How About Donating Blood As Well As Organs?!

tylersmayhem 4 August 2008 42

I’ve just finished reading the topic “Organ donor forms now to go with licence renewals”, and it got me thinking about why so many people don’t donate blood?  I’ve always been a keen blood donor, but since I have been overseas for about 5 years, I can’t donate for about 12 months.

The Red Cross have been screaming out forever about the need for blood, and often I think people don’t even consider it, until someone they know is in an accident, or worse – and need some of the precious red stuff.  Somehow I think if the Red Cross handed out coin (like they do in the US), there would be plenty more donors.  This is sad really!

Get out there and start saving lives Canberra – and I’m interested to hear why so many Canberrans don’t donate.

[ED – dubious locality and news value but I’ll let it through this time as I know Tylersmayhem has been gagging to get a story posted]


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astrojax astrojax 11:59 am 06 Aug 08

but I think you severely underestimate needle phobias. I would love to give blood, but I go to pieces even going for a simple blood test.

mdme, i have now given almost 40 donations and can’t bear to watch the needle. doesn’t stop me – i just don’t watch!

as for the comment that said it was a time burden, a couple of hours of your time a couple of times a year is too much? now, how much time did you waste last week in front of useless tv?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 8:49 am 06 Aug 08

Good to hear you are donating New Yeah – it just didn’t sound at all like it in your original post. Speaking of biscuits and peterh’s comment – they don’t give you a biscuit to say “thanks”, they do it so you don’t fall over.

Like New yeah said quite well, donating anything from yourself is quite a selfless act. It seems there is the expected few out there who always expect something back when they give something. And the only time this changes is when they or someone in their family get hurt or sick.

I realise also that there are many out there who cannot donate for one reason or another. I urge you to give it a shot if you’ve never donated before. When my wife and I met, she had never donated, and was quite scared to do it. She came along with me one day to give it a go. after a few times, she was the one booking us in and urging us to go.

I;m just trying to get some awareness out there everyone. Thanks to everyone who donates!

ant ant 9:29 pm 05 Aug 08

madman said

Madman said :

Thought i’d help you out ant and the other readers:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/20560/barber_american_association_of_blood_banks/

pretty funny!

dang! how did you find that? I googled it to see if I could find the ad, and there were only glancing references to it. I hadn’t seen the ad in years, but it’s a beauty because I always enjoyed watching it, remembered it, AND knew what the ad was for. Pure art!

On a par with the Geico caveman series (and they’re all still on the net, luckily).

sepi sepi 7:09 pm 05 Aug 08

Most Canberra hospitals are not equipped to save cord blood from newborns.

New Yeah New Yeah 7:07 pm 05 Aug 08

peterh said :

tylersmayhem said :

I think Peterh and New Yeah are shockers! I take it you are fishing for an argument. You might just change your tune and fish for some sympathy…and blood, should you or a member of your family need it. Then those bicuits might look pretty good. I must have been in denial to think that some of you would actually expect money for giving the gift of life to people?!

JB, I never knew about this Red Cross trying to flog blood for profit…do tell! That also is a shocker.

whoa. I do donate blood. i have done since i was old enough to. I have also given blood in a transfusion on the side of the road for some poor bugger who had lost a lot. I did not say that I didn’t donate, just that if they paid me, I would probably be inclined to give more. As i am a fit male in his late 30’s, the thought of giving blood doesn’t worry me at all.

Yo tyler, ditto peterh. I donate 3-4 times a year and have been doing so for nearly 6 years. I didn’t mean to belittle the efforts of the Red Cross in enticing donors; I would donate for nothing, not even a biscuit, if that’s the way the system worked.

I believe that giving something OF yourself (blood, marrow or even a kidney) is one of the more selfless things that you can do. And donating blood is the most convenient way to do this.

See you at the blood bank.

In the time I’ve been donating I have often tried to round up work colleagues to join. Many do, come along once, and then realise that donating is not for them.

peterh peterh 5:04 pm 05 Aug 08

dragonflygal said :

I can’t donate for health reasons.

But what I’m wondering is – why aren’t new parents routinely asked if they want to donate their newborn’s umbilical cord?

all my kid’s cord blood is in storage till they are 18. If they need it for whatever reason, it is there.

peterh peterh 5:02 pm 05 Aug 08

tylersmayhem said :

I think Peterh and New Yeah are shockers! I take it you are fishing for an argument. You might just change your tune and fish for some sympathy…and blood, should you or a member of your family need it. Then those bicuits might look pretty good. I must have been in denial to think that some of you would actually expect money for giving the gift of life to people?!

