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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 17 Jun 18 8.30pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by Karlosfandango

I only started a couple of years ago and have no idea why I didn't start sooner, other than being terrified of needles there's no reason not to. Also just received confirmation of being put on the bone marrow registry.

Good for you.

I once tried to go on the bone marrow donor list but was rejected as I have a bad back. My problem is muscular not skeletal. I suggested they put me on the list and if they ever get a match then we can discuss the implications but they said no.

This was back in the eighties hopefully things have changed since because they need as many donors as possible. I think if there is a match you get a full physical anyway so that's the point when your health needs to be reviewed.

 


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View Kentbaldeagle64's Profile Kentbaldeagle64 Flag Swanscombe 17 Jun 18 8.33pm Send a Private Message to Kentbaldeagle64 Add Kentbaldeagle64 as a friend

Use to but they stopped me donating due to health issue. I feel fine and would sign a diclaimer but they still say no,. I also donated plasma and platelets for about four years.

Shame as it helps so many people.

 

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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Online Flag 18 Jun 18 6.39am Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Badger11

I once tried to go on the bone marrow donor list but was rejected as I have a bad back. My problem is muscular not skeletal. I suggested they put me on the list and if they ever get a match then we can discuss the implications but they said no.

This was back in the eighties hopefully things have changed since because they need as many donors as possible. I think if there is a match you get a full physical anyway so that's the point when your health needs to be reviewed.

I think that there is an upper age limit of 40 to be a bone marrow donor. My daughter developed leukaemia about ten years ago and was desperate for a bone marrow transfusion but they couldn't find a match.

Fortunately after trying everything else they tried what was then a revolutionary idea of stem cells from a stored umbilical cord and that saved her life.

Although doctors aren't allowed to give any details about the donor they did let slip that it was a German boy so my daughter is now also my son

 

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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 18 Jun 18 5.59pm Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

In 1984 I received a blood transfusion. It was around the time of AIDS contaminated blood stocks were discovered.
Four years later I began donating blood, which is now tested and screened. I didn't have AIDS.

Then in 2005 they asked me to stop donating blood, as during my transfusion in 1984, I could have received blood contaminated with Mad Cow Disease (BSE), which can lie dormant for years in your system.

Thoroughly worthwhile to give blood. Plus, you can get drunk on far less in the evening.
Workplaces normally give you an afternoon off to make a blood donation.


I'd be more worried that the Government test all blooddonations to get your DNA and put you on their police database.

 


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View Femaleagle's Profile Femaleagle Flag Reading 18 Jun 18 6.46pm Send a Private Message to Femaleagle Add Femaleagle as a friend

I kept trying but failed the thumb test. They put me on a 3 year stop but I'm trying again in August. I think it's an important thing to do. You never know when you, your friends or your family might need donated blood to save their lifes.

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 19 Jun 18 9.04am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by Femaleagle

I kept trying but failed the thumb test. They put me on a 3 year stop but I'm trying again in August. I think it's an important thing to do. You never know when you, your friends or your family might need donated blood to save their lifes.

That sounds like a problem with the amount of iron in your blood (I could be wrong and frequently am). Anyway well done and please keep trying.

 


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View cp forever's Profile cp forever Flag south london 20 Jun 18 4.06pm Send a Private Message to cp forever Add cp forever as a friend

Used to give but now take asthma medication so they won't accept me which is a shame as relatively rare B neg...I would encourage anyone who can, the company I worked for were happy for us to take their time to do it which is a good incentive.

 

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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 17 Feb 19 3.03pm Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

Apparently regular bleeding contributes to health. So why do I get a battering from Mrs Hillbilly every month ?

It is a really worthwhile exercise, giving blood. But not if you are a Jehovahs Witness.

Receiving blood on a couple of occasions saved my life (1984 and 1990). Giving blood was healthy for me and also gave me a positive vibe that I could be saving someone's life, and Kudos amongst friends and colleagues.
Plus free tea and biscuits, and a couple of hours off work.
I was up to about 35 units, before they stopped me donating. another 10 years donating, and I would have got a crystal decanter. Another reason Mrs Hillbilly hates me

 


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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 17 Feb 19 3.10pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Those of us who are healthy should donate it's a worthwhile cause, chances are you or your loved ones will end up needing blood at some point in your life.

If you have never done it and are a bit squeamish it's no big deal they keep the blood bag out of sight so you don't see it and it's just a little prick (I will refrain from a joke here).

 


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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 17 Feb 19 3.20pm Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

All the positives are:

*You get a free health check, which is more rigorous than a doctor will provide
*Couple of hours off work
*kudos
*2 pints afterwards will get you hammered.

 


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View cryrst's Profile cryrst Flag Chatham 17 Feb 19 5.23pm Send a Private Message to cryrst Add cryrst as a friend

I did until i got arthritis and have methatrexate weekly.
Shame as i got my first badge on 10 pints and was on my way to 20.

 

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View PalazioVecchio's Profile PalazioVecchio Flag south pole 17 Feb 19 6.55pm Send a Private Message to PalazioVecchio Add PalazioVecchio as a friend

in ireland you are regarded as tainted if you have ever lived in (or looked at a map of) the UK.

it all seems a bit extreme, otherwise happy to give blood the odd time. Its good for keeping your iron levels down if you have any celtic genes and hence a predisposition to the Celtic curse.

too much iron is at least as bad as too little iron.

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