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2014-01-12 01:59:00 AM  
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2014-01-12 03:41:13 AM  
Isn't O like a universal donor?  I'm AB- and people are always going on about how important it is for me to donate, but I think it's more important for the O people to donate.  Am I wrong?
 
2014-01-12 07:09:05 AM  

Lsherm: Isn't O like a universal donor?  I'm AB- and people are always going on about how important it is for me to donate, but I think it's more important for the O people to donate.  Am I wrong?


No, you're right. You're the universal receiver (that doesn't sound right) so if you ever need a transfusion you're in luck.

/unless it's infected with AIDS but that's just common sense
 
2014-01-12 07:21:53 AM  
I like how the first section is fairly specific about who can donate, until it gets to this part:

They'll also ask you a few basic questions about your health and lifestyle.

Trying to skirt around something there, are we?
 
2014-01-12 07:29:54 AM  

Radak: I like how the first section is fairly specific about who can donate, until it gets to this part:

They'll also ask you a few basic questions about your health and lifestyle.

Trying to skirt around something there, are we?


Eh, call off the dogs, spokesperson for GLADD. There are a lot of lifestyle questions, too many to list individually in one article  It's not all about the gay buttsex.
 
2014-01-12 07:33:38 AM  

Mugato: Eh, call off the dogs, spokesperson for GLADD. There are a lot of lifestyle questions, too many to list individually in one article  It's not all about the gay buttsex.


Call off your own, person who obviously lacks a sense of humour.

/it's GLAAD, btw
 
2014-01-12 07:44:37 AM  

Lsherm: Isn't O like a universal donor?  I'm AB- and people are always going on about how important it is for me to donate, but I think it's more important for the O people to donate.  Am I wrong?


It depends on what the blood will be used for. O- is the universal donor, and AB+ the universal receiver in general, but there are some things where it doesn't work like that. An exact match is generally preferred or neccessary for whole blood, IIRC.

/A+
 
2014-01-12 07:45:53 AM  

Mugato: Radak: I like how the first section is fairly specific about who can donate, until it gets to this part:

They'll also ask you a few basic questions about your health and lifestyle.

Trying to skirt around something there, are we?

Eh, call off the dogs, spokesperson for GLADD. There are a lot of lifestyle questions, too many to list individually in one article  It's not all about the gay buttsex.


For some reason, when I talk about that year-long beef tour in England that I went on with my African boyfriend, they don't want to take my blood anymore.
 
2014-01-12 07:48:26 AM  
Heh.  "Beef tour" sounds like a euphemism.

I couldn't think of a more concise way of describing travelling the country, visiting restaurant after restaurant, shoving hot meat down our throats.  Er, I mean eating beef.
 
2014-01-12 07:51:32 AM  
I don't donate, they ask too many questions.
 
2014-01-12 07:52:32 AM  
I'm always afraid my blood will leap out at someone and kill them.
 
2014-01-12 07:53:30 AM  
B+ represent!

Another thing the article doesn't mention - sports. It takes weeks for the body to replace the hemoglobin lost in the blood donation. So while you'll probably feel fine, your blood will be missing certain key oxygen-carrying components and this can affect performance.

In other words, wait until AFTER the marathon to donate. Seriously.
 
2014-01-12 07:58:47 AM  
A Cultural History of Giving Blood
Also - they SELL your blood to hospitals. It's not free to them. Ave. = $300.00. Blood is a commodity with it's own market.
 
2014-01-12 08:01:40 AM  
Please, give generously!

Signed,

Richard Chase,
Professional Ghoul

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2014-01-12 08:05:36 AM  
Oddly enough, they do not directly mention buttsex. You're asked if- that is, if you're a guy, you have had sex with another guy at any time since Saturday Night Fever came out, if you've ever been in prison or belonged to a HS Glee Club (ok, just kidding about the ladder), or if- regardless of gender, you've been in the sack with someone who has done the above. No mention of actual activities is made- not buttsex, rusty trombones, Cleveland Steamers, the Halifax Heimlich, the Naughty Nun, nothin'.
Now, if you're a straight guy, you could've been doing buttsex marathons non-stop in a Peurto Rican cathouse for six months, but as long as it was over a year ago and as far as you know, no trannies were involved, you're good to go.
 
2014-01-12 08:09:32 AM  
The "lifestyle" questions are useless anyway, people could just lie. Unless you have a bandage over your new eyebrow ring or painfully limp into the place wearing your Barbara Streisand t-shirt, they can't prove you're lying. They probably just have to go through the motions of asking for legal reasons.
 