JB, I never knew about this Red Cross trying to flog blood for profit…do tell! That also is a shocker.

whoa. I do donate blood. i have done since i was old enough to. I have also given blood in a transfusion on the side of the road for some poor bugger who had lost a lot. I did not say that I didn’t donate, just that if they paid me, I would probably be inclined to give more. As i am a fit male in his late 30’s, the thought of giving blood doesn’t worry me at all.

whitelaughter whitelaughter 3:47 pm 05 Aug 08

I’m anaemic, so can’t give blood. There are a lot of people who can’t donate blood for one reason or another; the advantage of donating organs is that the donor really doesn’t need to worry about it negatively affecting their own health.

Oh, to the people who can and do donate blood – thanks!

blueberry blueberry 2:56 pm 05 Aug 08

>Agree with you Blueberry, but I think you severely underestimate needle phobias. I would love to give blood, but I go to pieces even going for a simple blood test.

Nope not underestimating if you have a medically recognised needle phobia the that would probably make you ineligible.

But other than that I’m sick of hearing people wussing on about being scared of needles because it is the ‘Thing’ to be scared of. Sure when they are just about to poke it in I get the heebee geebeeys, heck I’m even prone to fainting some times after wards because I am quite small, but in the end giving blood actually hurts a whole lot less then having a tetanus shot or some other inoculation. Once they put the needle in you can’t even feel it any more.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 2:35 pm 05 Aug 08

But what I’m wondering is – why aren’t new parents routinely asked if they want to donate their newborn’s umbilical cord?

I think this happened to us when young master Berlina came along. I think I consented, too.

I have donated blood in the past, and would do so again now, but they just take way too long.

justbands justbands 1:53 pm 05 Aug 08

I’ve gone as far as to suggest to a Doctor that they cut me with a knife & pour the drugs into the wound rather than give me a needle….they wouldn’t.

mdme workalot mdme workalot 1:06 pm 05 Aug 08

Agree with you Blueberry, but I think you severely underestimate needle phobias. I would love to give blood, but I go to pieces even going for a simple blood test.

jakez jakez 12:35 pm 05 Aug 08

blueberry said :

>There you go, I’m paying for someone else to donate. My duty is done 😉

Nope your not if your not donating your self and you are eligible then you are obviously to much of a wuss.

Other work places even some in the private sector offer workers time to go and give blood. You should ask yours.

Yes, if somebody in a previous post indicates that they will be donating soon, and in the post you have quoted adds a ‘;-)’, I would think it is pretty safe to assume they are being facetious.

blueberry blueberry 12:23 pm 05 Aug 08

>There you go, I’m paying for someone else to donate. My duty is done 😉

Nope your not if your not donating your self and you are eligible then you are obviously to much of a wuss.

Other work places even some in the private sector offer workers time to go and give blood. You should ask yours.

justbands justbands 10:45 am 05 Aug 08

>> It’s also a good way to cure needle phobia.

I got the tatt a few years back, still have the needle phobia though.

jakez jakez 10:23 am 05 Aug 08

blueberry said :

Also if you are in the public service some departments will allow you to donate blood on work time so you are still getting paid.

There you go, I’m paying for someone else to donate. My duty is done 😉

blueberry blueberry 10:07 am 05 Aug 08

I have been giving since I was old enough to.
If you can get together a group of people at your work place you can contact the blood bank and they have a little Tarago that they can organise to come and pick you up and drop you of.

My opinion is that if you want to hold a drivers licence then you should be giving blood if you can. It is not hard, barely any inconvenience and it is such an easy free way to help so many people. Plus all of the nurses are so nice and friendly that I actually look forward to going when the bus comes to my work.

Also if you are in the public service some departments will allow you to donate blood on work time so you are still getting paid.

jakez jakez 9:50 am 05 Aug 08

My fiancee and I will be heading in soon to part with some of the red stuff before we go and get our Tatts done (don’t worry, we aren’t getting some stupid name with a heart thing).

emd emd 9:27 am 05 Aug 08

You can donate if you have a tatt, just wait twelve months.
It’s also a good way to cure needle phobia.
Donation levels often drop in winter as the regular donors catch the usual colds & flu. But we still need donations. I just discovered that 34% of red blood cells are used to treat cancer and other blood diseases.
I’ll be donating again when I stop breastfeeding. Even if your blood type is common, it’s still valuable stuff.

If you’re a public servant, it’s easy to book in with a group of workmates. Just pick a day that’s not that busy and you can have a gossip while you do something tangibly good for society instead of the usual motivation-sapping paper-pushing.

Here’s the mobile blood bus schedule.

Thumper Thumper 9:01 am 05 Aug 08

It depends when you got the tatt, but I’ve forgotten when that is, or was….

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