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post #1 of 20
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I think that this is a good idea. Taken from cp24.com

Bloody Movie

Please give more blood. Not motivated enough? What if we throw in free movie passes – and maybe some popcorn and soft drinks to boot? Okay, forget about the treats, but an Indiana blood clinic is trying to kick start business by getting you in to see a film on their dime. If you let loose a little of your spare red stuff, the Terre Haute Community Blood Center will give you 20 bucks worth of free film passes. The move is an attempt to avoid the usual blood shortage during the July Fourth holiday long weekend. The fact is many folks are travelling, and no one’s around to donate. Also, businesses don’t typically schedule blood drives around holidays, and high school and college blood drives aren’t on during the summer. But movies certainly are, and the centre hopes you’re willing to let the liquid flow in exchange for a couple of hours in a cool theatre. Whoever said there's too much blood on the screen these days probably never thought they'd see even more in the theatre.
post #2 of 20
I used to give blood until I developed a liver disorder about 9 years ago. Apparently they can't use my blood since I was jaundiced at the time My dad has really rare blood and he donates every time the Red Cross has collectors in the area.

Another bonus of giving blood is that it causes your body to regenerate the lost red cells and makes you healthier and feel like a million bucks :rainbow:
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
They have clinic at my workplace, but our bosses won't give us time to go other them our 30 minute lunch whish isn't long enough. I keep trying to talk them into allowing groups of people to go at a time!
post #4 of 20
I have tried numerous times to give blood and get turned away every time. My veins are so small that they can't tap into me. So I'm a total oddity, basically.
post #5 of 20
Heidi,

I'm in the same boat as you. I used to go try and give blood and they asked me not to come back. Apparently, I have the veins of an uncooked spaghetti noodle. Even though my blood type is somewhat rare (b-) they told me not to come back.

Now that I have rhumatoid arthritis, I'm on too many drugs to give blood.
post #6 of 20
I work at the Cleveland Clinic. Because we have the nation's top Cardiac Care program and do a lot of cardiac surgeries, we are the largest user of blood in Ohio and the second largest in the whole US. They have set up a program within the Clinic, where they have blood drives every few weeks that rotate throughout the entire campus. For instance, they have drives in our building every three months. And, they have a department set up where you can walk in and donate. I assume much of the blood is set aside for Cardiology, but at least this way the burden placed on other organizations is reduced. Plus, we're encouraged to donate as often as possible. But movie passes would be nice!
post #7 of 20
When I lived in Texas in the 70;s they paid you $10.00 to give blood!
post #8 of 20
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Originally posted by Nora
Heidi,

I'm in the same boat as you. I used to go try and give blood and they asked me not to come back. Apparently, I have the veins of an uncooked spaghetti noodle. Even though my blood type is somewhat rare (b-) they told me not to come back.

Now that I have rhumatoid arthritis, I'm on too many drugs to give blood.
I have O- unfortunatly my pulse is too high to donate. Does anyone know the reason for restriction?
post #9 of 20
You reminded me it is time to donate again.
post #10 of 20
The Red Cross is forever calling me to donate. Not that I mind or anything, but as soon as those 56 days are up, I get postcards and phonecalls galore. I may stop in sometime this week or next. They said that A+ blood is very much needed in our chapter, and I'm easily guilted so. I should be getting that 4 gallon pin anytime now...
post #11 of 20
I would love to donate blood but have been told because I had epstein bar I couldn't--that my blood wouldn't be accepted.. Has anyone on here heard that?? I had mono when i was 16 and now I'm 23 but was told epstein bar sticks with you forever and that my blood is tainted... true?
post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
That is true. Epstein Bar is related to Mono. . I read that by adult-hood most people have the virus in their blood stream. It is not a matter of what "activates" it, but rather, that the immune system when compromised no longer keeps it "in check". In other words, in healthy adults, the EBV is kept from multiplying or replicating itself by a healthy immune system. Here is an interesting link about the virus. here
post #13 of 20
so even tho most people have epstein barr they all can't give blood? How do they then find people to give blood?
post #14 of 20
I used to give blood , but they say I cant any more . I was in Germany when they had I guess is called "Mad Cow Deseas" . I loved to givve to , I always felt better after I gave blood . Like somebody gave me a extra dose of Vitamine .
post #15 of 20
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Originally posted by LeeLee
I have O- unfortunatly my pulse is too high to donate. Does anyone know the reason for restriction?
One reason that I know of is that if your pulse is too fast, your heart is working harder to pump the blood through your veins faster. You'd probably be a high risk for bleeding too much, not to mention, making your heart work too hard.
post #16 of 20
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Originally posted by annabelle33
so even tho most people have epstein barr they all can't give blood? How do they then find people to give blood?
I was wondering the same thing. I asked an MD in my lab (a Pathology Resident) why someone would be prevented from giving blood if they were positive for EBV (Epstein-Barr virus). She didn't know, either, and verified that a majority of people have been exposed to EBV by the time they hit their 20's. She had to memorize the questions asked by the Red Cross at donation, and she couldn't remember any questions about EBV, and she said blood is tested for HIV, HTLV and other viruses but not EBV (please remember, I'm only relaying the info and I'm not a MD myself).
post #17 of 20
eeeeep
i feel faint already
post #18 of 20
Locally, the screening process has been expanded to include West Nile virus. A lot of people are being disqualified for that reason.
post #19 of 20
i wish i could give blood, but when i tried where i work, the needle was to big for my fain and blew it, wow did that hurt, they told me i probally couldnt give because of my fains i think its a great way to help, my blood type is one that they need also, i might try again some day and just see
post #20 of 20
I am also banned from giving blood due to fainting twice following donations. I have a high heart rate (90-100) and, not surprisingly, low blood pressure (105/65 or so), so taking that bit of blood out for a donation makes my BP drop reeealy low and I pass out.

Maybe they use high heart rate as an indicator for low BP and that's why you can't give blood with a high heart rate
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