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[piperki]
My son gave blood for the first time this week. He's 16. We had a blizzard a couple of weeks ago and the local Red Cross is low on blood because of that, so my husband decided it was time for the kid to get started (my husband is a big-time blood donor already).

How old were you the first time you gave blood?

ETA: My son had already expressed an interest in giving blood on more than one occasion but he was not yet old enough. His father and I did not MAKE him go--it was just a really good time to go, because it's winter break and the Red Cross needed donors.
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[User Picture]From: koffie_addict
2012-12-30 05:42 pm (UTC)

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i'm not allowed to
[User Picture]From: koffie_addict
2012-12-30 06:20 pm (UTC)

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(because i'm gay, which i think is ridiculous)
[User Picture]From: usnbfs
2012-12-30 05:45 pm (UTC)

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I've never given blood. I wouldn't know where to go.
[User Picture]From: saikaro_x
2012-12-30 05:53 pm (UTC)

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Are you American? Do you have an organ and tissue donor place near you?
[User Picture]From: opheliaheart
2012-12-30 05:47 pm (UTC)

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i cant and never will mwhahah
[User Picture]From: pickathelitter
2012-12-30 05:47 pm (UTC)

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I can't. I pass out even when I get a tiny bit of blood taken. My mom is really big into blood donation though and runs the blood drives for her postal facility! :)
[User Picture]From: kill_inhibition
2012-12-30 05:50 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: ntensity
2012-12-30 05:51 pm (UTC)

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I never have. When I was in high school/college I was on medication that wouldn't allow it, and now I just don't see/hear about opportunities to do so anymore.
[User Picture]From: saikaro_x
2012-12-30 05:52 pm (UTC)

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I've never given blood because I have this weird fear of seeing blood in viles or plastic tubes....the thought of it makes me lightheaded. It's really weird. I have to psyche myself out whenever I have to get bloodwork done.
[User Picture]From: piperki
2012-12-30 06:02 pm (UTC)

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One of my best friends is like that. When we go to the movies, she looks down when blood things happen on screen and I tell her when it's OK to look up again. Once she passed out after she cut herself and it bled--I mean just from looking at it, it wasn't a bad cut. It's some legit physiological thing, one that I'm glad I don't have to deal with myself.
[User Picture]From: velum_cado
2012-12-30 05:55 pm (UTC)

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32, I did it a couple weeks ago! Apparently I have great veins and a pint of blood came out in 6 minutes. I found something I'm good at! :D
[User Picture]From: piperki
2012-12-30 06:03 pm (UTC)

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Yay for you!

I was old...I was like 35 or something. My family does NOT give blood but my husband always did and I felt like an old miser, hanging onto my blood like that.
[User Picture]From: molkat
2012-12-30 05:55 pm (UTC)

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15 or 16, they did a blood drive at school. For a few years after that I donated regularly and started donating platelets. My dad regularly donated before he died so I wanted to continue that. Unfortunately I got sick and am now on meds that prevent me from donating.
[User Picture]From: kelj99
2012-12-30 06:03 pm (UTC)

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18 or 19. Don't remember which. I've donate a handful of times.
[User Picture]From: cpb1220
2012-12-30 06:06 pm (UTC)

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First and only time was when I was 18. I almost couldn't bc apparently I have slight anemia.
[User Picture]From: crazyhappyface
2012-12-30 06:12 pm (UTC)

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I always try to because my college has a blood donation competition with our rival school, but I guess I never weigh enough to be allowed to donate
[User Picture]From: phenomenal
2012-12-30 06:14 pm (UTC)

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sometime in high school
[User Picture]From: faecat
2012-12-30 06:14 pm (UTC)

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I don't, I have terrible veins for needles. So I volunteer at my local hospital instead.
[User Picture]From: kinkakinka
2012-12-30 06:20 pm (UTC)

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I believe I was 17 because I think that's the required age here. I've given blood to Canadian Blood Services... 22 times? And once in Maine.
[User Picture]From: givinguponyou
2012-12-30 06:20 pm (UTC)

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I've been anemic since 3rd grade so never :-(
[User Picture]From: nynaeve_sedai
2012-12-30 06:24 pm (UTC)

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I'd like to, but I lived in Europe during the 80s in my early childhood and apparently they think I might be a mad cow. Moo.
[User Picture]From: strivingtoohard
2012-12-30 06:27 pm (UTC)

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21 it was when my mother was undergoing chemo for breast cancer. They announced they needed donors while I was at the hospital and I decided it was the least I could do.
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2012-12-30 06:31 pm (UTC)

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I feel like I was required to be 18 before I could donate? Or have the regulations changed? I started donating as soon as I was old enough at school blood drives. Then I moved to mad cow land and I haven't been able to donate since.
[User Picture]From: elbiesee
2012-12-30 06:44 pm (UTC)

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18.

Then I nearly passed out in my English Lit class. Freaked the teacher out big-time. XD
[User Picture]From: kengwen
2012-12-30 06:44 pm (UTC)

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Nobody else thinks it's weird that your husband decided it was time for your son to give blood? I've given blood a few times despite a needle phobia (I have to lie down or I pass out), I'm not anti-giving blood, but it seems (to me) like a decision that should be made by the individual and not for an individual by someone else...
[User Picture]From: judaskiss
2012-12-30 07:04 pm (UTC)

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I was starting to feel like I was the only one who noticed that!
[User Picture]From: r0ck_y0ur_s0ul
2012-12-30 06:46 pm (UTC)

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I can't. The family history of diabetes and the pre-diabetic label I've had since birth (thanks Dad!) makes them say "no, thanks".
From: 234_am
2012-12-30 06:46 pm (UTC)

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I never have. I self harmed a lot during my younger years and was too afraid they would see my scars. I am better now and would like to try but am not sure of any rules surrounding that kind of thing...
[User Picture]From: spiltmemory
2013-01-01 07:26 am (UTC)

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i'm a past self harmer also. i was turned away at one point because of my scars because i didn't know if it had been a year or more since i last self harmed. where i'm from (Victoria, Australia) they treated it like a tatoo. they did ask me questions about it, so that can be a little awkward i guess, to make sure that i hadn't shared the blade with anyone else, where i had gotten the medical treatment etc etc. but i'm fine to donate, and do fairly frequently, they just ask me how long its been now. donating blood is one of the things that motervated me to really really work on the issue, and helps me if i get a bit yuck in the head again (i dont want to hurt other people, and i want to be able to donate blood, so those things stop me). so yeah! i'm allowed to, maybe just give the blood center a call, and ask about what the restrictions are in your area while you make an appointment. also, congrats on getting better :).
[User Picture]From: gainingvelocity
2012-12-30 06:46 pm (UTC)

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Never given either. I was always underweight, though I might weigh enough now.
[User Picture]From: aikikatie
2012-12-30 06:52 pm (UTC)

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17 in high school because that's the requirement here. I've given maybe two or three times.
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