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Have you ever given blood?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on January 2, 2009

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Photo of Ashley Hattesohl

“I have not. Both my parents have. They’re pretty religious about it.”

Photo of Fred Rengstorf

“Yes. … It does a lot of good for a lot of people.”

Photo of Scott Bunte

“I have. I think there was a call for people to come and give blood.”

Photo of Michelle Bunte

“I have not because I’m a little squeamish about doing something like that, and it makes me nervous.”


sgtwolverine 6 years, 9 months ago

No, I've never had dinner at H_L's house.

ohjayhawk 6 years, 9 months ago

I have, but not until I met my wife. She got me over the "squeamishness" of it, and it does do a lot of good. One pint of blood helps three people.

jonas_opines 6 years, 9 months ago

No, I just loan it out for time to time. Not a lot of consistent takers, though, as my interest rates are rather high.

labmonkey 6 years, 9 months ago

I kid not...I once had a roommate who was from the Transylvania area of Romania, was a trained phlebotomist, and liked to read Anne Rice books. I gave her crap about that all the time. I gave when I was 17 in high school, on 9/11 (I remember waiting several hours as the Lawrence blood bank was full of people that least they bought us pizza), and a couple years ago at work. I should give more since I am O positive and can give to anyone.

dminear60 6 years, 9 months ago

My husband and I give every two months. It is easy to do, takes less than 30 minutes of my time and I always leave the blood bank feeling good about making a donation. If you can--and I know some people cannot--make an appointment and donate. What a wonderful way to give back to the community.

BuffyloGal 6 years, 9 months ago

I do every two months as well and try to take my kids with me so they can get used to the idea. It's like voting, a civic responsibility that can only make this country better.

SMe 6 years, 9 months ago

I like the old days when it was profitable. $15.00 a pint.

LRAZ 6 years, 9 months ago

I had a bad experience trying to give many years ago - at the KU Studen Union. This put me off from donating blood for many years. Ironically, I now work at a blood bank in St. Petersburg, Florida and know how important each donation is. Every pint can help up to three people in need. I am squeamish about needles and blood, and a two gallon donor. :-)

yellowhouse 6 years, 9 months ago

I have a rare blood type but I never weighed enough to give blood. Hate needles anyway.I see a lot of people giving blood these days to pay bills. Its a fast $40

yellowhouse 6 years, 9 months ago

Selling your ipod to the yellow house would be less painless!

LRAZ 6 years, 9 months ago

Invictus, The non-profit blood bank that I work at charges the hospitals only what It costs us to get, process and transport the blood. Don't know what the hospitals charge the patients. We rely on the generosity of the blood donors for their precious gifts, and in return give them snacks for their well being, T-shirts, movie passes, and other gifts that are provided to us by local businesses to pass on to our blood donors. There are some places that buy blood from donors. Those blood donations are used for research, not to save lives. The research is needed, so donating for $ is okay, too.

Deja Coffin 6 years, 9 months ago

I've given blood for blood tests when I'm pregnant or sick. I hate giving blood and receiving IV's, I have the worse veins ever. They are small, deep, and constantly fork, (which I'm told is great for me, not so great for trying to get in them) I've never had a doctor get blood from me on the first try. I think the most a person tried was 12 times. Even the specialist has to use the ultrasound thing to even find them. I don't have a fear of needles, just definitely don't like them. I always leave the doctors office very bruised up on both arms. But, I may give blood someday, I do think it's a great cause. I guess it's worth the hassle it'd cost me.

dajudge 6 years, 9 months ago

When we butchered on the farm growing up, the first thing we would eat was the fried blood. Yum! And, later, would enjoy the blood sausage. It would go good with some pickled turkey gizzards if there were still some around. Or, the haggis. Never did take a blood bath, though. And as for giving blood, no, I haven't, but I've been poked for samples alot.

Deja Coffin 6 years, 9 months ago

blood sausage and haggis, two foods I'll never be able to eat because I know what is in them and seen them made. Thanks Andrew Zimmern, you've made me believe there is no place in this world where I'd enjoy eating the local delicacy!

sally87 6 years, 9 months ago

Ugh I really want to give blood, but I got physically ill the one time I had to. I just can't bring myself to do it anymore.

bondmen 6 years, 9 months ago

Yes, every April 15. Now I'm resembling a turnip more each year!

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 9 months ago

Hey RET,On the verge of porting those stone tablets I've been lugging about all these years, I've decided to come clean. That earlier allusion to "the secrets of the pyramids"... it was just a subterfuge.Isetta Stone.( ... beep beep'm beep beep, yeaaah! )

trinity 6 years, 9 months ago

so ok i know at one time they did quite an extensive "history" before you could be a blood donor; does anybody know what the criteria is now for blood donation?

6 years, 9 months ago

You can go here for info: have a phobia of needles but about 10 years ago I forced myself to participate in a blood drive here at work (they bring a big Bus for the purpose) If you let them know you are nervous (AKA big baby in my case - I've been known to pass out) they will walk you through the procedure and put you at ease as much as possible. I've found, at least in our area, the people taking the blood have been very compassionate and appreciative to blood donors. I've been doing ever since here at work. We have blood drives a few times a year. I still get pretty nervous and panicky but I feel it's something that I should do. They pretty much know me by name now :)

sunflower_sue 6 years, 9 months ago

sadly, my bp is so low that after 3 viles, I puke and pass out. The hubby gives pretty often so I give vicariously through him. (OK, I know that doesn't make sense but it's the best I can do.)

Ronda Miller 6 years, 9 months ago

I prefer being on the receiving end...of everything....I am a taker...not a giver....a talker...not a listener....

trinity 6 years, 9 months ago

while i was an avid reader of ljw "comments" a year ago (and some time prior to that!) to tax my poor old memory to remember the criteria, md, is just askin' too much! ;)thanks for the replies&info.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 9 months ago

RETi: Pyramids? Mayan, Egyption, or pizza?Schemes. Grande.

Chrissy Neibarger 6 years, 9 months ago

Sue, Glad to know i'm not the only one. I'd be more than happy to give blood, but my low weight and even lower blood pressure prevent me from doing so.

Romans832 6 years, 9 months ago

I would appreciate it if the Lawrence site of Community Blood Bank were open at least one Saturday morning a month, as they have been in the past. I'd be willing to drive to Topeka (where they have Saturday hours) if my car were road-ready, but it isn't. Until then, I guess I'll just have to keep my eyes open for blood drives.

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