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« on: September 10, 2010, 06:06:31 PM »

there is a blood drive at school, and I plan on donating.  I'm 16, but my mom filled out papers so I can.  is there anything un-Orthodox about giving blood?
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2010, 06:09:59 PM »

there is a blood drive at school, and I plan on donating.  I'm 16, but my mom filled out papers so I can.  is there anything un-Orthodox about giving blood?
No, quite the contrary IMHO.  But don't donate after communion.
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2010, 07:14:21 PM »

But don't donate after communion.
Why not?  I'm not being critical; I just truly don't understand.  Why not?
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2010, 08:00:53 PM »

there is a blood drive at school, and I plan on donating.  I'm 16, but my mom filled out papers so I can.  is there anything un-Orthodox about giving blood?
I give blood once every 2-3 months, which is as frequently as the Red Cross will allow.  With today's modern medicine, I see my regular donations as a gift of life to those who need my blood, particularly since my O+ blood type makes me a universal donor.  I really can't think of a better way to give of myself to others.  (That, and a regular bloodletting has the added benefit of keeping my iron levels from rising above normal, since chronically high iron levels can lead to certain forms of heart disease.  This is particularly important for us men to compensate for the fact that we don't naturally experience a monthly release of blood.)
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2010, 08:14:25 PM »

But don't donate after communion.
Why not?  I'm not being critical; I just truly don't understand.  Why not?
The idea is that as long as communion is not fully digested, i.e. absorbed into your system, your body is acting as a Chalice, and no part of the body into which the Body and Blood of Christ are coursing into should loose a particle.

Of course, in emergency situations, such things should not prevent one from making a life saving donation.
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2010, 10:24:32 PM »


When my uncle was hospitalized after his stroke, the priest came and gave him Communion, as well as Holy Unction.

We were anticipating his recovery....however, he passed away after a few days.

The day he was given Communion he began retaining fluids and had a hard time breathing.  The nurse had to suction the liquid from his stomach.
When I realized what she was doing, I asked her for the liquid that she suctioned.

She gave me this really odd look.  "What?" she said.  I told her that he was given Communion only a few hours ago, and I would like his stomach contents.  She must have been Christian, for she then silently got an empty pill bottle and drained the liquid into it, and gave it to me.
I kept it for a few days, and then buried it with him.

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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2010, 01:03:51 AM »

No offense, Liza, but I have never heard of anyone doing anything like that, either Catholic or Orthodox.

Don't you think the Eucharist should stay inside the body of the person who received it?
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2010, 01:06:56 AM »

Never mind, I misread the post - I thought you had asked the nurse to remove the fluid, not that it had already been removed. Sorry!
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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2010, 04:42:49 PM »

I'm glad for this thread. I didn't know these things before. I look forward to donating blood at some time in the future (provided I haven't had Communion). Thanks.   Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2010, 09:47:06 PM »

there is a blood drive at school, and I plan on donating.  I'm 16, but my mom filled out papers so I can.  is there anything un-Orthodox about giving blood?
I give blood once every 2-3 months, which is as frequently as the Red Cross will allow.  With today's modern medicine, I see my regular donations as a gift of life to those who need my blood, particularly since my O+ blood type makes me a universal donor.  I really can't think of a better way to give of myself to others.  (That, and a regular bloodletting has the added benefit of keeping my iron levels from rising above normal, since chronically high iron levels can lead to certain forms of heart disease.  This is particularly important for us men to compensate for the fact that we don't naturally experience a monthly release of blood.)
I just have to ask, how does it feel?!  I realize that the needle is larger, as it's not a needle but a cathedar.  does it hurt alot going into your skin?
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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2010, 10:12:06 PM »

It doesn't hurt anymore than getting lab work done or getting a vaccine.
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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2010, 10:20:12 PM »

there is a blood drive at school, and I plan on donating.  I'm 16, but my mom filled out papers so I can.  is there anything un-Orthodox about giving blood?
I give blood once every 2-3 months, which is as frequently as the Red Cross will allow.  With today's modern medicine, I see my regular donations as a gift of life to those who need my blood, particularly since my O+ blood type makes me a universal donor.  I really can't think of a better way to give of myself to others.  (That, and a regular bloodletting has the added benefit of keeping my iron levels from rising above normal, since chronically high iron levels can lead to certain forms of heart disease.  This is particularly important for us men to compensate for the fact that we don't naturally experience a monthly release of blood.)
I just have to ask, how does it feel?!  I realize that the needle is larger, as it's not a needle but a cathedar.  does it hurt alot going into your skin?
LOL. I used to give, or try to, frequently (I can't now because my ex was hepititis chronic).  I can't watch them put the needle in or out, but that is just my quirk, I've felt more from vaccinations.  Frankly, you barely know the needle is in your arm.
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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2010, 01:41:51 AM »

there is a blood drive at school, and I plan on donating.  I'm 16, but my mom filled out papers so I can.  is there anything un-Orthodox about giving blood?
I give blood once every 2-3 months, which is as frequently as the Red Cross will allow.  With today's modern medicine, I see my regular donations as a gift of life to those who need my blood, particularly since my O+ blood type makes me a universal donor.  I really can't think of a better way to give of myself to others.  (That, and a regular bloodletting has the added benefit of keeping my iron levels from rising above normal, since chronically high iron levels can lead to certain forms of heart disease.  This is particularly important for us men to compensate for the fact that we don't naturally experience a monthly release of blood.)
I just have to ask, how does it feel?!  I realize that the needle is larger, as it's not a needle but a cathedar.  does it hurt alot going into your skin?
A good phlebotomist can make the needle stick virtually painless.
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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2010, 07:59:13 AM »

I just have to ask, how does it feel?!  I realize that the needle is larger, as it's not a needle but a cathedar.  does it hurt alot going into your skin?

You'll feel this bizarre sort of pressure, and that is about it.
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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2010, 08:06:24 AM »

LOL. I used to give, or try to, frequently (I can't now because my ex was hepititis chronic).  I can't watch them put the needle in or out, but that is just my quirk, I've felt more from vaccinations.  Frankly, you barely know the needle is in your arm.
No, it's not just your quirk. I behave in exactly the same way  Cheesy. Also, I can't give either. Red Cross told me they couldn't take it because of the medications I take for my blood pressure. I used to give regularly.

I agree that it's as painless as any vaccination or taking of a blood sample. Sometimes you feel a bit of the prick of the needle, but often not.
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« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2010, 08:20:28 AM »

LOL. I used to give, or try to, frequently (I can't now because my ex was hepititis chronic).  I can't watch them put the needle in or out, but that is just my quirk, I've felt more from vaccinations.  Frankly, you barely know the needle is in your arm.
No, it's not just your quirk. I behave in exactly the same way  Cheesy.
I tense up at the moment of needle entry if I watch, which can make a painless poke painful, so I just look away in the other direction.
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