Mar 14, 2002 6:20 AM
|I thought of something that I think is probably worth mentioning. I feel guilty just saying this, but during racing season the last thing I would think of doing is giving blood with worries of what it would do to my training and performance. (I'm slow even with a normal hemocrit!) I know I am not the only one who thinks this way from conversations I've had over the years. I am giving blood today though. For those of us out there who don't usually give during the season, maybe it's a good time of the year to do so. Never know when it might be you who needs it next. Remember that only 5% of people who are able to give blood actually do so.I figure if I give now, it will at least make me feel better in season when I'm feeling selfish. FWIW|
|Really mixed emotions about that...||cory|
Mar 14, 2002 8:47 AM
|Couple of members of my family, including my son, are alive today because of blood donors. I give as often as I can, but I do put it off before a major ride and used to avoid it before races back in the day.
What amazes me, though, is the number of people who don't do it AT ALL. I work in an office with 350-400 people, and when the Bloodmobile used to come to the parking lot, they'd take blood for half an hour and leave. The record was 12 people.
Mar 14, 2002 12:12 PM
|Some of us in the military cannot donate anymore because we were stationed in Europe since 1981. Apparently, "Mad Cow" disease is the reason.
I like donating blood, but I won't be able to until they can test blood for this disease
|I give in the off-season||lonefrontranger|
Mar 14, 2002 3:06 PM
|I always feel a little guilty about it during the race season tho. My rule is I don't give before Sept 1 or after March 1. I'm O+ (universal donor), so besides just being the right thing to do, I feel obligated. My (hydrated) hematocrit was tested at 48 recently, so I suppose I have some leeway.
And yes, I'm slow no matter what :-)
|Yes; give blood!||look271|
Mar 14, 2002 6:38 PM
|Any donation at any time is greatly appreciated. Until we come up with a viable alternative to using human blood, we need to give.I, sadly, can't give anymore for various reasons, but wish that I could. It is actually beneficial to you as it helps stimulate the body's immune system, as well as other systems. So don't do it during racing season-there's plenty of need all year.|
|I get weeded out by Lifesource restrictions.||Alex-in-Evanston|
Mar 15, 2002 10:20 AM
|You cannot donate blood within 24 months of having visited India; in effect since the Bubonic Plague outbreak in 1996. Since I'm there at least every other year, I won't be giving blood any time soon.
It's a shame, I used to look forward to giving blood and wearing my sticker with pride.