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Poll From: 04/03/2013

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Have you ever given blood? Submitted By llet95, RI
Yes, once.
Yes, regularly.
Yes, once in a while.
No, but I'm considering it.
No, and I'm not so interested.
Vote
Comment on this poll
DrummerGirl333
on 04/27/14
"My Chemical Romance" "Blood"
I donate blood every hour, on the hour! xD
swaguser13951136
on 04/09/14
Unfortunately my medication stops me from continuing to donate blood now. I'm so disappointed with the results of this poll. I hope that the non-donors reconsider their options. Having worked in an A&E department where blood has been a lifesaver, there are many survivors who owe their lives to the wonderful donors who so generously give such vital liquid. There is always a shortage of blood - especially of the rare blood groups.
If you're frightened of the needle part of giving blood, you can now have a cream rubbed on the skin so that you won't feel the needle. It's a painless, quick procedure after which you'll have a cuppa and biscuit and be sent on your way. I'd like to say a big thank you to all donors on behalf of all the recipients who were unable to do so in their critical situations. ;) Mo
detilly
on 04/02/14
I cant.
jessestone555
on 01/26/14
no freakin way
Lmelaku406
on 01/05/14
I WISH I could. ;(
I'd be saving so many lives indirectly by now.
EwingOil1912
on 08/04/13
ShawnaC123 liked this  
There should be a "I cannot give blood" answer. I can't donate as I've had transfusions.
yujm
on 06/24/13
make money online http://www.cashcrate.com/4506886
oskarivank
on 06/01/13
siempre es bueno donar
kapid
on 05/29/13
should be a CAN'T opti
conwan
on 04/27/13
I don't like needles.
MADHAT3R
on 04/21/13
NEVER AGAIN #FAIT
rm21
on 04/03/13
For people complaining that there should be a "can't" option, consider that the person making the poll might not have thought of it at the time. I myself forgot that there would be "can't" people until reading the comments. I doubt the creator of the poll left the option out deliberately.
JuliaFaraday
on 04/10/13
I don't think people think it was on purpose...there's nothing malicious about it, it's just annoying.
JuliaFaraday
on 04/10/13
alexaner liked this  
I don't weigh enough :/
Crista128
on 04/03/13
Jen2Jam and 5 others liked this  
I hated having to pick "No and I'm no so interested". I would if I could, but I can't. Messes up the poll and makes it seem like more people don't care than is true.
Jigsaw786
on 04/09/13
We need more people like you!
Sharon35160
on 04/03/13
My blood clots to fast and they can only use it for their super secret medical testing
Jigsaw786
on 04/09/13
That's because you have a higher ration of thrombin:antithrombin in your blood plasma. Thrombin is an enzyme which converts the soluble globular protein, fibrinogen into insoluble fibrous protein, fibrin. Fibrin forms a network of layers which prevents the blood from escaping hence we develop a temporary blood clot or otherwise known as thrombosis. Antithrombin is a competitive inhibitor meaning that it has the same complementary shape as the substrate (fibrinogen), which can bind with the active site on the enzyme thrombin; this prevents enzyme-catalysed reactions from occurring with the substrate hence there will be no thrombosis. This is essential as we do not want to clot parts of our blood vessels for unnecessary reasons otherwise this could become fatal.

Thank you for reading. :)
CheapoChic
on 04/03/13
ShawnaC123 and 2 others liked this  
As a teenager I was very nearly killed in a car accident. I had to have 8 units of blood over 2 days and many units of platelets after that in addition to the saline. If someone hadn't taken time to donate I would be dead. I repay the favor on schedule. Have for over 17 years. I will continue to do it for more than that, health willing.
ZeeMAD1
on 04/09/13
Thank goodness you are ok? now.
StenoDoll
on 04/03/13
JuliaFaraday and 3 others liked this  
To those who have tried to donate, do donate, and even those who wish they could donate but aren't able due to meds, medical conditions etc- I think it's wonderful & amazing that you are so giving! Someone needs blood every TWO seconds.

I'm a blood donor recruiter, and one of the things that I was most surprised to learn was only 37% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10% do annually.

If you decide to donate blood, ask if your chosen blood donor center sells your blood. Many of the hospitals I help are forced to buy blood if they do not receive donations.

Our bodies naturally replace what we give away- the plasma from your donation is replaced in about 24 hours. Red cells need about 4-6 weeks for complete replacement.

