• Here's something I thought about tonight, I have no idea what my blood type is, after 30 years or so of giving it to everyone.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Here's something I thought about tonight, I have no idea what my blood type is, after 30 years or so of giving it to everyone.

    Do you know yours?

    21 Answers from the Community

    21 answers
    • SandiA's Avatar

      No! I thought I was the only one.

      9 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      Nooop. I'm going to find out, though I've read recently that one blood type might indicate a predisposition to Alzheimer's, and if mine is that one, I'd rather be ignorant.

      9 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      "A Positive". I use to donate my blood all the time. Now, since my cancer, I have to get Transfusions. The first few were ok but then I developed antibodies from a transfusion I had. So I can't get regular A Positive blood anymore. Have to have A Positive/Kell Negative blood. Carm will probably know more about this. Have to get typed and screened one morning and go back for the transfusion the next morning. It had been explained to me that the blood has to go through some extra process before I can have it. I believe I mentioned previously that I have something called Hemochromatosis, a disease where iron is deposited on the liver. The extra iron in my system is from the transfused blood I receive. It will eventually kill me if the Cancer or Cardiac issues don't. It's hereditary. My Oncologist did genetic testing and it turned out that both my Mother and Father had it but they didn't know it. Dad lived to 91. If it had been detected in them while alive they could go through treatment which consists of donating blood on a schedule set by the doctor. (Kind of like what they used to refer to many years ago as"blood-letting"). Eventually, they would have to be checked and seen every 6 mos. to a year. My daughter has it but it has not manifested itself yet and hopefully won't. She gets checked once a year. The treatment, unfortunately, is not an option for me.

      I really think it is important for everyone to know their blood type in case of an emergency. Even if it is noted on a card in your wallet it could help first responders, particularly in a rural area like mine. If you are in a larger city with an ample-sized blood bank you would have access to the type that will help everyone. I believe it is "O Negative". Whatever the correct name (if I am wrong), my Dad had that type of blood.

      9 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I have thought about this before, too. I have no idea what blood type mine is.

      9 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      O Positive---It's on the front of every military health chart. It's one of the first things my kids learned-their Blood Type.

      When my son went into Boot- They said, Son you need to remember that you're O Positive. My son said, "Corpsman, I'm a Navy brat born in a Navy Hospital"

      9 months ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      A Pos., but I was told that I could not give blood as I have had so many cancers.
      Anyway, getting a needle in my tiny & sometimes moving veins is painful for both me
      & the person trying to get blood, so I can't do it.

      9 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      B Positive. My mother had a Vitamin K deficiency and she experienced an internal bleed. The Red Cross flew in 56 pints of O Negative blood to try to save her, but she did not survive.

      I always gave blood regularly until I was diagnosed with lupus. Lupus disqualified me from giving.

      If you've had surgery for your cancer, they matched and cross-matched you for blood type in case of an emergency.

      People who have Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), considered a cancer, have chronic problems with blood counts, especially their red counts, and some need blood transfusions on a regular basis.

      9 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      I have asked and been told but I keep forgetting.

      I dont see how, except for a transfusion, it much matters that I know.

      9 months ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      O positive.
      There was a bloodmobile in the parking lot of my post office yesterday. Was sorry to have to pass it by, since I can't donate yet.

      My partner has donated much more than her 4-gallon pin would suggest.

      Decades ago, her sister-in-law gave me a good tip after I donated blood that was unusable (because it came out too slowly). In addition to good hydration, keep flexing your ankles while you donate, as if you're walking. There are valves there that help drive blood back up to the heart as you walk; they're like miniature hearts pumping against gravity that way. I tried it the next time I donated and it worked. I now flex my ankles whenever I have bloodwork done -- anything to help my teeeeeny tiiiiiny veins.

      9 months ago
    • GetItOut's Avatar

      No idea here either

      9 months ago
    • Dkatsmeow's Avatar

      Actually we had scare when my daughter was 3 months old. She had pyloricstenosis. The muscle at the bottom of her stomach would not open & she was starving to death. She looked like those ethopian babies on the commercials. She also was projectile vomiting. Doctors acted like I was crazy, until she lost 8 ounces over a weekend. They were quick to hospitalize her then. So we learned we all have the same blood type A positive. But "O" is universal. Most anyone can take it.

      9 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      O as it was on my Army Dog Tags in 1967. I'm a Universal Donor and receiver.

      9 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      @Ejourneys - that's a really interesting tip about flexing your ankles. I hope I remember it next time I need to have blood drawn through my veins. When I went for my infusion on Monday, my port decided to be uncooperative so I had to have IVs to draw my blood and again for the infusion. Your tip would have come in very handy!!

      9 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I have to go look at my baby book. Mom wrote in in there. I just keep forgetting...

      9 months ago
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      9 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Yes, A positive. I donated for years both blood and platelets.

      9 months ago
    • bigjan1's Avatar

      Wow, me too I have not an idea. I've not had to have a transfusion and I don't ever remember being asked what my type was.

      9 months ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I started donating blood to my brother as soon as I was allowed (he was a hemophiliac and my blood type is the best type for plasma/platelets donation) so I've always known my bloodtype. I never thought that people wouldn't know their blood type, but I guess there really isn't a need since cross-matching will always be done before receiving a transfusion.

      9 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      Yes, I am O positive. I learned what it was when they took blood while I was pregnant with my first born.

      9 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      I'm surprised that everyone didn't learn their blood type if and when they became pregnant. I was typed then to see if I had a negative RH factor, which I do, and antibodies can kill your baby if the baby's blood is positive.

      9 months ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I do not know my blood type either! Isnt that terrilbe?!

      9 months ago

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