I admit that I really hate donating blood, but I keep doing it. I've got O-, and they guilt trip me with the need for that, and also my blood is good for babies or something. In other words I feel like I'm killing babies if I don't do it.LOL too funny.
Yay to Dotty for donating! I used to donate regularly (I was just shy of 2 gallons) when I became anemic and now can't donate much anymore...maybe once a year if I'm lucky. Although this year I haven't even donated and I'm still anemic. I tried donating platelets but one of my counts (not sure what it was) was too low, so they wouldn't take that either.
They also hate my veins (tendons are blocking all most all of them), so I think I'm just doomed to being useless...sigh. So I'm glad there are so many other helpful people out there to make up for my lack of helpfulness.
Linteater, you're not useless. You and millions of people, literally millions, are barred from donating blood for one reason or another. My Mom can't donate because she doesn't weigh enough.
GirlyGirl, I really think it's not cool that you get a guilt trip about not donating. Yes, your blood is incredibly valuable, but it's your blood
. You can do whatever you want with it! Donate, spill it playing rugby, not donate - it is yours alone. Guilt tripping really ticks me off, especially when it comes to your own blood
The Canadian Red Cross had some really guilt-tripping ads (I don't know if they still run) that drove me absolutely 'round the twist; mostly it was the combination of the guilt-trip plus the fact that this decent-sized city doesn't have a permanent clinic. My Dad used to donate blood every 56 days when we did have a clinic - now that we don't he never donates. He didn't even know about the mobile clinic, but it doesn't matter anymore because he's out of the habit of donating.
I do believe in blood donation and I think it's wonderful. I'm really going to try to hit the next clinic. But guilt-tripping people about it is not cool. It's not the Red Cross's fault that they don't have enough funding, but they also communicate poorly so they could be more productive and proactive about soliciting donations instead of guilt tripping. (They did start a Facebook group though, so I'm happy that they finally
embraced social networking.)