Donating platelets are another way to help. Platelets help patients with clotting problems (aplastic anemia, leukemia) or cancer, and patients who will undergo transplants or major surge
ZeeMAD1
on 04/09/13
Only 37%? Wow.
SammyParks
on 04/07/13
ChelseaMarie50 liked this  
I am a Jehovah's Witness and don't believe!!
Babe1960
on 04/07/13
i can't
Aparoids
on 04/06/13
Boom.
xBelovedxSoubix
on 04/04/13
OlaLola and 3 others liked this  
They should have a can't donate option. If I could donate I would but I'm a fainter so they don't want me because I scare more people away then any good I do.
Amarra
on 04/05/13
Agreed. I can't because of medical issues but wish I could.
soIexist
on 04/04/13
OlaLola liked this  
yeah me too. I can't donate blood either :( Then I feel bad when I click no
tallymommy
on 04/04/13
LadyRadagu and 1 others liked this  
So true, I had to just click on one....
siyue
on 04/03/13
swaggasweet and 2 others liked this  
When will people realize and understand that blood transfusions are bad. They hurt people. The blood doesn't take long to change once it comes out of the body. There is too much room for error too. It makes people sick.
Most people just need to have the volume returned to their body and doctors can do that cheaply and safer by using a simple saline solution to dilute the blood in the body. That saves time for the person to rebuild their own blood. And if some is spilled out during surgery it will be diluted and the person won't lose as much of their own precious blood.
People that have the same procedure done but with blood alternatives (like this one that I mentioned) recover faster and cheaper than people that took the blood transfusion.
Robbiebobbie
on 04/03/13
KCow liked this  
is your brain underformed? That has to be the stupidest thing I've heard today.
Let's see how you feel when you really need a transfusion.
KCow
on 04/03/13
JuliaFaraday and 9 others liked this  
I'm sorry but I stopped reading at "hurt people" because that's just stupid. Do your research.
siyue
on 04/04/13
"The rate of in-hospital death increased by 8.5 percent each additional day the transfused blood had been on the shelf." -New York Times, June 27, 2006

"Patients who received blood transfusions had higher rates of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and even death." -Duke Med News Oct 8. 2007

"Five-year mortality was more than twice as high in those who received perioperative blood transfusions than in those who did not." -Pulmonary Reviews.com
siyue
on 04/04/13
"Researchers examined the death rate of 4,073 patients with ST-elevated myocardial infarction 30 days after the heart attack occurred. Among the 363 patients who received transfusions, the post-heart attack death rate after 30 days was 13 percent, compared to just five percent for the 3,710 non-transfused patients. After adjusting for baseline characteristics, transfusion was still associated with higher mortality." -Science Daily

"[For] patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting transfusion [is] associated with a 70% rise in five-year mortality." -Timothy Begany - Blood Transfusion: Risks And Alternatives - Pulmonary reviews.com Vol. 9, No 2 Feb 2004

