DECLINED!

Yesterday I was supposed to donate blood, for the first time. I haven’t been able to before due to the kind of lifestyle I’ve led, which has actually weighed quite heavily on me. Being able to donate blood was something that I was really excited about and looking forward to, especially with my niece battling leukemia. While other family members have been proudly posting pictures with the hashtag #bloodforniecesname as they’re sitting in the blood donor chair, I have been slowly working towards that goal for myself. 2017, the year of family for me, what a GREAT way to start it off! I made my appointment, I confirmed my appointment via phone a few days before, I made my way to the blood donor clinic after work and waited the half hour til my appointment. I signed in and went to the computer to answer the myriad of questions that a first time donor has to answer, I waited in the waiting area for half an hour waiting to go through the screening process. Once in there, I answered all the questions and confirmed all my personal information. The lady said “Oh, I see that you answered yes to having traveled outside of Canada during the past 12 months. Where did you travel to?” I answered with “Mexico and Texas”. “Well, we’re not worried about TEXAS, but where in Mexico?” I told her and she looked it up in her binder and low and behold, the little area that I traveled to in Mexico last April was under Malaria warning. No one who has visited there is allowed to donate blood for one year after their arrival back on Canadian soil. And that was that. Declined. “Can’t you test…?” nope. “We look forward to seeing you in May!” she cheerfully said as she shooed me out so that I could do my walk of shame through the people sitting in the waiting area for screening (that small town will probably now be all aflutter with the rumour that I got declined because I have syphilis or something). What makes me the most disgruntled about this is that I live in an area that is high risk for West Nile Virus, and people can carry that around unknowingly for years, AND it can be fatal to people over 50! Malaria.. well I think you know you have that well before a year is up. *sigh* I just wanted to do a good deed, but I guess that that particular one will have to wait now until May.

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27 comments

  1. mooseylou · January 6

    I’m so sorry for your disappointment. 😢

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    • shehidbehindtheglass · January 6

      Thanks mooseylou, I already have my appointment set for the May clinic so only 5 months (and no exotic trips haha) to go!

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      • mooseylou · January 6

        It will be here before you know it!

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  2. Mark David Goodson · January 6

    Next time!

    Giving blood is a great feeling. Sorry you missed it.

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  3. daisy4leafclover · January 6

    Oh no, I can’t give blood either as a result of my history/previous lifestyle. Heartbreaking to hear of what your niece is going through x

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    • shehidbehindtheglass · January 6

      Thank you daisy, it’s something that no child should ever have to go through. No one should actually…

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  4. gagalgoingdry · January 6

    I’m banned indefinitely due to living in Europe through the mad cow scare….hope they clear you soon as it is such a wonderful way to help people! Sorry you were disappointed!

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    • shehidbehindtheglass · January 6

      What??! That’s crazy! I guess that explains why some of the questions were about living abroad during certain years – I was confused by that! I hope that they lift the ban on you too so that you can donate as well 🙂

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    • Carrie Ann · January 7

      I donated several times in college and was so disappointed when I tried again about ten years ago to discover the window of time I was living in Germany excluded mine. B+ so I guess if they are ever desperate, they may reconsider testing ours…
      Glad you’ll be able to help in May!

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  5. running from wine · January 6

    You tried and made a valiant effort to donate! That means a lot and should make you proud….until next year just know that you are doing what you can! Hugs 🙂

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  6. Jaime R. Valdes · January 6

    It’s all in the “effort!”

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  7. I Quit Wineing · January 6

    May will be here before you know it. I hope your niece is doing o.k xx

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  8. asobermiracle · January 6

    The thought was there. ; ) I think you still get credit. Plus, it’s not like they took your blood and then declined you! That would be worse. Prayers for your niece.
    xoxo

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  9. Hurrahforcoffee · January 7

    I’ve never donated, think I need to stop smoking first. 🙂

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  10. Untipsyteacher · January 7

    I am sorry to hear about your niece.
    It’s really cool you are donating blood!
    Stay warm up there!
    xo
    Wendy

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  11. dewyplace · January 8

    You can always stuff yourself with red meat until then..plenty of iron rich blood cells to donate 😊

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