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Old January 1st, 2008, 8:15 pm
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Old January 1st, 2008, 8:34 pm
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I'll probably give blood, some day. And here's the strange thing; I love needles. It's weird, but I do. And it might be rare to love needles, who knows...


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Old January 1st, 2008, 9:07 pm
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I'll probably give blood, some day. And here's the strange thing; I love needles. It's weird, but I do. And it might be rare to love needles, who knows...
You would. I've just always hated them. I think I'm a bit more sensitive to them then most people, since whenever I get a shot, it always seems to hurt longer than for other people. Of course I could just be building it up worse in my head...


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Old January 1st, 2008, 9:18 pm
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 2:38 am
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some places DO pay. Like I think someone up above sad Las. Vegas pays due to the high demand for blood.
You get paid for plasma, not blood. They can't pay for blood, because then druggies or people like that who desperately need money would be more likely to lie during the questioning process and people could end up with blood-born illnesses from those donations. Plasma, however, isn't used for medical purposes (at least, not where someone could become infected) so it's safe for them to pay without having to worry about if someone is lying for the money.

Around here, you can make up to $45 each time you donate plasma. I think it just depends on the Plasma center, how much you get paid...it's really up to them.

Does anyone know if it's safe to donate both at the same time tho?


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Old January 2nd, 2008, 4:58 pm
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I really really wish i could give blood especially as i'm a rare blood type! But i was very ill when i was younger and my doctors have forbidden me to give blood or donate organs, its something i wish i could do though.


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Old January 2nd, 2008, 5:08 pm
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I have a question though, can you donate blood regularly if you also donate plasma regularly? Or are you only allowed one or the other??
you would have to call your local blood bank to find out.

Different places have different rules and regulations.


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Plasma, however, isn't used for medical purposes (at least, not where someone could become infected) so it's safe for them to pay without having to worry about if someone is lying for the money.

Around here, you can make up to $45 each time you donate plasma. I think it just depends on the Plasma center, how much you get paid...it's really up to them.

Does anyone know if it's safe to donate both at the same time tho?
Don't quote me on this (it's imperative to check with your local blood bank for details)...when you donate whole blood, you are actually donating both...plasma and red blood cells. They separate them at the blood bank. When they take your red blood cells you have to wait about 56 days before you can donate again. When they take just your plasma (depending on how it's collected) you can donate your plasma (in some places) twice a week...but this totally depends on the operation they use and how they collect it. I'm sure the amount you get paid for plasma depends on your location.

One interesting thing about plasma donation is they can take antibodies you have in your system to make certain medications and vaccinations.

Those of you who have your blood donor cards...check the front to see if you are CMV positive or CMV negative. If you are CMV negative...they will most times use your blood for newborn babies in NICU (Neo-natal Intensive care) and for patients with compromised immune systems like AIDS. CMV = Cytomegalovirus (CMV) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cytomegalovirus, if you want to read up on it.


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You get paid for plasma, not blood. They can't pay for blood, because then druggies or people like that who desperately need money would be more likely to lie during the questioning process and people could end up with blood-born illnesses from those donations.
But they test the blood regardless of how you answer the questions.


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I'd really like to give blood. I think it's a great thing to do and I don't have a problem with needles. However I can't give blood because I have low iron But I admire all those who do give


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I'd really like to give blood. I think it's a great thing to do and I don't have a problem with needles. However I can't give blood because I have low iron But I admire all those who do give
Do you take Iron Pills?

My mom ha=s the same problem but she was able to give blood with me cuz she took some iron pills a couple of days before


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Old January 3rd, 2008, 4:29 am
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I'd really like to give blood. I think it's a great thing to do and I don't have a problem with needles. However I can't give blood because I have low iron But I admire all those who do give
Are you vegetarian or vegan by any chance?? That can effect your Iron levels. My friend was tiny and usually had problems with being anemic, so for a day or two before donating, she'd eat steak for dinner. It helped. But if you are vegetarian or vegan, I'd recommend Iron supplements. You should consult your doctor first, of course, and make sure your diet is providing you with enough nutrients.


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But they test the blood regardless of how you answer the questions.
YEs, they do, but some diseases have an infectious period where the infection does not show up on tests. The worst offender there is HIV, which can infect a person for six months before the antibodies show up, which is all they can really test for (that's as to HIV, I am not sure if they test directly for other infections). So a druggie can shoot up in July, go sell blood in December, and still test clean. This is another reason it is so critically important that those who pass all the tests give their blood freely: if we start paying for blood, we'll get people willing to lie and infect others for the blood money.


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Are you vegetarian or vegan by any chance?? That can effect your Iron levels. My friend was tiny and usually had problems with being anemic, so for a day or two before donating, she'd eat steak for dinner. It helped. But if you are vegetarian or vegan, I'd recommend Iron supplements. You should consult your doctor first, of course, and make sure your diet is providing you with enough nutrients.
I'm vegetarian but can't take iron tablets. They make me sick. My mum used to give blood but the past few times they decided there was something wrong with her blood so now she cant.. but they dont know what


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Old January 7th, 2008, 5:46 pm
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I think it`s really good to give blod the only problem for me is that I am too young to be allowed to give, but as soon as I 18 years I think I will. It`s so important.


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I think it`s really good to give blod the only problem for me is that I am too young to be allowed to give, but as soon as I 18 years I think I will. It`s so important.
You can actually donate blood at 17, if you have parental permission. Your parent's just have to sign a paper or two, saying that you're old enough and that they will allow you to donate. And you have to have photo ID.


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You can actually donate blood at 17, if you have parental permission. Your parent's just have to sign a paper or two, saying that you're old enough and that they will allow you to donate. And you have to have photo ID.
That depends on country and state.


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Old January 7th, 2008, 9:15 pm
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Thanks, then I will ask about it in my counrty how the rules are


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If you have low iron, you can eat a bowl of Malt-o-meal cereal and add raisins to it. There are certain foods that inhibit the absorption of iron. I know because I have this problem. I am not anemic, but it my hemoglobin count is low, then I can't donate. When I couldn't donate blood, I was given a list of foods that inhibits the iron absorption. Like, you can't have egg yolks, or dairy products or whole wheat products or caffiene.


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The Red Cross came to my high school and sponsored blood drives twice a year for those who were 16 and older I donated 3 times throughout my junior and senior year and it really is a great thing to do (for those who can)

I was also able to volunteer all day at both of the blood drives in my senior year of high school.

In Wisconsin, you could donate at 16 years old with parents permission, then 17+, you didn't need parents permission.


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