"Patients who were given a transfusion had significantly higher mortality in intensive care and overall mortality than patients who weren’t." -British Medical Journal
redfoxboots
on 04/05/13
your "research" are stories that are not actually based on scientific evidence. If someone loses most of their blood in an accident that cut off an artery, saline will not save them because it cannot carry oxygen and nutrients to the body. An alternative would be perfluorocarbons, which can carry oxygen. These are experimental, however, and can not be used widely yet. Blood transfusion has its flaws, like any other medical treatment given. That's why they only use it when necessary. But it saves many more lives than it takes, and is currently the best option we have. Do some actual scientific research, not stories you find. I know many people who were bleeding out, had lost most blood in their body, and were saved by blood transfusions. Saline would not have saved them, sorry to break it to you.
siyue
on 04/04/13
swaggasweet liked this  
These are just some quotes from the research that I did. Just to show that I did some research, not to argue with you.
I knew people would disagree with me and possibly call me names but I wanted to put my comment out there any way so perhaps one person will see that there is an alternative that is better and they don't have to follow the crowd.
redfoxboots
on 04/05/13
Where is your medical degree? May I ask what university you obtained it from?
EileenW
on 04/03/13
JuliaFaraday and 5 others liked this  
I thank God that my life has been saved by blood transfusions.
heather2owen
on 04/03/13
swaggasweet and 5 others liked this  
I had blood clots (saddle P.E.) in my lungs so bad 2 years ago that it was compromising my heart. They gave me the 'clot buster' medication, but, my muscles were so torn up inside that they bled when the medication was given ( I was using crutches-thus the torn up muscles). Everywhere I had a needle stick, I bled. Where I had the blood gas drawn, that blew up to the size of a golf ball on my wrist! If I would not have gotten the transfusion I could have died! I hated having to get it, but, it saved me as well as the medication. they could not have thinned my blood any more like you stated in your post with the saline...I was already too thinned up by this point...
I appreciate your post, but, just know that not all cases can be called for the same things...
metalheadal
on 04/05/13
Posey1234567 liked this  
I had surgery for cancer, and they had to give me blood.
MamaNae
on 04/05/13
I've been pregnant and/or nursing pretty much non-stop since I became eligible so not yet. Some day I'm hoping to though!
hblack4d
on 04/04/13
I used to donate regularly (even the company appointment coordinator) until I was potentially permanently deferred. During the last 10 years, the Red Cross has loosened that deferral of cancer survivors who were no longer receiving maintenance treatment. I have only been able to give once since then. I plan to return to a regular schedule in the near future. I'm sorry to hear about the poor experiences some of the posters have commented about. (ex Red Cross Volunteer for over 20 years in various capacities, mostly in staffing a first aid station)
meetkavitha
on 04/04/13
fdsf
Michaella13
on 04/04/13
I have a few times
KatieS85
on 04/04/13
Every time there is a blood drive I either have just been out of the country or gotten a tattoo.
Chelllseaaax0
on 04/04/13
i thought it would hurt but it didnt at all (:
sexybedroomdj
on 04/04/13
Chelllseaaax0 liked this  
Maybe I'm the only one. I'm a very cautious person. I know who I am but I can't say for others and their behaviors. Especially when HUMAN error can easily be a culprit. I'm afraid that (could be possible)needles aren't taken care of properly or just human error of reusing needles.
MissGreenDay
on 04/04/13
Posey1234567 liked this  
I have recieved blood for an illness. Before the transfusion I felt so weak and then afterwords I felt so energized. It's a great thing to get and I appreciate those who gave blood to make me feel better.
EileenDover
on 04/04/13
I've gotten my blood taken alot. If there's ever a blood drive near where I live then I would.
bettiegrl
on 04/03/13
swaguser61352955 and 9 others liked this  
I gave blood once and tried a second time but they wanted me to provide my donor card which I never received. Called Red Cross. They had my address spelled so badly it was undeliverable. I requested another card. Nothing. Called back. They never changed the address and complained to ME that it was undeliverable. Never got card but eventually started getting mailers to the right address, but now my name is spelled wrong. Makes me wonder that if they can't figure out how to spell my name, street name, and town, are they able to screen the blood correctly? I know that's a stretch but the level of incompetence in handling correspondence is ridiculous. The third and last time I went, the workers at the Red Cross were extrememly rude. They insisted that I present a donor card and questioned my health. Then they took my temperature. I had a low grade fever I wasn't aware of and was accused of trying to infect people. I left in tears and never attempted to donate again.
alikat72
on 04/03/13
Rainbowdrymouth3 and 2 others liked this  
I have never and would never donate blood to the red cross. I won't donate funds or supplies to them either. I've seen first hand what they actually do in a small town with a huge disaster and after that they lost all support in our area. Check into donating blood at a local hospital or blood bank. They are much better.
bettiegrl
on 04/04/13
Thanks for the tip. I wasn't aware that you could donate directly to the hospital!
triathlon29
on 04/03/13
Rainbowdrymouth3 liked this  
I agree I'm not giving to a "charity" which is making their CEO rich.
krbi
on 04/03/13
I would never give any money to the Red Cross, but they are the best at handling blood.
triathlon29
on 04/03/13
Rainbowdrymouth3 and 4 others liked this  
That's what happens when all the money goes to the CEO.
kazpr
on 04/04/13
i try to
Deb009
on 04/04/13
I always gave blood but now I am on certain medication that I can't! I wish I could it is so important
maureenwithfive
on 04/04/13
StenoDoll liked this  
Giving blood is so important. My mother was a regular donator. When she developed heart disease and had two bypass surgeries - it gave her comfort knowing that she had helped someone long ago and now it was her turn to have another person who gave blood help her.
dougiesmom
