Off Topic- Donating Blood

Submitted: Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 17:49
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We all know the importance of donating blood and I have suggested several times over the years that she give blood.

The day had come and she was so excited to have finally worked up enough courage to become a blood donor. I joked that they would probably reject her because they don't take pommy blood. (didn't I cop an ear bashing for that?)

The appointment with the Blood bank at the hospital was made. Copius amounts of cordial and biscuits were consumed as questionaire was filled out. The last question was somethong like.
Have you ever been overseas? Julie ticked yes.

Into the office she went for the before blood interview. Everything was going great until the nurse asked which country and for how long. Julie said England, and that she had spent 9 months there in the mid 90's.

Here comes the good bit... The nurse advised that unfortunately there is currently no screening test for a particular disease and that anyone spending that much time in the UK currently poses unacceptable risk for MAD COW DISEASE.

She came home a little quieter than normal and it took me 4 hours to get the info out of her.

Being the wonderful husband I am I said. " I told you they wouldn't take pommy blood and I already knew you had that disease"

I ended up sleeping on the lounge last night
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Reply By: Sparkie - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 18:05

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 18:05
And I thought I was unique in upsetting my wife with comments. ROFLMAO

Sparkie(IE not Y) ;-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Brett H (QLD) - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 18:25

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 18:25
I tried to defend myself with the " Why go out for milk when I've got a cow at home" line but that didn't work either.
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 18:13

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 18:13
Very good. Like it a lot.
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 19:55

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 19:55
So....... what you mean is no-one in the U.K. can donate blood?

Or is it that we have more stringent filtering criteria here in Australia?

Interesting..........
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Follow Up By: Member - Brett H (QLD) - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 20:12

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 20:12
Apparently there is an extremely large waiting list of people who want to ive blood but can't untill the screening system for MAd Cow Disease becomes available in 2 years time.

Don't take our word for it call your local blood bank if you want to give blood. I am sure they can fill you in.
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Reply By: Bitsumishin - Mike A (WA) - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 20:29

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 20:29
OK, so what about if all the Poms that want to give blood do so but the blood is only used on Poms?!?!?.... Just joking. If you haven't spent 6 months in the UK though, seriously consider giving blood. It costs you nothing except half an hour of your time & you could save heaps of lives.
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 23:08

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 23:08
Including your own or your familys !! Good advice Mike.
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