2014-01-12 08:17:00 AM  

cynicalbastard: Oddly enough, they do not directly mention buttsex. You're asked if- that is, if you're a guy, you have had sex with another guy at any time since Saturday Night Fever came out, if you've ever been in prison or belonged to a HS Glee Club (ok, just kidding about the ladder), or if- regardless of gender, you've been in the sack with someone who has done the above. No mention of actual activities is made- not buttsex, rusty trombones, Cleveland Steamers, the Halifax Heimlich, the Naughty Nun, nothin'.
Now, if you're a straight guy, you could've been doing buttsex marathons non-stop in a Peurto Rican cathouse for six months, but as long as it was over a year ago and as far as you know, no trannies were involved, you're good to go.


That's because it has to do with the much higher rate of HIV in gay people, not the method of transmission.
 
2014-01-12 08:19:53 AM  
Heh, that was my blood donating joke as well, subby.

/B+
 
2014-01-12 08:21:14 AM  

Hardy-r-r: Also - they SELL your blood to hospitals. It's not free to them. Ave. = $300.00. Blood is a commodity with it's own market.


Well, yeah.  The phlebotomists, the guys who test your blood, the guys who arrange drives, etc all get paid even if your regional Red Cross or independent blood bank is non-profit.

/ 5 gallons 4 pints of B+ so far
 
2014-01-12 08:24:42 AM  

Mugato: The "lifestyle" questions are useless anyway, people could just lie. Unless you have a bandage over your new eyebrow ring or painfully limp into the place wearing your Barbara Streisand t-shirt, they can't prove you're lying. They probably just have to go through the motions of asking for legal reasons.


Well, of course you can lie, but why would anyone do that? If you're enough of a decent human being to donate, you're not going to lie about recent tattoos or travel or anything just to get a free cookie.

The weird thing about blood types is if you have a very common one, you should donate simply because it's common and more people need it. If your type is more rare, it's also in demand.

/ A+
 
2014-01-12 08:28:15 AM  

Lsherm: Isn't O like a universal donor?  I'm AB- and people are always going on about how important it is for me to donate, but I think it's more important for the O people to donate.  Am I wrong?


Yes for whole blood your right. But for platelets and plasma, the opposite is true and AB blood types can give to anyone. I give at the local Red Cross office once every two months. It takes about 2.5 hours. It's pretty painless. I sit down and stream Netflix while the nurse and machine do there thing.
 
2014-01-12 08:30:25 AM  
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2014-01-12 08:30:53 AM  
When they see my blood type it always seem like they're trying to ask me to commit suicide by donation.

/B-
//I think you ought to know, I'm feeling very depressed.
 
2014-01-12 08:40:44 AM  

Mugato: Radak: I like how the first section is fairly specific about who can donate, until it gets to this part:

They'll also ask you a few basic questions about your health and lifestyle.

Trying to skirt around something there, are we?

Eh, call off the dogs, spokesperson for GLADD. There are a lot of lifestyle questions, too many to list individually in one article  It's not all about the gay buttsex.


Mother Nature Network??   You know how I know that you're gay subby?


/just sayin'   NTTATWWT
 
2014-01-12 08:43:47 AM  

Mugato: Lsherm: Isn't O like a universal donor?  I'm AB- and people are always going on about how important it is for me to donate, but I think it's more important for the O people to donate.  Am I wrong?

No, you're right. You're the universal receiver (that doesn't sound right) so if you ever need a transfusion you're in luck.

/unless it's infected with AIDS but that's just common sense


No, subby's Mom is the universal receiver.

/ sorry. I feel bad now
 
2014-01-12 08:55:23 AM  
Back off the alcohol after donating? I thought needing less booze to get lit afterwards was one of the perks.

/jk
 
2014-01-12 08:56:02 AM  

gadian: Heh, that was my blood donating joke as well, subby.

/B+


I don't donate every six months anymore, but when I did, this was my persistant, tired, drained joke.

/B+
 
2014-01-12 08:59:15 AM  
A blood donation story, not for the squeamish:  In college, our track coach decided that our team would have 100% "voluntary" participation at the school's blood drive.  On the day of a track meet.  Only problem was, that was also the day that the Red Cross was training several newly-hired phlebotomists.  The person I got could not get the needle into a vein to save her life, even with help from the person supposedly supervising her.  She consistently poked it THROUGH the vein, leaving a dozen or so of us with large hematomata in the crooks of our elbows.  On my turn, she not only missed the vein but managed to find the radial nerve (a needle to which is an experience everyone should have at least once- it's electrifying).  When she eventually managed to get blood flowing into the bag, it filled extremely slow and the process was painful in the extreme.  A doctor came over and told her she was actually draining blood that was leaking out into the space next to the vein (which was punctured).  Despite having 2/3 of a pint already extracted, she pleaded with me to allow her to stick the other arm.  Being stupid, I said yes.  All went well with that vein, luckily.  So I staggered out of there nearly two pints of blood low, chugging Gatorade like it was the nectar of the gods.  The enormous hematoma on the first-attempt side was so swollen that I literally could not bend that arm.

