My father-in-law has just had his life saved by skilful surgeons and several unknown ordinary folk. Indeed, if you live in London and are blood donor, it could have been you.
I said on another thread that people who can should give blood and Stockpicker replied --
Thanks for the reminder, it's something I used to do twice a year, regular as clockwork, when I worked for a big company who organised it for me, but since then I've not been back.
Folks, it's something we can all do to make a tangible difference - shall we make a pact to all do it in, say, the next month? By 31 March?
So how about it? It's something I used to do until a combination of a malaria and dengue fever type virus made my blood something to be studied by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta rather than used in another human.
It doesn't hurt and in the UK at least you get a nice cuppa and a biscuit or two at the end of the quick procedure.
Giving blood is hugely meaningful to the recipients and their families and involves no effort or pain on the part of the donor, other than getting to the donation centre.
I did it for many years at Groote Schuur, and also donated white cells for, if I remember correctly, leukaemia patients. This takes longer, they take all your blood out of you (not all at the same time or you'd deflate, to paraphrase Tony Hancock!) and put it through a centrifuge to remove white cells.
In both cases, what you give is very quickly replaced by the body, but there are certain cases under which you cannot give blood, either because doing so could compromise your health or that of the recipients. In a lot of countries they won't accept donations from people who lived in the UK during a certain period because of the potential danger of JKD (mad cow disease).
Would that I could. I started in 1965 and managed to get myself onto two 'panels' so double-donated for many years until I emigrated. I rejoined when I returned to the UK, but I then had a major operation in 1990 which required transfusions. Shortly afterwards they decided that there was a risk that I had received blood contaminated by CJD so now I am banned permanently which is a shame as, apart from wishing to repay my 'debt' to the blood bank I believe it to be beneficial (I always felt better (physically) after giving) both healthwise and also morally. They don't have a means of testing for CJD . . . Creutzfeldt_Jakob disease - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Location: Back in the land of the singing aardvarks looking for the escape hatch.....
I used to give blood regularly but in my years as an ATCO, it's been less frequent. We used to have the restriction of 'not within 24 hours of going on duty' which made it nigh on impossible to donate locally which has meant travelling 10 or 12 miles to a session. Now the restrictions on ATCOs and aircrew have been relaxed (now only 12 hours), it's easier to do.
I started at school, but only cos it got me out of a double Maths lesson, strange that it was so popular at my school!
In my previous career I gave blood every 6 months. My blood donations became a bit intermittent when I became a working pilot. Also one or two instances of going paddling without my wellies in an exotic part of the world made my blood too much of a gamble for them for a while, and I haven't done so since - mainly through inertia.
Thanks for the prompt. I believe I can donate at our local hospital. I shall check it out this afternoon.
Used to but haven't for several years now, as I've always assumed that gout, rotten kidneys and a handful of tablets each day precluded me. I may be wrong, so I shall phone the Vampire Helpline for the definitive answer and if I can, I shall. If you're in the same predicament phone and ask.
Last time I gave blood was in 1984 in Belize, and there is now a Belizean, who was born by ceasarian, running about, thanks to 4 pints of A Neg supplied via the med centre at APC. However the next time I went to give blood in the UK after that, they wouldn't take it because of the conditions we lived in at APC in Belize. I did try to give blood in Oman in 1989, and they were quite happy to take it, but I fainted, so never got round to it on that occasion. Unfortunately on meds now so I can't give any, but I would urge those who can to do so. I found the process quite relaxing, and it is such a small thing to do to help someone.
Living in the US, we are considered too closely related to mad cows, so may not give blood.
But the bone marrow donor organisation decided we are ok for them. So, for anyone not allowed to give blood, maybe you could consider trying to sign on the bone marrow donor list? I think, in the UK, the Anthony Nolan trust is part of that.
My respect to those who donate to this worthy cause. I would if I could but, unfortunately, a combination of pills (various), diabetes(allegedly) and a past history that includes glandular fever, seems to exclude me. Surely, the saving of a fellow human's life is the most precious thing we can do, irrespective of which particular altar one prays at.
I was also a donor for over forty years, until sometime after receiving a small rebate in an operation, the powers that be decided that I (with a lot of others, it seems) may be a Mad Moo recipient, and ended my efforts. All of my donating career, I petitioned people far and wide to join me in doing what is really an easy duty of care for our fellow citizens, with some success, I'm pleased to say.