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Update on Vampires
Turns out I was wrong anyway... even if I could give a pint of blood in under half an hour (never going to happen), I'm not eligible to give blood anyway. I had been told (BY A RED CROSS PERSON, BY THE WAY) that the restrictions on having lived in Europe had been relaxed, but it sure doesn't appear that they have. From the Red cross Website:

You are not eligible to donate blood if:
You were a member of the of the U.S. military, a civilian military employee, or a dependent of a member of the U.S. military who spent a total time of 6 months on or associated with a military base in any of the following areas during the specified time frames

From 1980 through 1990 - Belgium, the Netherlands (Holland), or Germany
From 1980 through 1996 - Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy or Greece.

You spent (visited or lived) a cumulative time of 5 years or more from January 1, 1980, to present, in any combination of country(ies) in Europe, including

in the UK from 1980 through 1996 as listed in above
on or associated with military bases as described above, and
in other countries in Europe as listed below:
Montenegro (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)
Czech Republic
Slovak Republic (Slovakia)
Ireland (Republic of)
Kosovo (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)
Netherlands (Holland)
Serbia (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)
Yugoslavia (Federal Republic includes Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia)


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farfalla_dolce From: farfalla_dolce Date: February 6th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's crazy, but do you know why? It just seems odd to me
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 6th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do know why. "Persons who have spent long periods of time in countries where "mad cow disease" is found are not eligible to donate. This requirement is related to concerns about variant Creutzfeld Jacob Disease (vCJD)."

It still irritates me.
magid From: magid Date: February 6th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
They don't ask, for instance, whether someone living there that long was, say, a strict vegetarian.
From: have_inner_lady Date: February 6th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is a very frightening statement about the condition of human health right now.

Last time I tried to donate, I couldn't donate a pint in the half-hour limit, either.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 6th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Were you super-hydrated? That helps. The reason it doesn't help me is because my veins are tiny and break a lot, so they can't use a big enough needle.
From: have_inner_lady Date: February 6th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I was probably dehydrated. I don't think I understood until recently how much liquid people need to drink to be healthy.

At other times, I've donated successfully. But this one sure left a dark spot on my opinions, especially because my vampire never got the needle comfortable. I did not like lying there in pain for half an hour in order to fail.
ellipticcurve From: ellipticcurve Date: February 6th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, suck. :( The Red Cross used to not want me at all (the limit for time spent in France was something ridiculous like 2 months, which I racked up every summer), and damn, if it didn't feel like personal rejection.

It'll be OK, though. Last time I gave blood (ok, tried; got bounced for low iron), they told me they were testing a test for CJD.
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