Two hours later at the track meet, it was like watching a zombie movie.  Our team, still sporting gauze-pad-and-medical-tape brassards, stumbled and staggered around the track.  Javelin throwers feebly tried to toss their sticks more than a dozen yards, having forgotten to get their non-dominant arm stuck.  Hammer throwers spurted blood out of their reopened puncture wounds.  I had two races, a short sprint and a mid-distance run.  I barely made it through the sprint, nearly fainting at the end as grey and red spots filled my narrowing vision.  The long run, well I don't remember any of it.  They tell me that halfway through, I passed out and began vomiting and passing diarrhea.  I was taken to the hospital and put on a banana bag (IV hydration and electrolytes).

Needless to say, we lost the track meet.  And the coach got fired.  And I still have a deformed vein that looks like someone embedded a ball bearing in my left arm.
 
2014-01-12 08:59:18 AM  
Never donated and actually don't know my blood type. Once asked my doc to type it and told me that ins doesn't cover it and it cost 200 bucks...how bad did I want to know? Sounded not right to me.
 
2014-01-12 09:02:39 AM  
I'm Type O-.  It's highly encouraged I donate, as it's useful to everyone.

Sucks though, because I can only receive Type O- back.  Seems a little unfair, like I'm a superhero who everyone despises.
 
2014-01-12 09:04:47 AM  
Put that back! Coffee is for donors!
 
2014-01-12 09:16:28 AM  
I'm A-, which means that when I had my little "accident" I was pretty much lucky as Hells that the hospital had enough blood at the time, and I pretty much depleted their supply when I was under the knife, since the final tally was about 267 units all told. Mind you, some of that was just plasma, and some was platelets, so the nearly five 5-gallon buckets of blood products that they threw into me wasn't quite so catastrophic to the blood supply as it first sounds, but I did single handedly force a blood drive in the Western Mass area for A-.

What drives me nuts, is that because of the artificial valve that they threw in, that I can't give blood now--I'm on blood thinners for the rest of my natural days, and that means that I can't give blood. I can't pay back the gift that was given to me, by a lot of anonymous folks, save by thanking the folks who gave, and be glad that I was a donor before I had my little kerfuffle. My life was saved by the kindness of folks I'll never meet, and who probably don't know the difference that their taking some time out of their week made. So, thank you. All of the folks who give, because when bad things happen, y'all have given very much the gift of life. I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for folks who took a few minutes out of their day, and got a glass of juice and a cookie, and a cute band aid. Thank you to all of you who donate. Hopefully you'll never have to be on the receiving end, but it means everything for the folks who do.
 
2014-01-12 09:18:52 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I'm Type O-.  It's highly encouraged I donate, as it's useful to everyone.

Sucks though, because I can only receive Type O- back.  Seems a little unfair, like I'm a superhero who everyone despises.


That's why people like you need to donate, so when it's needed it's there. As mentioned before, proper type-matching is preferred when transfusing, if anything else so that if some poor sod with O neg comes in needing a few pints the entire stash won't be dry because it all got used on some AB pos person who could have just as well have taken something else. :)

/B neg here, my husband is O neg
//the local blood bank always calls us up a day or two before we're eligible to donate again to set up appointment times
///half of the staff there recognizes us on sight :D
 
2014-01-12 09:25:31 AM  
A+ here, which makes my blood dime-a-dozen. It is the most common type for folks of European decent.

Generally do the platelets.
 
2014-01-12 09:28:12 AM  
Sure buttsex is a no no, until the gays can not have way higher levels of HIV and hepatitis it will remain that way.

O negative is universal blood donor. AB positive is universal plasma donor however.

Tips for donating are kinda pointless because donating effects everyone differently. I'm 28 and have donated pretty much every two months since I was seventeen and have never had a problem. Physical activities after donating seem unaffected for me, obviously my alcohol tolerance drops somewhat.

Eat lots of red meat throughout the couple months between donations. Iron levels can be hard to maintain especially for women cause of periods and stuff or something.

/ o negative cmv negative
 
2014-01-12 09:28:53 AM  

tripleseven: Never donated and actually don't know my blood type. Once asked my doc to type it and told me that ins doesn't cover it and it cost 200 bucks...how bad did I want to know? Sounded not right to me.


Home typing kits are $10 or less.
 
2014-01-12 09:46:46 AM  

Hardy-r-r: A Cultural History of Giving Blood
Also - they SELL your blood to hospitals. It's not free to them. Ave. = $300.00. Blood is a commodity with it's own market.


At $300 a pint, you donate for free so they can make huge profits, It's the 'mericun way.
 
