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MrTango

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« Reply #4455 on: August 20, 2013, 10:46:05 PM »
I'm right-handed, and I refuse to have blood drawn from my right arm for that reason.

It doesn't matter what the situation: Doctor's office for lab tests, donations, whatever.  They will draw from my left arm or they will not draw at all.

Usually, they'll insist on seeing my right arm to verify that I don't have evidence of illegal drug use ("tracks"), but that's it.

No matter how far along you are in the donation process, if they want to do something you're uncomfortable with, you absolutely 100% have the right to speak up and say "no."  If they don't listen, walk away.  If they try to pressure you or prevent you from leaving, make a scene.

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« Reply #4456 on: August 20, 2013, 11:54:13 PM »
I'm right-handed, and I refuse to have blood drawn from my right arm for that reason.

It doesn't matter what the situation: Doctor's office for lab tests, donations, whatever.  They will draw from my left arm or they will not draw at all.

Usually, they'll insist on seeing my right arm to verify that I don't have evidence of illegal drug use ("tracks"), but that's it.

No matter how far along you are in the donation process, if they want to do something you're uncomfortable with, you absolutely 100% have the right to speak up and say "no."  If they don't listen, walk away.  If they try to pressure you or prevent you from leaving, make a scene.

I'm left handed and I always have my blood drawn from the right arm for the same reason. I don't care too much if it's just a single test, but anything more than that - absolutely.

Here it's standard to give out our SSN when donating blood (or the Danish equivalent anyway), but blood donations are only done by doctors/nurses here, so it's not like we're giving it to somebody who doesn't have access to it already. Also, I think identity theft based on SSN is a much lesser risk here.
 
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« Reply #4457 on: August 21, 2013, 12:45:37 AM »
I have donated several gallons of platelets and after twenty years, I know what works. When the notes on the file say, keep the tourniquet loose, then follow the instructions.  Don't tighten it up and then come over a few minutes later and comment that the blood is escaping the needle and now my arm is filling up with blood.  Not only is the donation now worthless, I get to walk around with a very, painful swollen arm.  Wow, maybe next time, they will believe me about the tourniquet and how to adjust it.  It got to the point, that the donations were further and further apart.  Now I very rarely donate.

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« Reply #4458 on: August 21, 2013, 05:32:02 AM »
A dear friend and his brother had been Red Cross donors for years and each had their multi-gallon pins.

They stopped donating when friend's grandson needed major surgery, and Grandpa and Uncle went down to donate for the kid.  They were told it would cost $150 each to donate for the kid.  They rolled down their sleeves and walked out, never to return.

Basically, they could donate to strangers for free - but to donate to a family member would cost them.


I have heard of people getting paid to donate blood, but I've never heard of having to pay to give blood.  In fact blood that is going to be used for a transfusion HAS TO come from a volunteer donor. 

It's so weird to hear of places where money changes hands when donating blood.

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« Reply #4459 on: August 21, 2013, 06:18:29 AM »
A dear friend and his brother had been Red Cross donors for years and each had their multi-gallon pins.

They stopped donating when friend's grandson needed major surgery, and Grandpa and Uncle went down to donate for the kid.  They were told it would cost $150 each to donate for the kid.  They rolled down their sleeves and walked out, never to return.

Basically, they could donate to strangers for free - but to donate to a family member would cost them.


I have heard of people getting paid to donate blood, but I've never heard of having to pay to give blood.  In fact blood that is going to be used for a transfusion HAS TO come from a volunteer donor. 

It's so weird to hear of places where money changes hands when donating blood.

Just did a quick search of my local Red Cross - no money changes hands, ever, for blood around here. But they were quite discouraging of directed blood donations so maybe that's why the charge in this case(?) The reasons given were that there is no evidence that directed blood is safer than volunteer blood, the same testing regime has to be undertaken as for non-directed blood, and that what they called 'societal pressures' made people less honest on background/health questions for directed donations. Interesting.

On the other hand they were quite welcoming to the people who wanted to donate blood to *themselves* except that you had to make an appointment, not just show up.
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« Reply #4460 on: August 21, 2013, 07:17:53 AM »
I also did a search for blood donation centers and it seems that there are places that pay for plasma, but no one pays for blood.  The places that do pay people are not Red Cross Facilities, but they do have "medical" sounding names

Here in MD and DC, if you want to do an Autologous donation you have to get a prescription.  Otherwise, the hospital can tack the cost of blood onto your bill.  Not sure about other parts of the US.

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« Reply #4461 on: August 21, 2013, 08:23:34 AM »

A few years after that, Red Cross calls the house wanting donations, and I tell them none of us can, for the reason I stated before.  Woman says it's not like that anymore, I should come down.  I do, and after they find out about my disqualifiers, I was told if I or any of my family tried to donate again, we'd be arrested for biological terrorism. 

Um, HUH? Biological terrorism?

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« Reply #4462 on: August 21, 2013, 08:38:14 AM »

A few years after that, Red Cross calls the house wanting donations, and I tell them none of us can, for the reason I stated before.  Woman says it's not like that anymore, I should come down.  I do, and after they find out about my disqualifiers, I was told if I or any of my family tried to donate again, we'd be arrested for biological terrorism. 

Um, HUH? Biological terrorism?