on 04/04/13
ShellinaHolloway liked this  
I have twice, but the second time had so much trouble with it, they recommended me not to try any more. :(
amcoope2
on 04/03/13
I used to give on a regular basis, but I just got a tattoo a few weeks ago. Not sure how long before I can give again
Kachie
on 04/03/13
As long as you are healed (2 to 3 weeks) and had it done at a licensed facility, you can donate.
andie1432
on 04/03/13
Nope they tell you to wait 12 months depending on which state you live in
RuebixPenguin
on 04/03/13
So in just over 11 months you can give again - that's not too long to wait, you have many more years of donating ahead of you.
Kachie
on 04/04/13
They changed the rules last year.
Tata2
on 04/04/13
People need to be more interested helping one another and a simple way without getting involved , is giving blood!!!
KINGDEXTER
on 04/04/13
really
NewMomma2011
on 04/03/13
StenoDoll and 2 others liked this  
My grandfather didn't start giving blood until he was 70 and gave many many gallons before he was no longer allowed to do to having cancer (right around his 90th birthday). I was inspired by this a set a goal for myself to give a gallon by the time I graduated high school. I was just a couple days short of that but I did it! I have given several times since then but not quite as regularly due to the birth of my son :) That knocked out about a year of being eligible...
Muchablige
on 04/03/13
wow, you were able to give blood before you turned 18. they must have changed the rules.
NewMomma2011
on 04/04/13
StenoDoll and 1 others liked this  
You can give at 16 with parental consent but at 17 you can donate without parental consent...at least that is what the rules are in my state...
Taytotot
on 04/03/13
StenoDoll liked this  
Yes they did change the rules. I think before 18 you need to have parental consent but you can donate.
NewMomma2011
on 04/03/13
due* to
Neenerskt
on 04/04/13
JuliaFaraday and 2 others liked this  
As I scroll through the comments, I notice an overwhelming number of people who (like me) are medically unable to donate.
I understand that the person who created this poll may not have taken that in to consideration but it is at SBs discretion to alter the poll as they see fit.
For an organization that has consistently championed causes such as Lupus (which leaves it's victims unable to donate) I am quite disappointed in their overwhelming insensitivity in this matter. Booooo, SwagGuy/Gal, BOO I say! ;-)
singawayangel
on 04/04/13
Posey1234567 and 2 others liked this  
I always wanted to donate but as it turns out I can't because of my anemia.
Neenerskt
on 04/04/13
JuliaFaraday and 4 others liked this  
I am medically unable to donate as well and found it a bit irritating that there was not an "I would love to donate but am medically unable" option.
BeBeCakes
on 04/03/13
swaguser61352955 and 9 others liked this  
A big turn off about donating blood is knowing that the Red Cross sells the donated blood to hospitals for a ridiculous amount, then in turn the hospital sells it to the patient for an outrageous amount. Yes I understand there is a cost to for handling/storing and whatnot.. but they shouldn't jack up the price so much more than the operating cost for something that they received for free/donated to them. This is a reason some people do not "donate". People who get into accidents, etc., have no choice to pay that outrageous cost for something that was received as a donation.
cajun57
on 04/04/13
BeBeCakes and 2 others liked this  
Not only that BeBeCakes but the Red Cross's CEO makes MILLIONS and all for people spending their time and gas driving to donation sites AND going through the slight pain of donating blood with NO compensation except a snack and a small drink.
BeBeCakes
on 04/04/13
Yes. That is exactly why a few friends of mine are put off enough to not donate to them anymore.
Kachie
on 04/03/13
I know! I wish that there was another way for me to donate blood that doesn't go through Red Cross, I have been sickened by how much money they make
NewMomma2011
on 04/04/13
Neenerskt and 2 others liked this  
check with area hospitals, often times they also accept blood donations...
pennypincher46
on 04/03/13
hblack4d and 2 others liked this  
I guess I do not understand the reasoning of that being a reason to not "donate". I agree that it seems terrible for the Red Cross to do that but to not give seems even worse. If you can potentially save someone's life, why wouldn't you consider donating blood? I used to hate needles and had a huge fear of donating blood but since I try so hard to keep myself healthy, I decided it was time to overcome my fear in place of helping others who need my help. It's been such a rewarding experience. I will give whenever I can.
drumluver
on 04/03/13
Rainbowdrymouth3 and 1 others liked this  
Thank you for the information! I did not know this!!
DaveBliky
on 04/04/13
DazzlingDana liked this  
I'm going in for my third time. I just turned 16 in September and now I give as often as I can. I don't see why others don't. I mean, I don't like the needles, but somebody needs the blood. You can save a life.
dawnro
on 04/04/13
JuliaFaraday and 3 others liked this  
sometimes you cannot for reasons beyond your control (low iron, low weight, low bp, having had hepatitis) please don't be so quick to judge.
eduvet85
on 04/04/13
Excellent
ABRockz
on 04/03/13
Diana15 liked this  
The result is really shocking !!!
danrio
on 04/03/13
I agree....and a bit saddening.
Neenerskt
on 04/04/13
LadyRadagu liked this  
I'm sure if there had been an option "I would love to donate but am medically unable" there would have been a significant number of votes in that category.
kmhagen
on 04/03/13
ShawnaC123 and 7 others liked this  
Well before you go getting all indignant, keep in mind that a certain percentage of the population cannot give blood. Now go pat yourself on the shoulder a couple of more times.
MaxiMouse
on 04/04/13
DazzlingDana liked this  
As I stated in my comment earlier. According to my blood bank's website, only 10% of those who are eligible to donate (eligible meaning have no medical reason to prevent them) actually donate. 10%!!!!! That is pathetic!
drock33523
on 04/04/13
mullattomania and 1 others liked this  
Yes I have given blood many many times since I was old enough. I thought most everyone gives blood. I was so wrong judging by the comments... Someday you might be the one needing the blood... just saying:)
wetdogsmell
on 04/04/13
hey
flowerchild79
on 04/04/13
hello

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