I haven't. For some reason, when they bring the needle, I pass out. I'm not afraid, but the whole blood thing just makes me weak and dizzy and then, plop. And, they won't take blood from you if you are a fainter.
I've donated over a dozen times. The first time was when I was 17, and my high school had a blood drive on campus. I admit, I signed up initially because it would get me out of my least favorite class for a day. I really hate needles, but I hated that class even more. The registration and testing was a breeze (except for the hemoglobin test, which hurts more than the actual donation). I was so nervous, but the phlebotomist I had was awesome. She was very patient, and I barely felt the needle go in. I got a little dizzy after the blood was drawn, but it wasn't too bad. They just had be lay down with my feet elevated for about five minutes, and the dizziness passed. Then, I was able to go to the canteen. After school, my mom was so shocked and impressed that I actually went through with it that she took me out to eat. Now, it's a tradition for us. Whenever I give blood, she takes me out for lunch or dinner.
Yes, I have donated several times. I have trouble replacing the blood that I donate, so I have to donate on a day that I know I'll have several days to rest.
I haven't because I was always too sick to do it when we lived near a donation place. Now that I am better and healthy there isn't one near us at all. DH has done it before though.
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Nope I wouldn't.....
I have not. I am not allowed to because I do not weigh enough.
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