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General Chat => Off Topic => : Mattofthespurs 19 June, 2019, 02:36:45 PM

: Donating blood.
: Mattofthespurs 19 June, 2019, 02:36:45 PM
Does anyone else here do it.

Just come back from my 60th donation.

But then I like free crisps and biscuits  :)
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: Tiplodocus 19 June, 2019, 02:50:38 PM
Only 48 myself. But in my defence, I had a few years where they thought I couldn't because of a malaria risk.

Everybody who can, should, as often as possible.

And "Oooh but I'm squeamish about needles" does not constitute "can't".
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: Mattofthespurs 19 June, 2019, 04:09:06 PM
Only 48 myself. But in my defence, I had a few years where they thought I couldn't because of a malaria risk.

Everybody who can, should, as often as possible.

And "Oooh but I'm squeamish about needles" does not constitute "can't".

Absolutely.

My appointment was 12.50. I was seen for the iron test at 12.55, in a chair at 1pm and finished by 1.15. No pain and a nice comfy relax before a cup of tea and some food before leaving with  a sense that I had actually achieved something today.

Which is always nice.
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: paddykafka 19 June, 2019, 04:35:11 PM
Back in my day, you could actually get a glass of Guinness afterwards (perhaps to restore lost iron after donation but, not being an expert in such matters, I can't say for certain).

Needless to say, this was not the only reason that I chose to donate... ::)

 
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: The Enigmatic Dr X 19 June, 2019, 04:45:30 PM
Only 48 myself. But in my defence, I had a few years where they thought I couldn't because of a malaria risk.

Everybody who can, should, as often as possible.

And "Oooh but I'm squeamish about needles" does not constitute "can't".

I just look away and tell the nurse I don't want to talk
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: Mattofthespurs 19 June, 2019, 05:48:05 PM
Back in my day, you could actually get a glass of Guinness afterwards (perhaps to restore lost iron after donation but, not being an expert in such matters, I can't say for certain).

Needless to say, this was not the only reason that I chose to donate... ::)

Funny you should say that but for the first time in 60 donations my iron was a little low and they had to take a second reading after the 'sink' reading. I was fine to donate (it has to be above 150 or so) but now they tell you to avoid alcohol afterwards.

Obviously I ignore that suggestion but I will say that as I get older (approaching my 51st Birthday) it does make me rather tired if only for a few hours.

But well worth it. Apparently every pint donated saves 3 people.

Do it chaps. You know it makes sense. It could be your family you are saving or, heaven forbid, yourself.

And they make a lovely cup of tea.
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: JayzusB.Christ 19 June, 2019, 09:57:30 PM
Back in my day, you could actually get a glass of Guinness afterwards (perhaps to restore lost iron after donation but, not being an expert in such matters, I can't say for certain).

Needless to say, this was not the only reason that I chose to donate... ::)

Oh God, I really have to start donating again. I remember the bottle of Guinness; sadly missed.
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: Bolt-01 24 June, 2019, 11:05:11 AM
I'm about to get back into donating again after shamefully not donating for a few years. I'm booked in for an appt in September as the sessions I can get to after work fill so fast.

I'm not fond of needles but looking the other way and chatting to other folk is all it needs.

I like to think my blood is special as it must be thrill-infused after all these years...
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: Mattofthespurs 24 June, 2019, 02:50:07 PM
I'm about to get back into donating again after shamefully not donating for a few years. I'm booked in for an appt in September as the sessions I can get to after work fill so fast.

I'm not fond of needles but looking the other way and chatting to other folk is all it needs.

I like to think my blood is special as it must be thrill-infused after all these years...

Well done!

I'm not squeamish at all but I don't usually watch when they put the needle in. I'm usually reading a book. My last go the nurse was excellent, didn't feel a thing.
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: gurnard 24 June, 2019, 03:30:25 PM
Over here in Belgium they won't accept blood from anyone who lived in England between 1980 and 1996 because of  Variant Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease. I moved over here in 2002 so I am definitely out.  Which is a bit disappointing.

https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-alphabetical/eligibility-reference-material.html
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: JayzusB.Christ 24 June, 2019, 05:28:39 PM
Over here in Belgium they won't accept blood from anyone who lived in England between 1980 and 1996 because of  Variant Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease. I moved over here in 2002 so I am definitely out.  Which is a bit disappointing.

https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-alphabetical/eligibility-reference-material.html

The Sun says: BARMY BRUSSELS BUREAUCRATS BAN BRIT BOARDERS' BLOOD
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: Tjm86 24 June, 2019, 06:46:16 PM
Over here in Belgium they won't accept blood from anyone who lived in England between 1980 and 1996 because of  Variant Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease.

You know what, I think you might have finally explained Brexit!
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: I, Cosh 24 June, 2019, 07:11:04 PM
Over here in Belgium they won't accept blood from anyone who lived in England between 1980 and 1996 because of  Variant Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease. I moved over here in 2002 so I am definitely out.  Which is a bit disappointing.
It's the same in Switzerland. I was quite taken aback.
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: I, Cosh 24 June, 2019, 07:14:59 PM
Over here in Belgium they won't accept blood from anyone who lived in England between 1980 and 1996 because of  Variant Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease. I moved over here in 2002 so I am definitely out.  Which is a bit disappointing.

https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-alphabetical/eligibility-reference-material.html

The Sun says: BARMY BRUSSELS BUREAUCRATS BAN BRIT BOARDERS' BLOOD

I just found this on the Irish blood service website. Clearly CJD was a firm respecter of national boundaries, unlike the Tory party.

Never give blood if: You have spent 1 year or more, in total, in the UK in the years 1980 to 1996
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: Funt Solo 24 June, 2019, 07:48:39 PM
In the US, I can't give blood because of that Mad Coo Disease that created the Moniaive Comic Festival. 
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: gurnard 25 June, 2019, 01:04:30 PM
The Sun says: BARMY BRUSSELS BUREAUCRATS BAN BRIT BOARDERS' BLOOD

Love it.
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: Buttonman 25 June, 2019, 06:55:28 PM
I used to enjoy the feeling of being a good person once I'd donated. Universal donor blood too!

Sadly my weakened heart and possibly the prescription drugs meant an end of my largess.

They wrote and said that I could still help by encouraging others.

So go on!
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: Satanist 26 June, 2019, 07:43:16 AM
I give but not as often as I should.
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: Mattofthespurs 26 June, 2019, 08:00:52 AM
I give but not as often as I should.

Anything is better than nothing!