I got criticised by someone over the weekend for refusing to participate in an organised group blood donation that they’re trying to arrange.
Why I can’t donate blood (according to the Australian Red Cross):
- Lived in the UK between 1980 and 1996 for too long – apparently I’m a mad cow? #FAIL
- I had chronic fatigue syndrome for a time when I was finishing up my PhD… #FAIL
- Haemochromatosis #FAIL
- Liver function test abnormalities (due to haemochromatosis) #FAIL
- Travel overseas – I’m regularly in malaria zones, always within the 4 month donation restriction period #FAIL
I can’t donate blood. I can’t donate plasma. These are the rules set in place by the Australian Red Cross. That’s life.
I can’t help where I grew up. I can’t help my travel. I can’t help having haemochromatosis.
That aside, if I don’t want to donate blood, I shouldn’t be made to feel guilty over it. It’s my body – my decision.
Shit happens. Get over it.