Skip to main content

I am. Are you? (10)

Oct 15, 2008 3:03 PM CST I am. Are you?
seekerian
seekerianseekerianMarsascala, Xlokk Malta4 Threads 85 Posts
A blood donor?

Why give blood? Before giving blood you undergo a small screening test to check if you can give blood. This can uncover potentially serious problems so a regular blood donor would be able to catch a disease at the early stages. Regular is once every 3 months for men and every 4 months for women.

But that's about the donor. What about the patient, the recepient? The patient is someone you do not know and most likely never will. He or she will require your blood or parts of it for a million and one reasons. And thanks to you they just may pull through.

The needles. Yes yes you will be pricked. While I am not going to say it does not hurt (yes I hate needles - promise), I will also say it does not hurt any more than if you cut your finger with a knife slicing an onion. And let's put it in perspective. You are healthy and allowed to give blood. You get pricked once. The receiver of your blood is likely to be someone who is getting pricked many times a day so what you are going through compared to your 'target audience' is nothing.

Some countries pay blood donors but I think the practise is indecent. But that's my opinion. In Malta it is volontary and you get nothing for it except knowing you did something good. Well you do get a coffee and sandwich after the donation.

So how do you go about giving blood? Just call at your local hospital. Most probably they have a blood bank. In Malta it is located in the square in front of St Luke's, on the left facing the hospital.

Giving blood is not a sin. It is not something to be done in dark shadows. When you are going to give blood tell everyone. Encourage people to join. Find a stupid reason to do it. Your birthday. Your friend's birthday. Christmas (before the drinking starts). Your budgie laying an egg. Cooking the perfect roast. Anything.
Oct 15, 2008 3:10 PM CST I am. Are you?
Used to donate to the Red Cross until I left CH in the late Sixties.
Have to take too many Meds for my Heart and Bloodpressure now,or I would be still donating.conversing wave
Oct 15, 2008 3:37 PM CST I am. Are you?
Lillym
LillymLillymSliema, Majjistral Malta60 Threads 4,845 Posts
Thanks for reminding us...wave
Oct 15, 2008 3:45 PM CST I am. Are you?
smoky
smokysmokyUnterland, Zurich Switzerland300 Threads 6 Polls 13,267 Posts
Nice thought. I used to donate blood in South Africa. When I came here to Switzerland I thought I`d carry on ......... THINK AGAIN........ I have never felt so guilty in my life! Being an "Auslander" was bad enough .... admitting I come from AFRICA ..... well, that was the limit! I had to pinpoint on a map Exactly which part of Africa I was from, given miles of documentation to fill out, with lots of sweet and sympathetic smiles ....Even sat thru a phone conversation between the nursing sister and the Director of the Blood Bank - I got the definite impression that they absolutely not interested in the blood of anyone from that dark and dismal continent......... Even though I`m just a respectable old white granny I felt like they thought I`d slept with every trans-country truck driver there, danced the fandango in every beer hall, and was riddled with all sorts of blood destroying germs and HIV!
So, I reckon my days of donating blood are over....cheers
Oct 15, 2008 3:48 PM CST I am. Are you?
seekerian
seekerianseekerianMarsascala, Xlokk Malta4 Threads 85 Posts
smoky: I had to pinpoint on a map Exactly which part of Africa I was from


No disrespect Smoky, but HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO PINPOINT MALTA ON A GLOBE!!!!!!!
Oct 15, 2008 3:55 PM CST I am. Are you?
smoky
smokysmokyUnterland, Zurich Switzerland300 Threads 6 Polls 13,267 Posts
seekerian: No disrespect Smoky, but HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO PINPOINT MALTA ON A GLOBE!!!!!!!


No, but looking at their map with its blue/red/green/purple divisions showing all the blood sucking things and disease carrying parasites that live on humans it was embarassing - Ebola areas, Malaria, Tse-tse flies, and other things I cant spell. Well, at least I know if I need a blood transfusion here, I dont have any worries about the quality of the blood!
Oct 15, 2008 4:12 PM CST I am. Are you?
gingerb
gingerbgingerbLetterkenny, Donegal Ireland10 Threads 1 Polls 6,330 Posts
I used to donate regularly but they won't take it any more because I lived in England since the 70's. Something to do with a hepatitis b scare. I used to give quite a bit too because they always wanted Rh B neg blood for anti D which they give to mothers after birth.

I hate that I cant donate here. Ireland is so fussy.dunno
Oct 15, 2008 4:25 PM CST I am. Are you?
seekerian: No disrespect Smoky, but HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO PINPOINT MALTA ON A GLOBE!!!!!!!



35°53'N 14°30'E dunno confused grin
Oct 15, 2008 4:59 PM CST I am. Are you?
mike69spain
mike69spainmike69spainAlmuñécar, Andalusia Spain41 Threads 6 Polls 5,508 Posts
Conrad73: 35°53'N 14°30'E


Try 35°53'N 13°42'E, great catch there laugh
Oct 16, 2008 6:42 AM CST I am. Are you?
maruska1980
maruska1980maruska1980Santa Venera, Majjistral Malta8 Threads 2 Polls 408 Posts
I would like to donate blood as this can save a life, and it could be me that one day I might need that same very help, but unfortunately since I am Talessemia trait, I cannot donate blood. This is a very common condition in the Mediterranean, and unfortunately in Malta especially, since it is a small country, it keeps spreading because this condition is genetic.
Post Comment - Post a comment on this Forum Thread

Stats for this Thread

691 Views
9 Comments
by seekerian (4 Threads)
Created: Oct 2008
Last Viewed: Feb 27
Last Commented: Oct 2008

Share this Thread

Post Comment back to top
We use cookies to ensure that you have the best experience possible on our website. Read Our Privacy Policy Here