Harrassed by the blood bank!!! :x

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Harrassed by the blood bank!!! :x

Postby Shippwreck » Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:11 pm

GRRRRR, :x

Ah, i've just been called AGAIN by the bloody blood bank.

Bascally i give blood here in the UK (those silly "give blood" adverts don't have any affect on me, its just i like to help when i can). Any way i work for the National Health Service so i know where and when my local blood bank will comes round, plus they have an extremely good web site so if i didn't its not hard to find.

So now that i give blood they deem it fit to call and send me a letter every bloody month reminding me of "my nearest opportunity". I get fed up, i don't want to be harrassed to give them MY BLOOD, i want to do it when i want to (which really is as often as i can).

So they just called and i let the poor guy have both barrels (kinda feel a bit guilty about that actually as i've worked on outbound calling before and it sucks) Ahhh, oh well hopefully he put a note on my file not to call...

Ah i feel better now :) bloody call centres.
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Postby konijntje » Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:16 pm

"Nearest opportunity" <-- I detest such euphemisms. Where I work, they use that crap a lot. Do people honestly think for a minute you (or anyone) don't see right through it???

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Do you know your blood type?


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Postby Kwiep » Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:28 pm

Aight, everyone post their bloodtype! In case someone needs blood on here, I dunno...

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Postby |3lack|ce » Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:25 pm

I get lots of calls - seems our local blood bank is perpetually short. They like me too because of my high blood pressure - less time filling up the bag :P

Blood type A+ here.
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Postby Shippwreck » Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:48 pm

Yeah I know my blood type, but not because i can remember it, because they give you a little keyring with it on (i swear i can't remember my eye colour sometimes :D )

Anyway i'm O+

The UK's blood donor website is actually quite cool because they have show you the stats for current stock levels.

http://www.blood.co.uk/pages/stocklevel.html

On a side note i have often thought about Bome Marrow donation, but have never got round to reading up on it properly (apart from the info on the website posted above) Does anyone here have know anything about it? The documentation says that one way requires a 48 hour stay in hospital and a 5 day recovery period at home after that!

On another gripe though, if you download the PDF on the site about donating bone marrow you will notice that every other page or so has a "story" about someone whose life was saved. Glad they're alive and all, but i don't care about there story, i want to know about bone marrow donation!
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Postby |3lack|ce » Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:16 am

Just curious about places not the US -
Over here the blood banks give you t-shirts and trinkets, and with each gallon donation you get a coffee mug that brags of your achievement (8 donations = 1 gallon mug).

do yours?

I'm up to my 6 gallon mug btw. 8)
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Postby Shippwreck » Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:34 am

Well, we give it a litre at a time, must be roughly equivalent to your gallon.

Basically i go, i sit down, if i haven't eaten that much that day i get crisps before hand. Anyway i give blood in the normal fashion and then when i'm finished i'm treated to a cup of orange juice and some more crisps and biscuits.

We also get a "reward" for giving more and more blood. After the first time you get a red donor card, similar to a credit card, but without the credit :lol: anyway once we have been 4 times we get the next colour and after another 4 the next, ohhh the excitement.

I think after 20 times you get a yellow card and thats the final card, then you are the donor king/queen. 8)

As far as i'm aware its the same all over the UK, the generosity sees no bounds :roll:
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Postby DaFoxx » Sat Jan 14, 2006 3:17 am

Well, we give it a litre at a time, must be roughly equivalent to your gallon.


one litre = 1.75 pints
one gallon = 8 pints

human body holds approx ONE gallon
|ce is on his 6th body full :Yay: 8)


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Postby AcidTone » Sat Jan 14, 2006 3:14 pm

i'm A+
a little ironic though, cause that's the only A+ i've ever been able to achieve.

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Postby Shippwreck » Sat Jan 14, 2006 4:14 pm

I thought that Americans had a different Gallon to the UK?

Kinda like how they have a different definition of Billion and some other things.
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Postby |3lack|ce » Sat Jan 14, 2006 4:30 pm

we do, but Fox has it pegged.

We also get juice and cookies (your biscuits) after donating to raise our blood sugars and keep us from passing out.
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Postby Shippwreck » Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:47 pm

Ah, i see

Well compared to your 6 body fulls, i have a very small 2 litres :cry:

But saying that i did only start about 9 months ago :D

I had actually thought about it for a while, and then i started work for the NHS (not in a clinical way) and the blood bank would come to the building next to us every month or so, so i began giving blood.

The second time they actually forgot about me. They had already taken the litre and the lady said just lie there till someone comes and tells you you can go. 15 minutes later and me nearly asleep they remembered me, came in, apologized and gave me some biscuits. :lol:
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Postby Aspman » Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:52 pm

O+

I haven't been for long time.
I'll need to start again.

I use to go with my mates, we'd go give blood and go to the pub.
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