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    Im not allowed.

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    I'm booked in for session number 3 next month.

    The first time I tried to give blood they could not get a vein, the second time they got a pint but I almost passed out. The last time was smooth sailing, the nurse got the needle in with almost no pain and the needed did not feel uncomfertable either. Lets hope they are all like that.

    On topic, what blood groups are people? Any rare ones here? I'm B+ which I believe is 8% of the population.

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    I think I'm up to 27 on the next donation next month.

    Signed up when I was 17 but had a long stretch of time when I only managed once a year which has knocked my count.

    I'm also on the bone marrow list and have once been asked for permission to have one of my sample thawed out but wasn't a match from that.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawns View Post
    On topic, what blood groups are people? Any rare ones here? I'm B+ which I believe is 8% of the population.
    Same here.

    To the people here to dont give but could, I give blood even though I have an issue with blood (I passed out at the birth of my oldest). I just dont look at what they are doing and let them get on with it. Luckily, I donate really quickly, most of the time I catch the staff of guard as I am finished before they are expecting it!

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    Next session will be number 45 (or so).

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    I am an O+ blood type with a rare blood factor (Swain-Langley 2)

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    Can I jump in with pushing organ donation? You can add your name to the NHS Organ Donor Register and one day you may be able to save lives.

    https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/how...on/consent.asp

    Transplants are one of the most miraculous achievements of modern medicine. But they depend entirely on the generosity of donors and their families who are willing to make this life-saving or life-enhancing gift to others.

    One donor can save the life of several people, restore the sight of two others and improve the quality of life of many more. The more people who pledge to donate their organs and tissue after their death, the more people stand to benefit. By choosing to join the NHS Organ Donor Register you could help to make sure life goes on for many others.

    Joining the register records your agreement to the use of your organs and tissue for transplantation after your death.

    When you register it is important that you tell those closest to you about your decision.

    To decide whether or not you wish to become a donor after you have died is something very personal and it is important that everyone makes their own decision. Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions about organ and tissue donation to help resolve any doubts you might have about leaving a legacy of life for others after you die.

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    I've just gotten a text from Donors reminding me of my appointment tonight, that's new. And useful!

    On the topic of blood types, you may be interested in how the Japanese would perceive you - blood type is like astrology to them: Blood types in Japanese culture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (there's actually been a politician resign with something along the lines of "I'm sorry, I couldn't help it, I'm blood type B so it's in my nature).

    And everyone should be an organ donor. I just wish it was an opt-out system, not an opt-in.

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    @tech_guy I have already written in my will that my body can go to science and organ transplant. the brain can be used for whatever they want (testing for migraines, balance disorders, both of which I suffer), the heart, eyes liver, kidneys and lungs are on the organ transplant list, and the body can be used as a cadaver for forensic anthropologists to study body decomposition. I spoke with my family about it and they are happy with my wishes.

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    I go every three or four months, just for the biscuits

    Must be around twenty pints by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    My record is something like 4m15s to squeeze that pint out, I'm determined to get below 4 minutes. It'll be my Roger Bannister moment.
    3m39

    (pint #22, it turns out)

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    I'm barred and have been since I had an op back in 2001 and they don't know whether the blood I received was contaminated with "mad cow" disease - great! My missus has just been barred too after finding she has a bone marrow abnormality - so 2 less regular donors - sad really

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    As someone who has had several transfusions both blood and iron infusions thank you all so much!! Without them I dread to think where I would be today. I am A+ with antibodies so cannot give blood either but so wish I could cause I know what it did for me getting my donated blood.

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    He donated his armful, went to get up and passed out.
    Same thing happened to me when I was an apprentice in the RAF. I remember getting off the bed and walking towards the table with the tea and biscuits. Came around in a hospital bed! I had measles and the blood-letting aggravated it. Took months to fully recover and I've never given any since.

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    So, I gave blood on Monday and was all bled in 5m 6s, it was just the 45 minute wait on arrival that was a bit of a pain!

    As for "take the plaster off in 6 hours", stuff that, I keep it on for work the next day just so I can show off my blood giving and try to shame some of the wusses here into donating.

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