If they’d stay open later I could perhaps take an hour off work, as my bosses would have covered that or at least my workload would allow for an hour off, as it’s a longer process.

        I will have to investigate further now that I see they changed their hours. Must have changed them in the last month or two as I checked this winter already. I’d rather donate platelets as it is better for the patients, instead of combining platelets from various blood donors.

  9. Nikki says:

    No, I don’t and I should.

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