Rob

I would think that someone donating blood on the off chance that they may have caught an undetected disease, hoping on the even greater chance that this disease would be passed on undetected to someone else and maybe that person would get sick should probably be listed under the "Professional Darwinism" thread as the worst terrorist ever.

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« Reply #4463 on: August 21, 2013, 08:40:52 AM »

A few years after that, Red Cross calls the house wanting donations, and I tell them none of us can, for the reason I stated before.  Woman says it's not like that anymore, I should come down.  I do, and after they find out about my disqualifiers, I was told if I or any of my family tried to donate again, we'd be arrested for biological terrorism. 

Um, HUH? Biological terrorism?

Rob

I would think that someone donating blood on the off chance that they may have caught an undetected disease, hoping on the even greater chance that this disease would be passed on undetected to someone else and maybe that person would get sick should probably be listed under the "Professional Darwinism" thread as the worst terrorist ever.

And telling them that they may or may not have exposure to foreign diseases up front kind of ruins their chances as well!

I've had troubles with the red cross as well - mostly due to the poor training of their nurses.

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« Reply #4464 on: August 21, 2013, 08:48:27 AM »

A few years after that, Red Cross calls the house wanting donations, and I tell them none of us can, for the reason I stated before.  Woman says it's not like that anymore, I should come down.  I do, and after they find out about my disqualifiers, I was told if I or any of my family tried to donate again, we'd be arrested for biological terrorism. 

Um, HUH? Biological terrorism?

Rob

DH can't donate for the same reasons. After I realized our local blood bank is very much for-profit, I only donate for a specific drive.
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« Reply #4465 on: August 21, 2013, 11:26:10 AM »
I stopped donating blood about 15 years ago.  I have O negative blood (universal donor), and also CMV negative (can't remember what that was, but it meant my blood was safe for newborns)>

There was the time when another donor had just been told he could leave.  He stood up and his vein opened up and blood started gushing everywhere.  Okay, but things happen.

But the last time I went, I am lying down, the nurse is digging in my arm (and I mean digging - it hurt!  Then she abruptly said, "Yeah, well, that didn't work," in a fairly loud voice and walked away.  Since she had spoke loudly and was looking at the other side of the room, I wasn't sure who she was speaking to and what didn't work.  After a few minutes, a different nurse came over.  It seems that the first nurse couldn't hit the vein.  Second nurse pulls out the needle and announces, "You missed the vein and got a chunk of tissue stuck in it!" as she waved it around.  She looks down at me and says, "Should we try again, or do you want to leave?"

I was out of there, and I have never gone there again.
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« Reply #4466 on: August 21, 2013, 06:49:45 PM »
My friend shared this story with me. 

She had been referred to a specialized gynecologist for some issues.  She got ready, got into the stirrups and the doctor walks in.  He does the greeting, then sits, leans down and just as he begins the examination suddenly exclaims - "I KNOW YOU!"

Awkward pause...

"You used to be on news!" Cue moment of  :o for her as she wonders what the heck in his line of sight triggered this recognition as, yes, she did use to be on the news.  She is not too keen on returning.

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« Reply #4467 on: August 22, 2013, 12:43:53 PM »
My friend shared this story with me. 

She had been referred to a specialized gynecologist for some issues.  She got ready, got into the stirrups and the doctor walks in.  He does the greeting, then sits, leans down and just as he begins the examination suddenly exclaims - "I KNOW YOU!"

Awkward pause...

"You used to be on news!" Cue moment of  :o for her as she wonders what the heck in his line of sight triggered this recognition as, yes, she did use to be on the news.  She is not too keen on returning.

Bwahaha! I had a friend who had a very similar story, only she was recognized because she's an actress. Still, the weirdness of being recognized at that moment...

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« Reply #4468 on: August 22, 2013, 02:13:38 PM »

A few years after that, Red Cross calls the house wanting donations, and I tell them none of us can, for the reason I stated before.  Woman says it's not like that anymore, I should come down.  I do, and after they find out about my disqualifiers, I was told if I or any of my family tried to donate again, we'd be arrested for biological terrorism. 

Um, HUH? Biological terrorism?

Rob

I would think that someone donating blood on the off chance that they may have caught an undetected disease, hoping on the even greater chance that this disease would be passed on undetected to someone else and maybe that person would get sick should probably be listed under the "Professional Darwinism" thread as the worst terrorist ever.

And telling them that they may or may not have exposure to foreign diseases up front kind of ruins their chances as well!

I've had troubles with the red cross as well - mostly due to the poor training of their nurses.

It was a horrid little vortex of madness and stupidity the likes of which I had never before seen.

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« Reply #4469 on: August 23, 2013, 09:46:10 AM »
My friend shared this story with me. 

She had been referred to a specialized gynecologist for some issues.  She got ready, got into the stirrups and the doctor walks in.  He does the greeting, then sits, leans down and just as he begins the examination suddenly exclaims - "I KNOW YOU!"

Awkward pause...

"You used to be on news!" Cue moment of  :o for her as she wonders what the heck in his line of sight triggered this recognition as, yes, she did use to be on the news.  She is not too keen on returning.

Bwahaha! I had a friend who had a very similar story, only she was recognized because she's an actress. Still, the weirdness of being recognized at that moment...

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