2014-01-12 09:51:40 AM  
O+ here with 2 gallons, 2 pints donated. (It was 2 gallons, 6 pints until I had to take 4 pints back over New Years due to severe anemia)

I tried to give every 2 to 3 months but got turned away half of the time because I was always on the borderline of the hemoglobin count. They knew me well enough that they wouldn't do any of the other screening stuff until after testing it. I stopped a couple of years ago when I couldn't get my number over the cutoff of 12. Didn't realize it until almost too late but my number kept going down until it was so low when I did a blood test that they sent me to the hospital immediately for a transfusion.

Donating blood is a simple way to do good and get pampered and made to feel special for a little while. Anybody who can, should. It's good for the body, soul, and society.
 
2014-01-12 09:52:39 AM  

tripleseven: Never donated and actually don't know my blood type. Once asked my doc to type it and told me that ins doesn't cover it and it cost 200 bucks...how bad did I want to know? Sounded not right to me.


Exactly the same for me.  I'm curious to know what mine is.  Do they tell you what it is when you donate?
 
2014-01-12 10:01:12 AM  

oukewldave: Do they tell you what it is when you donate?


That they do (not right there, but they'll send you a card with it after your first donation).  My local bank also used to give you a cholesterol reading with every donation, but I think they may have stopped doing that recently.
 
2014-01-12 10:02:25 AM  
I'm a relatively rare AB+ and I use to give blood long ago.

Unfortunately, ever since mad cow disease struck Europe I've been barred from giving blood anywhere in Québec.  According to Héma-Québec's guidelines, I have spent too much time in the UK and too much time in continental Europe.

Apparently, the risk that I will turn into a mad cow (or mad bull, in my case) is just too high.
 
2014-01-12 10:05:14 AM  

Error 482: Lsherm: Isn't O like a universal donor?  I'm AB- and people are always going on about how important it is for me to donate, but I think it's more important for the O people to donate.  Am I wrong?

It depends on what the blood will be used for. O- is the universal donor, and AB+ the universal receiver in general, but there are some things where it doesn't work like that. An exact match is generally preferred or necessary for whole blood, IIRC.


Correct, that's the rule for whole blood. It's the opposite for plasma.
 
2014-01-12 10:07:54 AM  

Radak: Mugato: Eh, call off the dogs, spokesperson for GLADD. There are a lot of lifestyle questions, too many to list individually in one article  It's not all about the gay buttsex.

Call off your own, person who obviously lacks a sense of humour.

/it's GLAAD, btw


Really? So they're admitting the don't give a shiat about the driving and it's all about the drunk!? God damn prohibitionists!

/O neg, appointment to give tomorrow, actually, so I'm getting a kick from the replies this morning
 
2014-01-12 10:09:01 AM  

dforkus: A+ here, which makes my blood dime-a-dozen. It is the most common type for folks of European decent.

Generally do the platelets.


Much to the chagrin of Asians dads everywhere.
 
2014-01-12 10:10:57 AM  
O+, CMV-, 10+ gallons... Lifestyle questions aren't just teh gaysex, travel can also prevent you from donating. I've been on the naughty list for a year after traveling in areas where malaria is an issue a few times.

My tips:

Keep a jug of gatorade in the car and drink some before and the rest right after donating. Cookies and juice don't cut it.

Do double red donations if you can... then you only have to give 3 times a year.

Don't hit on that cute phlebotomist... sure, you might get lucky, but they can put you in a world of hurt if not.
 
2014-01-12 10:14:53 AM  
Don't even know my type. Blood transfusions carry too many hidden de diseases though. I prefer blood expanders when I have surgery.
 
2014-01-12 10:15:57 AM  
O+ here, I donate every three months when the Bloodmobile comes to work, and alternate with platelets until I'm eligible again. Red Cross is constantly calling me, but every time I donate platelets, I imagine a child with cancer getting a needed transfusion which makes me keep going.

Donating so much and being vegetarian, I was having iron count problems and was sometimes too low to donate. Iron supplements work wonders, last time I went I was 13.5.
 
2014-01-12 10:18:52 AM  

pjbreeze: Hardy-r-r: A Cultural History of Giving Blood
Also - they SELL your blood to hospitals. It's not free to them. Ave. = $300.00. Blood is a commodity with it's own market.

At $300 a pint, you donate for free so they can make huge profits, It's the 'mericun way.


Red Cross evidently has an arrangement whereby if you've donated over 2-3 gallons they will provide *any* amount of blood free if you need it. That's one reason I keep my donor card in my wallet.
 
2014-01-12 10:19:39 AM  
silently waits for a new liver
 
2014-01-12 10:21:47 AM  

Mugato: Radak: I like how the first section is fairly specific about who can donate, until it gets to this part:

They'll also ask you a few basic questions about your health and lifestyle.

Trying to skirt around something there, are we?

Eh, call off the dogs, spokesperson for GLADD. There are a lot of lifestyle questions, too many to list individually in one article  It's not all about the gay buttsex.


Tattoo within a year is a big one. IV drug user is another.
 
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