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4957 clicks; posted to Main » on 12 Jan 2014 at 7:36 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-01-12 07:29:54 AM  
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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 08:21:14 AM  
2 votes:

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 01:59:00 AM  
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2014-01-12 04:36:32 PM  
1 vote:
12.5 Gallons to date.

O- is universal doner. They can give that to anyone before they are typed to find the best match.
/Go every 16 weeks to do double red blood donations.
2014-01-12 03:52:58 PM  
1 vote:

capt.hollister: 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.

I'm AB+ and used to donate plasma and platelets because ABs are the universal donors for those, and we aren't a huge percentage of the population. Thennnnnn I had my third baby and I got a call from a very apologetic woman telling me that I have certain antibodies in my blood which could lead to a TRALI reaction in a recipient (long story short, antibodies formed during pregnancy can adversely affect about 1 in 3000 recipients of platelets/plasma, and by "adversely" I mean "their lungs stop working.") I was pretty unhappy about it. On the bright side, the baby who inadvertently gave me antibodies is an AB-, so when she's old enough, her platelets and plasma will be GOLD.
2014-01-12 09:18:52 AM  
1 vote:

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 09:16:28 AM  
1 vote:
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 09:02:39 AM  
1 vote:
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 08:17:00 AM  
1 vote:

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 transformers 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 07:48:26 AM  
1 vote:
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.
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